“The Missouri Tigers have been a mess for the past several weeks. It is time to get it over with. That performance Saturday at Tennessee was (awful). There was no heart. There was no fire. It was embarrassing to watch! The Tigers played in their biggest game of the season and did not show up! The players are selfish! At times it’s like one-on-one street ball. The coach is too soft! Obviously, the players are not responding to Frank Haith. … They haven’t done anything for the past month.”
Jack Harry, KSHB TV41
GH: It sounded like Mad Jack was calling for Haith’s job but he did just about everything but. Instead, he made the less damning statement of, “It is time to get it over with.” I think Haith was the wrong hire and his three-year downward spiral at MU is more than enough to see Mike Alden should swing the axe now rather than wait a season. The empty seats next season at Mizzou Arena will scream volumes.
“I think (Mizzou) juts wants to be done with this season.”
Aaron Swarts, 810 AM
GH: It would be difficult to argue with Swarts’ assessment after MU looked like about as lively as the folks seated in the waiting area of Grandview’s Licensing Bureau where I visited last week. How can a 20-year-old scholarship athlete not try? Especially when pitted against other college athletes? Where is your pride, Mizzou?
“We’ve got the SEC tournament. There’s still basketball left to play. We need to go get ourselves ready to play next week.”
Frank Haith, KSHB TV41
GH: What in the heel have you been doing since January, Frank?
“(Haith) has gotten worse every year he’s been there. If you’re Mike Alden, you better have a drawer full of resumes sitting there with somebody who’s coming in next. He’s going to make it to next year but if he has another bad year next year he’s done. This has been an absolute mess the whole time. It’s really percolating.”
Frank Boal, KSHB TV41
GH: I am starting to think Haith might not be as safe as most of us think. That Tennessee loss had to make some big donors ring up Alden. A loss to Texas A&M in the first round of the SEC and then a beat down in MU’s NIT opener could send Haith back to that Miami strip club.
“If Embiid is cleared to return, the opposition will go after him, hard. KU’s NCAA F4 hopes hanging in the balance. KU’s lost 2 of last 3.”
Frank Boal, @realfrankboal, after word that KU had sent their freshman center to LA for a second opinion on his back injury, Twitter
GH: An injured back to a guy who is seven-foot tall is not like turning an ankle. I think the big guy might be done for the season – and that is a damn shame. All the more reason for Wiggins to keep his Superman suit handy the next month.
“(Juwan) Staten pushed off on (Frank) Mason but they called a foul on Mason.”
Bob Davis, as he called the final minutes of West Virginia’s win over Kansas, Jayhawk Radio Network
GH: I was trapped in a car Saturday afternoon and caught the KU/WVU game on the radio. I feel bad for Bob Davis. He was one of the great talents of play-by-play who just stayed too long in his craft. He now sees only crimson and blue on the floor and misses just about everything else.
“This is the kind of effort that can propel you into next week’s conference tournament and into the NCAAs.”
Greg Gurley, KU’s radio analyst, on KU’s valiant but unsuccessful comeback attempt at West Virginia, Jayhawk Radio Network
GH: What? Kansas was down by 25 in the second half to a team that is not going to make the NCAA tourney. Yes, nice comeback by the Hawks but this is not the effort KU wants to see this late in the season. And this comeback was almost all Wiggins – who was spectacular. KU looks way, way too passive to take serious in the NCAA tourney.
“(Kansas) has another huge problem – not just Embiid (back problems). Their perimeter defense is awful! Kansas doesn’t guard the perimeter and it’s going to kill them in the NCAA tournament if they don’t get that done.”
Frank Boal, KSHB TV41
GH: Guess who is back in the KU doghouse? Naadir Tharpe. He is looking more and more like the guy we thought he was, is and might forever be.
“This (41-point) game by Andrew Wiggins should remove all doubt over who the Big 12 Most Valuable Player is.”
Greg Gurley, KU’s radio analyst, Jayhawk Radio Network
GH: Wiggins had a great season and probably deserved the league Player of the Year award as much as ISU’s Melvin Ejim and three or four other guys. But Gurley handing him the trophy as a no-doubter sounded very Bob Davisish.
“Just like we all knew would happen, moving away from Big 12 has helped #Husker hoops and #Mizzou football. Saw that coming a mile away.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, after NU beat Wisconsin Sunday to finish fourth in the B1G and received a first-game bye in the conference tourney, Twitter
“You save that baggage for you, OK? Don’t put that crap on me, alright?” Miles said. “This is my program, alright, and we don’t carry any baggage. I’ve been surrounded by great people and we win, and we’re going to keep doing it. So all that curse crap, all of the hexing and vexing and all that bullshit that goes with it is exactly that. And you can print it. … That’s not us.’ That doesn’t exist. That does not exist. So you can reinvent us and leave those at home.”
Tim Miles, Nebraska head basketball coach, when asked about the “baggage” that NU’s hoops program has carried over the sad history of the program, Huskeronline.com
GH: I did not understand Miles lashing out at the reporter for this question. If he doesn’t think the NU hoops program is carrying a Jacob Marley-length chain of past horrors, he doesn’t understand the People of the Corn. Why does Miles think his fans refused to sit the entire game Sunday in a game that would determine fourth or fifth place for his Huskers? Embrace the demons, Tim. Know your school’s history and then refuse to repeat it.
“Best atmosphere at a Husker sporting event I’ve seen in at least 12 yrs. Reminds me of great volleyball crowds. Only 4 times as many people.”
Dirk Chatelain, @dirkchatelain, Twitter
GH: That kind of tells you where the Huskers’ football team has been the past decade.
“We were at Virginia when they had maybe 18 thousand, and we’ve played at Ohio State,” Ryan said. “These guys have all played in pretty big places. This is the Big Ten. Have you ever been to the other places? Or do they just keep you here? Do you get to travel? Some people do local TV and don’t go to the other Big Ten games… It’s not new to us. You’d have to live the lives these guys live, going into the places we go into.”
Bo Ryan, Wisconsin’s head basketball coach, when asked about the atmosphere at NU’s new arena, Huskeronline.com
GH: Nebraska is not going to impress any team in the B1G with their crowds, atmosphere or game-day experience. Yes, it was phenomenal in Lincoln yesterday. But that happens every game at places like Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, UNC, Duke, etc. Were Nebraska football fans impressed with K-State’s crowds in Manhattan back in the early ‘90s? If they were, they sure as hell weren’t going to let KSU know about it. NU shouldn’t expect any different attitude from Ryan and the rest of the B1G.
“How can you not root for Nebraska? This is awesome. Those fans are starving for a winner in hoops.”
Seth Davis, @SethDavisHoops, Twitter
GH: Davis must not have spent a lot of time covering Big 8 football in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. There are a number of people who would find it difficult to root for the Huskers – in any sport.
“When Baylor plays at their best, K-State can’t play at that level.”
Stan Weber, as KSU allowed Baylor to comeback from an eight-point halftime deficit and win comfortably, Wildcat Radio Network
GH: Bruce Weber is doing a masterful job of coaching a woefully inadequate team. He will need to prove he can recruit Big 12 athletes or he will quickly be following Deb Patterson out the door.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision to make. I have great appreciation for Coach Patterson both as a person and a coach and want to offer our thanks for her service here.”
John Currie, after firing the women’s head basketball coach, AP
GH: Really? Incredibly difficult? Is that supposed to make Patterson feel better or Currie? I would have more respect for Currie if he was more honest about this firing. But colleges rarely tell us the truth about the people they whack.
“I want to get back to you. I might have an answer. I’m going to go with (Wichita State center) Chadrack Lufile’s tweet about two weeks ago: ‘Wolves do not fret over the opinions of sheep.’”
Gregg Marshall, Wichita State’s head coach, when asked about those who questions the Shockers’ credentials as a number-one seed, AP
GH: The sheep have all been put in the barn, Gregg. Time to meet up and dance with some other wolves. Gonna be fun.
“A league source tells me WR Dexter McCluster will not be returning to KC. He has 4-5 suitors and will likely sign Tuesday night.”
Terez A. Paylor, @TerezPaylor, KC Star Chiefs beat writer, Twitter
GH: Dexter getting sliced? Poetic justice.
“Juan Pablo is an idiot. The show started out okay because the guy is so handsome. It’s a good lesson for women. You’ve got to date ugly guys like me that work hard.”
Howard Stern, on The Bachelor, Sirius
GH: I have never watched an episode of The Bachelor. I’m thinking of tuning into tonight’s finale to watch the Kearney gal win it.
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