“Before the game [at Texas Tech on Tuesday night], I could tell them about Florida/Arkansas which at that time was about a 23-point lead for Arkansas. It was a good way to get their attention and for motivation. I don’t know if it did the trick.”
Bruce Weber, on how he used Florida getting upset at Arkansas as a motivational tool as his team prepared to take on the Red Raiders, 810 AM
GH: I found it interesting that Weber felt comfortable enough in a live interview with The Border Patrol to mention how he and his Wildcats were not only paying attention to another basketball game while they dressed in Lubbock but that he would use that game to motivate his team. I know when I flipped on my satellite radio on the way home from the office and the digital interface showed the Hogs leading the Gators 39-19, I thought my radio was broken.
“Who’d [Arkansas] beat? They beat Florida? Bad job, bad effort out of me. I can’t even lie my way out of that one.”
Danny Parkins, after Carrington Harrison mentioned that Arkansas upset Florida Tuesday night, 610 AM
GH: Parkins made this comment at 1:40 PM on Wednesday, about 18 hours after the biggest upset in the SEC this season went final. I don’t expect Parkins or any sports talk show host to have their finger on everything that happens overnight in the world of sports. But I damn sure expect the host of a four-hour midday sports talk show to know about and have in-depth knowledge of when a headline upset like this hits. At least Parkins realized he sounded clueless. Maybe there is hope.
“One [reason] is that Jordan [Henriquez] is a senior and I think it gives him a sense of pride to start. And then the guys that play well get in [the game] at the end.”
Bruce Weber, on why he is starting Henriquez but playing Thomas Gipson more minutes, 810 AM
GH: I am starting to warm to the alien-sounding pipes of Bruce Weber – mostly because his team looks well coached. The Cats have two huge games staring at them – a revenge matchup with Iowa State on Saturday and a second chance at Kansas in Lawrence on Monday night. Win both of those and Weber’s voice will sound like John Facenda to Wildcat fans.
“Michael Beasley got pulled over doing 71 in a 45 on a suspended license in a car with no license plate. He also had a gun w/ no registration.”
GH: Oh, Beasley. This guy should be the poster child for those who say one-and-done college basketball players have no good reason to stay in school for a second year.
“Our phones breaking up and I can tell you’re a busy man. We’re going to let you go.”
Danny Parkins, as he cut off Laurence Bowers in the middle of his answer as to the difference between playing in the Big 12 and the SEC, 610 AM
GH: I did not intend to make this a bag-on-Parkins column but the kid makes it all too easy. The phone connection was piss poor but that could have been rectified by having him call back. Bowers was heard telling someone he was on the phone but it wasn’t like he wasn’t answering Parkins’ and Carrington Harrison’s questions. Parkins came off sounding like he couldn’t be bothered if Bowers wasn’t able to give him his complete attention. So he hung up on the Mizzou forward and spent the next five minutes telling us what he thought of MU’s effort in the SEC. He may have droned on longer than that but I switched channels not long after Parkins’ killed his call with Bowers.
“Manti Te’o shuts down twitter acct. to focus on draft?! Should have whacked it when the corpse called. You get fished, you don’t tweet.”
Jim Rome, @jimrome, after Te’o shut down his Twitter account on Tuesday, Twitter
“[Conner Frankamp] had 48 points off of 11-20 shooting tonight. 19pts in the 4th qtr, 21-22 from the line. Dude is gonna be a star!”
Ben Mantoth, @bman2th, on the KU recruit out of Wichita North, Twitter
GH: Frankamp looks like he could be the Jimmy Chitwood of Kansas basketball. He’s got a perfect jump shot to go with a deadly crossover dribble and a cardio system that is ice cooled. I hope to get down to Wichita yet this year to see him live – maybe for the Kansas High School state tourney. You can follow him on Twitter at @CFrankamp_23. He likes to retweet compliments about his game – which I find very next century when it comes to high school athletes.
“I was very excited going into that [Michigan State/Indiana] game to see [Indiana’s] Cody Zeller, but I was very disappointed. I didn’t see quickness. If you’re putting [Ben] McLemore and him in the same top five, McLemore is better – and there were kids on Michigan State that were better. It was not what I was expecting to see from an All American who is averaging 16-17 a game in that [Big 10] conference.”
Kevin Harlan, 810 AM
“People–myself included–need to stop talking about what [Indiana’s] Cody Zeller isn’t and start talking about what he is: a great college center.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, Twitter
GH: Oh how I wish Kansas was playing in the Big 10 this season. The quality of basketball looks to be so far superior to what we are getting in the Big 12. KU’s win at Ohio State tells me they could challenge Michigan and Indiana for the conference crown. Last night’s OSU at Michigan game Tuesday night was as good a regular season game as I’ve seen this season. I can’t recall one game in the Big 12 that was even close to being played on that level.
“Spoke with Fred Hoiberg in prep for Iowa St game. He will get the Cyclones to a final four in the next few years. He has the ‘it’ factor.”
Rich Zvosec, @CoachZZ, Twitter
GH: This is what you call a BOLD statement from Coach Z. If The Mayor gets ISU to the FF in the next five years, or the next 20! – he deserves to have Ames renamed Freddieberg.
“Texas has a Big 12-best 5-star (8) & 4-star (60) signees since 2009. One 10+ win season. K-State had 0 & 2. Two 10+ win seasons.”
D. Scott Fritchen, @DScottFritchen, Twitter
GH: All the more reason to bow as you drive by that Manhattan Exit on I-70. Bill Snyder is a flat-out football genius.
“This fax machine is pretty important today.”
Chad Moller, @ChadMol, in an early-morning tweet on college football’s National Signing Day, Twitter
GH: I have two fax machines stored in our basement that haven’t been plugged in for personal use since 2004. Does the NCAA require these contracts be faxed rather than scanned and emailed? Does the faxed paper roll up and need to be sliced off like in 1989?
“The Big 12 has 25 players in the ESPN300. Ole Miss has 10.”
David Ubben, @davidubben, Twitter
GH: The shocker of the college football recruiting season is how Ole Miss and their new head coach, Hugh Freeze, have been able to grab some of the nation’s highest rated recruits to come to The Grove and play at a middle-of-the-SEC program. The Rebels recruiting class is so loaded with talent that rumors of cheating have been raised…but none verified.
“I’d be willing to bet that in three years Missouri [football] has every bit the chance to be as good as Ole Miss.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman followed up this statement with absolutely nothing to back it up. It was pure Kietzman.
“I would say he’s the guy 90% of men want to be.”
Bob Fescoe, on the Patriots’ wild-man tight end, Rob Gronkowski, 610 AM
GH: I thought 90% of men want to be Smartman…and the other 10% are gay.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24