“If this (Mizzou) team doesn’t make it to the NCAA Tournament should (Frank) Haith be canned? … Last night on Twitter Missouri fans were done – and I don’t blame them! You don’t lose to LSU in basketball.”
Bob Fescoe, after Missouri dropped to 2-3 in the SEC with a road loss at LSU, 610 AM
GH: The 12-1 start and a win over UCLA got Mizzou fans thinking maybe their Tigers had been undervalued in the preseason. But starting 2-3 in the SEC with losses to three bad teams has proven to be a reality check in Columbia.
“The sad thing is these losses don’t even hurt. I’m just like, oh well. We’re a football school now.”
“He’s looking more like Frank Haith. When Missouri hired him he looked like a low-20s-win coach at best.”
Josh Klingler, 610 AM
GH: Haith captured the nation’s attention with his 31-win season his first season at Missouri. But the ride since has been fraught with on- and off-the-court issues. One of his biggest problems at Mizzou is his inability to excite his fan base into showing up for games at Mizzou Arena.
“This feels like the Quin Synder days with more talent. … I had low expectations for this season but even this is looooooooow.”
Carrington Harrison, @CDotharrison, Twitter
“We competed tonight. You can’t take anything away from our guys’ competitive spirit tonight. You can’t. LSU’s a good ballclub and they were ready to play … (but) I’m very pleased and encouraged by how hard our guys competed.”
Frank Haith, after Mizzou loss at LSU, Kansas City Star
GH: Coaches who are on the hot seat immediately start to applaud their team’s effort after a bad loss. This is a change from how Haith talked about his team just a week ago. It sounds to me like the heat has been turned up since the embarrassing loss at home to Georgia and getting punked by seven guys at Vandy.
“Either you are with ‘us’ or you’re not. Negativity coming from frustration is understandable, but if being FAIRWEATHER, you can kick rocks. Coach Haith and the guys will get this thing back on track. Just a couple early stumbling blocks. It’s called adversity. It makes you strong.”
Laurence Bowers, @LBowers_21, former MU player responding to the critical tweets directed at Haith and MU following the LSU loss, Twitter
GH: Bowers is reacting like you would a recent graduate of the basketball program to react – defensively. But he looks like he’s adding to the problem rather than helping to solve it. There is no such thing as a “fairweather fan.” People either care about a team or they do not. It is up to the team to make sure they are worth caring about.
“Texas is now 4-2 in the Big 12 after Jonathan Holmes’ buzzer beater beat K State. Not many doing a better coaching job than Rick Barnes.”
Jon Rothstein, @JonRothstein, after Texas pulled out a last-second win over K-State Tuesday night in Austin, Twitter
GH: A tough loss for Kansas State and a huge win for the Longhorns. The Jayhawks also was very interested in the outcome of this game. KU now has a cushy two-game lead in the loss column over every other Big 12 team.
“Another solid win for Rick Barnes &; the Longhorns. Based on outside expectations before season, he’d be Big 12 Coach of the Year right now.”
Fran Fraschilla, @franfraschilla, Twitter
GH: Texas beat K-State at home on a deep corner three shot that made every nightly highlight show. So has Barnes really done a better job than Bruce Weber at this stage in the conference race? Does Bill Self get no credit for being 5-0? I think Barnes has always been underrated but he’s far from the only Big 12 coach who deserves mention for the conference’s COTY.
“What fans boo more? Kansas State fans or Iowa State fans?”
Nate Bukaty, on the two basketball fan bases at their home gyms, 810 AM
GH: I heard Aaron Swarts echo Nate’s sentiments by saying this was a close call. Both Nate and Aaron are Kansas grads and huge Kansas fans. I have heard a lot of complaining from KU fans about how much ISU fans booed during the Jayhawks win in Ames. This is the first I’ve heard where the fans at Bramlage are being compared to the Cyclone fans. Do Kansas fans think they don’t boo inside Allen Fieldhouse? Now, when you rarely lose at home (and you don’t have to play Kansas), I can understand maybe why you think your boos aren’t as offensive. But I don’t see any difference between any fans inside a packed house when their team is on the short end of a call, a play or the score.
“Scott (Pioli) is one of the most respected and adept talent evaluators in the NFL and a member of three Super Bowl championship teams.”
Thomas Dimitroff, GM of the Atlanta Falcons, on naming the former Chiefs GM as the Falcons assistant GM, NFL.com
GH: Dimitroff has known Pioli and worked with him for 20 years. Maybe he knows something about Pioli that we missed here in Kansas City. But I am guessing we could tell Dimitroff a thing or two that he might have missed about his old pal as well.
“CALLING ALL ATLANTA RADIO STATIONS: I am free ALL DAY to talk Scott Pioli. Please, please call me.”
Nick Wright, @getnickwright, Twitter
“Scott Pioli is a smart football guy. Chiefs experiment didn’t work because of coaching hire and QB. Those are set in Atlanta.”
Evan Silva, @evansilva, Twitter
GH: Oh, is that all it was here in KC? Seems kind of important for the GM to get those two hires right, don’t you think?
“Median price paid for a Super Bowl ticket on Stubhub dropped another $14 today, down to $2,985.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter
GH: Three grand for a ticket to a football game outside in NYC in February. Just say no.
/ Twitter @greghall24