Kevin Haskin: Many football variables for KU chancellor to consider, but many look bleak

Spending time below ground in dugout safer for Royals manager than in a tree stand

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.

Contact Kevin Haskin at kevin.haskin@cjonline.com or @KevinHaskin on Twitter.

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