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Kansas hasn’t won road game since September of 2009


Again, with emphasis: Two thousand and freaking nine!!!

Later on Saturday, Kansas will travel to Mount Pleasant to take on Central Michigan in its first road game of the 2018 season.  It will also afford the Jayhawks the opportunity to snap one of the most mind-boggling streaks in all of college football.

On Sept. 12, 2009, Kansas defeated UTEP 34-7 in El Paso under the direction of Mark Mangino, who was in what turned out to be his final season in Lawrence.  Since then, and under three different head coaches (Turner Gill, Charlie Weis, David Beaty), Kansas has lost every single road game they’ve played — 46 straight for those keeping score at home.  And that doesn’t even include three neutral-field losses to Missouri in that span.

And it’s not like there have been a plethora, or even a dash, of close calls along the way as 39 of the 46 losses have been by 10 points or more.  A whopping 13 of the losses have come by 40-plus points, while another nine have been by 30-plus.  A pair of losses by 50-plus points — Texas A&M (2011) and Oklahoma (2016) — have been a part of the skein as well.

The last single-digit road loss for KU came in Nov. of 2015 as 15th-ranked TCU escaped Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth with a 23-17 win.  The closest decision in the streak came way back in 2011 with a 13-10 loss at Iowa State.

The 46-game losing streak is currently the second-longest all-time at any level of the sport, behind only the 48 straight FCS Idaho State lost from 2006-2014. Should KU stumble against CMU — the MAC school lost its opener 34-20 to Kentucky in Lexington — they could tie the all-time record Sept. 22 at Baylor and break it Oct. 6 against West Virginia in Morgantown.

There’s actually recent precedent for the streak to continue on into Big 12 play even with a MAC school on tap as KU stumbled against Ohio 42-30 last September.  In fact, two of the 46 losses in the streak have come against teams from that Group of Five conference, with the other being at Northern Illinois in 2012.

So, will the Jayhawks end what’s been nearly 5 million minutes of road misery this weekend?  That remains to be seen, but you can rest assured that Beaty’s future as KU’s head coach, despite his boss’ (sort of) public vote of confidence, won’t be aided by any outcome that extends the football program’s woeful streak.

Transfers from Rutgers, Coastal Carolina land at same FCS school

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The same FCS program has double-dipped in the NCAA transfer portal, FBS division, in bulking up the talent on its football roster.

Monday afternoon, Albany announced via social media that running back Alex James and fullback Max Anthony have officially signed with the program.  James, a redshirt junior, comes to Albany from Coastal Carolina, Anthony, a fifth-year senior, from Rutgers.

As both players come to the Great Danes from the FBS ranks, they will each be eligible to play immediately in 2019.

The past two seasons for the Chanticleers, James has rushed for 475 yards and seven touchdowns on 114 carries.  He also caught 16 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Anthony had started six of the 27 games in which he played for the Scarlet Knights.

Witness in hoops trial claims he paid football players from Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, others

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A sweeping college hoops scandal that’s engulfed the sport has now touched its gridiron counterpart.

Marty Blazer, a Pittsburgh financial advisor-turned government informant after pleading guilty to securities fraud charges, took the witness stand Tuesday in the college basketball fraud trial and levied some potentially explosive allegations.  As part of his testimony, Blazer alleged that, between 2000-14, he paid football players from, among others, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Pitt.  The payments, some of which were in the thousands of dollars, were aimed at convincing the player to remain in college and not enter the NFL draft in the hopes that they would retain him as their financial adviser when they did turn pro.

The names of specific players were, for the most part, not mentioned by Blazer.

The most damning of the accusations made by Blazer seems to involve Penn State during the Joe Paterno era.  Specifically, Blazer alleges that he paid the father of then-Penn State player Aaron Maybin $10,000, with the payment being made at the behest of an unnamed Paterno assistant coach.

If accurate, the NCAA would consider such an arrangement a major infraction.  It’s unclear what, if any, action The Association will take on the football side of the accusations made under oath.

Requests for comment from each of the football programs mentioned in Blazer’s testimony have not yet been met with a response.

Kentucky’s Gunnar Hoak latest QB to enter transfer database

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You can go ahead and add Kentucky to the burgeoning list of FBS schools that have lost signal-callers to the infamous portal.

On his personal Twitter account Tuesday morning, Kentucky’s Gunnar Hoak wrote that, “[a]fter much thought and consideration, I have decided to put my name in the NCAA transfer portal.” As Hoak is set to graduate from UK very early next month, the quarterback would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS program immediately in 2019.

As an added bonus for whichever school he ultimately chooses, Hoak has two seasons of eligibility available.

After losing out in the quarterback competition that ended in summer camp, Hoak spent the 2018 season as starter Terry Wilson‘s primary backup.  In that role, Hoak completed 13 of his 26 passes for 167 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Coming out of high school in Dublin, Ohio, Hoak was a three-star 2016 signee.

RB Jonathan Taylor competing with Wisconsin track team

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Jonathan Taylor is on track to be one of the most prolific running backs in college football history, but, this spring, he’ll be giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “on track.”

Wisconsin confirmed Tuesday that the Badgers running back will run in at least three meets with the UW track & field team this spring.  Taylor will make his collegiate track debut this weekend at the Penn Relays.  Additionally, he’ll run in the university’s Alumni Classic May 3 and the Big Ten Championships May 10-12.

Taylor will be running a leg of the 4×100-meter relay team, and would run in the NCAA prelims as well if they qualify.

Taylor, one of a handful of preseason Heisman Trophy favorites, is no stranger to the track as he won a pair of New Jersey state high school titles in the 100-meter dash.

As a true freshman in 2017, his 1,977 yards were third nationally.  This past season, he led the country in rushing with 2,194 yards.  If Taylor were to rush for at least 2,235 yards in 2018 — five players in FBS history have surpassed that total in college football history, most recently San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny in 2017 — he would break Donnel Pumphrey‘s all-time record of 6,405 career rushing yards.