GOOD COP:” Well Bill, there’s sure a lot of allegations flying around about this Adidas bunch and how they’ve been funneling money to certain people to make sure that good basketball players end up at an Adidas school to ……………ahem……………….further their education. I was sure glad to see that you guys at Kansas said that you were “victims” in all of this.” BAD COP: “Mr. Self, you’ve been quoted as saying, “I’m happy with Adidas and that KU needs to land a couple of ‘real guys’. Is that saying that this Mr. Gassnola of Adidas needs to deliver a couple of big-time recruits?”
GOOD COP:” The prosecution in this federal case is trying to prove that schools were victimized by Adidas, which defrauded them by paying athletes who promised with signature s on letters of intent that they will remain amateurs during their times at the school. Is that correct Bill?” BAD COP: “Mr. Self, we are going to prove that Adidas helped the schools because you coaches knew what was going on and if you didn’t know, it was because you didn’t want to know. “Is that correct?”
GOOD COP: “Mr. Boatright, (Wichita State Athletic Director) there is a lot of interest in having the Shockers return to collegiate football team. To fill Cessna Stadium on Saturday afternoons. Are you in favor of that?” Mr. Boatright says, “There is a lot of interest in football. If it were just football, we would start tomorrow.” BAD COP: “Mr. Boatright, then why don’t we have Wichita State football?” Boatright says, “Bringing back football has a price tag---a BIG ONE. To say we could start football for less than a $100 million is naïve. If it were just football, it would start tomorrow. There is interest in football. There is just not a lot of interest in PAYING for football. That’s where the problem is!”
GOOD COP: “Well, Mr. Snyder, it looks like your football team is finally coming together following that big win over Oklahoma State. I bet you are really happy that you finally got this team turned around and probably headed for a bowl game, right? “ Well, our young men are very dedicated to improving every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every game. We look to be consistently improving and we did show some improvement this week and our young men are to be commended for continuing to show some improvement as all of us have agreed to do. It is our goal as a team.” BAD COP: “Despite the win over Okie State, your Wildcats are still 3-4 and, other than Kansas, probably won’t be favored to win another game. There seems to be a lot of grumbling around the Little Apple that perhaps you’ve stayed too long. Your thoughts?” Well, as a football team, our goal is to improve every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every game. We look to be consistently improving and we did show some improvement this week and our young men are to be commended for continuing to show improvement as all of us have agreed to do. It is our goal as a team.”
— The final game of District play for our high school teams to settle seedings is upon us this week. Garden City is at Great Bend. Buffaloes don’t have enough offense to hang with Great Bend. Black Panthers 34-18.
— Central Plains over Macksville, Hoisington over Norton, Cimarron too good for Ellinwood. Kingman favored over winless Larned but the Indians have been hanging around in most games, looking for an offensive spark. Don’t be surprised at an upset here.
— Coach David Beaty fired his offensive coordinator during the Jayhawks’ bye week and will take over the play calling. That alone won’t be enough to shock the Kansas offense to the level of Texas Tech. Red Raiders have scored 65 points in their last two meeting with KU. It won’t happen this year in Lubbock but the Techsters still win, 42-20!
— Speaking of calling offensive plays, former Notre Dame coach and announcer Lou Holtz said, when asked why he calls his teams offensive plays, “We’ve had a lot of success with a dumb guy calling plays. I’m hesitant to have a smart one call them.”
Buddy Tabler is a guest columnist for the Great Bend Tribune and his views don’t necessarily reflect those of the paper. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.