“I think it’s going to be a really great season for K-State. … I went up to (Bill Snyder) after my last game coaching at KU and said, ‘Coach, I’ve always respected you but now I’ve seen a whole different side of you. He does an unbelievable job. You are one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around and I’ve been around a lot of great coaches. I just want to shake your hand because what you do in Manhattan, Kansas is special.’ That is a very difficult place to bring a lot of kids in. It’s a beautiful campus and a beautiful place but it’s Manhattan, Kansas! It’s another 150 miles away from most places.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM GH:
K-State fans do not like hearing that Snyder’s miracle program is all the more miraculous due to the fact he performed his magic in the middle of nowhere. But damn if it ain’t true. What Nebraska did in college football for 40 years in a state that had less than Kansas to promote was ridiculous. But that was a different time when few schools dedicated the resources that now almost every school does to CFB. Where and when Snyder turned K-State from worst to first remains one of the sport’s greatest accomplishments.
“Bill Snyder would not have scheduled that (Auburn) game. Ron Prince did. I don’t blame Bill Snyder for that. But (Snyder) has scheduled good games in the past. He is the guy who scheduled USC back in the day. I think sometimes his aversion to playing tough games is a little bit overstated by people. I’m greatly looking forward to this game”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Bill Snyder changed the way CFB teams scheduled their non-con games. I detest that we have to sit through games like KSU vs Stephen F. Austin and Missouri vs. South Dakota State this weekend. But that is what has become acceptable – even called smart. I still call it what it is – a joke on the fans who are expected to support these expected blowouts.
“They are a competitor to win the Big 12 Conference. I think K-State can seriously think about wining ten games this year. Anything more is just icing on the cake.”
Stan Weber, 810 AM
GH: It is college football season once again and I am back with Time Warner as my cable provider since they were the only option in my new neighborhood. I am hoping for the best but bracing for what I have come to know from TWC. The good news is that Dave Stewart, Brad Porter, Mick Shaffer and their SportsChannel KC cast are all once again invited into my living room for the best high school sports coverage in the area.
“Webb City (12) and Rockhurst (9) represent 21 Show-Me Bowl titles when they meet Friday, most on the field together in history? Tony Severino (336-91-1), Rockhurst, John Roderique 207-19, Webb City, two guys who know something about winning.”
Bill Gunn, @MOsportsdotcom, Twitter
GH: Rockhurst gets hammered from just about all sides of the state line and everywhere in between because of their ridiculous success in just about every sport that counts and quite a few that do not. The Hawklets draw kids from Kansas, the Northland, Blue Springs, etc., making their lack of boundary laws a distinct advantage over public schools. But when you see public schools like Webb City, Jeff City, and Hutchinson crank out perennial winners with just the kids who happen to live in town, it gives you pause as to just how important coaching is at the high school level. I love how Severino will play just about any team in the Midwest no matter his talent level. I just hope schools like Hutch, Blue Springs, Jeff City and now Webb City continue to be willing to schedule the independent Hawklets. It sure makes Friday nights more fun when these schools get it on.
“I think (Kansas) is going to be okay. They’re going to be alright. Now, are they going to be okay enough to win five, six or seven games? That remains to be seen. I think they’ll do better than last year but it all comes down to momentum. One of the things we had an issue with last year as a coaching staff is getting these guys to understand they are going to have some success. If something kind of went bad they’d go, ‘Oh, oh. Here it comes again.’ You can’t have that attitude.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: Kansas does not start their season until next week so Jayhawk fans have another week to hope that things will be better. I still enjoy a football Saturday afternoon in Lawrence over just about anywhere. It sure would be nice of the football game stopped detracting from the game-day experience.
“(Keeping it close) is not enough anymore. We have been talking about making it close the last few years.”
Nate Bukaty, on the pressure on Charlie Weis and KU to win this season, 810 AM
“There are a lot of good things going on at Missouri but that SEC schedule is a rough one. A lot of people are going to circle Missouri this year. It’s going to be a little bit tougher for Missouri this year than it was last year.”
Tim Grunhard, 810 AM
GH: Mizzou is a big unknown to me. Maty Mauk looks like the answer but Pinkel’s program seems to always revolve around the success of his QB. Here’s hoping Mauk is equal to his predecessors.
“I think everybody again thinks the defensive line is going to be the strength of this (MU) team.”
Gabe DeArmond, on the Missouri Tigers, 810 AM
GH: Was that Auburn game a mirage? MU’s defensive line looked awful in the SEC title game. I am not as sold on MU’s defense as most.
“We’re spending a lot of time talking about defense when everybody knows that the SEC is a league now where you put up 52!”
Gabe DeArmond, after Texas A&M rocked the ninth-rated South Carolina Gamecocks 52-18 Thursday night, 810 AM
“We didn’t see much in fall camp that shows that Missouri has that game-breaker.”
Gabe DeArmond, on Mizzou’s ability to replace offensive weapons like Henry Josey, DGB, L’Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas, 810 AM
GH: I am not concerned about MU’s skill-position players. Pinkel seems to crank out running backs and receivers like they sell them at Booches.
“They shouldn’t have to worry about being hot against South Dakota State.”
Gabe DeArmond, on Missouri choosing to wear their all-black uniforms Saturday afternoon despite the heat of late August, 810 AM
GH: DeArmond laughed off the controversy of Pinkel saying his team is more mentally tough than that in worrying about wearing black during the heat of the day. I think it’s a dumb move on the head coach’s part to put his team at a disadvantage. Cramping is often an issue early in the season and I would not be surprised to see some Tigers seize up during this tilt in Columbia.
“I don’t think (Zach) Zenner running for 100 or 200 yards is going to make this a close game.”
Gabe DeArmond, on the Jackrabbits two-time All-American fifth-year senior running back, 810 AM
GH: DeArmond might be correct in how superior MU is over the Bunnies but I watched SDSU give Nebraska all they wanted a few years ago. If Zenner is able to run on Mizzou like we saw Auburn run on Mizzou, Pinkel might want to switch out to his white jerseys at halftime.
“The Chiefs averaged a 13.7 (television) ratings and the Royals averaged 11.6 (Thursday night). I don’t ever remember when the Chiefs going head-to-head against the Royals didn’t absolutely crush them. I never thought we’d see numbers like that at this point in the season.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: I had the opposite reaction to Fescoe’s. How does an NFL preseason game that features almost no starters outdraw a MLB team that looks like they might win their division for the first time in 29 years? The NFL is a powerful, powerful beast.
“I was one of the 13,847 that sat for 2.5 hours (Tuesday night) and cheered our brains out for 30 seconds. Not that there weren’t some good defensive plays that night, but nothing is better to hoot and holler about than the long ball!! However when I walked in to the K during the bottom of the first I thought to myself this crowd is small, am I dreaming and wake up in 2005? Anyway I think Royals fans are truly afraid to go all in and attend the games, we are so pessimistic about the outcome we don’t want to have our hearts ripped out. However, I do see so much evidence in my daily travels around town that good ole folks of KC are PAYING ATTENSION to the Royals.”
Brad, OTC Email
GH: Royals fans are an abused and battered bunch. Watching Chen give up a six spot in the tenth reminded us all just how long we have to go yet before they crown a division winner for the ALC. September is going to be like watching a new episode of Breaking Bad every night.
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