Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jayhawks in top 5 … for schedule


According to’s Bruce Feldman, Kansas University’s football team will have to tackle the fifth-toughest schedule in the country during head coach Charlie Weis’ first season in charge.

Feldman, who covers college football and basketball nationally for the site, ranks the Jayhawks’ schedule behind Notre Dame, Washington, Oregon State and Michigan.

KU is one of two Big 12 teams on Feldman’s Top 10 list — Iowa State comes in at No. 8 — and the Jayhawks’ high ranking seems to come from their doormat status in the always-tough Big 12 Conference.

Of KU’s 2012 schedule, Feldman wrote: “Charlie Weis inherits a two-win team and a schedule that, after the first two weeks, features 10 consecutive solid opponents that include a trip to face an underrated (Northern Illinois) team, at K-State, at OU, at Texas Tech and a finish in Morgantown (W.V.). It also makes things seem more ominous for a team when you’re the only real hapless program in a league where everyone else is dangerous as the Big 12. Just ask OU and Oklahoma State, who each were knocked off by Texas Tech and Iowa State last year. And then by adding in TCU and WVU, things only got rougher in the Big 12.”

KU opens the season with back-to-back home games against South Dakota State (Sept. 1) and Rice (Sept. 8).

The Jayhawks even earned a mention in Feldman’s comments about Iowa State’s tough schedule.

“Aside from Kansas, which is sandwiched in between late games at Texas and against WVU, no other Big 12 team seems like it won’t be a bowl contender in the league,” Feldman wrote.

All 10 programs on Feldman’s list are from BCS conferences.

Big 12 meetings begin

What two years ago was a hotbed for activity concerning the Big 12 Conference’s attempt at survival figures to be a much more quiet and pleasant place this time around.

The Big 12’s annual spring meetings, which run today through Friday in Kansas City, Mo., will cover a variety of topics from conference expansion and realignment to more talk about the league’s football television deal and the future site of a handful of Big 12 championships. While all of those figure to produce some interesting reactions, none will match the intensity and desperation that surrounded the 2010 meetings, which still included all of the original members of the Big 12.

This year’s meetings, attended by athletic directors, presidents, chancellors and faculty representatives, will include TCU and West Virginia for the first time. Newly named Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who officially takes over beginning June 15, also will be in attendance.

O-lineman wins shot put

Class of 2012 signee Brian Beckmann, an offensive lineman from Blue Valley West High, won the Class 6A shot put championship at last weekend’s state meet in Wichita. Beckmann’s put of 55 feet, 7.75 inches topped the field by nearly two feet.

Beckmann, 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, also took fourth in the discus with a throw of 158 feet.


ccarp 10 years, 6 months ago

For a second I thought you posted First Kansas University :-)

Ian Legler 10 years, 6 months ago

I thought we quelled all this KU/Univ of Kansas talk with the question from the chat with Tait ...

It is a pretty petty thing to get so riled up about.

rhollinshed 10 years, 6 months ago

Come on people. We know who we are. The U of K. For identity purposes, The U of K has chosen to go with KU. Kinda goes with the chant anyway. So can we get on with it? Does each story have to start with this? It's anal. I'm starting to think you guys need meds....or have to many. Just a thought......

Bill Kackley 10 years, 6 months ago

I didn.t know I was on the Kentucky website.

Randy Bombardier 10 years, 6 months ago

I'm with you. Tired of hearing about it. We could simplify by just referring to KU as Kansas. That pulls the rug right out from under the squabblers.

Jeff Kilgore 10 years, 6 months ago

Kansas University? Flounder? Why, if our official name is the University of Kansas, does our Jayhawk have the letters "KU" on the front of our Jayhawk?

I don't like the official name because we share it with Kentucky. We are KU Rock Chalk Jayhawk UK? No.

Curtis Stutz 10 years, 6 months ago

Doesn't appear to be a very scientific list, I'm sure if you looked at how good a team would have to be to go .500 against their schedule the list would change substantially, or how good you'd have to be to become bowl eligible.

yates33333 10 years, 6 months ago

Agree. I wondered why there wasn't an SEC team here.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 6 months ago

No matter what else the schedule looks like, at least this is the first schedule that Mizz. is not included on. Now, doesn't that feel good?

William James 10 years, 5 months ago

Considering how lopsided the last 6 years were, KU was very logical not to accept Mizzous offer to continue the series. To see KU throw up the white flag though, after 100 years of battle. Well, it's a good thing Fambrough isn't around to see that.

Andy Godwin 10 years, 6 months ago

"...when you’re the only real hapless program in a league...". This pretty much sums up the upcoming season. Thanks to Gill for leaving the cupboard bare. KU might only win 2 or 3 games this year, but hopefully as a fan the games will be more competitive and worth watching into the second half.

KGphoto 10 years, 6 months ago

The cupboard is far from bare. He left Weis with 3 stud RBs, a stockpile of WRs, two all-conference defenders and 4-5 guys who should play in the NFL, and that doesn't include the guys Weis himself got rid of. Weis had as full a cupboard as any incumbent KU football coach has probably ever had.

Perhaps you should be thanking Mangino for leaving KU with Jordan Webb and Kale Pick to battle for QB duties.

Randy Bombardier 10 years, 6 months ago

I agree KG. Gill did a pretty good job in recruiting. Of our RB's I like Pierson and Bourban the best. Bourban is like BMac (only faster) and Pierson is like no one that we have ever had in my memory. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets over 200 yards in our first game. I think it is possible to go bowling this year. As bad as we were last year we were still close in 3 games that we lost.

Steve Corder 10 years, 6 months ago

This isn't news!

"Toughest schedule" is only for assessing the top teams not the bottom rung.


Randy Bombardier 10 years, 6 months ago

Go back to doing whatever it is you do in your animal husbandry [That really sounds nasty, Willie or EMAW, EPAW whatever you go by] class.

Travis Shinkle 10 years, 6 months ago

Is this article a real surprise to any of us? No. We know that the Big 12 is loaded, year-in-year-out but now we have a coach... the way, the BASKETBALL team year-in-year-out plays one of the toughest schedules in the country. I give the tough games that Coach Self scheduled last fall the credit for getting the team to the championship a "rebuilding" year.

Micky Baker 10 years, 6 months ago

There were always two weights of disc. As far as Shot Put, I don't know but I threw both along with Javelin when I was junior in high school just to fill the spot nobody else wanted. I wanted to run and ran a 4.6 or so, but just didn't have the right last name for the school board to recognize.

UncleMiltyN 10 years, 6 months ago

KS HS Records - BOYS SHOT PUT 1A - Kyle Johnson, Burrton, 58-04.25—1998 2A - Trenton Staab, Plainville, 58-06.50—2002 3A - Monty Beisel, Douglass, 60-04.75—1997 4A - Casey Seyfert, Beloit, 61-01.00—1997 5A - Caleb Blakesley, Ottawa, 63-06.75—2005 6A - Clint Johnson, Shawnee Mission-South, 69-01.25—1980 National Record: (77-00.00—1979) Michael Carter, Dallas Jefferson, TX at Abilene, TX

Bangkok_Jayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Thanks UnclemiltyN... Hearing of a 70 foot shot put reminds me of all of the "4.3" 40 yard dashes I keep hearing about.

jgrobb 10 years, 6 months ago

Preach that Gospel! We gonna get stomped this season!!

okiedave 10 years, 6 months ago

Anybody know why we have 5 away Big XII games and only 3 at home? I can see 5 to 4, but 5 to 3 seems to unequitable.

James Horton 10 years, 6 months ago

It is 5 to 4. Home games TCU, Okie State, Texas, and ISU.

okiedave 10 years, 6 months ago

ahhh, Thanks. Can't get used to TCU being in the conference.

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