Tomorrow, Memorial Stadium will be packed for the 106th installment of the Sunflower Showdown.
The Kansas University football coaching staff had reason not to trust the running game early in the season. The new offensive line, featuring a redshirt freshman at each tackle spot, was having trouble meshing. The search for a first-string tailback still was in the audition stage and every one of the three candidates appeared to be singing slightly off key.
The NCAA's board of directors is ending the practice of early Midnight Madness practices because it believes it could give schools a recruiting advantage. The emergency legislation, passed Thursday, is designed to close a loophole in a previous rule that allowed coaches to have two hours of individual instruction before the official start of the season.
Saturday's Kansas State visit has to be the season-changing moment for this Kansas football team. Same for K-State. Both are desperate for a victory, any victory; the Sunflower State angle only adds to the luster.KU enters Nightmare Alley starting Saturday - then goes to Nebraska, plays Texas here and Missouri in Kansas City, Mo.
Even though tonight is a night for trick-or-treating, don't expect the Kansas University football team to be pounding the pavement with plastic jack-o-lanterns and empty pillow cases. Most likely, the Jayhawks will be getting their rest in preparation for Saturday's 11:30 a.m. kickoff against Kansas State.
Kansas City Pump N Run basketball coach L.J. Goolsby will be watching the Kansas University-Missouri home-and-home series with great interest this season. "I plan to be at both of those (games). I'll probably come to the Kansas game (in Allen Fieldhouse) and sit behind the KU bench and go to the Missouri game (in Mizzou Arena) and sit behind the Missouri bench," Goolsby said Thursday.
Not bad for a guy with a broken arm. Playing with a soft cast protecting his surgically repaired left forearm, junior Tony Pike had one of his finest games Thursday night, throwing a pair of touchdown passes and steadying Cincinnati's offense in a 24-10 victory over No. 24 South Florida.
North Carolina standout Tyler Hansbrough is out of practice indefinitely with a stress reaction condition in his right shin. The reigning Associated Press player of the year did not practice Thursday. Instead, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said he underwent an MRI that revealed the stress reaction.