Kevin Haskin: Opportunity to play on road at least gets KU away from Pac-12

Mid-week musings: Rossville connection will reunite at Cactus Bowl

Musings at the mid-week:

 

— Good thing Nebraska did not bolt for the Pac-12.

— That would seemingly make the Huskers a tough basketball challenge Saturday for Kansas when it visits Lincoln.

— The last three games with Pac-12 opponents, two recently and the other in last season’s Elite Eight, went against the Jayhawks.

— Beginning to wonder if a second trip to Nebraska, for the Midwest Regional in Omaha, is possible for the Jayhawks.

— Not just from a competitive standpoint, but based on a seed that permits KU to stay close to home.

— That route would include a sub-regional in Wichita.

— KU’s longest losing streak under Bill Self is three games.

— The last time was in 2012-13 and resulted in the screen-saver on my computer.

— That would happen be a basketball picture taken at the old Topeka YMCA.

— Another opportunity against a Pac-12 opponent unfolds Dec. 21 against Stanford.

— Meanwhile, Wichita State will look to go 3-0 against the Big 12 when it plays Oklahoma on Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.

— Worth watching. Particularly the duel between the Sooners’ Trae Young and the Shockers’ Landry Shamet.

— Preparations for Kansas State’s appearance against UCLA in the Cactus Bowl are going, well, quietly.

— There have been some interesting tweets from Sean Snyder, who wrote ‘’no secret messages’’ as part of one recent post.

— Is it possible then to be open about player injuries and coaching moves?

— There was a report Tuesday by K-StateOnline.com that Bill Snyder plans to return as coach.

— Personally, I would enjoy wishing Snyder well in retirement.

— My retirement.

— One UCLA connection to K-State is Chris Fox. He received his undergraduate degree from K-State in kinesiology and is a doctor with UCLA’s sports medicine staff.

— Fox is from Rossville and will reunite with a couple of other high school buddies who are K-State alums.

— One is Brett Eakin, who works in fan experience at K-State. Another is Cole Manbeck, a former Capital-Journal correspondent who does pregame radio work.

— Cats and Dawgs, getting along.

— As much as the Chiefs missed Kareem Hunt’s production, a rookie recovery may be coming at the best time.

— Not just because Kansas City is in a division title chase, but in cold weather, success running the ball is monumental.

— Which makeover is completed first, Jayhawk football or the Jayhawk Theatre?

— Got to wondering that when news broke regarding the departure of the theatre’s executive director.

— OK, I will pick KU to succeed in football before Topeka’s downtown landmark is completely renovated.

— That’s not a plug for KU’s football operation. Nor a snub of the theater.

— It’s just that the theater overhaul has been an ongoing endeavor spanning decades. Hope someday to see it.

— Wondered the other day how Bruce Weber would look if he got a flat-top and grew a beard.

— A different persona would not win over all his critics. None, perhaps, at this point.

— However, if the K-State coach happened to bow out this season looking a bit more hardened, or haggard, I’d give him credit.

— Silly, I know.

— No longer will golf enthusiasts be able to enforce rules violations they spot while lounging at the 19th hole.

— Darn. I hoped we might get somewhere with viewers calling balls and strikes in baseball or determining forward progress in football.

— Kidding. I am fine with umpires judging pitches.

— I am fine too with football officials spotting the ball, though such rulings are subject to review, even after massive scrums.

— What number did viewers call to register golf violations? 1-800-I-SNITCH?

— Condolences go to the family of Chuck Gunn, an avid sports enthusiast and golfer (seven holes-in-one to his credit) who passed recently.

— On occasion, Chuck would correspond with me by email and once wrote:

— “I think you need a little more relaxation. … I have been retired for 20 years and it does not seem possible how time flies. Take time to enjoy.’’

— Words worth sharing.

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

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