As I commented last year, KU may be one of the few schools benefiting from Covid and the new transfer portal. KU had just dumped a huge round of 20 or so transfers two years ago due to all the coaching screw ups from the past 20 years. And those transfers were a results of KU had to loading up with just about any mutt player it could find. Getting the extra year's eligibility last year, having the player transfer portal, not having a 25 scholarship limit, has now allowed KU to redshirt players this coming year and last so they can to grow, develop, and learn the system while culling and ridding ourselves of the older talent we don't need or want and adding older proven talent to our upper classes. This is a HUGE change in personnel.
Add to that the situation...last year having no real Spring practice, the coaches came in Mid to Late Summer and there was no way to put it all together in time for the season. Leipold was scrambling to bring in players from Buffalo hoping it would expedite the players learning a new system. Some coaches didn't even get to Lawrence until August. So we got exactly the results expected. It took until the last three games of the season before the team began to figure some things out. Now having had spring practice, a new recruiting class plus 19 portal transfers KU has likely right sided the roster and talent in a single year. I sooooo look forward to seeing the growth and development of the program this coming fall. I can hardly wait.
Posted 5 August 2022, 8:21 a.m.
Agree. And, why would any player want to sit on the bench at Alabama just to play one year. Now that we have NIL, players can come to KU and start and earn money for four years instead of waiting and hoping they get their turn. And with UT and OU gone, and new HC Leipold, it appears KU has the opportunity to rise up a bit.
Posted 23 July 2022, 12:33 a.m.
Dirk is spot on. Last year we had no spring practice. The coaches weren't even in the same room until July. So KU had to get guys in from Buffalo just to try and shore things up to teach the others the play book. It wasn't until the last three games that the OL started to get on the same page. <br>This year is totally different...and likely to have 80 scholarship players. Leipold is top notch when teaching the OL, and KU now has depth and talent enough on the line and it's only getting better. Players left over from last year's team now knows the play book and has had all of last year and spring practice to perfect and memorize and begin the mentor and help team mates. I am looking forward to seeing this team play.
Posted 23 July 2022, 12:25 a.m.
KU is the premier basketball program in the Big 12 if not the NCAA. And IMO, in 3-4 years you will start thinking football as well. RCJHKU!! <br><br>KU is not going anywhere without K State so IMO you can forget any kind of conference change anytime soon. Honestly in the grand scheme it's probably smart to stay right where we can dominate. I don't think it does any school any favors, Like MIZZOU, to be 2nd tier every year in a 20 team conference. Pretty stupid to think that putting all the best teams in the same conference won't result in half of them becoming second tier. KU staying put and developing the football team to me is smart and will likely result in KU dominating the league with all kinds of air time.
Posted 23 July 2022, midnight
Not. Check it. When Beatty left, his last class, a majority of the transfers graduated and the team roster went from a majoriy of non-local players with a ton of transfers to having more than 50% of the players being from Kansas and Missouri and less than 10 transfers. Beatty's last year Senior class was comprised mostly of graduating transfers, if memory serves it was 18. I wrote about this often over two years ago. What Miles was left when he got here was a large young Sophomore and Freshman group mostly local along with returning out of state 3 star athletes like Pooka. But, with KU flipping coaches so much many of the Juniors and Sophomore transferred. Which is why now, and again, Leipold has such a young group. The difference this time is Covid allowed for Super Seniors and now KU has the opprotunity to catch up in the scholarship department.
Posted 16 November 2021, 12:30 p.m.
Matt please correct me I don't have access to the scholarship list and maybe you do. But, from what I can tell there are 78 rated players on the roster. Almost all 3 star players and I would think that all or most have scholarships. Which is a very good number by the way. A lot more than what people think. IMO, this is the case because 1. Beatty and Miles both recruited big Freshman classes and then redshirted quite a few players. 2. Covid allowed players to return as Super Seniors so the portal played less a role than it normally would. <br><br>So, it appears to me there are 35 combined Freshmen/ Freshmen Red Shirts, 17 Sophomores, 18 Seniors, and 8 Juniors. Hence we are young. With the 18 Seniors leaving KU returns 60 and Leipold if he wants can recruit a full class of 25 to give KU 85 scholarship players in 2022. However, with the low number of Juniors becoming Seniors and the 35 Freshmen returning, I expect 8 to 10 of this years Freshmen to redshirt next year allowing Leipold to add 15-18 new Freshmen plus 5 to 7 scholarships to go to upper classmen portal transfers to fill holes.<br><br> By the end of 2022 it appears to me that KU will be at capacity and will no longer need portal players to fill holes.
Posted 15 November 2021, 6:58 p.m.
I tell you what now. Two more games and we recruit and sign more players and then finally get time enough to prepare for next season.
Posted 15 November 2021, 4:13 p.m.
Congrats to Casey, Daniels, the Whole Team! Great Job!<br><br>Just goes to show even a walk-on can win a game. To all you nay-sayers saying KU has to recruit better athletes...while that may be true...I wonder how many 4 and 5 star players were on Texas' team this year. How about those better athletes? It sure did help Texas in this game didn't it! After all, a 5 star or 4 star player couldn't possibly get beat by a walk-on or by KU's 3 star roster now huh! When I coached young athletes, in determining starters, inevitably I had a few better athletes that were not quite as motivated as some other players, having less talent, that kept getting the job done no matter how ugly it looked. Good coaches motivate, recognize success, and provides opportunity. Texas wasn't motivated, and they played like they were out of gas. KU was motivated and didn't give up and ggot the opportunities. imo, wow!!! Leipold and company appear to be the real deal. RCJHKU!!<br><br>
Posted 15 November 2021, 10:04 a.m.
I have no issue with feeding DMac. Even if he is a bit inconsistent and awkward to the bucket he draws attention and it just opens things up for Braun and Martin. Plus, Mac is only getting better.
Posted 11 November 2021, 2:03 p.m.
No, better athletes did not just beat us. OU does have some better talent but KU has plenty of talent to do the job and is getting better because they are beggining to learn Leipold's system. The reason we lost is we made too many mistakes.
Posted 23 October 2021, 6:07 p.m.