This is an Adidas issue though. They have repeatedly said based on current information that KU doesn't appear to have done anything wrong in these matters. These are 17-20 yr old kids. There is going to be a certain amount that make mistakes/don't fit. Especially with the insanely intense scrutiny. It isn't solely 5*, look at Greene, or Bragg in recent years. Kids make bad decisions especially when they get around sleazy agents and business reps.
Posted 18 April 2018, 8:23 a.m.
Yeah I would say you probably get travelling fans bolstering those numbers pretty well. When you can drive 3 hrs from Stillwater or 4 from Norman and get incredibly cheap good tickets, and know your team is going to pound KU. It's unfortunate, but speaks to the state of football.
Posted 13 April 2018, 8:33 a.m.
Define in the clear. As I have come to understand it, Gatto was paying players/families to choose schools under the Adidas brand. I am not sure I have seen anything that has explicitly said that members of the university have paid players with University/Donor money to have them come to the school. Now, that being said, I am not naive enough to think that there isn't some connection to the school if dug deep enough, but I haven't seen it yet. I am not sure how the NCAA handles this since theoretically the school did nothing wrong, the apparel company did. And seems like this is different from say, Arizona, where you had Sean Miller supposedly discussing the payment of players directly. Any way you shape it, this is bad bad look for the NCAA and the apparel companies, and we are only centered around basketball. Would like to see what happens if they dug into football where the real money is (for most schools).
Posted 12 April 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Selden has a few inches of size and I think a bit more athleticism and finish at the rim potential than Malik showed. Although, when he learned to use his body to shield his shot better that improved (we were truly spoiled with Mason in that regard). Newman will have to be a better spot up shooter to succeed I think. But hopefully as you say he finds a good spot to thrive and grow.
Posted 5 April 2018, 1:52 p.m.
I would contend that Trae's night was even worse than it appeared. I can think of at least 3 times in the first half where he made errant passes or lost his dribble but the ball bounced back to OU. It was a good defensive showing against a team capable of putting up points. Hopefully the team is on the uptick.
Posted 20 February 2018, 3:51 p.m.
Hard to argue with that.
Posted 20 February 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Matt, just out of curiosity, what are the most memorable Jersey retirement speeches you have seen?
Posted 20 February 2018, 6:57 a.m.
You are most definitely correct in that the expectations have to be low, Self even said that.. However, we all know that at some point between now and the end of this basketball season they will need at least a few meaningful (or at least not detrimental to the team) minutes from him. Hopefully he can continue learning and getting at least a few minutes to get familiar with the pace and play. Will only help down the line this year when Dok and Mitch get into foul trouble or someone gets hurt.
Posted 2 February 2018, 9:04 a.m.
I know Silvio has been less than, well, even just mediocre in game minutes. I would be really curious how he is coming along in practice. Really feel at some point down the stretch and into the tournaments that they will need him to put up some at least even minutes, and probably will need him to have some sort of productivity. Hopefully he is practicing well and can carve out more time on the court to get comfortable.
Posted 30 January 2018, 12:44 p.m.
Matt, do you think in any scenarios they would go to a more traditional (for KU) 2 big line up. Even for a bit. Run his high/low offense or is that pretty much unfeasible? Especially if the perimeter shooting is off or matchups dictate?
Posted 19 January 2018, 7:41 a.m.