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Ryan Wood’s Kansas Football Notebook

January 6, 2008

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Beck to Nebraska?

The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star is reporting that KU assistant coach Tim Beck "appears" to have been hired by Nebraska.

New Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini named eight of his nine assistants in December, but held off naming his running-backs coach until January because that coach was involved in a bowl game.

Beck, who did not a return a call seeking comment, just finished his third season coaching KU's wide receivers.

He's a key recruiter for the Jayhawks in talent-rich Texas, where he previously was a high school head coach.

Pelini and Beck both attended Cardinal Mooney High in Youngstown, Ohio in the mid-1980s. The Journal Star said an announcement is expected early this week.

No Gatorade bath

One of the traditions in big bowl games wasn't included in KU's postgame celebration after the Orange Bowl.

KU coach Mark Mangino stayed dry after KU's 24-21 victory over Virginia Tech, avoiding getting drenched with Gatorade in the closing seconds as football tradition usually dictates.

Two players, one being Marcus Herford, actually appeared to have the idea in the works as national television cameras followed their every move.

But they were stopped by an assistant coach before the shower began.

The cooler ended up on the sideline, tipped over, after the game.

Mangino has been drenched before, after clinching bowl eligibility in 2003 and after the Fort Worth Bowl in 2005.

Happy for Mark

Former KU basketball coach Roy Williams was asked by the Winston-Salem Journal on Friday if he "ever dreamed" KU would go 12-1 and win the Orange Bowl.

"No, not when I was there. Mark's really done a great job," said Williams, now at North Carolina.

"He said one thing I really liked, and I could add to it. He said he really felt great for those kids who have been there through the tough times. Well I really felt great for him because he had been there through the tough times.

"I think that's a great story in college football. It's a great story in what Mark Mangino did. When he made that statement my first response was, 'What about you, big fella? You were there when times were tough.' I felt really, really happy for him."

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