Brady McCombs is a former reporter for the Journal-World.
With about five minutes left in the first half, the Kansas defense lumbered off of the field to the sidelines. Heads down in silence, looking as dejected as I recall feeling on prom night. Southwest Missouri State or "SMS" as they'll have you call them, had just tied up the score at 14-all. The only time a Big 12 team should be tied with a visiting Division I-AA opponent would be 0-0 as the two sides prepare for the opening kickoff.
First things first, allow me a disclaimer, if you would? It has been a while since my last foray into the genre of web columns, and while many (if not all) of you feel zero need for an explanation, I'd still like to give one.
Regardless of whatever Roy Williams's motives may have been for mentioning KU-signee David Padgett's name on national television, the comments haven't swayed the Reno, Nevada, high school All-American towards Chapel Hill, N.C. David's father, and high school coach, Pete Padgett, has told 6Sports, "I know there's been a lot of rumors out there, we need to put one to rest right now. There is no chance that David will go to North Carolina. None."
Kansas University has contacted the University of Illinois to talk to Bill Self, the school's head men's basketball coach, about becoming the next head coach at KU. Illinois sports information has confirmed to Channel 6 Sports that KU officials attempted to reach Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday night.
It is 1986, and the Final Four is at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. I'm not quite ten years old and my favorite player in college basketball is Louisville's Pervis Ellison. Sure, he was a fantastic player, but admittedly it was his nickname of "Never Nervous" Pervis that really seemed to endear me to him. Remember, I was nine (almost ten), and it just seemed really cool to me.
It finally hit me -- after staring at my tournament bracket for the better part of 27 hours (I'm not kidding, it's possible I've relapsed into a level of insomnia I blissfully experienced my junior year of college) it occurred to me that it makes absolutely zero difference how much I may think I know about college basketball, I will not correctly predict the tournament's outcome by analytical means.
By Brady McCombs Journal-World Writer Using one of Roy Williams' favorite coaching strategies, Jayhawk fans are putting on a full-court press to encourage their beloved coach to stay in the Sunflower State. Williams is pondering whether to accept the coaching job at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater, or return for a 13th season at Kansas University.
By Brady McCombs Journal-World Writer About 100 KU basketball fans held a rally outside the Parrot Center hoping to encourage coach Roy Williams to remain in Lawrence.