Mike Hart

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mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

I find it rather sad and pathetic that most people on here are blaming the NCAA and not laying any fault at the feet of the coaching staff for getting caught up in this. If Gassnola is such a scumbag, then exactly why is Bill Self texting him? Asking about players' status? Why is Townsend not coming forward to explain his text messages? If KU had nothing to hide, then explain the messages. The bottom line is that it is irrelevant if everyone else is doing it too. This isn't anywhere near over... and guilty schools will be punished. If... and I mean IF.. .KU is guilty of some underhanded crap, then I have no sympathy for any penalties imposed. My only sympathies go to players who had nothing to do with this crap. Blaming the NCAA for KU aligning with Adidas.. seemingly improperly.. is no one's fault other than Kansas. Boo hoo hoo for Preston... and while it sucks for DeSousa... and if you want to feel sorry for DeSousa.. then blame KU for being a willing participant in this... co-responsible for his ineligibility.

Sorry, but if Adidas is providing benefits to players, parents and/or guardians... in order to steer them to KU... then that activity is no different than what a wayward booster does. Rather than cast judgement... wait and see what all comes out.

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

Well, since the transcript says Townsend was responding directly to "he wants cash, housing and employment opportunities for family"... it should be pretty clear as to what "it" is referring to. Let's be serious...Set your KU hat aside and accept the comment for what it is. You know damn well what was intended. If something else was meant.. then KU is doing an incredible disservice by not having Townsend step forward and explain his comments. No, in fact, the University of Kansas chancellor would have you believe that he hasn't even SPOKEN to Townsend about it... under the guise of "waiting for direction from the NCAA". Give me a break...

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

No one believes that... only the dreamers.

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

Correcting your post: “One would hope that not playing Preston last year and DeSousa this year indicates that Self and the athletic department took the proper steps once they actually became aware that KU’s infractions were identified and they wouldn’t be able to just sweep it under the rug”

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

I think you are forgetting that the Townsend text messages were NOT allowed in court... as KU was not on trial. Hence, KU’s culpability and knowledge of events was not fully argued.

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

Leave Brett alone. He is still recovering from the David Beaty years. He is newly following Kansas again after a one year hiatus. In fact, LaGerald Vick's woes may be tied to Beaty in some way... ;)

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

Some have commented on the the free throw stats jumping out at them. What should have jumped out... was the way UK dominated the offensive glass. It was UK's ability to keep offensive possessions alive with 17 offensive rebounds that kept UK in the game in the first half. Our inside game is 90% Dedric Lawson. The only other "inside" game we have is guard penetration, typically by Dotson. As we were getting killed on the glass, i was wondering where Mitch Lightfoot was. Dedric Lawson played 39 minutes. McCormack played 8 mins.. and Mitch Lightfoot was a DNP again. With size like UK, you can't just rely on Dedric Lawson. He was forced into some woeful shots in the 2nd half... just forcing them up, and as the focal point of the offense, he got UK's attention all night with double teams... and Lawson showed some fatigue. If KU rebounds with UK... offensive and defensive glass... KU wins this game. Can't do that with one big man on the court. Lawson needs a help... even if 3 minutes at a time for a breather. KU had 9 offensive rebounds as a team... just 9. UK big Reid Travis had 7 by himself.

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

The knock on Les Miles at LSU... and one of the main reasons he got fired, was because of his run heavy approach and inability to establish / promote / demand a balanced offense. Go back and re-read the criticisms by a fair number of critics... that perhaps the game has passed him by and his approach was too old-school. Mind you.. .I am not saying these criticisms are necessarily legitimate. However, in the 2019 class (December) we recruited a juco QB and some WR under the impression they were joining Chip Lindsey and a multi-dimensional offense. If we focus on run heavy, then we are limiting ourselves in my humble opinion. Also, it is Jan 22nd, and I haven't seen any chatter at all on even any prospects with the Feb signing date fast approaching. Now it's a balance of finding the right guy.. .versus trying to lure some of the remaining quality recruits. I prefer we find the right guy.. .even if it means scrapping any hope of garnering offensive recruits for Feb signing day. 2019 recruiting class is less important than the future of the program. Let the OC search take the time it needs to get the right guy.

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

Would suggest you follow your own advice: "not pass judgement on such situations unless you're in possession of direct knowledge". Then you say you are "convinced that DeSousa himself is clean". But that's just it... we aren't in possession of direct knowledge. So just as you can't convict the kid... you can't absolve him either.

mhart123 (Mike Hart) says...

That's a crock. The NCAA sat on their butts... right... like KU didn't sit on their butts.. not even submitting their findings to the NCAA until 6 days before Christmas... right before NCAA was on holiday break. Come January... and 3 weeks later... Preston was gone. It came out that the Prestons were full of crap... the Adidas story that they advocated Nicole and her son repeat back to investigators was garbage and wouldn't hold water. He flat out bailed.. and the Prestons never admitted a damn thing that they did.. in fact, they did the opposite.. Nicole denied every bit of it all the way to the end. Preston family gave up? Yeah.. they gave up on their bogus story. Preston could join the suit? For what.. lying to KU and lying to investigators? someone hasn't been paying attention... at all. Preston's mom was knee deep in the scandal and fraudulent activity... hiding it every step of the way.