It looks like it’s just a matter of time until Kansas fires Les Miles and looks for yet another head football coach. Regardless of whether you think the Jayhawks should or should not fire Miles, the media is putting a lot of pressure on the university, and very few schools are willing to stand up to that kind of pressure.
Should Kansas fire Les Miles? As bad as the allegations sound, I would not fire him because of these latest reports. If Miles has been professional at Kansas, why make a rash decision based on something he did several years ago at another school? Does he not deserve a second chance? Do we even know if the allegations are true? Kansas had given Miles that second chance, whether they knew it or not, when they hired him.
And the complaints that Miles attempted to “sexualize” the student staff in the football program? I’m guessing there is not a major football program with ugly hostesses. It’s like the rest of the world. All major football programs are trying to sell themselves to recruits. They build the best facilities, have special housing for the players, and yes, they have attractive people working in the department. You don’t draft payers in college football. You recruit them. You are selling your program to teenage boys.
Now, the kissing and touching? Well, that’s uncomfortable for everyone. But do you fire someone because you are uncomfortable? Again, how has he been at Kansas? Have there been any reports of such behavior? If so, he should have already been fired regardless of what happened at LSU. If not, then maybe he never did that at LSU or has realized his errors and is a better person now. Let he who has not sinned throw the first stone. And don’t worry about the splinter in someone else’s eye when there is a log in yours.
But now we are at the point where athletic director Jeff Long is trying to save his job. Les Miles is trying to get paid for everything he is owed when he is fired, and the sports media is wanting Miles’ head. I don’t expect Miles to be the head coach at Kansas much longer. And if that’s the case, the school needs to make the change now and find a new athletic director and football coach yesterday.
Kansas City Royals 8, San Francisco Giants 6 (Box Score)
2:10pm – MLBST – Kansas City Royals at San Diego Padres (MLBN, FSKC, 610AM)
Bobby Witt Jr. hit his first spring training home run on Saturday. He wasn’t sure it was gone and sprinted out of the box, which is nice to see. Witt was batting leadoff in front of Andrew Benintendi. Is that a glimpse into the future of the Royals’ lineup?
What does Witt have to do to make the major league team out of spring training? I don’t know that there is anything he can do. I think Dayton Moore is set on sending him down. Why? He doesn’t think anyone can play in the major leagues straight out of high school without playing a minor league game. Remember, Moore brought Brandon Finnegan to the majors the year he was drafted out of college to help the club with its playoff push. So, I could see Witt in the majors sometime this season. Witt is just unlike any other player we have seen drafted by Dayton Moore. He looks ready for the major leagues right now.
SS Nicky Lopez gave up his jersey number, #1, for Jarrod Dyson now that he is back with the team. Lopez will wear #8.
Jakob Junis gets the start on the mound for the Royals on Sunday. He is the pitcher I am following closest right now. Junis was terrific in his first outing. Can he make it back-to-back dominating starts? With Kris Bubic getting lit up on Saturday, Junis might see blood in the water. The fifth spot in the rotation, which didn’t seem up for grabs entering spring training, could now be in that situation. The cutter that Junis developed over the winter could give him an opportunity in the rotation when we thought he was definitely going to be in the bullpen in 2021.
In Other News
With Oklahoma State’s win at West Virginia on Saturday, Kansas gets the #2 seed in the Big 12 tournament. Kansas made second place their goal about a month ago when they realized they had no chance to win the conference. At that time, it seemed crazy to think the Jayhawks would be able to finish second, but an improvement in their defense helped them do it.
The Houston Astros agreed with RHP Jake Odorizzi on a two-year contract with a player option.
Mizzou’s Tilmon thrives in bittersweet breakthrough season (Dave Matter)
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