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Superman a Kansas Jayhawks fan? Also, columnist says FGCU should be elated to get Joe Dooley
A few links for your Thursday ...
• The "Man of Steel" movie trailer was released Tuesday, and already it has caused a lot of buzz around Lawrence.
If you pause the trailer above at the 2:21 mark, you can see that Clark Kent, aka Superman, is wearing a "Kansas Athletics" shirt.
In the comic books and movies, Superman is raised by a family in Kansas, but this is the first time I've seen him linked to an actual university.
As of Thursday afternoon, the trailer had more than 8 million views on YouTube.
• KU assistant coach Joe Dooley officially accepted the Florida Gulf Coast head coaching position on Wednesday, and so far, the hire appears to be getting good reviews.
That included the Fort Myers News-Press' Dan DeLuca, who opened his column about Dooley by saying this:
There’s only one emotion FGCU’s hiring of Joe Dooley as its men’s basketball coach should elicit from the Eagles players, fans and supporters.
Total, complete, absolute elation.
A program precious few outside of Southwest Florida and — let’s be honest, not all that many inside of — knew or cared much about one month ago just got its coach from the University of Kansas.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk Kansas.
Phog Allen Kansas.
Wilt Chamberlain Kansas.
This is also a good time to look back to a nicely written story by our own Gary Bedore about Dooley in 2008.
I thought it was interesting that, at the time, Dooley said this about becoming a head coach again:
"Right now, the big thing is it has to be a good situation, a top-half-of-the-league job. It doesn't make sense to take a bad job. If there's no commitment to the program, there's no sense to take it to tell you the truth."
I'd think that FGCU, coming off its Sweet 16 appearance this past year, was about as good of a situation as Dooley could have hoped for.
• In case you missed it, former KU guard Tyshawn Taylor had a great game Monday for the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 14 points in his team's 106-101 victory over Washington.
That included this three-pointer that helped ice the game with 22 seconds left.
Taylor, who scored his 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting in 24 minutes, received the extended playing time with the Nets resting four of their starters.
• And finally, this Andrea Geubelle "More Than a Number" feature from KU Athletics is worth checking out, as it outlines all of her emotions when she won — and then lost — the NCAA outdoor triple jump title a year ago.
Here's Tom Keegan's story from the NCAA Championships last June if you'd like more info on Geubelle's triple-jump controversy.