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Beaty: Kansas QB Bender's confidence 'fine'

You said it, Barry.

October 18, 2017 at 8:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: TCU brings out best in Kansas football

The closest thing to a theory that makes sense is the one from Carter Stanley.

The rest of the comments are ridiculous. If playing in Texas (or against Texas teams) was so important, then the games wouldn't be close only against TCU and not against the other Texas teams in the conference.

I think the thing that makes the most sense is that it's simply been a fluke. We're not talking about a huge number of games, and I don't think there's enough evidence to support a pattern. If KU keeps it close this year, maybe I'll start to believe there really is something to KU playing better against TCU than the other conference teams. But I think reality will get in the way this year and we'll lose by something like 67-13.

That score has a special meaning to me because when I was a student at KU, I managed to bet $20 with someone on KU + 57 1/2 against Nebraska. KU scored a TD with 20 seconds left to lose "only" 67-13 -- the most exciting destruction of KU that I've ever experienced.

October 18, 2017 at 8:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

John, you're so off base it's not even funny.

I'm not a Mangino fan because of the abuse issues, but in terms of coaching it wasn't necessary to be that patient, as he showed clear progress from the beginning. And Mason also showed progress relatively quickly.

Finally, as for Fambrough, no one could ever question his love of and loyalty to KU, or his hatred for Misuse, but it would be a stretch to say he was a "successful" coach. He had a couple of decent seasons (basically one during each of his terms at KU) but was not a good coach at all. I was there for a portion of his second stint at KU, and one thing I remember was being down by 7 with under 2 minutes to go and no timeouts left (I believe it was against OU, but I could be wrong on that). KU had a fourth-and-10 on its own 20 and Fambrough punted the ball. OU didn't put anyone back to return it, and when they got the ball they were easily able to run out the clock. There was simply NO excuse for Fambrough giving up at that point, and it infuriated me. When asked about it afterwards, he said that OU had fumbled a punt once and he thought they might do it again. Apparently he didn't consider the possibility of them not putting anyone back to receive.

And that was just one of countless examples of Fambrough not being a good coach. I loved the guy as a KU ambassador but I DIDN'T love him as a coach.

October 16, 2017 at 8:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

Bryce, Bryce, Bryce ...

I'm not a big fan of women's basketball personally (although I have been more of one in the past, especially when Lynette Woodard was at KU), but I would NEVER say it's ignorant to find it interesting. What IS ignorant is calling the opinions of others ignorant on something like that. Everyone has a right to enjoy what they want to enjoy without being insulted by someone who doesn't like the same thing. Brandon is absolutely right.

October 16, 2017 at 8:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

Very well said, Gavin.

October 16, 2017 at 8:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

Oh John, I'm so disappointed.

In one breath, you write a great analysis, and then in another one you write this garbage.

I would sooner root for Misuse than have Art Briles at KU, no matter HOW successful he was. There's NO room on campus for a coach who covers up multiple rapes (or ANY rapes, for that matter). Maybe it's expecting a lot to have someone with the character of Beaty and at least decent coaching chops, but I still think that person is out there.

October 16, 2017 at 8:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

Very well said, John, and I agree with pretty much all of it.

Others have said, "Well sure, the cupboard will be more stocked, but how many of those players have talent." You can't always go by recruiting, but the fact that a lot of the players were recruited by other decent (and sometimes good) programs tells me that the issue is much more about a lack of developing players than not having good enough players to begin with.

On top of that, there has been nothing in Beaty's game management to indicate that he's great in that area either.

Let's see what happens in the next couple of weeks, but I'm certainly not holding my breath.

October 16, 2017 at 8:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

The bigger problem has been HIRING a lousy coach every 3-4 years, not firing one ...

October 16, 2017 at 8:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tom Keegan: Clock tick, tick, ticking on Kansas AD Sheahon Zenger

Yes, but I'm guessing that Self never made fun of a player's dad who was an alcoholic, or a player's brother who had been shot, and he never threw anything at a secretary. A person can be tough and a disciplinarian without being an a-hole; there IS a difference. Unfortunately, Mangino consistently crossed that line with everybody.

The key is to find someone who doesn't cross the line.

All that being said, if Mangino has truly changed as he seems to indicate -- and that's a HUGE if -- I wouldn't mind him coming back as offensive coordinator. I just wouldn't want to see him be the head coach again.

October 16, 2017 at 8:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Beaty: Jayhawks have 'great opportunity' in prime time at No. 4 TCU

In a related story, I've just been offered a chance to box against the heavyweight champion, and I consider it a great opportunity ...

October 16, 2017 at 7:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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