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Tweetcap from Monday, Nov. 18

Matt Tait's Tweetcap from Nov. 18

Matt Tait's Tweetcap from Nov. 18 by Matt Tait

With the Kansas University football team knocking off West Virginia last week to snap its 27-game Big 12 losing streak, a lot of the talk early this week was much different than it has been in past weeks.

Here's a look back at the past couple of days worth of Twitter activity, which includes some KU hoops and volleyball chatter, as well.

RT ICYMI: Iona’s Armand: ‘I’m expecting to beat Kansas’ ‪

RT Kansas keeps climbing! Up to No. 11 in the RPI this week. ‪#RockChalk

RT “‪@KUsports: Tom Keegan thinks it's time for Ben Goodman to give Benny Goodman a listen: ‪ ” ‪@B_Good_Man ‪#KUfball

RT Hey KU fans, u've got to do better than this for your favorite volleyball/chem engineering major, Ms. Jarmoc. Vote? ‪

‪#KUfball Monday Rewind: The day almost crept by without me getting this in; Credit Weis for changing w/ times… ‪

Weis said Tony Pierson is questionable and we'll get a new update tomorrow after Weis talks with team doctors again… ‪#KUfball

Weis said there's no update on Darrian Miller's status… And that Brandon Bourbon should get some more carries again this week ‪#KUfball

Weis said Gavin Howard was looking for help to dump the Gatorade bucket on him and couldn't find many volunteers… ‪#KUfball

Weis said winning vs. WVU was nice hurdle to clear & he wants to go get a road win… Adds: It's gonna be tough sledding up there… ‪#KUfball

Weis said it's an easy week for him b/c he can criticize players w/o worrying about them getting too low… ‪#KUfball

Weis: it was Ben Goodman who blocked the WVU field goal… Official stats gave it to Agostinho & I heard @ least 1 other guy credited ‪#KUfball

Weis said Sims wasn't just running hard on Saturday, "He was trying to punish people." Great way to put it… ‪#KUfball

Weis said the high for Saturday in Ames is supposed to be 23º… Added: Factor in the wind chill and it'll probably be 0º at kickoff ‪#KUfball

Weis said ‪#KUfball will continue to add to passing game, but said: "If the line's continuing to control the line, there's no reason to do it

Weis said C Gavin Howard likes to talk a lot of trash on the field & had a lot of fun last week b/c can't talk trash when losing ‪#KUfball

Weis: Damon Martin has really come along lately and looked good; Ngalu Fusimalohi has been ‪#KUfball's most consistent lineman all season…

RT Athlon Sports and the ‪@Big12Conference honor James Sims for his record-breaking performance: ‪  ‪#kufball

RT It's a good week to be James Sims. ‪@ESPN names Sims Big 12 Player of the Week ‪  ‪#kufball ‪

Weis says scrimmaging other teams in off/preseason would be nice. Said ideal scenario would be ‪#KUfball vs. MU at Arrowhead for charity...

"Better." ‪#KUfball coach Charlie Weis on Hawk Talk radio show when asked by Bob Davis: How was your weekend?

RT Tyshawn Taylor puts up numbers for Brooklyn, Chalmers' elbow meets Dirk's face & more from Hawks in NBA blog ‪#kubball ‪ 

If you haven't heard: Kickoff for ‪#KUfball vs. K-State on Nov. 30 is set for 11 a.m. Game will be shown on Fox Sports 1...

Bill Self audio from today's ‪#KUbball press conference… ‪

Career day for ‪#KUfball RB James Sims lands Player of the Week honors; sights now set on career mark… ‪

Weis: For the future of the program, you can't just say we're gonna win our home games. We know it'll be tough in Ames... ‪#KUfball

Weis: Our defense, all year long, has played good enough to have won games. With Cozart on Offense, everything changes. ‪#KUfball

Weis on Heaps: He's been great w/ Montell, but Jake is one of the most unselfish people I've ever been around… He's a competitor… ‪#KUfball

Weis on Cozart: His athleticism helps hide some of our deficiencies… Montell's got a bright future & this was a good first step ‪#KUfball

Weis: We still have 2 more opportunities to get rid of a couple other things on that list of things that could change the program ‪#KUfball

Weis: Having won that game (WVU) helps us going forward and now we gotta focus on snapping road losing streak… ‪#KUfball

Weis: As a coach, you learn that you can't have highs & lows… you gotta stay even keel. Just like players, though, you get a lift. ‪#KUfball

Weis: Psychologically, I think WVU victory is a very, very big lift for our players. ‪#KUfball

‪#KUfball RB James Sims named Big 12 co-offensive player of the week for his 211-yard, 3 TD performance vs. WVU... Shared w/ Baylor QB Petty

Didn't Tweet during the game but can't let tonight pass w/o props for former ‪#KUfball LB Steven Johnson. Played big in a huge moment...


Friday quickly becomes huge day for KU hoops recruiting

Kansas recruit Cliff Alexander, second from right, hangs out with members of the Kansas men's team Sunday afternoon at the Kansas women's season opening basketball game against Oral Roberts. Alexander's girlfriend plays for the women's team.

Kansas recruit Cliff Alexander, second from right, hangs out with members of the Kansas men's team Sunday afternoon at the Kansas women's season opening basketball game against Oral Roberts. Alexander's girlfriend plays for the women's team. by John Young

I'm sure our own Gary Bedore is all over this and will have more throughout the week, but since he's in his hometown of Chicago getting ready for tomorrow night's KU-Duke game, I figured I'd post this quickly so you guys were in the loop.

It looks like Friday will be a huge day for KU basketball recruiting, as three of the top prospects in the Class of 2014 reportedly will be announcing their decisions at 3 p.m.

They are Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander. KU is in the running for all three of them and each made a visit to KU's campus at some point during the process, with Alexander being the most recent to hit Lawrence, as he was here this past weekend.

The announcements will take place at their respective high schools and, as always, we'll have all kinds of coverage and reaction right here at when the deals go down.

It's hard to say exactly what will happen here. Okafor and Jones have spoken often of wanting to play college ball together and Alexander's as talented as anyone, but it's hard to imagine all three of them will pick the same school. Then again, you never know. And the timing of their announcements — same time, same day — certainly adds to the intrigue around their decisions.

Okafor, a 6-10, 270-pound center from Whitney Young High in Chicago, is ranked by as the No. 1 player in the class. Jones, a 6-1, 171-pound point guard from Apple Valley (MN) High is ranked fifth and the potential packaged deal represent two of KU's top targets.

Alexander, a 6-8, 240-pound forward from Chicago's Curie High, is ranked 4th in the class and has a final five of Kansas, Illinois, Michigan State, DePaul and Memphis.

Okafor's final four is believed to be Baylor, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky, while Duke, Kansas and several others are in on Jones, as well.

All three are five-star prospects.


Welcome to our newest feature: Matt Tait’s Tweetcap

Matt Tait's "Tweetcap"

Matt Tait's "Tweetcap" by Matt Tait

Last night, while covering the KU volleyball game (which the Jayhawks lost in five sets to Iowa State), I sent out quite a few Tweets about this week's KU football match-up with Baylor.

I, like much of the rest of the world, have found Twitter to be an incredibly useful tool in getting quick nuggets of information about the teams I cover to the fans who care most about them.

A lot of the time that's done through stories, notebooks, blogs, videos and podcasts here on our site, but, occasionally — quite often, actually — I find myself using Twitter to share little notes, stats, facts and opinions about KU sports. Almost as often, I forget to throw those same things on the site.

It's obviously not a major deal and a lot of them eventually wind up finding their way into my stories or coverage somehow. But in an effort to continue to bring you the most KU coverage you can possibly want, I've decided to start this little "Tweetcap" blog, which I'll post semi-regularly on days when I drop a lot of Twitter knowledge.

More often than not, it'll be short and sweet and simply be me copying and pasting the stuff I put on Twitter throughout the day. But I didn't want you guys to miss any of that stuff either so I dreamt up this idea.

I'm sure a good chunk of you already are following me on Twitter anyway, so for you guys this won't really do much — other than bring those words to one place where you can comment on them and discuss the content with others.

For those of you not following me, that's always an option, too.

But if Twitter isn't your thing, this blog will cover that.

So, without further ado, here's the first installment of my Tweetcap from Wednesday, Oct. 23.


#KUfball CB Shepherd praised senior Darius Willis during player interviews today. Said Willis is a big-time leader & "just loves the game."

Credit #KUfball QB Heaps for his attitude. Mired in worst slump of his life, Heaps said only thing he can do is keep working & stay positive

I asked #KUfball LB Jake Love why he played like such a maniac last week (8 tackles, 1 for loss) & the Okie native said it was b/c it was OU

#KUfball CB Shepherd also credited TE Jimmay Mundine for developing into a quality leader, saying, "I like Jimmay, too. Jimmay shows a lot."

Baylor has an incredible offense and they're fast as heck, but #KUfball CBs JaCorey Shepherd & Dexter McDonald can't wait for the challenge…

#KUfball QB Jake Heaps said he's not worried about a repeat of last week's effort (5-13, 16 yds) b/c last week was "as low as you can get."

Tryin to find out how many times & when #KUfball has been bigger underdog than this week's 35.5-point line vs Baylor… Know there are several

In 1985, Oregon St was 38-point underdog vs Washington & won 21-20. Biggest underdog to win up to that point… Still searching… #KUfball

Thanks to some Twitter help, it looks like 2007 was the year and USC was favored by 41 over Stanford but lost 24-23… #KUfball

At KU volleyball tonight, Caroline Jarmoc recorded block No. 515 for her career tonight, making her the all-time leader in KU history. Stud.

Appropriately, the awesome KU volleyball band broke into "Sweet Caroline" after the announcement. In related news, Boston leads StL 5-0…

RT: Elijah Johnson signs on to play with Rosa Radom, a Polish basketball team #kubball

Note: We're working on a way to make this format more visually appealing, i.e. Storify or something of the like, but, at the moment, our blog tool does not support the embedding of things like that. Bear with me for now. Thanks!


Why KU-Carolina won’t happen

Let me start out by saying that the whole idea for this blog entry was born from the simple belief, of this writer at least, that North Carolina coach Roy Williams is a good person.

Having grown up in Lawrence and hung around with his son, Scott, I know this to be true. He’s a kind, compassionate, genuine man with an intense love of basketball and a highly competitive spirit.

Fans of Kansas University basketball know this, whether they’ve spent the past 10 seasons rooting against him or not. As the old saying goes, or at least went, Ol’ Roy had more desire to win in his little finger than all of the Kansas basketball fans in the world combined. Before the divorce, KU fans loved that about him. As time goes by and more distance is put between his 15 seasons in Lawrence and the present day, I think KU fans will slowly begin to remember that.

The scene at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday certainly made that seem possible. With thousands of KU fans in the stands waiting for the Jayhawks, Williams was cheered when UNC took the floor for its open practice session.

So what does any of this have to with Caronlina’s first-round match-up against Villanova on Friday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.? That, too, is simple. It’s my contention that the basketball gods simply are not that cruel to put one man through losing to his former school on the biggest stage in the world twice in the past 12 months and three times in the past five years. It was cruel enough of the committee to put the potential match-up out there, but the gods will intervene.

Roy left. He did what he had to do for himself and his family. And, truth be told, had most of you been in his position, you would’ve done the same thing, whether you’re willing to admit it or not.

But he has paid his debt to the Jayhawk Nation. After getting drubbed by Kansas in the national semifinals in 2008, Williams stuck around for the title game against Memphis and wore a Jayhawk sticker on his shirt. For that he was crushed by the UNC fans, and when the two schools met again in last year’s Elite Eight in St. Louis, he had to relive the whole experience while suffering through another heartbreaking loss to his former school at the same time.

Every time he's been asked, Williams has had nothing but positive, heart-felt things to say about KU and his time here.

So when is enough enough?

North Carolina, which enters the game as a four-point favorite, may have more talent than Villanova. The Tar Heels may be a bit under-seeded — third in the ACC and a berth in the conference tournament title game usually gets you more than an 8 seed — and may have the luxury of having at least a few players who have experienced the NCAA Tournament and its intense pressure in much bigger games and venues. But I don’t think they’ll win.

Forget just playing the hunch, though. Villanova has real talent. Freshman point guard Ryan Arcidiacono was a unanimous selection on the Big East’s all-rookie squad and the Wildcats have a size advantage inside, led by senior forward Mouphtaou Yarou (6-foot-10, 255 pounds) and sophomore bruiser JayVaughn Pinkston (6-7, 260). In addition, the Wildcats are the better defensive team, are better free-throw shooters and have a more quality wins. Forget about the 20-13 overall record. In the past 59 days alone, ‘Nova knocked off Louisville and Syracuse in back-to-back games and also snagged victories over Marquette and Georgetown. That’s victories over a No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament and 11 total games (4-7) against NCAA Tournament teams. UNC? Not a single victory against a team currently in the Top 25.

I think Villanova wins. I think Roy goes home sad. But, when it’s all said and done, I don’t think it hurts as bad as losing to Kansas — again.


Blind Bracket pick ‘em contest opens eyes, offers different look at NCAA Tournament field

Having trouble filling out your bracket?

Maybe this can help. I stumbled upon it the other day via Twitter — where else? — and I've probably tried it four or five different times since discovering it.

In a word, it's awesome. But in greater detail, it's the Wall Street Journal's Blind Bracket exercise. To the best of my understanding, it's an actual bracket pool, with prizes available and the whole bit. I haven't actually entered it yet, but it seems like an interesting way to increase your odds of winning something this March.

Here's how it works:

Just as you do in a normal bracket, you pick each round, game by game, but instead of knowing the identity of the teams you're picking, you're simply given two profiles and asked to pick one. The profiles, which come complete with fake names such as “Boom Boxes” or “The Ice Cube Trays,” include six categories, a brief summary, seed and RPI ranges and vague conference affiliation, such as mid-major or high major.

Values are assigned to each of the six categories — basically, the 1-5 star system, with five being the best — and that's how you determine which team you're picking.

You go through blindly the entire way, picking 32 games in Round 2, 16 games in Round 3, 8 games in Round 4, 4 games in Round 5, 2 games in Round 6 and, of course, the title game.

After it's all over, your picks are recorded and the site spits out the completed bracket.

The first one I did yielded the following results: Final Four – Duke, Gonzaga, Florida and Indiana, with Duke topping Florida in the title game. I'm not crazy about those picks, considering none of them are in my actual bracket picks, but maybe that's a sign that I should reconsider before making it official. As for KU, I picked the Jayhawks to the Elite Eight in my blind bracket and had them losing to Florida. Not bad.

Anyway, if you want to try your luck, here's the link. Enjoy!


Looking at the Bill Self contract extension

Kansas head coach Bill Self smiles at Kentucky head coach John Calipari as the two sit for makeup before their joint CBS interview on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome.

Kansas head coach Bill Self smiles at Kentucky head coach John Calipari as the two sit for makeup before their joint CBS interview on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Superdome. by Nick Krug

By now, you’ve probably read about, or at least heard about, the contract extension that Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self agreed to recently.

The extension, which, if fulfilled, will guarantee Self just over $53 million over the next 10 seasons, locks up the KU coach through the 2021-22 season and further cements him as not only one of the best coaches in college basketball but also one of the most highly-compensated coaches in all of sports.

I’m sure you’d be hard-pressed to find a person around here — whether they’re a KU fan or not — who believes that Self is not worth that kind of money.

• It should be noted, that the previous statement was made assuming you’re talking about people who already have accepted that contracts for both coaches and players are what they are and, outrageous or not, represent the going rate.•

OK, so back to the contract. Like most contracts these days, Self’s new ink includes all kinds of incentives.

• Regular-season conference championship ($50,000)
• Conference postseason tournament championship ($25,000)
• AP Coach of the Year ($100,000)
• Final Four appearance ($150,000)
• NCAA Championship ($200,000)

You know what else it includes? Thanks to a Tweet sent out by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, who was at least the first to announce that he did the math, it includes Self making $14,978 per day. Per day!!! Rovell also pointed out that for the cost of Self’s contract, the folks at KU could build 2.5 Allen Fieldhouses. I’m not exactly sure where those numbers came from, but they sound about right and they put the value of Self’s contract into even greater perspective.

You know what else puts it in perspective? Seeing where Self now ranks among college basketball’s highest-paid coaches.

According to this USA Today data base, Self is now the fourth highest paid college hoops coach in the country, trailing only Kentucky's John Calipari, Louisville's Rick Pitino and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski. The top of the board has changed a little since this report from Forbes Magazine was released last March.

Here’s the current list:

• John Calipari, Kentucky — $5.38 million
• Rick Pitino, Louisville — $4.81 million
• Mike Krzyzewski, Duke — $4.69 million
• Bill Self, Kansas — $3.85 million
• Billy Donovan, Florida — $3.64 million

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets down to energize his defense against North Carolina during the first half on Sunday,  March 25, 2012 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Kansas head coach Bill Self gets down to energize his defense against North Carolina during the first half on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. by Nick Krug

Talk about some heavy hitters and some big-time programs. Again, no surprise there, but it still is interesting to see how things sit. One other interesting note from that March article was the fact that, 31 college basketball coaches — including five in the women’s ranks — make at least $1 million per year. The information came from data compiled by USA Today and other sources, the article said.

Something else the Forbes article pointed out that I thought was pretty interesting was that college coaches, especially the good ones, often are paid such high salaries because they are the marquee names at their schools year in and year out.

Sure you get the guys like Thomas Robinson or Mario Chalmers or Paul Pierce coming through for a few years at a time, but they come and go. The coaches stay (at least the winners) and, therefore, compensating them at a high level is easier to do and more beneficial for the universities than it would be for NBA franchises, which are driven by the salaries and superstardom of their top players.

So what does all this mean? Not a whole lot, I guess. Self made a lot of money before this weekend and he still makes a lot of money now. But it certainly is interesting to see how it all breaks down, where it all comes from and where it puts Self in the ultra-competitive coaching world. You think these guys are only competitive during games and in recruiting? No way. You can bet this news opened more than a few eyes at other schools around the country, especially those where the coaches in place wear national championship rings and hang Final Four banners.

Oh yeah, it should also be pointed out that it was a nice move by the KU athletic department to announce this news during a weekend when football wasn’t playing. Not only did that give the Self extension its own spotlight, but it also was a classy gesture toward the football program, especially considering we are still in football season.