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‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 1: Jason Candle, Toledo

Paul Brown, Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler, Chuck Knoll and Don Shula, Urban Meyer and Bob Stoops, Ara Parseghian and Jim Tressel, football coaching giants, every one of them. The best college football coach you never heard of, who just might be the best college coach, period, also is from ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 2: Willie Fritz, Tulane

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/jul/12/327051/ No. 2 — Willie Fritz, Tulane Age: 58 Record at school: 9-15 Overall record: 163-84 Impressive win: vs. Army, 21-17, Sept. 23, 2017 Why he’s on the list: A Johnson County native who played defensive back at Pittsburg State, Fritz ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 3: Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic

Some names in sports evoke strong reactions in both directions with nobody sitting on the fence. A-Rod. LeBron. Tonya Harding. Nancy Kerrigan. Tiger. And Lane Kiffin. No. 3 — Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic Age: 43 Record at school: 11-3 Overall record: 46-24 Impressive win: vs. ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 5: Troy Calhoun, Air Force

The service academies have found a path to competing against schools with less stringent academic standards and far better track records for sending players to the NFL, schools with bigger, stronger athletes. Precise, disciplined execution of the triple-option offense has become an equalizer ...

‘Group of Five’ countdown, No. 6: Craig Bohl, Wyoming

It’s always a dangerous thing to shrink a pool of candidates for any job by disqualifying a candidate based on a trait that has nothing to do with the ability to do the job, such as: “Too old. They need a younger guy.” Mention any football coach approaching 60 and this is a common ...

A preview of the final Big 12 football standings

Time to fill out my battle predicting the order of finish in the Big 12 football standings in advance of Big 12 Media Day (July 16 and 17 in Frisco, Texas): 1 - Oklahoma: Picking anyone else would require having a compelling reason to do so. The Sooners survived the retirement of coach Bob ...

No shortage of bodies at O-line for Kansas in 2018

More than two-thirds of the starts at offensive line during the 2017 Kansas football season were made by players expected to suit up for the Jayhawks this coming fall. Those players should benefit from an extra year in the weight room and perhaps from their new offensive line coach, A.J. ...

Why K.J. Lawson’s season key to Kansas recruiting

Myron Medcalf does a nice job of detailing why he considers Keelon Lawson to be “the most influential man in college basketball,” in a story he wrote for ESPN.com. The gist of the story that appears under the headline, “Meet the new first family of college basketball”: Keelon Lawson ...

Dean Wade not the only tall key for Kansas State

Sidelined Kansas State junior forward Dean Wade (sore foot), a first-team All-Big 12 performer, has scored in double figures in 20 consecutive games after failing to do so in four of the Wildcats’ first 12 games. K-State has gone 12-8 during Wade’s double-figures streak. Two of the ...

First round of Big 12 tournament tougher hurdle than second for Kansas

In the postseason, today is a little tougher than yesterday and not as tough as tomorrow. At least that’s how it usually works with one-and-done tournaments. That’s not necessarily the case for Kansas in the Big 12 tournament. In such a closely bunched conference it’s more ...

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike injures knee and will not play in Big 12 tournament

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during a scrimmage in Tuesday's practice and will not participate in the Big 12 tournament, KU basketball coach Bill Self announced this afternoon. "We will hold him out this weekend in Kansas ...

Updated roster, spring practices will clear up some KU football mysteries

The Kansas football roster hasn’t been updated since season’s end, which maintains a certain degree of mystery to what 2018 will look like. So many questions remain. An updated roster will answer some. The 15 spring football practices will clarify others. The first area of ...

Jayhawks have little Big 12 experience beyond Graham, Svi

The Big 12 tournament generally brings an uptick in intensity from the players. Given that the conference is loaded with bubble teams this year, intensity figures to soar to an even greater degree. "As hard as Oklahoma State played against us on Saturday, that game, OU versus Oklahoma State, ...

Kansas needs Vick to click in postseason

For the first couple of weeks of the season, Oklahoma’s Trae Young was college basketball’s best player and an argument could be made that Lagerald Vick was Kansas’ top performer. Yet, Devonte’ Graham is player of the year in the Big 12 and it was and easy decision for coaches. ...

Senior stardom making comeback at Kansas

It's not all that common for an elite college basketball program to have a pair of seniors as productive as Kansas' duo of Devonte' Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk. The most talented players tend to be underclassmen who play one (Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Josh Jackson, Ben McLemore), two ...

Bill Self ranked fourth in salary in college basketball

USA Today released its annual salary information for coaches in college basketball. Bill Self ranked fourth with a 2018 salary of $4,954,877. A look at the 10 highest-paid coaches in college basketball in 2018, [per USA Today:][1] .tg ...

Oklahoma State’s Mike Boynton in league of his own

No fewer than 38 different men have coached Big 12 schools against Bill Self during his 15 seasons at Kansas. Billy Gillispie, Bob Huggins and Melvin Watkins each led two different universities against Self's Kansas squads. Just one man among those 38 coaches can boast a winning record ...

Udoka reaches, surpasses century mark in dunks vs. Texas

Nobody stopped the game to announce Udoka Azubuike’s feat. Nobody gave him a broken-rim trophy to commemorate the moment. But when Senior Night starter Clay Young fed the ball to the sophomore center and he slammed it home with 18:44 left in the first half of Monday’s game against ...