Blair Kerkhoff

Blair Kerkhoff

Welcome fellas! New Big 12 football coaches walking into tall tasks

The Big 12 welcomes three new head coaches this season, Baylor’s Matt Rhule, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and Texas’ Tom Herman, and they have big tasks ahead of them. Not just creating or maintaining winning teams, but Rhule has to help change his school’s image, while Riley and Herman look to steer their programs to national prominence, which would help the Big 12.

Chiefs

John Dorsey’s successor as Chiefs general manager has big sweatshirt to fill

Whoever succeeds John Dorsey as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs will have the task of matching a successful tenure. The Chiefs in Dorsey’s four years won 43 games. Only teams that won the Super Bowl — the Patriots, Broncos and Seahawks — have won more games in that time frame. Not everything Dorsey touched was golden. There were more successes than failures, but some salary cap trouble may loom on the horizon.

Blair Kerkhoff

Road to Final Four went through … Kansas State

Two of the coaches in the Final Four — Oregon’s Dana Altman and South Carolina’s Frank Martin — are former Kansas State head coaches. In all, five of the last seven K-State head coaches have taken teams to the Final Four. But none took the Wildcats to college basketball’s final weekend.

Blair Kerkhoff

Blair Kerkhoff: Iowa State factor favors Purdue over KU, sort of

Purdue is coming off a second-round NCAA Tournament victory over Iowa State, the team that ended Kansas’ 51-game homecourt winning streak. That piece of information was used by Purdue coach Matt Painter as the Boilermakers prepared for the Cyclones. The Boilers seem split about how that plays into Thursday’s Sweet 16 game against KU.

Videos

Baylor's Matt Rhule: Don't forget the past

New Baylor football coach Matt Rhule said the program won't forget the past as it prepares for 2017.
Blair Kerkhoff The Kansas City Star
Baylor's Matt Rhule: Don't forget the past 0:29

Baylor's Matt Rhule: Don't forget the past

Shooting three-pointers with Buddy Hield 0:30

Shooting three-pointers with Buddy Hield

Bill Self presented with AP coach of the year award in Houston 1:19

Bill Self presented with AP coach of the year award in Houston

Reasons for Kansas' Elite Eight loss to Villanova 5:07

Reasons for Kansas' Elite Eight loss to Villanova