Author: Steven Wallace

Steve Wallace has worked for Gridiron Heroics since July of 2022. He covers the Kansas Jayhawks and College Football. A UCLA graduate, he lives in Kansas with his family.

34 Days until College Football Like Brian Mclaughlin’s article on the top 30 for 30 college football shows…it’s preseason list time. We are 34 days away from Nebraksa vs Northwestern at Aviva Stadium in Ireland.  Time to start getting pumped for your teams entrance into your home stadium.  To get on this list, you need lots of pyrotechnics, a rabid fanbase, and a loud theme song or chant.  A huge stadium that is routinely jam-packed is also preferred. Let’s first start off with the entrances that didn’t make it–the Honorable Mentions. Army Football’s entrance in Michie Stadium isn’t overly intimidating…but…

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Get to know your Football Stadium a little better!  Booth Memorial is an interesting Stadium. Memorial Stadium gets its name The KU Football Stadium is called Memorial Stadium because World War One claimed the lives of 129 members of the Kansas University Student Army Training Corps.  In 1920, students, faculty, and fans raised money to build a stadium for the Jayhawk Football team.  Memorial Stadium was chosen in honor of the 129 Jayhawks killed in Europe. In 1917, William T. Fitzsimmons, a 1912 KU graduate was killed in France.  Fitzsimons worked in a hospital until a German air attack took his…

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Why you should be optimistic It’s never too early in the preseason for Kansas Jayhawk Football Schedule prediction post. There isn’t a fanbase in America that needs to see improvement like Jayhawk fans (except maybe University of Arizona fans). Let’s look at the positives.  KU opened it’s 90,000 sq/ft indoor practice facility in 2019.  An all weather, multi purpose facility, the investment of showing recruits that Kansas is serious about competing are now showing return on investment.  The KU Athletic Department and Football front office professionals have largely closed the Scholarship debt gap.  There was a point four years ago…

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Your Favorite Kansas Jayhawk:  Gale Sayers Early Life Gale Sayers “The Kansas Comet” was born in Wichita in 1943.  His father, a farmer and mechanic, moved the family to Omaha when Sayers was 8.  Sayers attended high school at Omaha Central high school where he would star in both football and track and field.  Sayers set the Nebraska state record in the long jump his senior year, jumping 24′ 10 7/8″ in 1961.  He also was timed at 9.6 in the 100 yard dash. In football, Sayers led the state of Nebraska in scoring in both his junior and senior…

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Early life Your favorite Jayhawks: John Riggins Welcome to a series on your favorite Jayhawk players from the past.  Today we start with John Riggins. When you think of famous KU running backs…you either think of Gale Sayers or John Riggins.  Riggins, a 6’2″ 235 high school phenom, grew up 70 miles from Lawrence KS in Seneca.  Riggins played in his older brother Frank’s shadow for most of his life at Centraila Central High School. Like his brother, Riggins didn’t go far for college, enrolling at  KU in 1967.  After sitting out his freshman season (as was required back then)…

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Lance Leipold optimistic heading into 2022 As Head Coach Lance Leipold enters his second season at the helm in Lawrence, the cupboard is not as bare as it was 15 months ago when he arrived.  As is typically the case when the previous coach was fired off-cycle, Leipold’s ability to alter the roster was limited during the 2021 season.  After a full off-season in charge, Lance Leipold is optimistic heading into 2022. Kansas has added 14 portal transfers as they worked through their scholarship deficit.  Leipold brought in some transfers from his old school, Buffalo, to jump-start his overhaul of…

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