Sports Opinion

Wolverines go with safe, solid pick in Brady Hoke

Michigan settled on Brady Hoke. There’s no getting around that. Convincing the public that Hoke was the No. 1 candidate all along becomes an impossible sales pitch for athletic director Dave Brandon.He kept Michigan football in a state of limbo for six weeks, and the result of all that ...

New football hires generate optimism at Texas

New Texas football hires Manny Diaz and Bryan Harsin waited about three minutes into Friday’s lunch with Mack Brown to start talking business.Barbecue took a back seat to strategy and serious planning of spring practice. Ideas bounced around the table between Diaz, the incoming defensive ...

How good is KU basketball??Good question

KU vs. MichiganBox ScoreFar from perfect: Jayhawks survive Wolverines in OTUM: Jayhawks tough on ‘D’Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookKeegan ratingsAnn Arbor, Mich. ? If not for an overtime in which Kansas University’s basketball team played like its confident, aggressive self, it ...

Transparency the best medicine for KU athletic department

News has come out of the Kansas University athletic department ticket scandal like a dripping faucet. You know it’s coming, but it still keeps you awake at night.The latest drip — last week’s revelation that Kassie Liebsch and Rodney Jones will have change-of-plea hearings Thursday and ...

Jake Sharp’s dream still alive

Too small. Won’t make the transition from high school record-breaker to featured running back in college. Dreamer.Jake Sharp, on the short and narrow side, took all those outside doubts and turned them into jet fuel he used to burn his way to 2,239 rushing yards (10th in school history) and ...

Break makes KU basketball better, but could immaturity return?

KU vs. UMKCBox ScoreWell adjusted: Taylor comfortable with Selby nowRoo relishes reunionTravis Releford's windmill dunk draws kudosGary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookKeegan ratingsThe list of things to love about Kansas University’s undefeated, third-ranked basketball team runs deep.For ...

About that name … it’s ZENG-er

Jayhawk fans worried about nailing down the pronunciation of new Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s first name need look no farther than Tom Cross for help.Cross, Zenger’s football coach at Hays High in the 1980s, had a simple way around the issue. “Officials used to ...

Bill Self uses holiday break to teach Morris twins a lesson

KU vs. Miami (Ohio)Box scoreThe magic touch: Massage from mom helps Selby reboundRedhawks say KU better than DukeReed, Jayhawks hit boards hardGary Bedore's KU basketball notebookAh, the holidays. A time to slip into your comfort zone, do whatever it is that makes you happiest, relieves you of ...

Raiders’ Tom Cable has earned another chance

Kansas City, Mo. ? The Oakland Raiders returned to relevancy this season, and coach Tom Cable finally won me over in the process.So I paid him my respects after Sunday’s season-ending 31-10 victory over the host Kansas City Chiefs.We shook hands in the locker room, reviewed this 8-8 season ...

Rodriguez embarrasses Michigan

The sentiment grew in resonance from the few remaining Michigan fans seated near the team as the clock mercifully counted down the closing moments of Michigan’s worst beating ever in a bowl.“Har-baugh! Har-baugh!” they chanted on Saturday afternoon.It caught the attention of some players ...

Wide-receivers coach Wyatt crucial to KU

More than eight months out from the first game of the 2011 college football season, Kansas University coach Turner Gill is staring down the first huge decision of his second season at KU.With rumors of wide-receivers coach Darrell Wyatt heading to Texas picking up steam, it’s time for Gill to ...

TCU’s speed, Wisconsin’s size meet today

Los Angeles ? The toughest part comes, TCU senior safety Colin Jones said, on the day before the game.That’s when the nation’s No. 1-ranked defense finds itself in a darkened room ... alone ... with laser-pointer-wielding head coach Gary Patterson.“He runs a play on the projector and ...

Educated guesses necessary

Kathy Vogel Kuettner, a beautiful young wife and mother of three, died from lymphoma in July 2000, and a year later, Kathy’s House, a hospital hospitality house, was born in Milwaukee.During one of my stays at Kathy’s House with my late brother John, in July 2005, we viewed a replay of ...

Releford carves his niche

KU vs. UT ArlingtonBox ScoreRobinson powers Jayhawks past UTAMavericks awed by fieldhouseKansas’ Johnson puts in his timeGary Bedore’s KU basketball notebookKeegan ratingsQuietly, while most of the rest of the players frustrate their coach with uneven performances, particularly at the ...

Josh Selby gives Tyrel Reed a boost

Nothing in a game played at such a fast pace with five parts moving in scripted symmetry and five others trying to disrupt those movements is ever as simple as it seems, but on the surface, it appears nobody will benefit from the addition of freshman Josh Selby more than senior Tyrel Reed.Selby ...

Former KU football coach Mark Mangino would be a good fit at Nebraska

When ousted Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino rode his $3 million parachute out of town and moved to Naples, Fla., the general consensus was Mangino would spend the year exhaling and then get back into coaching. Well, now that the year is up, will Mangino get back in? The guess here ...

Big 12 bowl guide, from blockbusters to snoozers

Of the dozen football teams in the Big 12 Conference, eight of them received bowl invitations this season.Four teams missed the bowl boat: Kansas, Iowa State, Colorado and Texas.Yes, Texas. The juggernaut Longhorns, who one year ago played for the BCS Championship, will be sippin’ on eggnog ...

Sporting Kansas City’s new soccer stadium in Village West sweet

Kansas City, Kan. ? When I first heard the name, Sporting Kansas City, I figured it was an exclusive yacht club on the river, where captains hats, blue blazers, white slacks and topsiders are the standard wardrobe. You know, one of those places where if you laugh too loudly you get accused of ...

Commentary: Postponing Eagles-Vikings was right call

Philadelphia ? There is no question the Minnesota Vikings have offended the gods of football this season and are sentenced to sail ghostlike through the rest of their schedule, a lost Flying Dutchman of a team paying for the hubris of its (former) captain.Navigating the treacherous Straits of ...

KU football’s Christmas gift? QB commit Berglund

Last Monday night, shortly after hearing about prep quarterback Brock Berglund switching his commitment from Colorado to Kansas, I couldn’t help but think of Bubba Cunningham.Odd, huh? I mean, it would make sense if Berglund’s commitment made me think about KU quarterbacks Jordan Webb or ...