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BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

I wanted Mike Leach. Period.

But, since the discussions started weeks ago (if not longer) about replacing Turner Gill, and definitely when serious evaluation of candidates began late Sunday afternoon after the firing, the single factor that I could not dismiss were Leach's two ongoing lawsuits.

These were not ordinary lawsuits. These were lawsuits against (1) a fellow conference member at a time of tenuous conference allignment and (2) the leading, most powerful and omnipresent programmer of collegiate sports.

Hiring Texas Tech would have to incense powers in Texas, ones that we are dependent upon, like it or not, for much of our existence as a BCS-level player in these times. That extends beyond Texas Tech to the system itself, including Texas. Smart move?

Suing ESPN, a rather vindictive group by various accounts (including Mike Leach's himself), potentially could jeopardize appearances of, yes, our shining beacon of a basketball program on Big Mondays, Saturday Game Days, etc., etc., etc. Those appearances are gold for Bill Self and KU, and nothing says that we get the appearances at the level we have enjoyed over the years. Not that we won't be on, but the frequency, which KSU, MU and others in the conference have complained about for years, could be reduced by the good folks in Bristol as a token of their thanks for bringing Mr. Leach aboard. (And, the last I heard was that the Longhorn Network is also an ESPN and Texas collaboration.) Smart move?

Let's face it. Mike Leach is and always was a risky hire for the well-being of Kansas and any competent, observant and savvy Chancellor and AD would have to think long and hard about whether we ever could have brought the Pirate aboard without endangering the entire ship going forward. And, remember, I wanted Mike Leach as much as anybody for all the reasons that everybody did.

We pay our leaders to sit back and take a detached, considered position. The fact that we didn't land Leach could well be that we never could, or even should, seriously try - at least so long as the lawsuits were pending against who they were. Unlike the portrayals made by some notably anti-KU radio and press commentators, not 'being able" to hire Leach is hardly a reflection of the quality of the KU job.

It may be the smartest thing we never did.

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

The only way this can be about race is if our Chancellor would make it about race by requiring retention of a coach with the same profile as Turner Gill who is not black. The one good thing about hiring Turner Gill is that it showed we would not allow race to be a factor in not hiring. Neither should it be a factor in firing. When it is not - both ways - we will know we have overcome the racial component and come a long way in doing so.

Any firing, a well-earned one, should be based on the merits. And anyone who has spent their hard cash on this program the last two years - and sat out in the wind, the damp and the cold of Arrowhead yesterday - knows exactly what I'm talking about.

On KU's next move must be bold one

Posted 27 November 2011, 2:27 p.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

If Gill is the head coach past this weekend, I know of $ 1,500.00 in annual season ticket purchases that won't be available for whenever the payoff comes. Unless the Chancellor has handcuffed the AD, and that's not outside the realm, the AD should fire Gill or quit himself because his credibility with many, many of us will be as gone as Gill's.

And, the only guy who can remotely excite me going forward is Mike Leach. Instant credibility, big in Texas, knows the conference, has scores to settle and is smart, articulate and entertaining. Plus, and something lost in the previous hiring decision, a proven BCS winner.

As to MU, we should play them every year. Why puss out just because we're pissed that they're leaving the conference. Hell, this rivalry is bigger than the conference and always has been. I would rather beat them than go to a 3rd tier bowl game any year. We owe that to Fam if for no other reason but, we've got a lot more reasons going all the way back to the 1850s.

(Plus, after they kick our ass tomorrow, do we really want to end the rivalry on that note?)

On Sully says KU can beat MU

Posted 25 November 2011, 3:45 p.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Are you out of your mind? "This loss is on you buddy?" What loss? A recruit? Bill Self wins basketball games. For anyone interested in empirical evidence, go look it up. Highest winning percentage of any coach at his school since he started here. A National Championship. 7 consecutive conference championships. More NCAA tournament victories than any program in the last few years. And on, and on and on. He went to the Elite 8 at Tulsa with a team of players nobody heard of.

If Bill Self starts losing basketball games, OK. But, losing a few recruiting battles. Please . . . . . . .

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Re the money side of things, I repeat:

BarkingHawk(anonymous) says…

A Jayhawk's Dilemma:

Money is tight. Bills to pay. Winter ahead. Car breaking down. The call comes from the Williams Fund to renew the season football tickets for 2012. Or a call goes out from Zenger to say he needs a few dollars more from alums and supporters, whether season ticket holders or not. What will you do, what will you do?

Clearly, at this point, the only issue is where we come up with the money to buy out this coach and those of his staff that his successor won't retain. His coaching ability and personna are disasters. The nightmare must stop.

Big donors will kick in, but will that be enough or do the rest of us have to do more? (Kind of like the state of the nation, from either angle.) So, are we invested enough in this program to do what it takes? With conference reallignment, a tougher annual schedule, a need for more enrollment and revenues that others (e.g., KSU, MU, et al.) have shown follows sucessful football, no need has ever been so great as now.

When the first call comes from the Williams Fund, my answer already is 'No, not unless this coach is gone."

But, if the call out from Zenger comes, is the answer, "I will commit an extra few bucks to a fund to be used for the buyout, hard as they may be to come by." Does KU football mean that much to me? Does the university mean that much to me? Do I want to be able to say, "I gave" and feel great about being part of the solution.

Even if you have to work extra hours or overtime or forego that dinner and movie on Friday night for a week or two or four, will you give $ 10.00, $ 50.00, $ 100.00,
$ 500.00, whatever? Not to go Karl Marx on anybody, but to paraphrase "from each according to his ability, to the buyout fund for whatever it needs." And, let's stare what's happening in the face, we've never needed it more.

I'm in. Anybody else?

On Another sorry trip to Austin

Posted 30 October 2011, 11:30 a.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Hey, Eurojayhawk -

Not all liberals disagree with what you say here. I'm conservative on some issues, liberal on others. But, I'm totally aboard a liberal interpretation and application of what you are advocating. OK?

On Another sorry trip to Austin

Posted 30 October 2011, 11:26 a.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

A Jayhawk's Dilemma:

Money is tight. Bills to pay. Winter ahead. Car breaking down. The call comes from the Williams Fund to renew the season football tickets for 2012. Or a call goes out from Zenger to say he needs a few dollars more from alums and supporters, whether season ticket holders or not. What will you do, what will you do?

Clearly, at this point, the only issue is where we come up with the money to buy out this coach and those of his staff that his successor won't retain. His coaching ability and personna are disasters. The nightmare must stop.

Big donors will kick in, but will that be enough or do the rest of us have to do more? (Kind of like the state of the nation, from either angle.) So, are we invested enough in this program to do what it takes? With conference reallignment, a tougher annual schedule, a need for more enrollment and revenues that others (e.g., KSU, MU, et al.) have shown follows sucessful football, no need has ever been so great as now.

When the first call comes from the Williams Fund, my answer already is 'No, not unless this coach is gone."

But, if the call out from Zenger comes, is the answer, "I will commit an extra few bucks to a fund to be used for the buyout, hard as they may be to come by." Does KU football mean that much to me? Does the university mean that much to me? Do I want to be able to say, "I gave" and feel great about being part of the solution.

Even if you have to work extra hours or overtime or forego that dinner and movie on Friday night for a week or two or four, will you give $ 10.00, $ 50.00, $ 100.00,
$ 500.00, whatever? Not to go Karl Marx on anybody, but to paraphrase "from each according to his ability, to the buyout fund for whatever it needs." And, let's stare what's happening in the face, we've never needed it more.

I'm in. Anybody else?

On Another sorry trip to Austin

Posted 30 October 2011, 8:47 a.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

I 'believe.' I believe that on Saturday evening, we are - once again - going to get the living crap kicked out of us.

And I believe it is going to continue for say, another two weeks, or until Emaw Snyder administers the coup de gras to this coaching regime and any remaining support for its continuance.

On Can’t quite ‘believe’

Posted 12 October 2011, 11:03 p.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Absolutely sums up my feelings exactly. As does AtlJaybird. HCTG is the only coach in all the years I have watched Kansas sports whose platitudes and coachspeak come off as so much scratching a blackboard. After a while, a very short while, it's just too annoying to tolerate. Plus, all it does is increase the belief that he must rely on this approach because, regrettably, he doesn't have a clue.

He can change it, it's not beyond his or anyone's ability, particularly a football coach who must have an ability to relate, in some fashion, to the public. It's just so passive, flat and uninspiring. Plus, and I don't like to say this, it's flat out dishonest. He cannot hide behind his banality and bromides to inspire any confidence or remain credible among his critics or, week by week, his rapidly depleting supporters.

Coach, give us some fire, some heart and some plain speaking. Otherwise, you can't expect the first two from us. You're getting plenty of the latter already.

On Jayhawks ‘hurting’ after loss to OSU

Posted 10 October 2011, 8:59 a.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Amen, Brother!