“Bob Stoops will make $5.25 million in 2014; he would make $6.15 in 2020, the last year of his contract. Total is $39.9 million over 7 years.”
Jason Kersey, @jasonkersey, OU football beat writer for The Oklahoman, Twitter GH: Interesting that this raise will move Stoops up to the same $5-million plateau as Texas’ new coach, Charlie Strong and A&M’s Kevin Sumlin. Five million dollars a year. To coach college football. Utter madness.
“Oklahoma approves $350 million stadium renovation.”
GH: The arms race continues. Have you seen the new football locker rooms at Kansas State? How about the new basketball facility at Nebraska? Kansas is building an $18-million dorm for 35 basketball players. Sanity has left the buildings.
“Kids are more into bells and whistles more than they are what happened in the nineteen hundreds.”
Bill Self, on the new buildings and improvements being made for the Kansas basketball teams trumping what KU’s basketball program past accomplishments on the court, 810 AM
“69 percent of the public and 61 percent of sports fans oppose paying athletes. 38 percent of the respondents are less likely to watch or attend games if athletes are paid $20,000. 47 percent if athletes are paid $50,000. And 53 percent if they are paid $200,000.”
Daniel Rubinfeld, the NCAA’s key witness in their lawsuit over paying football and men’s basketball players for the use of their likeness, name and images, cbssports.com GH: These stats look to be as crooked as the NCAA itself. Big time (and even many smaller football and basketball programs) have ballooned into such an insatiable beast that the financial model in place to feed them has to be on the verge of bursting. So what happens when Nebraska and Kansas State can no longer fill their growing stadiums with delirious fans? What happens when reality delivers a 2008 real-estate-like correction to the world of college sports? What happens? The same thing that happens every time the penthouse outgrows the foundation.
“The Memorial Stadium experience. ‘Honestly, we’re looking at anything & everything we do,’ one NU official said of the gameday presentation.”
Brian Christopherson, @HuskerExtraBC, Twitter
GH: How about scheduling non-con opponents that people would care to pay to see? Have you heard of that one, Stan?
“I’m not sure I’ve heard a more boneheaded opinion. I respect your opinion but…” Kevin Kietzman, after a caller from an earlier show suggested something about Embiid and the NBA draft that conflicted with KK’s opinion, 810 AM
GH: Nothing like boneheaded respect to put a smile on a caller’s face.
“I can’t believe some of the stuff that comes up. But that’s fine. I think people around here know I shouldn’t have to defend how much I love KU and how good it’s been to us. There’s all kinds of things flying around this time of year. The vast majority don’t stick at all.”
Bill Self, on rumors that he is a candidate to leave Kansas for the NBA, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman has been the most ardent pilot of launching rumors about Self heading to Oklahoma City to coach the Thunder. Maybe Self will head to OKC the same time that Mizzou heads to the Big Ten.
“That put a hole in the drywall! That was a new experience for me!”
Cal Ripken, after he dodged a baseball fouled back into the Royals radio booth while he was talking to Steve Physioc and Denny Matthews Wednesday night, Royals Radio GH: Ripken spent some time in the Royals radio booth to promote some new KC-area playgrounds for children with special needs but his best conversations were about how he analyzed the game as a shortstop for the Orioles all those consecutive games. Physioc kept trying to drive the interview back to discussing the playgrounds and the charity that sponsored them but luckily Denny was there to ask Ripken about the Royals defense. Ripken seemed to enjoy critiquing the plays as they unfolded before him. It was great radio – except for Physioc not understanding how to maximize a rare live radio moment with one of MLB’s greatest players.
“I’d have to think about this for a while, it’s been 16 years for me here (in Kansas City), but that may have been the most stylish fly ball to center field I have seen in Kauffman Stadium.”
Ryan Lefebvre, on the Dodgers Yasiel Puig paused, stared, admired and sauntered toward first base as he watched his deep fly out to center late in the game Wednesday night, Fox Sports KC
GH: I got a chance to see Puig this week at The K and his talent looks a lot like Bo Jackson’s to me. Is he a showboat? Hell yes. He also hits lasers around the diamond that look like they’re going to knock the outfield wall down. I am a fan.
“Luis Suárez Suspended For 9 Matches, Banned For 4 Months After Biting Player In World Cup”
GH: This is not going to add to soccer’s manliness quotient.
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