“Team slammed by our own school newspaper. Amazing! No problem with opponents paper or local media. You deserve what you get! But, not home!”
Charlie Weis, @CoachWeisKansas, on an editorial cartoon in Thursday’s University Daily Kansan that depicted the Jayhawks as road kill for the Kansas State Wildcats, Twitter
GH: Weis was a guest on Friday’s Border Patrol and expressed some frustration when questioned about why he chose to go on Twitter and complain about the school paper. He confessed that he hadn’t even seen the paper but that his players were upset, therefore he wanted to draw the attention away from them and toward him. What attention? This is a non-story without Weis’ tweet. Weis isn’t nearly as bright as he likes us to think. Sometimes, like this time, he steps in it just to make a mess. Read on.
“Good move by Weis. Everyone talking abt his team and recruits see he has his guys back. Important in recruiting. And the same ppl complaining abt @CoachWeisKansas r the same ones who say no one in sports says anything good can’t have it both ways.”
Bob Fescoe, @bobfescoe, Twitter
GH: I don’t even know where to start with this inane comment from Kansas’ largest and proudest homer. Recruiting? What recruit is reading the Daily Kansas without Weis drawing attention to it? Fescoe’s comment about coaches not saying anything and Weis’ complaint make about as much sense as most of Fescoe’s thoughts. Is there any chance Fescoe and Al Bohl are related?
“It’s ridiculous. Just as his players are trying to prepare for future careers as members of the football team, the Kansas journalism students are trying to build careers for themselves.”
Danny Clinkscale, chastising Weis for his attack on the school newspaper’s editorial choice, 810 AM
GH: Clinkscale nails it here with his comment. Weis should be proud to coach at a school that understands journalism is as important of a learned art as the spread offense.
“I personally could care less. You are what are. On the other hand, if I don’t support the players good or bad, who will??”
Charlie Weis, @CoachWeisKansas, Twitter
GH: Here is a thought – tell your players to play better and win games if they don’t like being the butt of jokes. Coddling your players will not prepare them for the real world. College campuses should not be a protective cocoon for athletes – it should be where they prepare for success. Sometimes that means being uncomfortable.
“KU had full contact practices all week during its bye. As it should be, TE Mike Ragone says. ‘It’s football; we’re not playing pool.’ ”
Rustin Dodd, @rustindodd, Twitter
GH: If the Kansas football team can withstand live hitting all week, surely they can be taught to weather a cartoon.
“I agree the final score Saturday might be whatever Bill Snyder wants for it to be. With it being the KU game, that is scary.”
D. Scott Fritchen, @DScottFritchen, Twitter
GH: A Bill Snyder-coached Kansas State never takes the KU football game lightly. This one is going to be ugly early.
“Just put up a fight, man! Put up a fight! I think that’s what Kansas’ fans want to see more than anything. The last two years, KU had mailed it in by halftime – and that’s embarrassing.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
“[The KU/K-State game] has been a clown show a lot of times. I think [KU] will look better.”
Matt Tait, of KUSports.com, 610 AM
“Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and freshman teammates Levi Copelin and Torey Boozer were arrested last night on suspicion of possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. University of Missouri police captain Brian Weimer said an officer on patrol found the players at 11:49 p.m. in a white 2004 Lincoln Navigator in Lot G south of Memorial Stadium. Team spokesman Chad Moller said the players will be suspended for Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. Weimer said the officer detected the odor of marijuana and when the players got out of the car, the officer found marijuana. The vehicle was registered to Green-Beckham, Weimer said.”
Joe Walljasper, writer, Columbia Tribune
GH: I hate stories like this. Everything we have heard about DGB has been positive – from his athletic ability to his humbleness and attitude. But this is simply a dumb choice made by the young man. No, it’s not a felony or a career-ending arrest. But it shows a lack of awareness by the freshman as to what rare opportunities await him with a potential NFL career. Be smart young man. Doobies make you dumb.
“Yeah, I found out this morning. I just met with Dayton and Ned. It was short and sweet.”
Kevin Seitzer, in an interview with Soren Petro the same morning he was fired as the Royals’ hitting coach, 810 AM
GH: Petro’s interview with Seitzer, no more than an hour after the news broke that he had been canned – was great radio. Hats off to Petro and his staff for first securing the interview with so little notice and second for getting Seitzer to be so open, honest and forthcoming in discussing this past season with the Royals. Read on.
“[Jeff Francoeur] was complaining about not getting many opportunities. He was hitting behind Billy, Billy could only go one base at a time and couldn’t score on a double. Al of a sudden he starts trying to hit more home runs, drive the ball too much and pull the ball too much to catch up with his numbers. The next thing he knew he was in the middle of a slide that wouldn’t stop.”
Kevin Seitzer, 810 AM
GH: Wow. This breakdown of Francoeur alone is worth listening to the podcast of Seitzer’s interview. Great radio, gentlemen.
“Viewership for Kansas City Royals cable telecasts reached an all-time high in 2012. The 140 regular season games televised on FOX Sports Kansas City averaged a 3.8 household rating in the Kansas City DMA, according to The Nielsen Co. , up 13 percent from 2011. Ratings increased over 2011 in every month of the season except August. Viewership in September increased 52 percent over last year, the most of any month.”
Press Release, Fox Sports
GH: How we all long for the day that the Royals can send out a press release that deals with the team in postseason play in October rather than how resilient the Royals’ fans are in this town.
“Here we are on the eve of the best college football weekend of the year…”
Mark Packer, Sirius XM 91
GH: Saturday is a college football feast for those of us who follow the campus game. Here are my picks for the biggest matchups of the day.
2:30 PM [CT] LSU @ Florida: LSU is a paper Tiger. Look for Florida to flex some SEC East muscle and start LSU’s slide to the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Gators 34 Paper Tigers 17
2:30 PM [CT] OU @ Texas Tech: I have heard almost every pundit blast the Sooners and their much-maligned QB after their loss at home to K-State. I still think Oklahoma will win the Big 12. Sooners 45 Red Raiders 20
6:00 PM [CT] UGA @ South Carolina: These two combined to welcome Mizzou to the SEC with a solid left and then an even bigger right. Great game here, I like Spurrier at home to upset a more talented UGA team.
6:00 PM [CT] W. Virginia @ Texas: All eyes of Texas and everywhere else in the country are eager to tune in and see if Superman is really alive and living in the Moonshine State. Texas will be out to derail Geno’s Pizzazz but it will be a struggle. I like the Horns to win 24-23 in the best game of the day.
7:00 PM [CT] Nebraska @ The Ohio State: What a mess these two fine programs have been the past couple of seasons. Both are looking to make this game their signature win and move back into the upper echelon of cold-weather football. The nation no longer really cares what is happening in the Big 10 because the real football is being played south of where Woody and Bo once walked. Buckeyes 31 Big Red 28
9:30 PM [CT] Washington @ Oregon: The Ducks are as good as Alabama. Yeah, I said it. Just don’t come kill my trees. Ducks 45 Huskies 30
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