Musings at the mid-week:
— My impression is that first-year Kansas chancellor Doug Girod is deliberate.
— Quite likely a trait he learned as a surgeon.
— Assemble as many facts and process as many variables as possible so not to make a rash judgment.
— In addition, believe in your people.
— With KU football, however, the data seems clear.
— No progress, at least based on outcomes in which the Jayhawks have lost by double digits in all of their 2017 defeats, leaves little hope David Beaty can orchestrate a turnaround.
— The bleak outlook is reflected in KU’s attendance.
— Also, there is the issue of athletic director Sheahon Zenger and the two coaches he has already hired.
— Also, there is the effort to raise tens, even hundreds, of millions of dollars to facilitate a makeover to Memorial Stadium.
— Bigger picture, long term, the future of football anywhere is sketchy considering concerns over head trauma.
— Lots of variables, but little evidence the same leadership will advance KU football to the point it can compete favorably.
— Not sure how that spurs boosters into donating.
— Unless the biggest donors commit, much like David Booth did with his $50 million pledge.
— Zenger has a strong background in fund raising, but the stadium project promises to be a big ask.
— Showing support for a football coach struggling to revive the Jayhawks is, at least, a new approach.
— Girod also did not waver on backing the principal figures involved in KU football.
— So there is that, though I doubt many would have criticized the chancellor had he said additional information, and results, caused him to rescind his support.
— Much can be inferred from only three football players being made available by Kansas State following its disappointing loss to West Virginia.
— None of it is altogether positive, especially when a captain such as D.J. Reed, who had a phenomenal performance, does not surface.
— How much does a bowl bid into any ol’ bowl game really mean for a team picked third in the Big 12?
— Oklahoma State, the Wildcats’ opponent on Saturday, went 6-0 on the road this season.
— Compare that to the record 45-game road losing streak Kansas possesses, and the disparity between the top and bottom of the Big 12 is acute.
— Discouraging, too, considering KU closes against the Bedlam brotherhood, OU and OSU.
— Each year when the Champions Classic rolls around there’s always a bit of me that thinks basketball starts too early.
— Then the games tip off, the fun begins, the atmosphere is rich and you realize additional games involving KU will be even more intense.
— Anyone totally sure Washburn had not yet packed away equipment when the call came to participate in the Heart of Texas Bowl?
— That bid cut through the hearts of the Emporia State Hornets after they beat the Ichabods, leaving both teams with 6-5 records.
— In its quest to control the turnpike, ESU won the tussle but lost the ticket.
— Wishing Ned Yost a full and speedy recovery.
— I wonder if his recent tumble should make the Royals skipper go ahead and retire.
— Although if he’s just going to climb into another tree stand, Yost might be better off below ground in a dugout.
— Spoke with B.J. McGivern, a former Hayden great and Pittsburg State All-American, this week.
— He informed me a grade school travel team he coaches in football is 55-0 the past three years.
— This year, the fourth-graders (from different northeast Kansas communities) outscored opponents 668-42, with 15 shutouts.
— You can find the McGivern name on the roster. Good football runs in the family.
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