Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said that he left Udoka Azubuike in at the end of the 100-54 exhibition blowout against Pittsburg State for conditioning reasons. Not a bad idea. Azubuike looked winded at the end of his 24-minutes night.
But as the season wears on, there will be games in which Self will want to rest all of his rotation players. As transfers from four-year schools, guard Charlie Moore and forwards Dedric and K.J. Lawson are eligible to practice, but can’t play in games.
At the moment, Kansas has eight scholarship players and two walk-ons available to play in games. Once Sam Cunliffe becomes eligible second semester, his anticipated debut coming at Nebraska, Kansas will have nine scholarship players, plus two walk-ons. One more walk-on, particularly a big one, wouldn’t hurt.
Through the years, college basketball coaches have addressed roster shortages by hitting up the football coach for help.
A review of KU’s football roster reveals one former basketball player worthy of some late-game minutes once the football season ends.
James Sosinski, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end from Chandler, Arizona, put up nice numbers for South Mountain Community College in Phoenix last season. He averaged 19.1 points and 12.6 rebounds for South Mountain as a freshman. He has not yet appeared in a game for the football team. He would get more playing time if he joined the basketball team.
Can you name leading scorer in University of Kansas basketball history? Hint: now head college coach in Carolina
Without cheating, name the leading scorer in Kansas basketball history. If you said Danny Manning, you are wrong.
The correct answer, of course, is Lynette Woodard, who on Monday was promoted from interim head coach to head coach of the women’s basketball team at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
Woodard scored 3,649 points during her four seasons (1977-1981) at Kansas, making her the leading scorer in women’s college basketball history. Danny Manning is the leading scorer in Kansas men’s basketball history with 2,951 points. Manning is head coach at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Winthrop went 2-29 this season and 0-12 after Woodard took over for Kevin Cook, suspended in January for what the university described as a “personal matter.”
Woodard, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in 2004, was introduced as head coach at Tuesday morning press conference.
“They’ve been through a lot, but I know that they’re winners in their heart and we’re going to work together to get this thing turned around,” Woodard said of her players at Tuesday's press conference. “I know the progress that they made this year. We’re going to continue that from the moment we step back on campus. I have a vision for this team. I’m going to share it with them. I want them to catch the vision, as we build the vision, so that we can work the vision.”
Woodard’s speech at her Hall of Fame induction was a memorable one, particularly when she thanked her “wonderful mother.”
Woodard said her mother, “just allowed me to play when I was growing up. She didn’t burden me down with a lot of chores. She just said, ‘Go baby, you do your thing.’ ”
My thoughts on Josh Jackson and McKenzie Calvert as aired on “Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman”
I appreciated having the chance on my weekly appearance on "Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman" on 810 sports radio to air my thoughts on the alleged unfair treatment of Kansas women's basketball player McKenzie Calvert as compared to men's player Josh Jackson.
I normally appear with Kevin on Thursdays at 3 p.m., but game times can force us to reschedule, as was the case this week. The podcast is archived on WHB's website. On it, I explain why I don't see that KU is any trouble on the Title IX front as regards to the punishments given to Calvert and Jackson by their coaches. I also reiterate that Calvert's playing time did not diminish until 11 games after the Dec. 9 incident at the Yacht Club.
Since I'm promoting my weekly radio spots, I might as well point out that I also appear as a co-host of "The Drive," Sunday nights at 10:30 on WIBW-TV with Tim Fitzgerald of gopowercat.com.
Also, Matt Tait and I will air "KU Sports Extra" episodes after every KU tournament game.