The Royals won a wild game over the Texas Rangers in the season opener. You can read all about that in this game analysis.
Kansas City Royals 14, Texas Rangers 10 (Analysis)
Royals Roster Announced
The Royals announced their opening day roster before Thursday’s game. While it didn’t surprise much, since we knew Nicky Lopez replaced Adalberto Mondesi, there was one slight surprise. Jake Brentz made the roster, and Ervin Santana did not. Santana wasn’t necessarily a surprise, and Brentz was good in spring training, but with all of the bullpen talent and few spots available, it didn’t seem likely that Brentz would open with the big league team.
The Royals selected the contracts of OF Kyle Isbel and LHP Jake Brentz before Thursday’s game. The designated C Meibrys Viloria and RHP Scott Blewett for assignment…
Roy Williams Retires
Hall of Fame college basketball coach Roy Williams announced his retirement on Thursday. I was not completely certain it was true at first simply because it was April Fool’s Day, but sure enough, it was.
Williams got his first college basketball head coaching job at Kansas after the 1988 Jayhawk national championship and Larry Brown’s leaving for the NBA. Williams had to deal with a program put on probation and ineligible for postseason play his first season. That first season was tough, but he soon took the Jayhawks to a Final Four.
After 15 seasons at Kansas, he left for North Carolina shortly after saying on national television, “I could give a sh*t about North Carolina right now” after a loss to Syracuse in the national championship game with the Jayhawks.
Roy has always had a reputation for being a simple, friendly man. You hear stories from people in the media that he had a side to him that the public never saw. True or not, you cannot argue with his success. He kept Kansas from falling to a lesser status after Larry Brown left. The probation could have caused a lesser coach to struggle, and soon, Kansas could have been where Indiana, UCLA, and other once-prominent programs have fallen.
Kansas fans struggled with Williams’ leaving for North Carolina until the Jayhawks destroyed the Tar Heels 84-66 in 2008 on their way to a national championship. After that game, many Kansas fans seemed to change their feelings towards Roy. A score had been settled somehow. Right or wrong, things had changed.
Williams finished with 903 wins in his 33 seasons. He will go down as one of the best coaches in college basketball history.
Texas is reportedly hiring Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard to replace Shaka Smart who left for the Marquette job… Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham is declaring for the NBA draft as expected… NFL teams submitted their playing rules proposals for the season.
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