Friday, May 18, 2012


It’s time to accent year’s top Jayhawks


As the school year winds to a close, it’s time to highlight Kansas University’s top performers.

  1. Thomas Robinson: The nation’s lone unanimous first-team All-American led the surprising Jayhawks to the brink of a men’s basketball national title and went out in style, totaling 18 points and 17 rebounds against Kentucky’s talented front line in the national title game.

  2. Angel Goodrich: Wow! In a sport that has had trouble generating a big national following and all-important TV ratings, Goodrich is a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of-her performer. The 5-foot-4 point guard put her multiple knee troubles behind her and led KU, a surprise selection in the NCAA Tournament field, to the Sweet 16. Goodrich’s no-look passes, bold dashes to the hoop and pull-up jumpers had the players on the men’s team glued to their TV sets during March Madness. They marveled at her basketball intuition, her ball-handling skill and her confident approach. She averaged 39.35 minutes in Big 12 games.

  3. Diamond Dixon: The NCAA Indoor 400-meter champion ran a national-best 51.09 in the Big 12 Outdoor track championship. She also anchored the 1,600-meter relay team that placed first in the Big 12 meet.

  4. Tyshawn Taylor: Played two games with a torn meniscus, didn’t miss any after surgery and earned his degree.

  5. Andrea Geubelle: The NCAA Indoor triple-jump champion won the event in the Big 12 Outdoor track meet with a sky-walk of 44 feet, 23⁄4 inches.

  6. Maggie Hull: When softball coach Megan Smith was hired, she inherited the gift of Maggie, recruited by her predecessor, Tracy Bunge. The former Journal-World sports department intern out of Free State High has gone from writing stories to being written about, thanks to her Big 12-best .409 average, a school record that topped Jill Larson’s .400 mark in 1979. Hull is KU’s first first-team All-Big 12 player since 2006 and is a two-time first-team All-Academic honoree.

  7. Elijah Johnson: The junior guard who grew up in Gary, Ind., and played high school ball in Las Vegas developed into a clutch shooter and a versatile guard who was careful not to turn it over. Johnson has a lot of growth left in him and should not be counted out of contending for first-team All-American honors.

  8. Jeff Withey: Nobody on the men’s basketball team made bigger strides than the guy with the biggest stride.

  9. Frank Duncan: Right-hander from San Francisco came out of Thursday’s 1-0 baseball shutout of Missouri with a 6-7 record, a 2.56 ERA and a 3-to-1 strikeout/walk ratio.

  10. Todd “Leaper” Williams: Despite the football team’s poor performance, Leaper, a Special Olympics gold medalist, again brought passion and attention to detail to his equipment-room duties. Leaper, many might recall, was the holder when the late Don Fambrough booted a kick through the uprights in a recent KU alumni football game.


ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 6 months ago

Bottom 10

10) Danny Manning leaving :( 9) KU football at Okie State 8) AJ Stewart and the camera 7) Girls basketball until the month of march. 6) Ray B 5) sheahoRn agreeing to play on The Longhorn Network 4) KU football at GT 3) Brock Berglund 2) Turner Gill press conferences 1) The track

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 6 months ago

I actually disagree with the TLN, when you boil it down, there was a lot of money on the table for KU to do that. With the way the season was heading and the signs were pointing that TG was going to be removed, we needed the money.

Keep in mind there was at least one other game that KU had that fell to Tier III rights. What is really embarrassing is that a UT/KU game fell to Tier III.

Bill Kackley 9 years, 6 months ago

No need to show your disregard for the girl's (Oh, I'm sorry that's Women's) basketball team. You don't call the Men's team, the boy's team.

flyingfinn 9 years, 6 months ago

Bottom 10 another view 10) football team 9) football team 8) footbal team 7) footbal team 6) football team 5) Turner Gill's weight room requirements (or lack there of) 4) Turner Gill's classroom requirements (or lack there of) 3) Turner Gill's game plan (or lack there of) 2) Turner Gill's half time adjustments (or lack there of) 1) hiring of Turner Gill and contract given

Jeff Schartz 9 years, 6 months ago

Add to that:

Ticket Scamming Losing to Kentucky the first time, this last season. Losing to Kentucky the second time, this last season. Losing Barry Hinson.


Handing it to Roy & his boys, or should we call them, "our beyoaoaoaiiiitch's"!?!?!?

Great, great season. One of the best, if not the best I've been lucky enough to see!!!

Jeff Smith 9 years, 6 months ago

maybe throw in No Names on the football jerseys

741hawk 9 years, 6 months ago

I might move the track up a bit. Now KU is one of only two BCS schools with a track inside their football stadium. Guess the other school? That football powerhouse -- Duke. Can't be a top level program with a track separating the fans from the football action.

Cole Hogan 9 years, 6 months ago

I truly do not understand the hatred of the track. When you have one of the most historic football stadiums in America, why change it? I would really be sad if the track were ever removed. i know i am in the minority with that opinion, but it is the oldest football stadium west of the mississippi! its like 3rd or fourth oldest in the country! It has some serious history! i dont know...maybe im just being archaic.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 6 months ago

I sympathise with your perspective but if we want to make that work for us we need to be selling ourselves for the track nationals. There are ways that this could really work for us. Let's say that there are some dual sport track stars that would never consider KU for football but they happen to visit for the High School Nationals, they see the campus and all of a sudden KU is on the radar. Remember what Baty said. He had no idea what a cool place KU and Lawrence are. It is a well-kept secret. So, if this track is going to stay, it needs to earn its keep.

d_prowess 9 years, 6 months ago

Here is something from another section of the LJW for all you that think the track is a real asset, It really should be removed when you consider this!

Sam Constance 9 years, 6 months ago

For anyone who's curious, this article mentions that KU hasn't hosted the outdoor Track & Field event for the conference since 1994. The reasoning given in the article is because KU's track circumference is 440 yards, and the league standard is 400 meters.

Just to be clear, one yard is equal to 0.9144 meters. Multiply KU's 440 yard track by 0.9144, and you find that the track is 402 meters in circumference.

They could remove those extra two meters without even having to rip up the entire track. Certainly for less cost than ripping the damn thing out, lowering the field and building extra seats, which we still have to find a way to fill.

I'm in agreement with the first poster who said the track makes AFH unique. I also happen to think that having the track is a nice throwback to KU's glory days of track competition. And I'd like to see the administration turn T&F into an asset. The track as it currently sits/is utilized is pretty unimpressive. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 6 months ago

Sometimes old is historic...AFH. We could greatly increase attendance at a new stadium but I hope if it happens, I won't be here to see it.

And other times old is just old. I am not qualified to make that distinction in regards to our football stadium but to me..its just old.

If you can build a new Yankee Stadium, then moving a track is pretty minor.

jhox 9 years, 6 months ago

The track isn't the big problem with KU football at this point. Lack of sustained winning is the problem. When we start selling out season tickets the track will be done away with to make room for more seats. Doing away with the track won't sell more seats. Sustained winning will.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 6 months ago

You are both right and wrong in my humble opinion. New or improved facilities can help w/recruiting and building a winning program..

But if nothing else in support, it won't make a difference.

I think it would be an improvement but to be totally honest, I wish we could build an entire new facility. Doubt there is money for that in this economy and maybe I'm in the minority. Maybe? Probably?

rockchalk_dpu 9 years, 6 months ago

I've said this before, but I you are wrong. Washington also has a track surrounding their field.

Get over the track being there people. The logistics just aren't there to remove the track and lower the field for the sake of having a few closer seats. The only realistic way I see KU football without a track is if they blew up Memorial Stadium and started from scratch, but that's not something you generally do when you can't sell out your current 50,000 seats on a consistent basis.

In summation, the track isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so complaining about it isn't going to do anything.

741hawk 9 years, 6 months ago

Correction at midnight. It's late. Track really is the Number One disappointment.

stinkybulldog 9 years, 6 months ago

I agree with the track being #1. It's the most hideous thing I've ever seen.

JayHok 9 years, 6 months ago

Biggest surprise--Jeff Withey

Biggest disappointment--The track

Brianna Zaleski 9 years, 6 months ago

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jhox 9 years, 6 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. The guy was a 4 year starter, and the best point guard in America most of last season, and that's all Keegan could say about him???

SaltLakeHawk 9 years, 6 months ago

Tom Keegan: wrote a hilariously inadequate summary of Tyshawn Taylor's incredible career.

Stan Unruh 9 years, 6 months ago

The track represents history at KU. Shut up about the track. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.

741hawk 9 years, 6 months ago

The track history was made 60+ years ago. Looking to the future, I'd prefer KU's history to be made in football.

squawkhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

"I'd prefer KU's history to be made in football."

Now that was funny!

Cole Hogan 9 years, 6 months ago

IM with you man! definitely pro track!

april28 9 years, 6 months ago

Any doubters of the "track" should attend the Relays at least once. Not only is the stadium a great setting for football, it's a fantastic setting for track, too.

Rock_Chalk_NYC 9 years, 6 months ago

The Track blows, its an embarrassment! The track and field athletes deserve the olympic village and our football team deserves a stadium without a ghetto track. No one else has a track around their football field for a reason. Thankfully Zenger has already said the track is gone soon! So sorry pal, the track is out in less than 5 years! AMEN!

lee3022 9 years, 6 months ago

I respect your opinion about the configuration of the KU stadium. I hope you can respect mine. The track is not and never has been a ghetto. The thousands of track athletes that have competed in the stadium for KU make this sport one of our very best histories. It may be true that it needs to be changed now but please do not call it a ghetto.

Code_2008 9 years, 6 months ago

How about we win some things in the Non-profit sports (Track & Field are doing fine though) so we can get the money to build the Olympic Village. Until then, don't bother asking to remove the track.

Go show support to the Non-profit sports, then you can talk about the track being removed.

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 6 months ago

Actually, TRob made bigger strides then Jeff Withey. If I'm not mistaken, Trob went from a foul prone, bench player with limited scoring ability to a Top 5 Draft Pick and the only unanimous All-American.

The write-up for Tyshawn is embarrassing.

KGphoto 9 years, 6 months ago

Good point. However, Withey did start from even lower down the bench. He was almost completely insignificant last year, then became the nations most disruptive post presence and set himself up for lottery consideration in 2013.

You could actually make arguments for a couple other Hawks, for mid-season strides. EJ became a clutch player, catapulting the team up the NCAA tournament ladder. Tyshawn went from turnover-prone scapegoat to Cousy Award finalist.

Doesn't really matter... to rank them. They all overachieved.

Eric Dawson 9 years, 6 months ago

Did they overachieve or play to their potential? I'd argue the latter.

stahlin 9 years, 6 months ago

lazy article and poorly written. Keegan must think peter king is a good writer with sentences like this. "Maggie Hull: When softball coach Megan Smith was hired, she inherited the gift of Maggie, recruited by her predecessor, Tracy Bunge."

Whats next TK? Truth nuggets and coffee stories?

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 6 months ago

It's a top 10 list... not a formal literary document. Lighten up.. Life is too short to be anal-retentive.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 6 months ago

Sorry... I regretted my comment the moment I posted it. The second half anyways.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 6 months ago

Others Receiving Votes: JN promising sweeping changes to the message boards, TK being overly sensitive with the delete button whenever someone mentions his girth, Taits love for all things Tebow, Ahperse not getting the conference chatter job, Jaybate trying to sell his used keyboards on ebay, Ralster separating paragraphs like this ............................ Whoever drove 100 off the cliff, the guy that would write poems after every basketball game,

Tony Bandle 9 years, 6 months ago

100 is dead, tool.....add yourself to the list!!

LAJayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

So, that rumor about him being incarcerated was false? Always seemed rather ridiculous to me anyway, but do you know for sure that he passed? Just wondering. I asked about it a while ago and never really got a straight answer from anyone.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 6 months ago

I think it must have been a slow week cause Tait realized with realignment buzz starting again he needed to take his vacation while he can.

RockChalk26 9 years, 6 months ago

What would you put in place of the track? Honestly there is nothing that you could do in that space due lack of elevation required for more seating. (Unless you dig up the field then lower it by 20 feet to accommodate for more seating) And how would we benefit from more seating when we are having enough trouble filling the stadium in the first place.

Cheap fix for the track: On game days, those who bitch and moan about the track, will meet 4 hours before kick off to roll out green astroturf. Completely covering the orange track to match the color of the field. (Out of site, out of mind) After completion of the game, we roll it up.

d_prowess 9 years, 6 months ago

I posted this above, but thought it might get lost in the comment strings that the site uses. Here is something from another section of the LJW for all you that think the track is a real asset,

I am shocked that this has never come out in the past discussion of the track at Memorial. How can we justify keeping something that isn't good enough for our conference!

Sam Constance 9 years, 6 months ago

Reposting my response from above, because I don't buy for one second that this is the actual reason we haven't hosted the event.

A 440-yard track and a 400-meter track are different by a distance of two meters. Our track is two meters longer than the Big 12 standard circumference.

Not only could that be worked around (although a bit of a pain in the arse), but it could also be fixed, I would imagine fairly easily. At least, a lot more easily than removing the track entirely and building a brand new Olympic village somewhere on campus (and by "on campus", I mean nowhere near the main campus, due to lack of space).

In my opinion, the track is nothing more than scapegoat for Kansas fans' football frustrations. I haven't really heard anyone articulate a good reason to remove the track. These are the most common reasons given:

1) Only Duke still has a track around it's football field. [Sorry. I don't subscribe to the "everyone else is doing it" reasoning for doing something]

2) Find more available seating [Aside from the fact that we struggle to fill the stadium as currently configured, there are other ways to get seats that don't involve digging out the ground and implementing expensive equipment to keep the field from flooding]

3) It's an eyesore. [Obviously, this is in the eye of the beholder and I tend to think that it's a derivative argument from the first one about no one else having a track. I don't mind the track, and I like the reminder of KU's track glory that it brings to mind. Plus, as someone else mentioned, if it was that big an issue, I'm sure some kind of system to cover the track with turf could be devised that is much easier/less expensive than ripping the damn thing out.

squawkhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

Football has the most participants of any sport and yet not a single player made the top 10 list. Very sad considering FB is THE money sport of college athletics.

Ross Cargo 9 years, 6 months ago

Dixon and Geubelle are National Champions (and obviously All-Americans). They will compete for double NCs in a few weeks (for outdoor). They will be at the Olympic Trials. They are #1 and #2. Dixon won the 400M and 4x400M relay at Big XII outdoor. Geubelle was first in triple jump and second in long jump.

KU Track & Field would love to have their own state of the art facility, instead of running on a crappy English measure track in a dumpy old stadium. For those bitching about the track, make your donations to KU Athletics so they can put in a proper metric track on the West Campus. Then we can attract even more great athletes that will win KU more National Championships and we won't have to read your constant whining like some crybaby little snot nosed kids.

Ross Cargo 9 years, 6 months ago

In other words, time to put your money where your mouth is.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 6 months ago

Pretty sure this article was simply a top 10 designed to bring about discussion. There were no slights or disrespect intended.

Everything in the list could be a complete article on its own. And most have.

Keep it coming Tom!

jaybate 9 years, 6 months ago

"Some Jayhawks Needing De-Accenting"

~Maggio Fellatio, highly recruited freshman from Taormina, Sicily, failed to lead KU's second year XTReme Horse Head Severing team out of the Big 12 cellar.

~Chloe Crinklebein, Ph.d., new KU sensitivity trainer, failed completely in teaching KU's new XTReme Knife & Kick Boxing team how to deliver kicks to reproductive organs with enough empathy to leave opponents "gasping, but with dignity."

~Vonce Cadwell, a ninth year KU senior from Wichita's elite Oil and Gas Fracking Academy, humiliated the University of Kansas by starting a pseudo gambling website called "Joey Frackets' Fracketology," where students lay down $5 bets predicting which land mark campus structures will collapse in what order due to subsidence from oil and gas fracking under Mt. Oread.

~Tyler Farhtmoor, junior from Leawood, appalled the KU geography department by texting the Director of the National Geographic Information Systems repository at University of California Santa Barbara with the query: Which state is Missouri located in?

~KU's vaunted 400 meter shared-ear-bud, high-hurdle duo of Isabella Churchill-Sifuentes and Maykala Blackasp-O'Herlihy, fell out of rhythm with only 100 yards to go at the Kansas Unconventional Relays, when they could not agree whether to kick with "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira, or "Super Bass" by Nicky Minaj.

~KU's XTReme Bungee Jumping team needs XTReme deaccenting for forgetting the bungee cords in their group drop from the top of the Campanile, leading to the single largest mass casualty event in KU history.

~Joachim Fecalschiess, sophomore from Baden Baden, Germany, by way of Oaxaca, Mexico, for crapping out sixteen consecutive rolls at the NCAA's Viva Gambling Madness in Las Vegas.

~Raymond Dikforbrains, KU Vice Chancellor in Charge of Big 12 Realigment Strategy, counseled the Big 12 not to expand into the eastern time zone, because leaders of east coast schools will try to steal the bodily fluids of KU's leaders.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 6 months ago

Why isn't Pluto a planet? Does the NCAA really hate us that much and ruled Pluto was academically ineligible?

jaybate 9 years, 6 months ago

Pluto's planethood was rescinded for the simple reason that the conspiratocracy of earth carried out the little reported on Operation Distant Guardian in which Pluto was secretly developed with a doomsday military installation called Area 9.3. There is no higher ground at present feasible for flanking and controlling earth from. It is the highest ground presently.

Area 9.3 is so vital to the conspiratocracy's plans for global domination that they felt it useful psy-ops to rename Pluto as 134340 Pluto and reclassify it as the second most massive "dwarf planet" and "plutoid" after Eris and Ceres. These are not lies, but rather truths crafted to mask and deceive.

The cover story was that Pluto, only one sixth the size of earth's moon, yet a possessor of four moonlets of its own, was part of a belt of dwarf planets called the Kuiper Belt. To further psy-op the public's knowledge of Pluto, it was reported that Pluto and one of its Plutonic moons, Charon, also technically constituted a binary dwarf planet system called 134340b Another Lone Gunmen, not just a dwarf planet with a moonlet.

But truthful as all of the above may, or may not be, the driver of the reclassification and cover story is to cover up a sinister nano base no larger than a grapefruit capable of slingshotting Daisy air rifle copper bee bees around various moonlets and dwarf planets in the Kuiper belt until they can reach near luminal speeds and so can be hurled at earth with such devastating force that one copper bee bee correctly targeted could wipe out any continent on earth.

The existence of Area 9.3 explains much of the inexplicable government behavior here on earth, as well as why certain types of recruits never sign with KU basketball.

But another story.

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

jaybate 9 years, 6 months ago

P.S.: The NCAA does not hate KU at all, at least in any conventional sense of the word hate, nor in any conventional senses of the words "does not." The NCAA was reputedly disbanded over a decade ago by conspiractocracy intelligence organizations and the media-gaming complex, so that D1 betting could be used to launder black op money for sequels to Arab Spring. The NCAA now is in fact just a holographic illusion created by public-private joint venture between the conspiratocracy and a fully masked subsidiary of a leading film maker. The subsidiary is reputedly called Information Age Holograms and Visions.

(Note: All fiction. No malice. Just trying to have a little off-season amusement, while we wait to see who Coach Self finally inks.)

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 6 months ago

I think area 9.3 has been updated. It's now area 9.4.

JakeBarnes 9 years, 6 months ago

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dkelman32 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry, but with the Women's Track team taking 2nd at Indoor Nationals and 2nd at Outdoor Big XII meet (how many of you actually knew either of those things? Nice coverage LJ World. Sheesh) I would say that the track is the highlight of the stadium and until the football team is competing for championships you can consider THE FOOTBALL TEAM secondary tenant at the stadium. The track team has earned it's place. Besides, stadiums don't win games, especially if they aren't even filled to capacity.

Ross Cargo 9 years, 6 months ago

I can agree with you, but the thing is KU actually needs a new track. It might as well be a first rate track only facility. Track & Field wins and all the whineys can have their dumpy football stadium without a track. I love KU, but the stadium is s8%t and the presence of the track has little to do with it.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 6 months ago

It really wasn't that long ago when Kansas was a powerhouse in track and field including cross-country.

The Kansas Relays were one of the most anticipated events on the national scene.

"The Perfect Mile" is a great read highlighting Wes Santee.

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