Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 5.25.18

Sell out, with me oh yea, sell out, with me tonight

Kansas will meet Kentucky (again) in the Big 12 – SEC Challenge.

Matt Tait gets together with Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard to discuss the challenges of being an athletic director at a P5 institution.

Devonte Graham is one of the oldest players in this year’s NBA Draft.

It’s summer, which means its time to rank things, and ESPN’s John Gasaway says Kansas basketball has two of the top-15 transfers for 2019.

Kansas baseball fell to Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament yesterday. The Jayhawks will play an elimination game against Oklahoma at 3:15 PM that you can catch on FSN.

A Kansas women’s tennis duo has advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Championship. Matt Tait writes about KU’s Anastasia Rychagova, who was forced to serve underhanded yesterday due to multiple rib injuries.

In other news…

K-State basketball will find itself unable to play the disrespect card next year.

No link, just an FYI: we are possibly two days away from a Celtics-Rockets NBA Finals. Celtics lead the Cavs 3-2 and play game 6 tonight in Cleveland, while the Rockets lead the Warriors 3-2 and play Saturday night in Oakland.

The SEC ruled that Missouri AD Jim Sterk violated the league’s code of ethics and fined him $25,000. Meanwhile, MU settled the lawsuit filed against Sterk by South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley for $50,000.

A study commissioned by MLB verifies that baseballs are flying farther these days due to reduced drag, but says they can’t find any evidence as to why or how the baseballs are different from before.

It took a court order for this 30-year old to move out of his parents house. I haven’t heard any follow up, so I’m not sure if he’s actually moved out or not.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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Despite nine week break, Kansas tennis duo advances to round of 16

Despite a 69-day layoff, Kansas’ Nina Khmelnitckaia and Anastasia Rychagova outlasted the No. 61 ranked duo of Ksenia Kuznetsova and Maria Martinez – sending the Jayhawks into the round of 16.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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No. 8 seed Kansas pulls off upset over No. 1 seed Texas to open Big 12 Tournament

In a nail biting affair, the No. 8 seeded Kansas baseball team outlasted No. 1 seed Texas in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Source: The Kansan

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Counting Down 100 Days until KU Football

RCT is kicking off an ambitious project for one of the worst D1 football programs in America. Why do we do this to ourselves?

A lot of SBNation sites do something like this for football season, and fetch attempted something similar last year with basketball here at RCT.

You may be asking yourself, why would we do this? Are there really 100 things to write about KU football? Even if there are, why would you bother? Does KU football even deserve that kind of coverage? Is this just going to be 100 articles previewing Late Night?

You’ll hear from a variety of contributors at RCT. Mostly, we simply hope to entertain you, and maybe even inform you a little bit. We also hope to make you laugh, make you cry, and… well ok, you’ll probably just cry. A lot. But that’s OK.

We’ll have the usual position breakdowns, schedule analysis, recruiting updates, and things like that. But we’ll also bring you some “What If” scenarios, some “Glory Days” remembrances, and other fun things.

And when September 1 gets here, 100 days from now, we’ll all sit down in front of our TVs, turn on the game, drink a beer together, then go mow the yard after Nicholls State takes a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, because such is the life of a KU football fan.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 5.24.18

Taking care of business and working overtime

Kansas baseball knocked Big 12 champ Texas into the loser’s bracket of the conference tournament yesterday with a 3-2 win. KU will take on Baylor at 4 PM this afternoon; you can catch the game on FSN if you’re so inclined.

Seven football players were listed by Athlon as Preseason All-Big 12. First team: Joe Dineen, Daniel Wise. Second Team: Gabriel Rui. Third Team: Hakeem Adeniji, Khalil Herbert. Fourth Team: Steven Sims, Mike Lee.

Scott Chasen breaks down some AD candidates, most of which you’ve already read about here, but there are a couple of new names on his list.

David Booth says he wasn’t notified of Zenger’s firing until after it had already been done, but accepts and respects the move.

The timing of Zenger’s ouster means David Beaty is firmly on the hot seat.

Devonte Graham got some pre-draft advice from Frank Mason.

Bill Self says he will vote for K-State to win the Big 12 when it comes time for the preseason coaches poll.

Kansas has had back-to-back Big 12 Players of the Year; could Dedric Lawson make it three in a row?

In other news…

Taking a look at some of the recruiting decisions that ended up being tough beats for one team, and whether or not the winners really benefited.

The Stanley Cup Finals are all set.

The Celtics are up 3-2 on LeBron.

A baseball tournament game in Connecticut was decided with Rock-Paper-Scissors after the weather wouldn’t allow for the game to be played.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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No. 8 seed Kansas pulls of upset over No. 1 seed Texas to open Big 12 Tournament

In a nail biting affair, the No. 8 seeded Kansas baseball team outlasted No. 1 seed Texas in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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Top Athletic Director Candidates

Two days after Sheahon Zenger was released, the dust begins to swirl in the rumor mill.

On Tuesday, I brought you an article with admittedly random names thrown out there. Meanwhile, Matt Tait breaks down some cadidates with local ties, saying that most of these probably aren’t realistic candidates but that people have been asking him about them (further reinforcing my belief that the average KU fan has no idea what’s best for the university). Greg Gurley, really? Ugh. Hard pass. I for one don’t care if the new AD has Kansas or even Big 12 ties; I just want them to change the culture in the Kansas athletic department, get the football program headed in the right direction, and generally be good at their job.

Anyway, as the rumor mill has begun to pick up steam, I’ve come up with a wish list of top candidates, both rumored and that I made up myself. It should be noted that when I say “rumor mill,” what I really mean is, “the only two tweets I saw from someone who probably knows more than me.” With that said, let’s dig right in.

For this list, I’ve put these candidates in the order of desirability, starting at the bottom of the list and working to the top.

The Rumor Mill

Jeff Long, Unemployed

Long has been rumored by several folks on the Twitters now, so he’s worth putting on this list. Long’s most recent stint was at Arkansas, where he was the AD from 2008-2017. He was relieved of his duties after losing support of fans, alumni, and key supporters (i.e., donors) after hiring Bret Bielema, who went just 29-32 in five seasons.

(Oh, to win 29 games in five years. How horrible that must have been for them! I digress.)

Anyway, Long had to handle the Petrino situation while at Arkansas, was rumored to be a candidate for AD openings at Texas and Stanford, hired Mike Anderson away from Missouri, and led a $160M renovation of Razorback Stadium. A quarterback in his college days, Long has also previously worked in the athletic departments of Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma, and Pitt.

Kenny Mossman, Senior Associate AD, Oklahoma

Mossman was mentioned in the same Tweet as Long by Bretty McMurphy, and Gene Wojciechowski seems to be a fan as well. Mossman did his undergrad work at tiny Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, while playing basketball, before completing his graduate degree at K-State. He currently has “sport oversight” of football and softball at OU, both of which are top programs in their respective sports.

Sean Frazier, Northern Illinois AD

Frazier has been the AD at NIU since 2013. He has 25 years of experience as an athletic director at the university level, in Division 1, II, and III levels. Prior to his current stint at NIU, he worked at Wisconsin as the Deputy AD, where he was the administrator in charge of football, men’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey. While at Wisconsin, Frazier led an $86M pledge drive for a student-athlete performance center, among other efforts. Frazier originally went to Alabama on a football scholarship.

The Top 4

Three of these four are from my first article on potential replacements, and those are mostly just cut and paste with a little added commentary. Remember, these are my rankings and my rankings only.

Joe Parker, Colorado State AD

Parker is still an intriguing option, and the more I hear about him, the more I like him.

He has been at CSU since 2015. Prior to that he was the Senior Associate AD at Texas Tech, and held that same position at Michigan, Oklahoma, Washington State, and Texas. In case you were unaware, CSU recently opened a brand-new football stadium. He also oversaw the $226M renovation of Michigan Stadium 10 years ago. A fun note, CSU’s women’s volleyball and women’s basketball teams both went undefeated in conference play last year.

While I do like this idea, Parker should be called only after the next three decline the position.

Russ Bjork, Ole Miss AD

Born and raised in Dodge City, KS, Bjork has led the Ole Miss athletic department since 2012. He played football at Emporia State and completed his graduate work at Western Illinois. While at Ole Miss, Bjork has opened a $94.5M basketball arena and raised $65M in updates for the football stadium. Prior to Ole Miss, Bjork worked in the athletic departments of Western Kentucky, UCLA, Miami, and Missouri.

Like a couple of the names we looked at earlier this week, Bjork is already the AD at a Power 5 school, and may not be interested in a “lateral” move. However, KU does seem to have the homefield advantage here – if Bjork is interested in moving back to the state, this would be a great opportunity for him to do so.

Terry Mohajir, Arkansas State AD

Still my second favorite candidate, Mohajir has Kansas ties, as he was an assistant coach under Glen Mason from 1993-1996. He has been the AD at Arkansas State since 2012. In that time, ASU has tripled its athletics budget while breaking school fundraising records. He raised $26M for renovations to the press box at the football stadium at ASU, and is currently working on a second $26M project for another part of the stadium. He also hired football coaches Gus Malzahn and Bryan Harsin. Prior to ASU, Mohajir was at Florida Atlantic as their Senior Associate AD from 2004-11.

I like Mohajir’s football hires at ASU, and the fact that he’s been a football coach and coached at KU under Mason gives him the local ties that KU fans seem to like – but again, I’m not too terribly concerned about local ties. Mohajir seems to be the one name that pops up on everyone’s list, and in my estimation, is probably the odds on favorite if there were betting odds.

Danny White, Central Florida AD

By far my favorite candidate at this point, White has been the AD at UCF since 2015. Prior to that, he was the AD at Buffalo from 2012-15, and the Senior Associate AD at Ole Miss from 2009-12. Obviously we know about the turnaround of the UCF football program over the past couple of years, but he also orchestrated similar turnarounds with impressive coaching hires for UCF’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the baseball team.

White is one of the youngest and hottest names out there. It’s possible he could be looking for a big time football university gig, but even if he uses Kansas as a stepping stone to that end, surely he would leave the KU football program in better shape than it is now. I have yet to see any “experts” link White to the KU AD search, but if you’re on that committee, you have to make the call and make him say no.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes: 5.23.2018

So go let it out

Kansas News

Rock Chalk Park started as $39 million deal for KU; now it may top $100 million after KU allowed lease to be changed | KUsports.com
Former Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger agreed to a contract change that could cost KU tens of millions of dollars in additional lease payments at Rock Chalk Park, a review by the Journal-World has found.

Kansas golfers prepare in style for national finals after winning NCAA regional | KUsports.com
The five Kansas golfers who won the NCAA Pacific Regional last week and delivered the university in the NCAA finals for the first time since 2000, gathered Tuesday at the new practice facility at Jayhawk Club to field about the upcoming tournament at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., which starts Friday.

KU sophomore pitcher Ryan Zeferjahn named 2nd-team All-Big 12 | KUsports.com
On the eve of the Big 12 Baseball Championship, the conference unveiled Tuesday its All-Big 12 teams for the 2018 season.

Draft hopeful Svi Mykhailiuk trying to emulate one of NBA’s best 3-point shooters | Smithology | KUsports.com
If you call yourself a shooter, there’s no reason to aim for average. You might as well go ahead and model yourself after one of the best.

Frank Mason reviews first NBA season after throwing first pitch at T-Bones opener
Wearing a maroon Kansas City T-Bones jersey No. 1 and black pants, former Kansas point guard Frank Mason juggled a baseball in his right hand as he strolled to the mound for the ceremonial first pitch before the T-Bones home opener against the Gary (Ind.) SouthShore RailCats on Tuesday night at T-Bones Stadium.

Former KU assistant coach to join Self, Manning at USA Basketball camp in Colorado
Former Kansas assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley will be one of four court coaches at the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s Under 18 National Team Training Camp set for May 31-June 2 at United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Other Sports News

Kevin Durant of Golden State Warriors wishes he had late transition play back after Game 4 loss
Kevin Durant said, “I wish I had that last play back,” referring to the Golden State Warriors’ final transition possession with less than 12 seconds remaining in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

With no answer on Tuesday, NFL owners will resume national anthem discussions
NFL owners spent hours Tuesday attempting to repair their national anthem policy, an effort that has exposed deep divisions among franchises and left them struggling to find common ground.

Hunter Henry of LA Chargers suffers season-ending torn ACL
The Los Angeles Chargers’ offense suffered a crushing blow Tuesday, when talented tight end Hunter Henry tore the ACL in his right knee on the first day of OTAs.

Rally is a state of mind as Houston Rockets secure Game 4 win over Golden State Warriors in Oracle Arena NBA
It’s all such a blur, the man who assembled these Houston Rockets couldn’t remember exactly what sent him out of Oracle Arena on Tuesday night for some air.

ESPN World Fame 100 2018
To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. ESPN’s Sports Analytics Group then ranked them based on a proprietary formula that took into account three fame factors.

Other News

Actresses Arrested in Atlanta for Taking Too Long in the Bathroom
Erica Walker, Brittany Marie Lucio and Asia’h Sharrell Epperson, a former finalist on American Idol and an actress on the television series Greenleaf, entered Houston’s in Atlanta on Mother’s Day. Although the kitchen was closed, the women say the restaurant was open and customers were still dining when they went to the restroom, according to 11 Alive.

So Who Is Barstool’s PFT Commenter?
Every so often, some publication or other—often a fancy one—will run a fawning profile of PFT Commenter, the sports satirist who works for Barstool Sports and co-created the wildly popular comedy podcast Pardon My Take. These profiles are all more or less the same.

Man Nonchalantly Pisses On Plane Seat And Himself
A passenger on a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Charleston, S.C. Thursday was arrested and charged after he touched his female seatmate, was moved to a different part of the cabin, and then peed all over himself while still seated.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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Podcast: Can this coaching staff can get it done?

Mike and I refuse to chug the Kool-Aid this year.

This episode was supposed to be the first of the summer, recapping everything that’s happened since January in the world of football. But then Chancellor Girod had to go and delight millions of fans and fire Zenger, causing us to put out an emergency episode last night.

Since this episode was recorded prior to the firing, there will be a few comments and references that are no longer valid. However, I didn’t think it was worth the effort to edit them out, so you get to hear our unedited thoughts just prior to the glorious news.

Today’s Topics Include:

-Anything encouraging from the Spring Game?

-Talking Miles Kendrick and the QB competition.

-Will Corione Harris start? If he doesn’t, who’s to blame?

-KU 2017 Defensive Quiz.

-Dorance Armstrong drafted in the 4th round by the Dallas Cowboys.

-Jayhawks in the NFL.

-Programming Preview: 100 Days To Kansas Football.

-Matt Baty and blaming fans.

-Recapping successful postseasons for Women’s Tennis and Men’s Golf.

We want your input on the podcast. If you have something you would like to talk about on the podcast, or any suggestions for people that we should try to talk to, let us know by emailing us at rctsbn@gmail.com or on twitter @rockchalktalk.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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Kansas Jayhawks News and Notes: 5.22.18

I waited ‘til I saw the sun

So my Monday was great, how was yours?

With Chancellor Girod relieving athletic director Sheahon Zenger of his duties yesterday, Matt Tait takes a stab at possible AD candidates.

Meanwhile, the thermostat in David Beaty’s office will no longer switch over to “Cool.”

Girod confirmed to the KC Star that neither the cheereading scandal nor the FBI probe had any impact on the decision to release Zenger. He also confirmed that major donors backed the decision as well, saying that football and fundraising were the primary reasons for Zenger’s dismissal.

Blair Kerkhoff writes that football has been knocking off athletic directors at KU since the 1930s.

National media has picked up on this story as well, saying that Zenger’s ouster proves that football is still the only thing that really matters in college sports.

Moving on to other news, next year’s college basketball top-25 might start off with #1 Kansas, #2 Duke, and #3… Tennessee?

What’s with the wave of five-star QB recruits transferring?

Jim Harbaugh is taking his team to South Africa this summer.

Source: Rock Chalk Talk

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