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Emmett Jones pleased with Jayhawks' progress through 5 spring practices

Yes! Am feeling it, too, and couldn't agree more about staying with Coach Jones.

April 11, 2021 at 12:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

AD Travis Goff addresses KU football team after Thursday's spring practice

When I made my initial comment, it wasn't for the purpose of persuading people who aren't involved in the decision-making process. It was simply to express my view. No offense, but getting you to agree with me doesn't motivate me in the least. I'm assuming that we want the same end result, and so are ultimately on the same team. Whatever AD Goff does, I'll be rooting for it to work out, as I'm sure you will be doing also.

By the way, I was supportive of the Beaty hire, and theoretically, it might have worked out. And, of course, Jones isn't Beaty.

April 9, 2021 at 2:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

AD Travis Goff addresses KU football team after Thursday's spring practice

This is from the text under the Jayhawker Podcast interview:

"Interim head football coach Emmett Jones has been around some of the top names in college football, with time spent around former Texas Tech and current Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury making him ready for this moment. Jones, who cut his teeth in the Dallas metro area as a successful high school coach, wound up on a path that he did not expect, but when the right opportunity came calling, Jones left Dallas to coach at Texas Tech, where he mentored four wide receivers who landed on NFL rosters, along with NFL star quarterback Patrick Mahomes."

I can imagine that if I were a high-level high school recruit, I might want to have a coach with those successes. Maybe that's why the players are talking him up. I doubt that it's because he brings in pizza for lunch.

But, if you haven't listened to that interview, I think you're missing a lot of context. I'm not going to bother transcribing it. It's only 27 minutes long.

By the way, just saying he was a high school coach, and passing over the fact that he was a success for several years at one of the top football schools in Texas (enrollment around 6,000, I think) doesn't paint an accurate picture, because high-level Texas high school football is light years beyond high school football anywhere else.

Given the chance to recruit out of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro as full-time Head Coach, I think there's a good likelihood that he could knock it out of the park.

"The candidate of choice?" Theoretically, or practically speaking? And realistically, how much marginal bang for the buck can you get over a guy who's already in the saddle, and getting kudos from all quarters?

April 9, 2021 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

AD Travis Goff addresses KU football team after Thursday's spring practice

You asked for one thing he's done. You got your one. And, that was besides the work AD Goff praised him for.

I take it that you haven't troubled yourself to listen to the interview. yet.

Bottom line: You're not buying my logic, and I'm not impressed with yours either.

April 9, 2021 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

AD Travis Goff addresses KU football team after Thursday's spring practice

No, every coach does not bring energy. They all try, but not all succeed. He has.

So, when the new AD says Coach Jones has done a great job keeping the group together, when energizing them and keeping them together was not a foregone conclusion, you just chalk it up as no big deal?

Former North Texas starting QB Jason Bean to join KU footballhttp://www2.kusports.com/news/2021/mar/26/former-north-texas-starting-qb-jason-bean-join-ku-/?football

"In an interview with Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, Bean said he was excited to join KU football and pointed to his interactions with interim head coach Emmett Jones as a primary factor in his decision."

Also, check out Wayne Simien's interview of Coach Jones in a recent episode of The Jayhawker Podcast "The Genuine Coach" https://kuathletics.com/the-genuine-c...

April 9, 2021 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

AD Travis Goff addresses KU football team after Thursday's spring practice

From AD Goff's introduction beginning at 4:40 http://www2.kusports.com/news/2021/ap...

"opportunity...to get out to practice to observe Coach Jones and his staff...the energy was incredible...it's been well documented and I was able to observe with my own eyes what a great job Coach Jones has done keeping this group together."

I believe AD Goff realizes he's sitting on an "acres of diamonds" situation. To jettison Jones now, almost certainly killing the building momentum, or energy, he'd need to be able to replace him with someone who doesn't exist, i.e., a surefire guaranteed winner.

Coach Jones is the ball carrier. Wait until he fumbles before benching him.

April 9, 2021 at 4:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

New AD Travis Goff taking 'open-minded' approach to future of KU football program

AD Goff's comments (4:40-5:40) in his introduction, or at least my interpretation of his comments, are what I call a positive early indication.

April 8, 2021 at 6:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

New AD Travis Goff taking 'open-minded' approach to future of KU football program

The job is Jones' to lose, and the early indications are that he is not only not losing it, but instead has been raising the bar against replacement. Am looking forward to seeing what Coach Jones can do,

April 8, 2021 at 5:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sophomore wing Tristan Enaruna leaving Kansas, adding name to transfer portal

If we didn't have football and cryptocurrencies to fall back on, I might be concerned.

Best of luck, Tristan.

March 30, 2021 at 7:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former North Texas starting QB Jason Bean to join KU football

"Coach Jones" was the key to this get. Impressive indeed.

March 28, 2021 at 7:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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