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  1. Moments after the men charged into his apartment, Caperton Humphrey remembered the baseball bat in his bedroom. If they came at him — and Humphrey believed he saw the imprint of a pistol in one man’s jogging pants — he needed a plan to fight back. For months, four of these men had been his teammates on the Kansas Jayhawks football team. Now they and about a half-dozen others were in Humphrey’s living room, threatening him, his father Jamie, and even Caperton’s 15-year-old brother. Seconds later, Jamie Humphrey dialed 911, putting his phone on speaker before setting it on a countertop. Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article252152528.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article252152528.html#storylink=cpy
  2. My wife was perplexed that Les Miles was fired from LSU. We looked up his record and he hasn't won less than 8 games since 2002, has gone to a bowl game each year since 2002, and has taken his team to 2 national championships, winning one, since 2002. 14 winning seasons in the last 14 years. "Why the HELL was he fired?" she asked. "UNT would be all OVER that dude, right?" she asked. Yes, dear, we would. We've only had 4 winning seasons and 4 bowl games in the last 14 years. "Oh to be mediocre", I said. "Mediocre?" She asked. What makes you think 4-10 in the last 14 years is mediocre?" ...she has a good point. I mention all this to say I hope that Smatz and TheWren will FINALLY change the mindset of "mediocrity" around here. We must do better and I think we will do better. I hope it starts with the MUTS game on Saturday. Seth has this team grinding it out. Let's #hit3 with a win.
  3. The combination of North Texas and hurricanes is becoming old hat for Les Miles. As the Tigers prepare for their season opener against the Mean Green, preparations are now extending beyond the gridiron’s scope for a third time in Miles’ tenure, with Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on Louisiana. “The good news is we’ve been through this before,” Miles said. “What we’ll do [Tuesday] when they arrive at the building, we’ll have very specific orders and suggestions. It’s a pretty simple view given some choices of where they might stay and hunker down and let’s see what happens after.” LSU also had to switch a season opener against North Texas in 2005, Miles’ first season, due to the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Athletic Director Joe Alleva said in a statement Monday afternoon that the game is still scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, but the situation will be continually evaluated throughout the next several days. Before Alleva made that statement, Miles said LSU was preparing like a normal game week, touting the Mean Green as a feisty opponent. “The reality of this game for us is that North Texas does absolutely pose a tremendous challenge to us, and we have to be ready,” Miles said. “But it also puts us in the position of starting the year and where are we. Are we in the position to play four quarters of quality football?” The Tigers may have to take on that challenge without two experienced contributors. Junior running back Michael Ford and junior linebacker Tahj Jones are dealing with academic issues that could indefinitely hinder their eligibility, Miles confirmed Monday. “There is some appeal process that’s being undertaken for those guys,” Miles said. “We’ll kind of have to wait and see how that all turns out as we get closer to the game.” LSU also released a depth chart prior to Miles’ weekly luncheon, complete with a few mild surprises. Junior James Wright earned the starting wide receiver spot opposite sophomore Odell Beckham Jr., junior Alfred Blue and sophomore Kenny Hilliard will serve as co-starters at running back and redshirt freshman Stephen Rivers nabbed the No. 2 quarterback spot over Penn State transfer Rob Bolden. On defense, senior Josh Downs beat out sophomore Ego Ferguson at defensive tackle, junior Luke Muncie bested Jones at the Sam linebacker spot and Mills, Collins and a pair of freshmen named Jalen will man the left cornerback position. Miles indicated that Jones’ potential absence could open up playing time in an already inexperienced linebacking corps. “[Freshmen] Kwon Alexander, Deion Jones, I think those two guys by in large have taken coaching fast enough to get to the field,” Miles said. “As much as anything, that’s the key piece. All six [freshmen linebackers] are talented guys.” Read more: http://www.lsureveille.com/sports/football-despite-tropical-storm-miles-preparing-like-normal-for-mean-green-1.2753303#.UDw_KGt5mSM
  4. After opening the past two seasons with big ticket matchups against No. 18 North Carolina and No. 3 Oregon, respectively, the Tigers say they aren't sleeping on obvious underdog North Texas. "Our coaches have been preaching to prepare exactly how we prepared for Oregon and the team has responded," said junior defensive lineman Barkevious Mingo. "You can never underestimate an opponent because they're going to give you their best shot, whoever it may be." Sixth-year senior offensive lineman Josh Dworaczyk said LSU is already going over the game plan for the Mean Green, but aren't hurrying things too much. "It's still early on," Dworaczyk said. "You give us two weeks, we're going to take two weeks." Read more: http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2012/08/lsu_football_team_not_overlook.html
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