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sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

Sheahon Zinger was not fired, Jeff Long was not hired to continue business as usual with regard to Kansas football. Mr Beaty was on notice the instant that decision was made. There was never any chance Mr Long would choose to be judged by an under-performing regime in place.

One random win at home vs an opponent experiencing an atypical down year and devastated by key injuries was never going to modify those facts. (I'd concede that an away win in Norman November 17 would impact that dynamic but, given the extraordinary Kyler Murray, and the unavailability of Nolan Cromwell and Gayle Sayers, that's more than unlikely.)

Given the athletic department's financial deficit, and now the multiple wounds and uncertainties surrounding the Adidas scandal, and the impact of that on the bottom line, football revenue is more at issue. A reversal in fortune is more crucial than ever and time is of the essence.

Not that he's asking, but I'd suggest Mr Long look for something entirely different. Kansas will never be in a position to compete for the elite skill-position athletes that thrive in the high octane Big XII style. I'd be looking to counter with an unfamiliar ball control, option, service-academy offense, requiring more discipline but less size and natural talent, except at quarterback. And even the QB would possess qualities outside the conference mold. Army's Jeff Monken to coach?

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

While Kansas is not on trial here, the university has been exposed undeniably as an active participant in a corrupt, and corrupting system. No circumstances mitigate that fundamental fact. And it should surprise no one. At the conclusion of this case, whatever the result, the administration should unilaterally declare De Sousa ineligible (he should not be practicing now), Townsend should be terminated, the Adidas contract should be voided for cause, certainly not renewed, and Self should be formally put on notice that further behavior like this will not be tolerated. Anything less would be a public admission that the university considers corruption no more than business as usual. I expect it does, in truth, and that it is, and that the great majority of Kansas basketball enthusiasts, of which I am one, is OK with it.

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

Brilliant hire. Sole mission: football. Modest improvement acceptable but mandatory, one shot only. Have long suggested Hawks are geographically and culturally limited, so should recruit and scheme for entertainment, as opposed to losing respectably by smaller margins. A loss, at the end of the day, is a loss. Put on a show, gamble, race, have fun, use all four downs at least inside the 50, attack on defense, be willing to give up the big play, yes on the onside kick, no to tactical punts and short field goals, steal a few big wins. If we agree that success in the traditional sense has proven to be unlikely, we need to find alternatives to motivate kids to come to play and for folks to come to watch.

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

By my count, 23 D1 head football coaches were terminated before the 2017 season. So far, some 12 will be replaced for 2018, not a week gone in regular play for most. That's a two-year turnover of 27% -- I believe there are 130 head coaching positions available in the division.

Mr Beaty's performance has been inferior to ALL 35 of these gentlemen, as measured by wins and losses, and his trend line is flat, not downward only because it's essentially as low as one can go. The data suggests there is no person in his business who is as bad at it as he is. He is the very worst one.

So what's clear by retaining Mr Beaty is that the University of Kansas does not apply the metrics or standards customary among peer institutions and that it is satisfied with inferior and often embarrasing performance. KU isn't in the game, choosing not to try. This is not about Mr Beaty or Mr Zenger. I'm confident they are trying as hard and as long as they are capable. They are just not good at it. But they are good enough for someone, or some group of someones.

If this is satisfactory, just sorta' showing up, I'd prefer we stop doing it altogether.

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

This preseason nonsense headline would be just as accurate were it to read "worse than 101." More to the point is that without Kansas, the conference average here is 34, with Kansas, 40 -- our very presence independently drops each of nine football teams fully 6 rating points. We are out of our league and have been, consistently. Much of this is explainable -- we are not in Texas, not in Oklahoma. But Kansas State copes. How? If them, why not us? Were it not for our extraordinary basketball program, which operates in fundamentally different ways, the athletic department would be a national laughingstock, periodically stripped from stem to stern. The public at large accepts that we simply do not play football here and assumes we don't much care, since we appear to be capable of competence in other areas. Pieces like this that allege things football
are getting better or are not quite so bad (what? 98th? 94th?) continue to make me very tired. Season after season after season...

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

It's clear that Mr Jackson's absence exposed the thin Jayhawk bench and that the starters were collectively too fatigued to perform up to standard on both side of the court at crunch time. Coach Self must share some responsibility for his failure to develop what bench he has and assume that the day would come when a man would be missing. It shouldn't be a surprise that the pieces didn't fit Thursday -- the replacements were insufficiently experienced, thanks to Mr Self's season-long quick hook. But my guess is that Coach knows this far better than I and decided long ago that he'd go with his best and rack up as many wins as possible until the team ran out of gas. The silver lining is that the lads will be rested for the tournament, which was a worry.

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

Mr Vitale: A tedious, grating, extraneous hanger-on, adds no value whatsoever as an interpreter or entertainer. One hopes he soon goes the way of Brent Musburger, once a solid performer, who had also become a caricature in his old age (also mine).

On Dickie V blown away by Frank Mason's defense

Posted 2 February 2017, 3:59 p.m. Suggest removal

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

It makes no sense for Mr Jackson to practice poor fundamentals and makes no sense for Coach Self to tear Jackson's shot down without sufficient time to rebuild it. Jackson has plenty to offer for his few weeks left at Kansas, will have to accept a modest poor-marksmanship discount on draft day, and will be well advised to employ a professional shot coach at his earliest opportunity. For the moment, Jackson has no business shooting long range at all here -- every other man on he perimeter is a far better choice -- and we will have to accept that he is less valuable driving the ball as well, since he fails to convert at the line.

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

Just woolgathering at this late date, but since I was alive for the Big 7 (1947) and active during the Big 8 (1957): Arkansas was often mentioned as a sensible option as a 9th member, given geography and Fayetteville's love/hate relationship with the Texas-heavy Southwest Conference. So, you'd have Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Iowa State, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. Add one or three from: Texas Tech, SMU, Iowa and TCU. Perfecto. Even better: Kansas and Missouri join the Big 10. Probably Nebraska, as well. As I say, requires a time machine and a sense of the state of play from Wilt to Hadl to Sayers to the 12th man Penn State Orange Bowl. Here in Texas, I cannot imagine the likes of UT countenancing the addition of Houston. I believe we missed a beat with Louisville. And given the ridiculous geographic addition of West Virginia, why not Connecticut as well, given their strength of program, and/or the best available poach in Florida for recruiting purposes?

sandycove (DB Ashton) says...

It is inarguable that Kansas basketball players are under compensated in terms of their collective contributions to the "program." (It's also inarguable that some of them are more valuable than others. Shall we bid on them independently? Must we rehire them? Can we give them a bonus? A raise?)

I'm among that mostly silent bunch of hypocrites that opposes highly competitive scholarship athletics as incompatible with the university mission, but wouldn't miss a game if I could help it.

Maybe a Kansas player IS worth some $600K a year by some measure. But the figure that's missing here is what he costs. That figure is a great deal more than cost of attendance. While the program operates at a profit (unlike most college basketball operations), I am uncertain that it might remain profitable if one subtracts indirect income from sources like the Williams Fund. And how do you classify a ball, a uniform, or the like. Cost? Or benefit? It's fair to say that an individual player might cost something in the neighborhood of $200K a year to maintain. If the program just manages to break even from the perspective of direct income, or worse, should the player pay to play?

I believe it's good the NCAA is being dragged into some measure of an equitable solution, given that we're all basketball cuckoo, and wish to remain so, but the best way forward remains unclear.