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LJW Video: Reesing named to watch list


Kansas University senior quarterback Todd Reesing is one of 33 college quarterbacks named to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Watch List, the O'Brien selection committee announced Monday.

Reesing, who was a finalist for the award the past two seasons, is joined by Big 12 quarterbacks Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Colt McCoy (Texas), Robert Griffin (Baylor), Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State) and Taylor Potts (Texas Tech) on the preseason watch list. The award is given annually to the nation's top quarterback.

LJW


Following a confusing past few days, Blue Springs (Mo.) High receiver Keeston Terry told Rivals.com Monday that he has committed to play for the Kansas University football team.

“A couple of weeks ago I de-committed from Nebraska,” Terry told the Web site. “After that, I thought about it and decided I wanted to commit to Kansas. I felt comfortable there and knew a lot about them since my parents went there.”

Terry, whose father, Doug Terry, is a former KU and Kansas City Chiefs defensive back, originally committed to play at Nebraska before recently re-opening his recruitment. Monday, despite comments from his high school coach indicating the receiver’s recruitment remained open, Terry announced his intentions to play at KU.

LJW


Jimmay Mundine's first visit to the University of Kansas in June was so good it led to another.

The second visit to the campus on Tuesday went so well that Mundine felt strong enough on Friday to commit to play football for the Jayhawks.

"I liked their program. I liked the coaching staff," the Denison senior said. "I want to go there and I think I'll end up there."

In the middle of June Mundine attended the Super Jayhawk Camp along with teammates Jordan Taylor and Cody Reeves, had a strong performance that led to a scholarship offer and came away with a good first impression of the campus and program.

He returned in the past week along with another teammate, Jaqwaylin Arps, and decided to commit to a team that went 8-5 and won the Insight Bowl last season. Kansas won a school-record 12 games, including the Orange Bowl, and finished seventh in the nation in 2008.

"The first visit was when they offered and they wanted me to come back," he said. "The other visit was all football. This time I watched them work out and they showed me around the place."

Verbal commitments are non-binding. The first day Mundine can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 4. He also has interest in SMU, Oklahoma State and Baylor and is not opposed to keeping his options open, especially to schools wanting him as a tight end.

"I'm going to check other schools out," Mundine said. "I think I'll go to college and play better as a tight end but linebacker I've got good size for it."

...Mundine has already planned to return to Lawrence to watch Kansas host Duke on Sept. 19 during Denison's bye week.

He is Kansas' 10th commitment for the 2010 class and the seventh from Texas. Denton Guyer defensive back Antonio Burton and Frisco Wakeland tight end Trent Smiley have also pledged to the Jayhawks for next season.

"It does make me feel good to know that with them going into Texas, I'm one of the ones they picked," Mundine said. "They're going after two linebackers and they said I was their top choice."

Arps made the visit with Mundine despite committing to Texas Tech in the middle of May after a trip to Lubbock. And while he came away conflicted about his original choice, Arps didn't make a switch.

"I like Tech and Kansas so I don't know what to do. What I want to do is wait and see how things go," he said. "I called both coaches (Friday) and I told Kansas I wasn't ready to make a decision to switch to them and I told Tech I was still with them but I wanted to take time to think about it because it's a tough decision."

Herald Democrat


The University of Missouri will offer a limited number tickets for the Border War football game against Kansas to the general public starting at 6 p.m. Friday at MUTigers.com.

Kickoff time for the game, which will be played Nov. 28 at Arrowhead Stadium, has yet to be set, depending on TV coverage.
The Internet sale will continue through Sunday.

Starting Monday, any remaining tickets can be purchased by calling 800-228-7297 or 573-884-7297. Tickets also will be available at the Mizzou Arena ticket office.

Tickets are $100 for club-level seats, $60 for field-box seats, $50 for upper-box seats and $35 for upper-reserved seats.

Tickets may not be available in all price ranges, a ticket-office spokesman said.

KC Star*


Looks as if Joe-College.com and its owner, Lawrence T-shirt vendor Larry Sinks, won’t have to pay the huge penalties sought by the University of Kansas for infringing the school’s trademarks.

But Joe-College and Sinks are still stuck with having to pay the $127,000 a Lawrence jury ordered them to pay for selling T-shirts it found had “willfully infringed” upon KU’s trademarks.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson last week rejected their motion to throw out the verdict, but she also declined to find Sinks and his business in contempt, as KU had sought.

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The lingering knock on the Big 12 has been that the league is overrated. Think the Sooners may have heard that partisan crowd at Dolphin Stadium mention that a time or two.

The Gators not only backed up their claim that they had the stronger conference, they rubbed Oklahoma's noses in it, holding an offense that had topped 60 points in five straight games to 14. Tim Tebow implied the Big 12 didn't exactly play the same style of kick-butt defense that he saw on Saturdays. And more than one cynic suggested those inflated Big 12 passing numbers were a byproduct of soft defenses.

Mostly, they were right, with the exception of an abundance of great throwers.

The Big 12 had talented quarterbacks out its ears last season, but not a dominant defense in sight. Nine league players were consensus All-Americans, but Texas' Brian Orakpo was the only one from a defensive unit.

The league failed to impress in the post-season, going 4-3 and losing to SEC studs Florida and Mississippi. Oklahoma and Texas Tech flopped miserably in those losses, and even 12-1 Texas had to come from behind in the closing seconds to nip oft-disparaged Ohio State.

The SEC, meanwhile, pocketed another title to go with LSU's in 2007 and Florida's in 2006. The league scorched its bowl schedule with six wins in eight tries, although Alabama got steamrolled by an unbeaten Utah.

The Big 12 was the second-best conference in 2008 and could well be again this year, if only because Florida, Ole Miss, Alabama and LSU again should be powerful teams, and the SEC still places more emphasis on defense.

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BO PELINI bristled last week when a writer suggested the brand of football in the Big 12 Conference's South Division remains better than the North.

"Is it? We'll find out," said Nebraska's coach at Big 12 Media Days. "It's a new year this year, right?"

Yup, it's still 2009. But it could be 2008 all over again. Not to mention 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

In the Big 12 record book, you have to thumb all the way back to the 2003 season to find a North team winning the conference championship. And Kansas State's 35-7 victory over then No. 1 Oklahoma remains the biggest title-game upset in the league's 13-season history.

The South's five-game winning streak is the reason why the "P-word" starts getting tossed around certain areas of the conference this time of the preseason. Weary of the South's domination, many pundits pray that the North shall rise again and bring parity back to the league.

You won't hear the battle cry for balance in many places south of the Kansas state line, however. You definitely won't have to listen to it in Big 12 outposts like Norman, Stillwater and Austin.

"In my estimation, the Big 12 South is the toughest division in college football today," Baylor coach Art Briles said at last week's gathering.

That's precisely why the coaches

at OU, Oklahoma State and Texas aren't hoping the North Division rebuilds anytime soon. You just won't hear them say it on the record.

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In a business where coaches essentially are on the clock all day every day during the season, who has time to do an honest accounting?

And conflicts of interest, or certainly perceptions of them, essentially are built-in.

That was apparent even the past four years, when the coaches' final votes were publicized, making transparent such logic as New Mexico State's Hal Mumme voting Hawaii No. 1 in 2007. That was just one of the more obvious oddities.

"I watched some of the voting patterns (that year and since)," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said. "I can see areas where guys weren't voting for teams they probably should have."

The voting could get murkier yet if the American Football Coaches Association proceeds with the return to anonymity it seeks after this season. In interviews, AFCA president Grant Teaff repeatedly has compared the sanctity of the balloting to that of a voting booth.

Trouble is, everyone in this voting booth is in competition and facing the temptation of self-interest and the legitimate concern that not to act is to be acted upon.

"Everybody has a little agenda when they vote," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "The (Texas Christian) or Rice coaches, don't you think they have some Texas fans as supporters? Doesn't it help them to have Texas higher? The Tulsa coach, don't you think he has some OU fans as supporters? Doesn't it help to have OU higher?"

That's one reason not all believe cloaking the vote is a good idea.

"Pretty much whatever you do, whatever it is, you know, put your name on it," Spurrier said.

While some coaches acknowledge they dislike the process, they are captive to the system. Stoops, for instance, declined to vote last year. He didn't specify the reasons, but on returning to it this year he said, "You don't need to make a point twice."

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Nobody is ever going to call Tyrel Reed an 184-pound weakling.

“I think it’s incredible a men’s basketball player who weighs 184 pounds is able to hang-clean 308 pounds. I think that’s a pretty impressive feat,” said KU hoops strength coach Andrea Hudy.

“It happens in football all the time (but not basketball),” she added of somebody that size pumping so many pounds in the solid barbell exercise.

Reed at times stole the show during the Jayhawks’ two, four-week sessions of voluntary strength and conditioning workouts.
His hang clean was the best on the team, ahead of the Morris twins, Cole Aldrich, Brady Morningstar, Travis Releford and Conner Teahan, who came close to 300 pounds.

Reed also completed a whopping 40 pullups on the bar, ahead of junior guard Teahan, a former high school football standout who had over 30.

...Freshman forward Thomas Robinson, who was listed at 6-foot-8, 220 pounds upon his early-June arrival from his hometown of Washington, D.C., now weighs 233.

“If you ask Thomas, he’s a horse. He’s a self-proclaimed horse,” Hudy said, laughing. “He is very gifted. His best advantage is his work ethic. His physique is great. He has long arms. He looks great.

“It’s impressive for somebody to put on 13 pounds in eight weeks when he’s continuing to run, play (pickup games) and do conditioning work as well. He’s competitive, and it shows.”

Freshman transfer Jeff Withey, who likely will be listed as 7-foot on KU’s 2009-10 roster, is about 228 pounds, up from 212 when he first arrived at KU last January.

...The Morris twins ? 6-8 Marcus and 6-9 Markieff ? have been “two of our most consistent guys,” Hudy said.

Marcus is about 232 pounds, up from a low of 210 last season and Markieff at 242, up from his low of 215.

“I think the twins went through the season and realized how much stronger they could be and needed to be in the Big 12,” Hudy said. “They took it seriously as a goal to put on weight and muscle, to get stronger and become more powerful. There was a point last season we were hitting critical values in a negative area. The season is long. It’s hard. There’s a lot of energy expenditure. They realize eating is a primary goal for them. Since they’ve done that, they’ve seen positive results.”

KU sophomore Releford also has had a significant weight gain. The 6-foot-5 Kansas Citian is at 210 pounds, up from 192.

LJW


THERE WAS NO greater calling, in the world of Ted Owens back in the 1950s, than to be a preacher, teacher or coach. 

"That's how much times have changed," said Owens, who grew up in far southwestern Oklahoma near Hollis. "But, that's the way I grew up. There was no better thing." 



So, when Owens left the University of Oklahoma in 1951, he knew coaching would be his life. 



"I can't imagine anything better," he said. "My hopes and dreams were to coach and teach." 



Owens, who coached the University of Kansas for 20 years and led the Jayhawks to two Final Fours, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night.



"I just wish my parents and brothers were still here to see this," said Owens. "This is such a wonderful thing, to be honored by my home state." 

Owens, who lives in Tulsa, will be inducted into the hall along with Clem McSpadden, Bob Tway, Jon Kolb, Cal McLish and Tom Catlin.

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“One thing I’m going to stress is no matter how hard you work and how big your dreams are, if you don’t have the help of other people, it’s difficult to experience success,” said Owens, former head basketball coach at Kansas University and hoops standout at both Hollis (Okla.) High School and the University of Oklahoma.
LJW


The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductions of Cal McLish and Ted Owens led to the introduction of Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins and his basketball coach’s high school basketball coach.

Mike dela Garza, who coached KU coach Bill Self at Edmond Memorial 30 years ago, presented McLish on the program. Dela Garza, now retired, and McLish are golfing buddies.

Barry Hinson introduced Perkins and dela Garza. Hinson, former basketball coach at Missouri State, now works for KU’s athletic department and was hired by Self onto the Oral Roberts staff in 1993.

Owens was the KU coach from 1964-83 and took the Jayhawks to two Final Fours.

More Jayhawk support came from the Henry family ? Carl, who played for Owens at KU, and his sons, former Putnam City stars Xavier and C.J., who are on the current Kansas roster.

The Oklahoman*


John Rohde: Great timing played a big role in Ted Owens' coaching career*


After being named the recipient of the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award, Chaminade Julienne High School graduate and WNBA star Tamika Williams Raymond held a $10,000 check to donate to the charity of her choice.

She immediately looked to an old friend.

“Kisha Foster is a family friend,” Raymond said. “We go back to eighth grade.”

Foster is now the teens services supervisor at the Dayton YWCA. She oversees various programs dealing with female adolescents. She has been with the YWCA for two years.

“We share a lot of the same similarities,” Foster said. “We both have passions for our community, and especially young people.”

After graduating from Chaminade Julienne, Raymond attended the University of Connecticut, where she won two national titles with the Huskies (2000, 2002). The Minnesota Lynx selected Raymond sixth overall in the 2002 WNBA draft. She spent six seasons in Minnesota before ending her professional career back in Connecticut as a member of the Sun.

She now works as an assistant coach at the University of Kansas.

“I’ve won championships and played on big stages, but there’s nothing like basketball in Kansas,” she said with a laugh. “They’re crazy.”

Dayton Daily News


Looks as if Joe-College.com and its owner, Lawrence T-shirt vendor Larry Sinks, won’t have to pay the huge penalties sought by the University of Kansas for infringing the school’s trademarks.

But Joe-College and Sinks are still stuck with having to pay the $127,000 a Lawrence jury ordered them to pay for selling T-shirts it found had “willfully infringed” upon KU’s trademarks.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson last week rejected their motion to throw out the verdict, but she also declined to find Sinks and his business in contempt, as KU had sought.

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“I think it’s neat they (Henrys) were there to pay tribute to a guy who coached their father,” said Hinson, who at the banquet was pleased to introduce KU’s Perkins to Bill Self’s high school coach ? Mike dela Garza of Edmond Memorial High.

“I do think one of the impressive things is we had people representing our university pay tribute to a coach who has meant so much to our basketball program. One of the things I’ve said since I’ve been here (the past year), and I have an unbiased opinion: I am amazed at the family atmosphere Lew and his staff have created. Last night it resonated not only in us being there, but coach Owens seeing us and knowing we wanted to be there. That is lost in today’s athletics sometimes,” Hinson added.

Hinson enjoyed listening to speeches of Owens and the other inductees: Tom Catlin (Oklahoma football player), John Kolb (Pittsburgh Steelers), Cal McLish (MLB All-Star pitcher), Clem McSpadden (longtime rodeo announcer) and Bob Tway (Oklahoma State golfer).

“Coach Owens was so elegant. He was gracious and humble. There were a plethora of people from coach’s life. He got a remarkable ovation,” Hinson said. “Coach Owens got emotional as anybody would. I got emotional. A couple speeches, I felt like I was watching ‘Steel Magnolias,’’’ Hinson cracked.

LJW


The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder will play an NBA preseason game Oct. 14 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Tickets go on sale Monday.

The Heat features former K-State All-American Michael Beasley and former KU star Mario Chalmers, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Final Four.

Another Kansas alumnus, Nick Collison, plays for Oklahoma City.

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Riley did not rule out signing free agent point guards Jamaal Tinsley or Allen Iverson, but emphasized that nothing ``was pending'' and that if he offers a contract to either, it would be for only one year. He expressed more interest in Tinsley, noting that he spoke with him on the phone and signing him ``is something we're thinking about. I like Jamaal.''

...But he said there is ``not really'' a need to add a backup point guard and ``I'm not bringing in anyone to start over Mario Chalmers.'' Riley said the Heat is not pursuing former Heat point guard Jason Williams.

Miami Herald


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Kansas senior football player Jake Sharp was named as a candidate for the 2009 Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top running back, it was announced on Tuesday.
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Sharp was one of 45 players named to the preseason list, which includes seven players from the Big 12 Conference.
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Sharp averaged 66.2 yards per game last year to rank eighth in the Big 12 and 70th nationally, but upped his average to 88.8 yards per game against conference opponents.? That mark was third in the league behind Kendall Hunter of Oklahoma State and Chris Brown of Oklahoma.

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KU AD Jake Sharp feature


Kansas head football coach Mark Mangino will welcome 105 players when the Jayhawks report for fall training camp on Thursday.
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The players will complete physicals, receive equipment and attend meetings on their first day.? The team will hold its first practice on Friday.
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Jayhawk fans will have an opportunity to see this season’s team in action during camp when open practices are held on August 11 at 9 a.m. and on Fan Appreciation Day on August 26.

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So here’s the thing about Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing: The Jayhawks never really have had anyone like him.

This is a guy who finished the 2008 season ranked in the top 10 nationally in passing yards, passing yards per game, total offense and completions, who has helped lead Kansas to 20 victories in the past two seasons, to the program’s first BCS bowl and to its first Big 12 North title ? which it shared with Missouri in ’07.

Which raises the question: With his senior season just weeks away, would coach Mark Mangino and his Kansas program ever consider a “Reesing for Heisman” campaign?

LJW


"We’re not going to put up billboards in Times Square,” said Mangino, adding that KU might stage a letter-writing campaign to Heisman voters, if necessary.

In a league that already features the current Heisman winner and runner-up in Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford and Texas’ Colt McCoy, respectively, Reesing cracking into serious Heisman contention is a long shot. But his numbers at least earn him an early look.

Last year, Reesing set the KU single-season record for passing yards (3,888) and completions (329) during the Jayhawks’ 8-5 season. Over the last two years, he’s helped make Kansas football relevant in setting the school’s passing record each season while leading the Jayhawks to a 12-1 finish and No. 7 final ranking in 2007.

Not bad for a 5-foot-11 quarterback who had trouble earning anyone’s attention even after completing a state-high 72 percent of his passes his senior year at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas.

"I’ve had to fight off naysayers my whole life,” Reesing said. "But I’ve shown that I can play a little football here and there.”

San Antonio Express-News


ESPN selects Kansas as a Top 40 program


Yes, Tony Temple’s little brother could one day play football for Kansas after quitting the Missouri football team last January.

But no, despite what Drew Temple told a KU internet site, he won’t have three seasons of football eligibility at Kansas.

According to Big 12 governance officer Lori Ebihara, a football player who transfers from one league school (in this case Missouri) to a school in the same league (in this case Kansas), that player loses two seasons out of his eligibility clock to play four seasons in five years.

Ebihara stressed she could not address the scenario for a specific player.

However, the shoe fits Temple.

Temple - if he can earn any time at KU in coming seasons - will have only two seasons to play as a Jayhawk.
And it doesn’t matter that Temple may be considered a walk-on currently.

“Our rules don’t differentiate between a scholarship and a non-scholarship student-athlete,” Ebihara told me Tuesday afternoon.

Temple loses one year of playing time because of transfer under NCAA rules, required to have one year in residence at the new school prior to being eligible to play football.

Then, in a player of Temple’s circumstance, “We charge him with another year of eligibility,” Ebihara said.

The rules would not prohibit Temple from sitting one year and then playing the next two seasons. It merely subtracts two seasons eligibility from his window of five years to play four.

KC Star*


Al Davis, Oakland owner and former AFL commissioner, called Adams a prime fighter for their clubs. "They were scared to death of Bud, the other league, because he beat them on Billy Cannon," he said.

Now 86, mixing sports and deals is something Adams was born to do.

The son of an Oklahoma oilman, he played football, basketball and baseball at Culver Military Academy and rugby and football in college. He finished as a letterman at the University of Kansas, served in the Navy during World War II and found himself grounded by fog in 1946 in Houston, where he decided to set up business.

Adams quickly expanded from oil to natural gas, transporting chemicals, car dealerships and farming and ranching in California and Texas. He also was involved with pro baseball and boxing, and sponsored amateur and AAU teams in basketball and softball. His ADA Oilers finished third in the 1956 national AAU basketball tournament.

He couldn't stay away from football. He wanted an NFL expansion franchise, then tried to buy the Chicago Cardinals and move them to Houston, only to be rejected.

That prompted Lamar Hunt to get his brother, Bunker, to set up a meeting for him with Adams in Houston. Football didn't come up until Adams was driving Hunt back to the airport for his flight to Dallas. Both men had tried to buy the Cardinals, and Hunt asked if Adams would be interested in forming a new league.

"I said, 'I sure would.' He got out and said, 'I'll be back in touch,'" Adams recalled last week.

On Aug. 3, 1959, Adams and Hunt announced in a news conference in Adams' office the formation of the AFL. Hunt would own the Dallas Texans, Adams the Houston franchise. Adams said the calls poured in from others eager to challenge the NFL.

"That's when we finally got to what they became, the Foolish Club," Adams said of the first eight AFL owners.

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As the Big East continues to try and improve its future bowl lineup, the league is strongly considering signing on for a new game in New York City, commissioner John Marinatto said.

Options would include playing at Yankee Stadium or the new Giants Stadium.

"There are several possibilities there we've been talking about and we're open minded about," Marinatto said. "Because New York has been the home of our basketball tournament and we have a 27-year history there, that's something the membership would obviously embrace."

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2009 Coaches preseason poll here.

Others receiving votes (with 2008 records)
Kansas (8-5) 138; Michigan State (9-4) 136; Texas Tech (11-2) 114; Cincinnati (11-3) 90; Pittsburgh (9-4) 64; West Virginia (9-4) 55; Rutgers (8-5) 51; Miami (Fla.) (7-6) 46; Missouri (10-4) 44; Illinois (5-7) 38; Clemson (7-6) 30; South Carolina (7-6) 18; UCLA (4-8) 14; Auburn (5-7) 12; Nevada (7-6) 11; South Florida (8-5) 11; Kentucky (7-6) 9; North Carolina State (6-7) 7; Arkansas (5-7) 6; Wisconsin (7-6) 6; Northwestern (9-4) 5; Southern Mississippi (7-6) 4; Wake Forest (8-5) 4; Arizona (8-5) 3; Boston College (9-5) 3; Central Michigan (8-5) 3; East Carolina (9-5) 3; Colorado (5-7) 2; Maryland (8-5) 2; Navy (8-5) 2; Tennessee (5-7) 2; Houston (8-5) 1; Michigan (3-9) 1; Minnesota (7-6) 1; Troy (8-5) 1.


LJW Video: KU football season officially begins


“I think there’s a lot left on the table for me to go and get (this year),” the Kansas University senior receiver said. “Even though nearly 100 balls were caught, I think there’s a lot more balls out there that I could have had last year. That’s what kind of drove me this offseason as I went through and watched film from last year.”

It didn’t matter to Meier that 97 catches itself was an absurd number. Consider that KU’s single-season reception record before last season was 70, set by Richard Estell in 1985.

Meier still couldn’t help but wonder if his numbers could have been better. He even sat down one day and made a list of items that he wanted to improve upon before this season.

“Hopefully,” Meier said, “those few mistakes that I had last year, I learned from them.”

With the KU football team officially starting its practices today, Meier looks to be putting himself into a position where he could be a better all-around receiver in 2009.

...As a senior, Meier has taken time to reflect on the accomplishments of the KU football program since he joined it.

“It feels dang good coming from a family that had two brothers go to K-State and be successful at K-State and see all the success they had at K-State,” Meier said. “When I came to KU, I wanted to experience some of that success. I knew it was going to be hard work.”

He also has seen a facilities facelift firsthand. During his freshman year, he remembered the team having problems with bugs in the locker room. Sometimes, the water wouldn’t work in the showers after practice.

Now, with the new Anderson Family Football Complex, Meier said he feels “almost spoiled.”

“I think we have too much stuff,” he said with a smile.

Meier said it’s the most excited he has been for a football season since he has been at KU.

“If I catch 80 balls, if I catch 20 balls, if I catch 100 balls ... as long as we have a successful season as a team and we find ourselves at the (Big 12) championship,” Meier said, “I’m going to be the happiest guy on the team.”

LJW


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Working as the third receiver with the first team offense, Brandon Rideau excelled in Wednesday’s training camp practice, catching everything thrown in his direction.

The lanky 6-3, 198-pounder hauled in Jay Cutler passes on three of the first four plays in 11-on-11 team drills and later snared a Cutler laser beam to set up a field goal in a two-minute drill. Rideau also delivered a nice block against cornerback Nate Vasher on an Earl Bennett reception.

“Today was a good day for me,” Rideau said. “I enjoyed getting to be more involved. The ball comes to you every once in a while. Sometimes you get it a lot, sometimes you don’t. You just have to be there to make the play when it comes.”
After failing to stick on the Bears’ 53-man roster in each of the past three seasons, Rideau is performing well in training camp and seemingly has a chance to contribute this year.

The Kansas product has appeared in two NFL games, making his debut last Nov. 23 in a road win in St. Louis and then registering two special-teams tackles in a season-ending loss in Houston.

“Everything’s going pretty good for me [in camp],” Rideau said. “I’m minimizing my mental errors and taking advantage of every opportunity. There are a lot more opportunities to come, and I just want to do the best I can in those situations.”

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The preseason projections held up for Big 12 teams with the release Friday morning of the USA Today coaches' poll.
Four Big 12 teams were ranked in the Top 25 and another almost made the list.

As interesting as the vote is the composition of the balloters. The Big 12 has six coaches who are voters this season, down from seven last season.

Big 12 poll voters in 2009 include Dan Hawkins of Colorado, Gary Pinkel of Missouri, Bo Pelini of Nebraska, Bob Stoops of Oklahoma, Mike Sherman of Texas A&M and Mike Leach of Texas Tech. Of those, only Hawkins, Leach, Pelini and Pinkel were poll voters last season.

Considering that composition, it's not surprising that four Big 12 teams ended up being selected.

I've always thought the early polls are little more than a "beauty contest" at this stage. Some wish they weren't released until several games into the season, but I've always liked them coming out when they do.

I think they serve a purpose for college football as they start the hype several weeks before the season and get fans thinking and focused about college football.

And that isn't a bad thing to have a month before the season. ?

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The spring announcement that Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins also will handle the wide receivers this season barely caused a blip on the news meter. Preoccupied with big- picture responsibilities, Hawkins would probably just go through the motions with the wideouts, some figured, and let others do the hands-on work.

No chance of that. Beginning with today's opening practice (5:30 p.m., open to the public), Hawkins needs to get newcomers up to speed in a hurry. The transfer of Josh Smith to UCLA left an already-thin position almost emaciated.

Denver Post


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Frankly, most Missouri players don’t take issue with those who champion Kansas.

“Kansas, they’ve got a lot of guys coming back,” said linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, another senior captain. “Everybody knows it. It’s understood.

“I won’t get into Nebraska. It’s Nebraska. They’re going to get their respect. Good luck to those guys.”

Last year, Maclin ? a first-round draft choice who signed Monday with the Philadelphia Eagles ? made this observation about respect:

“We don’t want you to just give us respect. We want to take it from you.”

Weatherspoon has taken those words to heart.

“When you take respect,” he said, “it feels a little better. We want to go out and surprise some people.”

The big question, of course, is: Can Missouri do that minus the talent lost from the offensive juggernaut of the previous two seasons?

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Around College Football

Granted, it's barely August and college football camps are just opening.

But see Florida, Texas and Oklahoma sitting 1-2-3 in the USA TODAY coaches' preseason poll released Friday ? and Boise State, TCU and Utah ranked a more modest 16-17-18 ? and take it seriously. In a sport that settles its national championship, in part, by popular vote and not by a playoff, early positioning matters.

All too much, some coaches say.

"It's just too difficult to get an accurate read on where everybody is until you've played three or four games," says Utah's Kyle Whittingham, one of a number of coaches and other officials who favor a later start in the voting.

"That's a piece of credibility I think we lose," says the Big 12's Dan Beebe, who oversees the Bowl Championship Series with 10 other major-conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick. "Because I don't think you can know now ? no matter how much you know about who's coming back and how teams looked at the end of last year, any of that stuff ? how strong those teams are until you see them play. Or at least see the results of them playing."

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Basketball

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Former Kansas University basketball players Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright will be playing an NBA exhibition game in Kansas City, Mo., this fall.

Chalmers’ Miami Heat will meet Wright’s New Orleans Hornets on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Sprint Center, the Heat announced Thursday.

...Former Kansas University basketball guard Rodrick Stewart has signed a one-year contract to play basketball in Finland during the 2009-10 season.

Stewart’s dad, Bull Stewart, said Thursday that Rodrick will leave the U.S. on Aug. 17. His son will report to the training camp of pro team FoKoPo, which is located in Forssa, Finland.

“The owner called. He was really excited. He said Rodrick’s going to be their starting point guard. He’ll be a 6-foot-5 point guard,” Bull Stewart said of Rodrick, who shattered his kneecap while attempting a dunk at a practice session at the 2008 Final Four in San Antonio.

“He started playing again four months ago. He’s 100 percent healthy and in good shape at 205 pounds. He’s in good enough shape to play above the rim,” Bull Stewart added.

LJW


Darnell Jackson signing autographs for charity in Lawrence tomorrow


The Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder will play an NBA preseason game Oct. 14 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Tickets go on sale Monday.

The Heat features former K-State All-American Michael Beasley and former KU star Mario Chalmers, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Final Four.

Another Kansas alumnus, Nick Collison, plays for Oklahoma City.

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LJW Video: Tania Jackson cleared to play for KU


It was a new start for Keena Mays this summer, her first with the Cy-Fair Shock. After a summer in which several colleges moved on her late because of her play, she had plenty of options and as many expect of top players in Texas, a Big 12 school won out.

For Mays the early commitment of Odyssey Sims to Baylor took one of her top in-state options off the table early, though she also considered Texas A&M. Nevertheless it was Kansas and the Jayhawks program that stood out to the No. 93 ranked player in the ESPN HoopGurlz Hundred from early on. Tuesday she called and committed to head coach Bonnie Hendrickson.

ESPN: Top 100 guard picks Kansas


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