1. I recently got a copy of Wooden: A Coach’s Life by @SethDavisHoops, and am enjoying reading about John Wooden as a young man.

    As a Kansas alum, I was surprised to find this anecdote about Wooden and some friends leaving Indiana in 1928 to look for summer work:

    "Eventually, they made it to Lawrence, Kansas, where John asked the University of Kansas’ forty-one-year-old coach Phog Allen, for help finding work. Allen got Wooden’s crew a job pouring concrete for the new football stadium. The coach had ulterior motives. Allen knew full well about Wooden’s basketball exploits, and he tried to convince him to move to Lawrence and eventually play for Kansas. Wooden declined and headed back to Martinsville."

    Fascinating for several reasons. First, the setup for the story is that Wooden left town because he was angry that his girlfriend (and eventually wife) Nellie was dating another boy. We have to assume that his desire to go home and win her back played a part in him turning down Phog Allen. How close did John Wooden come to being a Jayhawk? We’ll never know.

    Second, the Jayhawk football team still plays in Memorial Stadium. So John Wooden - in my mind the greatest college basketball coach to ever live - helped build the stadium Kansas fans still sit in today.

    Third, how amazing is it that in 1928, the way to a prized recruit’s heart was to get him a back-breaking job pouring concrete? Can you imagine?

    I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. I’m hoping to get Seth on the phone in a couple of weeks to talk more about this phenomenal story.

  2. jayhawkarchive:

The 1910 men’s basketball team.


Dem ears, tho.

    jayhawkarchive:

    The 1910 men’s basketball team.

    Dem ears, tho.
  3. Bud Stallworth

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    sirrealistdj:

    We like #sports we don’t care who knows! #basketball #baseball #football #soccer #quidditch #golf #hockey #snl #nailedit #hashtag

  5. "Dear Kansas fans: Do not start freaking out just yet.

I know what happened on Saturday. I saw Colorado’s Askia Booker hit that buzzer-beating, euro-stepping three to beat the No. 6 Jayhawks, 75-72. I saw the bench mob him at half court and Jimmy Dykes ask him questions on ESPN in the postgame that made little-to-no sense. I watched it all happen.

And I’m still telling you that Saturday was a good thing for your team.

Because Andrew Wiggins finally started to look like the Andrew Wiggins that we’ve been telling you all about.”

    "Dear Kansas fans: Do not start freaking out just yet.

    I know what happened on Saturday. I saw Colorado’s Askia Booker hit that buzzer-beating, euro-stepping three to beat the No. 6 Jayhawks, 75-72. I saw the bench mob him at half court and Jimmy Dykes ask him questions on ESPN in the postgame that made little-to-no sense. I watched it all happen.

    And I’m still telling you that Saturday was a good thing for your team.

    Because Andrew Wiggins finally started to look like the Andrew Wiggins that we’ve been telling you all about.”

  6. Team F.O.E. Turkey Day


    12 hours ago
    #teamfoe giving back is a must.. Great feeling!

  7. Kansas Jayhawks Scholarship Chart
November 10, 2013 By @RockChalkBlog 1 Comment

    Kansas Jayhawks Scholarship Chart
    November 10, 2013 By @RockChalkBlog 1 Comment

  8. Kansas and Virginia both playing big early-season games today. Can’t take any chances with the lucky shirts. Plus, it’s cold.

    Kansas and Virginia both playing big early-season games today. Can’t take any chances with the lucky shirts. Plus, it’s cold.

  9. STF Q&A: Kansas forward Perry Ellis

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    STF: I want to talk to you about this notion of developing as a player. You could be making a living as a basketball player right now - why was it important to come back to school?

    Perry Ellis: I had a lot of ups and downs, and I realized I still had a lot to learn about the game. Just by becoming more mentally tough and learning little aspects of the game that coach was teaching.

    STF: You started to really show what you could do toward the end of last season. Do you feel like opponents might be sleeping on your abilities now that they have a new crop of freshmen phenoms to focus on?

    PE: I definitely do. I’ve been working really hard this offseason in the summer just trying to improve. I’ve been working hard in practice. I feel I can just bring something extra to the table for the team.

    STF: Last year there was a lot of focus on Ben McLemore, who was an incredible shooter. This year’s roster has different types of players. How will that effect what you can do inside?

    PE: Well, we do have some shooters. I think it will be good. Andrew White, Brannen Green are good shooters. In practice, we’ve been meshing real well, with guys knocking in shots, or I can get it in the post and kick it back out. I think that will be great for us.

    STF: You’re not that much older than Joel Embiid, but you have that vital year of experience. Have you been able to take him under your wing a bit?

    PE: I’ve definitely tried to. He’ll get down sometimes and I went through that too my freshman year. I can relate to him on that. Jeff (Withey) and them would take me under their wing when I wasn’t doing well or got down on myself. That’s what I’m really trying to help them with. When things aren’t going well, just keep competing.

    STF: Guys who have been there a year or more know that there’s a long season ahead - if you have a bad game, you can make up for it - have you been able to pass that along to some of the new guys?

    PE: Definitely, I realized that too my freshman season. It’s a long season but I turned it around at the end, so I know there’s always time to turn it around.

    STF: We’ve seen big men at Kansas do that before. Cole Aldrich didn’t play a lot as a freshman, but then the postseason came around and he was a crucial piece. Did you feel that as well, like you were gradually getting integrated into the system?

    PE: Yeah, I would say. The game started slowing down for me toward the end of the season, too. I could definitely say that by the end of the season I felt a lot better.

  10. Every season, the Big 12 story line starts out as “who can dethrone Kansas?” Usually, hope comes from one of two sources: either KU graduates a stalwart class, leaving a seemingly unbridgeable experience gap, or another program in the league assembles a quality group that seems primed for the league title. This season, both happened, as the Jayhawks lost their entire starting lineup, headlined by Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey. Then Marcus Smart elected to stay in Stillwater, making Oklahoma State into the best team in the league. So what does Bill Self do? He goes out and signs Andrew Wiggins, a polite, mind-bendingly athletic Canadian who’s a lock to go No. 1 in the next NBA draft; a guy who’s being casually mentioned in the same breath with Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

    That sets us up for a fantastic season. Even the Big 12 media don’t see a clear favorite. Kansas and Oklahoma State each garnered 77 overall votes in the annual preseason poll, and each landed five first-place votes. It’s a tie that can only be broken on the court.