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Lagerald Vick to return to Kansas for senior season

I am sure Coach used this as an opportunity to get some things he needs and expects before letting him come back. I imagine it involves on AND off the court stuff. Humility and earning your spot back via play was another. Knowing Coach the importance of the degree was discussed. Last year, he had to start and play because we had no real depth. This year, playing minutes are going to be tougher to come by. I bet commitment to the defensive end was in there, also. LV's best bet for the NBA is to become a lock down defender. In the end, I loved Coach went there and didn't force LV and LaLa to drive to Lawrence. I think it showed what Bill Self always shows, which is blue blood class. Somewhere in the midst of all that talent remains the need to become a "team." No trip to Korea or Italy to help. No Frank, no Devonte. I bet Boot Camp is a extra brutal this year. Can we just skip football and tip it off in August?

June 29, 2018 at 9:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU football ticket sales down about $6 million per year; some question whether $300 million in new facilities will help

This "gamble" is tied to the age old question. Which one is the horse and which is the cart? Is recruiting and field performance/success the horse as many argue? Or is the development of top tier facilities the horse that will pull the wagon? It would appear Zenger et al. (he isn't doing this without the thumbs up from other pieces of leadership) has decided the facilities will have to be the horse because the performance has fallen so far. The answer may not be a "there is only one right answer" proposition. I would argue either can work and you can find examples of both. TCU in basketball is an example of building facilities to attract a marque coach and to help with recruitment. How much did they invest? Are they getting a return? I would argue the arrows are pointing in the right direction for them. In our instance, the football program is so far down, the strategy is to build the facilities to attract the next coach (unless Beaty completely shocks the football world and there is no evidence to support that premise). Additionally, should realignment take off again (and it will), Kansas will be positioned as far as stadium and facilities, like it or not, to be an attractive target which can meet the bar in the big money world of college football. To wait until the next coach can hopefully recruit and coach their way out of this mess, AND THEN RAISE THE MONEY AND BUILD THE FACILITIES, could be too late. Actually, when the equation has all of the variables included, I think the proposed strategy is the right strategy for us at this time.

May 6, 2018 at 8:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks topple Duke in OT to reach Final Four

We're playing with House Money now.

March 25, 2018 at 7:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Game day Breakdown: No. 6 KU basketball at Oklahoma State

Will be interesting how we play now the heat is off, and how Coach coaches. Will they play focused and relaxed, and be even more lethal from 3? Or will their intensity wane while the Pokes fight for their post-season life. Also interesting to see the crowd attending. KU fans are always there in numbers as the drive isn't that far. Their place was sold out and rocking back in the day of Eddie Sutton teams. Not so much these days. The Thunder and their legions down here rob from the the crowds at both OU and OSU games.

March 3, 2018 at 10:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bill Self won't be surprised if under-the-radar team emerges as 2018 national champ

Did I miss it? No mention of Wichita State here? I think they would have a place on the list. Or maybe they are considered a notch above the others listed. Maybe a 3 or 4 seed? The odds go up for us to play them again in the tournament and/or to draw Missouri if they get in. Both would be tough and it would take our best.

March 3, 2018 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jayhawks need consistency from 'X-factor' Lagerald Vick in coming weeks

Let's be honest here. We all love LaGerald and yearn for him to be consistently successful. His physical skills are unquestioned. His potential seems unlimited at times. But there is growing evidence (I admit from afar) LV has some mild psychological issues which may limit his performance. Does he sulk? Pout? Lack self-confidence, or does he struggle with interest and motivation? Not sure. Do the other personalities on the team soak up so much of the air in the room that he struggles to express himself. He looks painfully shy on the interviews. Will maturity as a senior help? Maybe. He is running out of time. He could struggle to be a starter next year with some of the players coming in and the continued development of Marcus Garrett. For one thing, I don't think LV likes physical contact. He seems to prefer clean air. Given, he only weighs a buck and three quarters, but you have to grow into enjoying contact. Svi, Devonte and Malik have made huge strides here. Marcus doesn't shy away. The only way to learn to enjoy and find success going to the hole is doing it. I don't see that happening this time in the year. So my guess we will have to live the rest of this season with the appearances and disappearances of LaGerald Vick.

March 2, 2018 at 8:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Getting to know: Texas basketball

I just don't see it that way through my neurotic, KU basketball fan lens. I'm just sitting here wringing my hands and hoping we can get those Seniors off of the court early so we can send them out right in preparation for Season #2 and #3. Please! I need a therapist! Oh, yea, I am one. That's not good.

February 26, 2018 at 8:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas basketball's Senior Night about more than the guys giving the speeches

I think the picture and the ball belong somewhere in the lobby of the Fieldhouse. Pretty cool, Seniors. You've been living the dream right along with the players and I'm sure it was just as hard of work in its own special way. Congratulations and enjoy the memories you have for the rest of your lives.

February 26, 2018 at 8:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU seniors Devonte' Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk set to say goodbye together

Dang. Leave it to me to be the "party pooper." Duh! There is a game tonight with a team coming in fighting for a spot in the dance with a coach who has beaten us before in a big game, and who is probably telling his team they don't make the dance unless they win tonight. Want to spoil this party, lose tonight and and the shine comes right off of those senior speeches. Then, well, crap. We would have to go to Stillwater (I saw the O8 team lose there and haven't been back because of the reoccurring episodes of PTSD) to win outright. Believe me, we don't want to have to do that. Come on, guys. Sober up. Texas has something to prove tonight and if one thing we know about this year's team is their margin of error is much smaller at home than in the past 13 years. Take care of business and then we celebrate.

February 26, 2018 at 7:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Game day Breakdown: No. 8 KU basketball at No. 6 Texas Tech

OK. Now. No more "corruption stuff" today. Let's go get #14! Bring it, Hawks.

February 24, 2018 at 7:58 a.m. ( | suggest removal )