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Former KU assistant coach, current Texas Tech DC David Gibbs having big season

If I were an agent for assistant college football coaches I would insist that they all are paid moving expenses with a set amount of cash and then can make arrangements on their own. And then I would insist that each one of them buy a truck big enough to pack all of their belongings. They ...

Did David Beaty pull a Tommy Lasorda with timing of coaching change?

One of the many enjoyable aspects of covering Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, the greatest motivator in the history of baseball, centered on witnessing him lose his cool in his office. Most of the time, anyway. I could have done without the flying chicken spittle, but hey, chalk ...

Friday Forecasts: Careful of betting with a system

Everybody has a system for betting sports. Break Even Benny told me about his surefire method to do no worse than break even. “If you lose the first bet, just double the wager on the next,” he said. “And if you lose again, just double the amount you lost and keep doubling until you win ...

Evan Fairs, Kyle Mayberry still have option of using new redshirt rule

Fourth-year Kansas football coach David Beaty said last week he doesn't anticipate using the new rule that enables players to redshirt as long as they don't play in more than four games, but two juniors on the roster who might be attractive to other FBS schools still could do so. Receiver Evan ...

Marty Pattin baseball stories in Donald Duck’s voice

Marty "Duck" Pattin's life will be celebrated Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Naismith Room on the second floor of Allen Fieldhouse. Pattin, a 114-game winner in 13 seasons spent as a starting pitcher and reliever, the final seven seasons with the Royals. His last pitch was thrown in the ...

Multiple factors led to major improvement in secondary in one week

The switch from primarily using a three-man front to a four-man front for Saturday's game in Morgantown resulted in a far better pass rush. The appreciative secondary responded with three interceptions in the red zone of West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, who had not thrown a red-zone pick ...

Friday forecasts: Kevin Kane learned well under Dave Doeren

I went 0-3 vs. the spread last week, which means I either am due or you should go opposite of me based on theory that it’s never wise to bet against a streak. 1 - SMU +24 at Central Florida: Northern Illinois tied with Michigan for most tackles for loss per game (8.8) in the nation in 2017 ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 1, Bill Miller

The most experienced assistant coach on David Beaty’s staff has deep recruiting roots in Kansas and Florida and has such a rich well of experience working for head coaches on which to draw in cobbling his own approach to running a college football program, should Kansas decide not let Beaty ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 2, Clint Bowen

Charlie Weis was fired at 2-2 and Clint Bowen took over, juggling the duties of a head coach and defensive coordinator for the remaining eight games of the 2014 season. The team played hard for him, had a late lead against TCU and defeated Iowa State. A groundswell of support for Bowen to ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 3, Garrett Riley

Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley checked his temper and maintained his composure in impressive fashion during his press conference after the Kansas football captains did not shake Baker Mayfield’s hand at the coin toss. Even so, it was clear that he was fuming just beneath the ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 4, Doug Meacham

Midway through last season, his first at Kansas, offensive coordinator Doug Meacham confessed that everything he tried that had worked everywhere else he was employed was not working at Kansas. It was a stunning admission, a 180-degree turn from coach speak designed to say nothing. It said ...

KU football interim HC countdown: No. 5, Cassius Sendish

College football head coaches aren’t paid by the game. They’re paid by the week, just like the rest of us, except at the FBS level they’re paid better because they landed one of just 130 available positions. Kansas coach David Beaty’s salary calls for him to be paid $1.7 million this ...

Friday Forecasts: FCS coach a flexbone genius

Told you last week that it was preposterous to make Army a 31-point underdog against Oklahoma. Anyway, enough gloating. Onto this week’s picks made with odds as of Thursday night from Vegasinsider.com. 1 — Samford +9 at Kennesaw State: Kennesaw State first fielded a football team in ...

One more reason to start Carter Stanley vs. OSU

Carter Stanley's mobility is his biggest advantage over fellow Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender, so it stands to reason that Stanley will play the majority of the snaps, if not all of them, given KU's opponent Saturday at its homecoming game. Oklahoma State leads the nation with 19 sacks, ...

Svi’s amazing 3-point shooting captured on video

LeBron James’ history shows he prefers playing with veterans, but given how many assists James could make on Svi Mykhailiuk 3-pointers, don’t you think it might be a good idea for James to make an exception? Sure, he would have to guard his man and Svi’s much of the time, but even so, if ...

Pooka Williams not only David Beaty recruit having monster season

Even if Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams continues on the pace he has set in his first three games it will be difficult for him to earn first-team All-American honors. Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor and Stanford’s Bryce Love had the advantage of entering the season as Heisman ...

Basketball powers off to good start in football

Carrying the label “basketball school” doesn’t make recruiting any easier for football coaches, but multiple basketball powerhouses, including a pair ranked in the top 25, are showing it is possible to overcome the label. No. 17 Kentucky (4-0): Mark Stoops has taken the slow, steady ...

Friday forecasts for Saturday college football games

Since sports gambling eventually will make its way to Kansas, I’m going to try my hand and picking three college football games vs. the spread for the rest of the Fridays throughout the season. I’ll track my record to see whether I should make actual wagers once gambling comes to ...

Quick start key for Kansas in Waco

Kansas scored its first back-to-back football victories since the first two games of the 2011 season by drawing first blood, taking big leads and forcing poor passing teams to try to play catch-up with an air attack. The Jayhawks took a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter at Central ...