Kansas State, no doubt still basking in the euphoria of beating Kansas, and the Jayhawks, no doubt still stung by the 70-63 loss Monday night, will be at home for Saturday afternoon games.
The Wildcats, obviously a much different team at home, will take on Iowa State, while KU, a team that needs a victory in its fight for the Big 12 Conference championship, will play Texas.
After the loss Monday, KU folks heaped a ton of criticism on K-State officials for the process in trying to control the fans storming the court. Police were called in to search for the guy who allegedly chicken-winged Jamari Traylor near the Jayhawks bench. The student was cited for disorderly conduct. Coach Bill Self chided the lack of security but also noted the team could have taken care of that by playing better down the stretch and winning.
The media joined in the outcry.
Interesting, isn’t it, how a defeated team can take away the joy from the winning team by focusing on a crowd control situation where no one was hurt.
A little more than 30 years ago, I covered the infamous Chair-Throwing Game at Indiana. Purdue won 72-63 with Hoosier Coach Bobby Knight going on a three-technical binge after grabbing a chair and throwing it across the court, sliding near handicapped people in wheelchairs.
Fans became raucous and one threw a penny that hit Coach Gene Keady’s wife just above the eye — the resulting cut needed first-aid attention.
Keady said after the game that he didn’t want that incident to detract from his team’s terrific victory. But it did.
Will KU’s comments ruin K-State’s much-needed victory?
Well, the victory sure helped K-State Coach Bruce Weber. Right after the game, I received a text: That win saved Weber’s job. It certainly kept the wolves at bay; K-Staters love to hate KU and a victory overcomes a lot of grumbling.
Can the Cats keep it going? They have better chances when the opponents don’t have sound guard play. KU lacks leadership and consistency at guard. The Cyclones can shoot treys and they also penetrate so well off the dribble-drive.
KU should bounce back without a problem against the Longhorns, a 6-9 conference team.
Too bad the TV schedule bunches the Big 12 games together.
Charlie Weis told the South Bend Tribune it was highly doubtful that he would coach again.
Kansas fired Weis in September after posting a 6-22 record in three-plus seasons.
Before taking the Kansas job, Weis was the offensive coordinator for Florida and the Kansas City Chiefs and spent five seasons as head coach at Notre Dame, taking the team to three bowl appearances. He was also the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots’ first three Super Bowl victories before taking the Notre Dame job.
Notre Dame will continue to pay Weis through December, and Kansas owes him around $7 million.
Weis said he wouldn’t miss being in the spotlight, adding that he wasn’t angry at Notre Dame or Kansas, but wished he could have lasted longer with the Irish.
“I do care about that,” he said. “And some of the way I was portrayed was my own fault. Before you start blaming other people, some of it’s your own fault. They can judge my coaching and recruiting however they want. That is their right as fans. But to judge you as a person without knowing who you are, I never thought that was right.”
A man in a Florida supermarket tried to buy half a head of lettuce. The young produce assistant told him that they sold only whole heads of lettuce. But the man persisted and asked to see the manager. The boy said he would ask his manager about it.
Walking into the back room, the boy said to his manager, “Some asshole wants to buy half a head of lettuce.” Just as he finished his sentence, he turned to find the man standing right behind him,
So he added, “And this gentleman has kindly offered to buy the other half.”
The manager approved the deal, and the man went on his way.
Later the manager said to the boy, “I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier. We like people who think on their feet here. Where are you from, son?”
The boy replied, ” Green Bay , Wisconsin, sir.”
“Well, why did you leave Green Bay ?” the manager asked.
“Sir, there’s nothing but whores and football players up there.”
“Really,” said the manager. “My wife is from Green Bay .”
“No kidding,” replied the boy. “What position did she play?”
Kansas State wideout Tyler Lockett wowed them at the NFL combine but his teammate, center B.J. Finney, and Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney had mixed reactions, according to scouting reports.
After one of Lockett’s workouts, a scout said, “He killed it today.”
During the gauntlet — a drill in which the receiver is required to catch seven balls from different directions in rapid succession — Lockett had two perfect runs, and caught all 14 balls with his hands. One of the major concerns with Lockett through his career, according to scouts, was his propensity to let balls come into his chest. During quarterback drills, Lockett also made a spectacular diving catch on a ball Nick Marshall threw off-target.
Lockett was officially measured at 5-10, 182, with 30-inch arms.
He had originally been reported as running a 4.40 and then a 4.41, unofficial hand times. Then ESPN reported a 4.35, and then the NFL web site changed it to 4.35. But when the times were made official, Lockett’s time was again set at 4.40. Only four wideouts — UAB’s J.J. Nelson at 4.28, Miami’s Phillip Dorsett at 4.33 and Georgia’s Chris Conley and West Virginia’s Kevin White at 4.35 — bested Lockett.
On Finney, scouts mainly went with college data. He has a quick snap and set-up with smooth lateral movements off the ball. Moves his feet well to generate movement in the run game. Above-average awareness and vision, sensing and anticipating the action well. Plays like a veteran and isn’t surprised by much. Uses proper mechanics and body angles, playing within himself. Tough in the trenches with a stout body type. Not an easy guy to move from his spot and wrestling background shows. Quick and lively hand usage. Can pull and get to the outside, staying light on his feet with enough mobility to get the job done at the second level. Durable and tough, starting 52 straight games in college.
However, scouts said he played too high and straight-legged off the snap.
Heeney had good college numbers but scouts still wince at his height, 6 feet. To put that in perspective, no Chiefs linebacker comes in under 6-1. Only four linebackers at or under 6-feet were drafted last season. While he has a great motor, one NFC scout, according to NFL.com, said he guessed too much.