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• Lots of chatter, obviously, about Tulsa athletics director Bubba Cunningham’s signing a contract extension and remaining at TU, instead of coming here.
While that’s plenty interesting — and I admit being biased here — I’m almost more interested in how journalists handled the situation, having reported that the deal was all but done to have Cunningham come to KU.
Two contrasting views from commenters on KUsports.com:
KPOP says “Journalists are ridiculous. To print a story about him coming to Kansas, blah blah, blah, is absurd. It isn't a story until he's signed and his bags are packed and he's in Lawrence with a signed contract. The journalists have egg on their face on this story. I am ashamed of you.”
d_prowess says "How can people be ripping on the journalists in this? It is (their) job to report this stuff before it happens if they hear it is going down. I would rather know that Bubba was our target and a deal couldn't get done instead of having them report nothing."
So which do you think? Don’t hold back. I can take it.
• What’s that smell coming from Columbia’s direction?
It might be marijuana, according to The Daily Beast, which ranked the 50 druggiest colleges in the nation.
KU didn’t crack the list, but the University of Missouri came in at No. 39. That, of course, doesn’t compare to fellow Big 12 Conference mate (at least for now) the University of Colorado-Boulder, which ranked No. 5 overall.
The nation’s druggiest college? The University of New Hampshire, apparently.
Even though KU got a pass from The Daily Beast, that, of course, doesn’t mean there’s no drug problem on campus.
College Prowler, a site that boasts it’s a college guide written for students by students, gives KU a C+ grade for its drug scene — the same grade as Missouri.
And, in case you were like me and wondering if an “A+” meant no drugs or lots of drugs on such a survey, an “A+” would indicate a situation where drugs and alcohol were not noticeable on campus and there was no peer pressure to use drugs.
• One reader had an interesting thought after reading my article on Bill Self’s offer to spend 15 minutes via Skype with a family on Christmas Eve in return for a donation to charity.
The offer is currently worth more than $1,000 on eBay.
Here’s my reader’s take:
“Wouldn't it be great if whoever won the "bid" would donate the online chat with Coach Self to a military unit of KU basketball fans who are serving/spending Christmas Eve in Afghanistan?”
I don’t know how feasible that would be — if a call to Fort Riley’s public affairs division would be all that it took to set that up.
While that would be pretty spiffy, I don’t think I’d mind someone using it to have Self chat with their family in exchange for a $1,000-plus donation to charity. That’s pretty spiffy, too.
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