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Aldrich weighed down

Center mourning grandmother

Kansas center Cole Aldrich defends Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn's floater during the first half, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Cole Aldrich defends Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn's floater during the first half, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 21, 2010

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KU survives Baylor, 81-75

Baylor gave the Jayhawks a run for their money Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Enlarge video

Kansas University center Cole Aldrich couldn’t help but think about his late grandmother, Ann, following his team’s 81-75 victory over Baylor on Wednesday.

“I wish that it was one of those things where she was still around to be able to watch,” Aldrich said, “but I think it was a good win for her.”

Ann Aldrich, mother of Cole’s father, passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 78.

Cole said he played the Texas Tech game without knowing his grandmother had died.

“She passed away in her sleep and all that, which I think was good,” Aldrich said. “It was good that I didn’t know (before the Texas Tech game), because I think it really would have weighed on me hard.”

Instead, Aldrich played Wednesday with a heavy heart, scoring 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 27 minutes.

“It’s been a tough few weeks, man,” a choked-up Aldrich said, his eyes watering. “But, you know, it’s life.”

When a reporter told him he didn’t have to continue, Aldrich reassured him, saying it was fine. The center took a second to compose himself before continuing.

“It’s just one of those things that was kind of holding on to me,” Aldrich said. “We were all just waiting for that time to come, and all that. I just kind of had that burden lifted off of me, and I think I played real well in spurts, but there’s a lot of things I could have done better.”

Walt Aldrich, Cole’s father, said after the game that Cole would not be attending Ann’s funeral Friday in Northfield, Minn.

The center said he received plenty of support from teammates in the last few days.

“It’s just a big family,” Cole Aldrich said. “When I found out after the Texas Tech game on Saturday that she passed, everybody was coming up and just asking how I was and all that. It’s just continued.

“That’s the thing, whether it’s me or anybody on the team, that’s how we are. We’re just a family, and we look out for each other.”

Aldrich said having his family in town also helped him through the tough time.

“I’m just trying to stay as positive as I can,” Aldrich said. “Just find something that comes out positive about it.”

Comments

Robert Rauktis 4 years, 11 months ago

"When a reporter told him he didn’t have to continue, Aldrich reassured him, saying it was fine. The center took a second to compose himself before continuing."

Just because he says it, doesn't mean it needs a headline. Is this the kind of stuff you guys use to sell newspapers?

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 11 months ago

Is the LJW trying to make an excuse for Aldridge's disappointing play lately?

Confrontation 4 years, 11 months ago

Yes, because we all know that Ricky_V wouldn't be affected at all by the death of a family member. At least we know that Aldrich is human, and not pure idiot like Ricky boy.

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm not saying I wouldn't be sad too. But think about the point of the article. His grandma died a week ago...did they report it then (it's not really news if it's a week old)?

He has not been playing very well lately...so they come out with this (in my opinion) making an excuse for his play(or lack thereof). I'm pretty sure that even if you're a pedestrian KU fan, you're aware that his grandma has essentially been on her death bed. We all probably assume that it's affecting him (no s*** Sherlock).

But did Cole make the excuse? No. The LJW is making this excuse for him.

Hey, we've all had tragedy in our lives. When Brett Favre's dad died, the guy threw for like 500 yards on MNF. Everyone responds differently.

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 11 months ago

If the guy's not emotionally ready to play, then why is he playing?

rgh 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm very sorry for the Aldrich family's loss. I'm a bit miffed at why Sherron wasn't mentioned also when he lost his grandfather also though.

Condolences to the Collins family as well.

Ricky_V, you've done enough talking already. You made your point so it's time to leave it alone and move to the next board.

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