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Tale of the Tait

SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier says QB Austin Sumner will not play vs. Jayhawks

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2012/aug/31/240387/ The South Dakota State football team will be without reigning Missouri Valley Conference freshman of the year Saturday when the Jackrabbits take on Kansas at 6:06 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Just before his team’s walk-through on Friday, SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier told the Journal-World that sophomore quarterback Austin Sumner ...

KU football team ready to "dance" again

Matt Tait

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2012/04/28/ku_fbc_spring_game_25.jpg It’s been 353 days since the Kansas University football team last won a game, and you can bet there was some dancing after that one. The date of KU’s last football victory was Sept. 10, 2011, the game was at home against Northern Illinois, and the Jayhawks topped the ...

What caught my eye at Wednesday's practice

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2012/aug/29/240313/ The hot sun returned to KU football practice for the second day in a row Wednesday, making temperatures on the field soar above 100 degrees and the vibe around practice feel a lot more like the final days of August. As was the case at Tuesday’s practice, Wednesday’s intensity ...

What caught my eye at Tuesday's practice

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2012/aug/28/240267/ It did not take long to figure out that things were different out at practice today. Pads popped, coaches barked and the theme of it all just seemed a little more intense. Makes sense. The season opener is just four days away. “Game week, game week, game week,” offensive ...

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby both hopeful and confident that calm has taken over conference realignment

Matt Tait

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2012/07/23/AP595858386651.jpg Thursday afternoon, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby made a visit to Lawrence, one of 10 stops the new commish plans to make on conference campuses by the end of September. It was refreshing to see the league commissioner stand in front of the room and not be peppered with ...

What caught my eye at Day 20 of Fall Practice

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2012/aug/22/239950/ **10:31 p.m. Update:** As promised, here are some of the comments from KU defensive coordinator **Dave Campo** regarding WR/CB **JaCorey Shepherd**: *“It’s not a permanent thing,” Campo said of Shepherd’s switch. “We’re trying to develop some depth at a lot of different positions. When you’ve got young guys as ...

What caught my eye at Day 19 of Fall Practice

Matt Tait

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2011/09/03/ku_fbc_mcneese19.jpg Tuesday afternoon provided the ultimate return on making the trek to Kansas University football practice day after day during the preseason. As the team broke into position groups to work on individual drills, I found myself watching the wide receivers. Specifically, I had my eye on freshman **Tre' Parmalee**, ...

What caught my eye at Day 17 of Fall Practice

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2012/aug/18/239763/ After two days of closed practices, we were back out there on Saturday morning. The practice — open to KU students with a valid student ID from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and to the media from 10:20-11:00 — was a lot less like an actual practice and a ...

What caught my eye at Day 14 of Fall Practice

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2012/aug/15/239569/ Wednesday marked the final day of two-a-day practices for the Kansas University football team, and that appeared to be on the minds of the players during the morning session. It certainly was on the minds of the coaches, who, continually implored their guys to go harder and stop going ...

What caught my eye at Day 13 of Fall Practice

Matt Tait

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos/2012/aug/14/239533/ **Jordan Tavai** in pads and no **Ty McKinney**. Those were the two things that jumped out at me from Tuesday’s KU football practice. The McKinney news was at least mildly surprising, considering he had been telling people for days on Twitter that he would be here today. At the ...

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