Tyler Hansbrough emerged from the tunnel to loud cheers from the Smith Center crowd. Yet as his North Carolina teammates warmed up for their exhibition game Saturday, the reigning national player of the year plopped down on the bench to stay.
While Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing took quite a pounding Saturday in Lincoln, limping through the final minutes of the Jayhawks' loss, he can take solace in at least one thing: He's now the Jayhawks' all-time top passer.
During the past few days, black athletes and coaches have lined up to say that Barack Obama's victory in the presidential election proves to young African-Americans that anything is possible. They should have taken it a step further.
Little doubt Kansas University's women will face a different species of table fare in their second exhibition basketball game.
Dezmon Briscoe had six catches for 176 yards and a touchdown, and many of the yards came after the catch.
The No. 23 Kansas swimming and diving team finished the weekend 2-0, defeating Evansville, 132-95, in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at Robinson Natatorium. KU (4-2) topped Drury on Friday night.
Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz bruised his heel on one play and twisted his knee on the other, but his coach, Bo Pelini, said he didn't even consider removing him from the game. "If I wanted to fight him on the sidelines," Pelini said. "He would have fought me before he would have let me take him out." Pause.
Sweeps week in November isn't reserved for the television set anymore. Saturday night at the Horejsi Center, Kansas University's volleyball team continued flaunting its own series of sweeps-week episodes.
Entering Saturday's game against Nebraska, Kansas University's football team understood that a victory was a necessity in order for the Jayhawks to keep pace in the race for the Big 12 North title. And following Saturday's 45-35 loss to the Huskers, during a blustery day at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, the Jayhawks understood the consequences of their defeat. "Coaches told us this is a game (where) we're playing for championships," said KU sophomore receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who caught six passes for 176 yards and a touchdown in a losing effort. "And we fell short of it."
Slammed to the ground for the second consecutive play, Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was pulled up by a teammate and slowly made his way off the field for the final time Saturday. He tried to run to the sideline, but his body wouldn't cooperate, so he hobbled, a beaten man, roughed up from start to finish, still clever enough to make a game of it, but in the end, beaten by a better team.
On first-and-10 from the Nebraska 28-yard line, Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing looked to be under fire as he scrambled in the backfield. But the 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior bounced off a defender, took a few steps backward, and fired a touchdown pass to a wide open Kerry Meier down the right sideline.
Just a week after it seemed to have things figured out, Kansas University's football secondary looked young and confused once again in Saturday's 45-35 loss to Nebraska on Saturday at NU's Memorial Stadium.
Nick Saban lingered at LSU's end of the field, seeking out the players he once recruited to the Tigers. He wanted to give each of them a hug, pass along a few words about how much they still meant to him. Then it was time to head the other way. Saban's wearing crimson now.
Cole Aldrich always has stood out from his peers. "I found an ID (card) a year or two ago from when I was in second grade. I was 4-foot-9. I was 6-foot tall in fifth grade," Aldrich, Kansas University's 6-foot-11 sophomore basketball center, said. "I was taller than some of the teachers in elementary school." His height definitely came in handy as a child growing up in Bloomington, Minn.
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich needs surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and will miss up to three months.
Ward Dobbs' 24-yard interception return for a touchdown helped Wyoming beat Tennessee, 13-7, sending the Vols and outgoing coach Phillip Fulmer to another loss. Wyoming (4-6) grabbed its first road victory of the season.
Penn State is perfect no more, its hopes for giving coach Joe Paterno another national title given a sharp and surprising kick by Iowa.
Around the time Michael Crabtree caught his second touchdown and stood in the back of the end zone staring at the crowd - or maybe when he celebrated his third score with a high-flying chest bump into Graham Harrell - the questions about Texas Tech vanished.