“Quarterback Collin Klein and linebacker Arthur Brown were named the offensive and defensive players of the year on the All-Big 12 [coaches] team in voting by the coaches and Bill Snyder was coach of the year to sweep the top three honors. Meshak Williams was selected defensive lineman of the year. Klein also was selected offensive player of the year by The Associated Press, one day after Snyder was named the coach of the year.”
Topeka Capital Journal
GH: I mentioned this past summer that I thought K-State’s schedule was so difficult, that Snyder’s team could lose eight games this season. It was not met with much enthusiasm from the Catbacker crowd – and rightfully so. While last season’s K-State football team appeared to win on lucky bounces and desperate comebacks to beat more talented teams, this year’s Cats were stacked with talent and they dominated most foes. Their comeback win over Texas – after suffering a crushing defeat to Baylor – was one of the more remarkable wins I witnessed this season. I am hoping the Mayans will be proved wrong in this, the Year of the Wildcat.
“Really, I have no argument if any of those guys win [the Heisman]. But if you’re asking me for my prediction I think it’s going to be Johnny Football.”
Steven St. John, on the three finalists, Manti Te’o, Collin Klein and Johnny Manziel, for the prestigious New York Athletic Club’s reward, 810 AM
“Really, in almost any other year Collin Klein would be a shoe-in for the Heisman.”
Curtis Kitchen, of CurtisKitchenKC.com, 610 AM
“If Manziel does win the Heisman, and passes through Waco on the way to his bowl game, he should thank Baylor. Had the Bears not halted K-State’s unbeaten run, Collin Klein would be the 2012 Heisman frontrunner. Still. Weird what one defeat can do to sway voters. And K-State’s lone defeat was to Baylor, where last year’s winner, RGIII, happened to play.”
Kevin Haskin, columnist, Topeka Capital Journal
GH: Klein’s Heisman’s chances took a huge hit with that Baylor loss – and in my mind deservedly so. I think Klein is a great college quarterback and it has been a privilege to follow his career from such close proximity. But is he the best college football player this season? Not to me. With his bull-rush running style and javelin throwing motion, he needed to be perfect. He was not.
“I know guys who aren’t even football people who vote [for the Heisman]. They don’t even watch college football. They just get excited about guys who run around and make plays and are freshmen. I think that’s why [Johnny Manziel] will win it.”
Gary Barnett, 810 AM
GH: Barnett doesn’t have a Heisman vote but if he did he said he’d vote for Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o first and Collin Klein second. “I’m old school,” he added. I think that’s coach-speak for; “A freshman quarterback doesn’t deserve the Heisman.”
“It is an individual vote. I can vote for anybody I want to. I can vote for the Notre Dame kicker if I want to. There is no criteria at all. No one can tell me how to vote. If someone says, ‘I’m not going to vote in a freshman,’ he has the right to do that. That’s the beauty of this thing. The Heisman people don’t have anything to do with how we vote.”
Tim Brown, 1987 Heisman winner as a Notre Dame wide receiver, Sirius XM 91
GH: It will be interesting to see who does win the Heisman on Saturday night. I think Johnny Football wins it easy with Te’o finishing a distant second. Who woulda thunk it? How about MU’s Maty Mauk for the Heisman in 2013? It wouldn’t be any crazier than Johnny Football’s unexpected rise in 2012.
“Uneasy is the head that wears the visor, particularly after fans have grown accustomed to a lifestyle afforded by Chase Daniel, Chase Coffman and Jeremy Maclin. In his four years on the job, [David] Yost grew gaunt. His cheeks sank, his eyes bagged, his once frolicking locks drooped like lacquered straw. He had entered his grunge phase. For some reason, reporters were only allowed to talk to the coordinators once every other week, and even at that, Yost would put off descending the staircase to meet the media for as long as he could. … Some guys are so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong that criticism doesn’t bother them. I don’t think Yost is one of those guys.”
Joe Walljasper, writer, on Yost retiring from his position as MU’s offensive coordinator, Columbia Daily Tribune
GH: I have always found it fascinating how differently some people in the spotlight handle criticism. Yost apparently allowed his critics to cripple his ability to enjoy his job. Read on.
“If you have any sensitivities in those jobs it becomes a weakness. If you have any sensitivities at all, you can literally get tired of [the criticism].”
Gary Barnett, when asked to comment on Walljasper’s column on Yost, 810 AM
GH: Barnett could not be more dead on in my book. I cannot say with any validity if we are born with thick skin or develop it. Likely a bit of both. But few of us are subjected to the scrutiny and criticism that befalls our sports heroes. I have always respected those who are built to weather the storm rather than seek shelter from it.
“I read every letter I get – and it bothers me. It bothers me! It doesn’t bother you? We’re in the public eye and we have to listen to the public!”
Jack Harry, while discussing reading hate mail from his viewers with Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Some members of the media are just as recognizable as sports figures – but they do not encounter anywhere near the criticism. Mad Jack almost quit his job earlier this year due to the hateful correspondence he said he received from Kansas fans following his early-season dismissal of the eventual Final Four Jayhawks basketball team. As Barnett stated, it’s a weakness.
“KU is fortunate that Missouri saw the light and bailed for the SEC. There is no question in my mind – none – that the Tigers would win the Big 12 [basketball title] if they hadn’t joined the SEC. … Missouri is picked third [in the SEC]. It would be tough for Kansas to crack the top three in the SEC. My only regret about Missouri leaving the Big 12 is they did it one year too early. The Tigers would have owned the Big 12 this year.”
Jack Harry, in a Jack Smack commentary this past October, KSHB.com
GH: Mad Jack is simply a guy who talks tough but wilts under the burn of an anonymous email. He’s lucky he’s not one of the athletes, coaches, GMs or owners he so often verbally scorches.
“I’ve often said that if those people [in the media who criticize the media] would work as diligently to go get the story as they do poking holes through people who do good stories. You see a lot of that in our business. That’s the nature of the beast.”
Jack Harry, on media criticizing media, 810 AM
GH: Obviously not all criticism is warranted. But so what? That is all the more reason to evaluate your nasty emails and then determine if they are accurate or trashcan material. If you get paid to play an opinion-based role in the media – you damn well better be pissing some people off. Making everyone happy is not your role or your goal. For a veteran like Jack to not understand this is just stunning to me.
“I am 100% convinced that everyone on the staff of this radio station has done a great job in being professional. We have journalists here. We have sports journalists here. I am most proud of that at this radio station because this medium when we started 15 years ago was a wasteland. I think we’ve covered it beautifully. I don’t think we’ve done a thing wrong.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: KK doesn’t like criticism but he handles it with an all-encompassing ego that crushes the life out of any possible negative thought. In KK’s mind, he is never wrong. Never. He knows better than all who dare question his brilliance. While it might border on insanity, his style allows him to sleep well at night while Mad Jack frets over Jayhawk-stained emails.
“I knew it was Jovan Belcher an hour before I announced it. I don’t need the Kansas City police [to tell me]. It wasn’t about being first. I think that’s our job – if you know, you tell people.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman’s rant on this subject – his third consecutive day of devoting most of his four-hour show to the subject – was just wild, crazy stuff. Jack Harry sat beside him for an hour and barely uttered an intelligent counterpoint. In other words – it was a regular Wednesday appearance for Mad Jack. Read on.
“Apparently there’s some unknown creed among news journalists that in a case like this you wait for the police to confirm who it was. To me that’s ludicrous! He’s a public figure! He’s a football player! I’m not waiting on the police!”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: The criticism that KK received from others in the media was that he failed to wait to get word from the police that relatives of Belcher’s had been notified. Does it matter to the deceased Belcher whether or not he’s outed for his crime? No. But what crime have his relatives, friends and loved ones committed to hear his name first come from KK’s lips? I think Kietzman is disingenuous when he says it was not about being first. It was all about being first.
“Mine wasn’t so much what I heard as but what I knew. I knew who it was. I didn’t need the police to confirm it. There was no question. I knew.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This statement is simply idiotic – unless Kietzman was in the Arrowhead parking lot alongside Romeo and Pioli. It was ALL about what KK heard. Any reporter or journalist knows you never know – sometimes even if what you see is true.
“This morning’s is former Mizzou bball coach’s son, Mike Anderson Jr.’s 3rd arrest for DUI. (2007 in Columbia, another in Jan 2012).”
Ashley Avala, @ZavalaA, Twitter
GH: Mike Anderson hasn’t made many positive headlines of late. I hope Brett Bielema has better luck with his move to Arkansas.
“I’m glad the opportunity came at Arkansas … There’s only one school I would’ve done it for and that’s Arkansas.”
Brett Bielema, as he was introduced as the new head football coach at Arkansas
GH: How do coaches say these lines without being struck by lightning and having a farm house dropped on them?
“You know, I thought one play really started the whole thing the other night [for Nebraska against Wisconsin]. They got us on a reverse. They got us on a couple misdirection plays. And our guys started to overcompensate to the outside, and then they got us in the middle. They got us a little out of kilter. We did the same thing to Florida in 1995. The next year, Steve Spurrier won the national championship. Sometimes a game like that can be instructional. It can end up helping you. But right now, it seems like the sky is falling.”
Tom Osborne, attempting to put a positive spin on Nebraska’s embarrassing 70-31 loss to the Badgers in the Big 10 title game, Omaha World Herald
GH: If Nebraska wins the national championship next year, I will follow KK’s Heisman lead and shave my head. It just won’t take me nearly as long.
“[Rick] Majerus made regular stops in Omaha to see his friends, Joe and Mike and Broz. He liked Creighton and was the headliner at the Jaybacker Bash, the hoops fundraiser, one spring. Majerus showed up in a T-shirt and sweats and told one great story after another. He commented on the food, saying, ‘I have cuff links bigger than that piece of prime rib they served.’ Later that night, he joined the after-party at Big Fred’s, where he had a pizza and a meatball sandwich and told stories into the night.”
Tom Shatel, columnist, Omaha World Herald
GH: Majerus was a jolly old soul but his addiction to fatty foods probably didn’t help his early departure from life. 64 is far too young to hang up his sweater. Eat well this holiday but mix in some activities that include a bit of sweat. ‘Tis the season.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24