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KU Football Recycle: Crazy Talk From Ole Miss

The Red Solo Cup Ole Miss blog is pushing an interesting rumor:

We're hearing rumors which would lead us to believe that the Rebels will be playing the Kansas Jayhawks in 2009. If this is indeed true, the matchup will be held in Dallas at the New Cowboys Stadium (is that really what they're calling it?) with a guaranteed payout of $6 million for each team.

Everyone on the Gridiron Board is all in except me. I like the gambler's attitude over there, but I don't see this as a good idea. Yeah, the money would be nice, but it's a 12-game schedule and the physical toll of matching up with an SEC team in the non-con is going to wear on us by mid-season, just like the USF game did last year. We have Texas, OU and Tech on our schedule and conference games count (non-cons are to prepare for Big 12 play). We need to focus on winning the division and championship game.

Also, consider that we need development time for the brand new interior line and the new linebackers. We will not be ready for top 10 competition in September.

Graduating senior James Holt will get in on one of the senior All-Star games. It's called the Nation vs Texas and will be played January 31 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The game starts at 2:00 p.m. and will be televised by CSTV.

The Jayhawks announced their new defensive line coach earlier this week. Fresno State's DL coach Kerry Locklin take the position at KU after working with the FSU line since 2000. Here's a look at the Fresno State defensive stats during his tenure:

Year PA Yds Allow/G Rush/G Pass/G YPR
2001 25 381 117 264 3.2
2002 27 405 160 245 3.9
2003 23 381 175 206 4.6
2004 21 340 165 175 4.1
2005 22 347 149 198 4.2
2006 28 363 141 222 4.2
2007 27 407 181 226 5.0
2008 31 411 210 201




Reader Comments (2)

At first I was kind of like you on this game possibility because I don't really think it helps us in 2009 (even if we were to win). But the more I think about it, I think it's a great idea long-term for the publivity and money it would bring.

Tough call. And I hate neutral site games, but I'd have to be there.
January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhiphopopotamus
I think I stand alone on this one -- at least that's my take after debating it on phog. $3m changes the situation a bit, but I don't believe it until I see it from the real media.

I think most people believe taking on a Top 10 helps us prepare for the big games in conference play. I disagree. However if I felt that was a competitive benefit, I'd be all in. I want conference championships and however that is best achieved, I say proceed.
January 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDJ

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