Turner Gill: Dead man walking?

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Is there any way Turner Gill is the Kansas coach next season? I think the embarrassing 59-21 loss at home to in-state rival Kansas State Saturday may have been the nail in the coffin. 118-28 to your in-state rival in two seasons, both at home? Saturday, Kansas State did a victory lap with their own fans in your own stadium Turner Gill. That's embarrassing. Kansas has notoriously bad football fans, but in the fourth quarter there was no blue or red in the stadium, just a bunch of purple. Kansas has lost five straight games by an average of 33 points, and have allowed 45 points or more in those games -- 59 or more three times. The chances of Kansas winning a game the rest of this year are slim to none. A road trip to Ames to play Iowa State November 5 is their last remaining chance. If they are unsuccessful, Kansas will finish the season 0-9 in Big 12 play and 1-17. Kansas is allowing 45 points per game in conference play under Gill's [Read more...]

KU Gradecard: High-octane Oklahoma State throttles KU as defensive woes continue

Brian Graham, KC SportsNation Last week I predicted Kansas would allow 60 points to Oklahoma State. They almost had 60 by HALFTIME. Kansas had to be feeling good about the way the game started. They got the ball first, drove 80 yards in a little over three minutes and scored on a 10-yard Tim Biere reception from Jordan Webb, then registered a sack on Oklahoma State first offensive play of the game. Then Oklahoma State scored on eight straight first-half possessions -- all in 1 minute, 50 seconds or less, averaging 84 seconds -- and led 56-7 in the 70-28 win. Three drives took less than a minute, and one that took 30 seconds By the end of the first quarter, Kansas was suddenly down 35-7...this was after Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) didn't score until midway through the first quarter, a 12-yard Josh Cooper TD pass from Brandon Weeden.

Conference Realignment Update Oct 5, 2011: Bill Self comments on MU-KU rivalry’s future if Mizzou bolts for SEC

7:35 am: Bill Self had some strong comments in regards to what could happen to the MU-KU rivalry if MU and KU would no longer be in the same conference. "To me it’s a great rivalry, one of the best in college basketball without question, but I don’t think I would be interested in having a once a year game like I did when I was at Illinois, playing Missouri,” the Kansas basketball coach told the Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday night. "I could probably change my mind (but) trust me, we would have no trouble finding another nonleague game to play. I love the rivalry. Playing home and home in the league is great and all those things ... (but) I can’t imagine, why would we continue playing? If they choose to be somewhere other than with us and with the other schools that they’ve been a part of and could jeopardize the future of the other schools ... I’m not going to make a commitment now that we’d ever play again. I’m not saying we won’t. I’m certainly not going to pretend that we [Read more...]

Kansas Grade Card: Kansas blows early 20-point lead, falls to Tech

              Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation LAWRENCE—After declaring Kansas’ defense the worst in Big 12 history, Texas Tech did their best to prove me wrong Saturday. The Red Raiders allowed 20 points in a matter of 11 minutes, while Kansas slowed down Tech’s potent offense to the matter of 16 yards and three punts in their first three possessions. Then both teams woke up and the game went about how I expected. Tech, who entered the game as the nations seventh best scoring offense at 48 points per game, finally scored with 1 minute, 35 seconds left, and took the lead with two scores in the first five minutes of the second quarter, and never looked back cruising to a 45-34 win. Tech (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) outscored Kansas 45-14 after falling behind 20-0.

Record Setting Day in the Big 12

Missouri embarrasses Western Illinois, Kansas defensive futility continues, Tech gun-slinger Doege sets NCAA mark and Wright sets another Baylor record Brian Graham, KC Sports Nation   Records are meant to be broken. Plenty were in week three in the Big 12. Most were good, some VERY bad. First, the good. in Columbia, Missouri dominated in historic fashion, racking up a school-record 750 yards in annihilation of Western Illinois 69-0. The FCS Leathernecks (1-2) gained just 44 yards and netted just one first down in the most-dominating effort I have seen in a long time. The Tigers rushed for 428 yards and now lead the Big 12 in rushing at 257 yards per game. Speaking of rushing leaders, Missouri sophomore Henry Josey has made the best of his playing time. Josey was one of a four-man rotation last season, and all returned this season. But because of injuries, Josey is the only one left and one of only two scholarship running backs left active. He rushed for [Read more...]