Happy Friday. It’s a bittersweet Friday, though, as it’s the last Friday preceding college football until next fall. You have two games left: Saturday’s NCAA Division I Football Championship Game between the Fighting Pelini Penguins of Youngstown State and the James Madison Dukes, even though James Madison was never a duke and we don’t have dukes here in MURICA, and Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game between Alabama and Clemson.
As for Wildcatland, there is not a lot going on. We have a whopping four links for you this frigid morning.
Bill Self isn’t ducking reality. The Kansas head coach admitted during yesterday’s Big 12 coaches conference call that the officials had blown the call on Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk‘s game-winning journey to the basket, per Gary Bedore of the Star.
As for the Wildcats themselves, they’ve moved on, says Ken Corbitt of the Capital-Journal. Or at least that’s what Chris Lowery, filling in for Bruce Weber on the conference call, insists.
Track and Field
The Wildcats will take to the comfortably climate-controlled indoor confines of Anschutz Sports Pavilion in Lawrence starting at 1:00 p.m. today for KU’s Bill Easton Invitational. K-State skipped the Easton last year, but the last time they participated A’Keyla Mitchell broke the school record in the 200m. In addition to the Cats and Jayhawks, participating teams include Wichita State, Oral Roberts, Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern, Creighton, Fort Hays State, and the usual collection of local NAIA and JUCO entrants.
Kansas High Schools
Class 4A coaches appear to have had just about enough of Bishop Miege. Per a story from the Star’s Sam McDowell, Paola athletic director Jeff Hines is trying to get the KSHSAA to adopt a multiplier rule which would effectively push Miege up to 5A or 6A (as well, presumably, as Kapaun-Mt. Carmel and Aquinas). The problem is state law, which specifies that the KSHSAA must classify schools based on attendance. Interesting read on the overall situation and possible solutions.