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Veach Quotes With Soren Petro

Chiefs GM Brett Veach spoke with Soren Petro on The Program on Thursday. Read what Veach said with Soren.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach joined our Soren Petro Thursday on “The Program”. Here are some of the highlights.

 

On Patrick Mahomes’ playing pick-up basketball:

 

“Yes, I did see the tweet of Pat Mahomes playing basketball. We did address it. As soon as I saw it, it probably took me two seconds to call his agent and tell him that was a big no-no. So, I think ‘The Kingdom’ can rest assured that we have that under control. No more basketball for Pat.”

 

On Justin Houston and Eric Berry:

 

“(New defensive coordinator) Steve (Spagnuolo) is cranking tape as we speak. He’ll do so without any interjection from me or my staff. Once Steve gets through his assessment, we’ll come in and share our thoughts and opinions with him and then factor in all the contract stuff, money stuff, what we have, what can do. We have some tough decisions to make but we also feel really good about some young guys we have. We have a first round pick, two twos and a three.”

 

On possibly getting Chris Jones and Tyreek Hill extended this offseason:

 

“We’ll have discussions. I think it is good business to see if we can get something done earlier than later. Certainly, both of those players have done a fantastic job for us. We’re going to be active to retain players that we’ve drafted and cultivated, and I expect them to be a part of our future moving forward.”

 

On Dee Ford’s contract situation:

 

“When we go through and see how we’re structured for (Spagnuolo’s) scheme and the different things that Dee can do, that will factor into this decision. We have some time. I don’t think we’re going to rush to make any decision. There are a lot of options in regard to potential free agents, what we have in regard to draft equity. Trade stuff will start picking up.”

 

On Dee Ford’s ability in a new defensive scheme:

 

“He’s always been able to bring speed off the edge and pressure the quarterback. He’s developed as a student of the game. He’s been able to stay healthy and that’s a big deal. He came into camp in phenomenal shape. It’s hard to find guys who can rush the passer at the level that he does; they’re a premium in this league. He’s a fantastic player and I look forward to getting with Steve (Spagnuolo) and drawing up a game plan for Dee.”

 

On the team’s free agents:

 

“We’d like to have them all back; the reality of it is that it won’t work like that. You can’t everyone pay top market; you’ve got to be selective in how you put this roster together.”

 

On Eric Berry’s health:

 

“No one is more competitive that Eric Berry and no one was dying to get out there every single game more than Eric Berry. It was very encouraging to get him a week of practice before the New England game and to come out of that game in good order. Once we compile the information with Eric, we’ll sit down and lay out a plan for him moving forward. We’re certainly looking forward to having Eric out there leading the defense and doing his thing.”

 

On whether they’ll go defense-heavy again in the NFL Draft: 

 

“We’re always going to be a team that strives to draft the best player available. If the grade discrepancies are close, it will lend itself to filling a draft need but you don’t ever want to give up a first round wideout for fifth round defensive player. I don’t think we’re going into this process with the mindset of (taking) only defense. We’re going to draft the best player available to continue to add talent and bring playmakers to Arrowhead on Sunday.”

 

On being the favorite to win Super Bowl LIV:

 

“I like it. I love it. I think it’s exciting. We have a bullseye on our back. I think that’s gonna keep us sharp this offseason. I think it motivates us all to know that, every week, we’re gonna get a team’s ‘A’ game. We’re not gonna surprise anybody this year. There’s going to be a lot of nationally televised games; we welcome that. It’s great for our fans; it’s great for Kansas City.”

 

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Program’s Big 12, SEC Awards

Read Soren Petro’s Associated Press ballot for Big 12 Awards, and also The Program’s rankings of coaches in the Big 12 and SEC.

2017-18 AP ALL-BIG 12 MEN’S BASKETBALL BALLOT:

 NAME OF VOTER:  Soren Petro

FIRST TEAM
1) Trae Young, Oklahoma

2) Devonte’ Graham, Kansas

3) Jevon Carter, West Virginia

4) Dean Wade, Kansas St.

5) Mohamed Bamba, Texas

SECOND TEAM
1) Barry Brown, Kansas St.

2) Keenan Evans, Texas Tech

3) Sviatoslav Mykhailuk, Kansas

4) Udoka Azubuike, Kansas

5) Sagaba Konate, West Virginia

COACH OF THE YEAR:Bill Self, Kansas

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Trae Young, Oklahoma

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR (Freshman or player in 1st season w/Big 12 team):
Trae Young, Oklahoma

BIG 12 COACHES

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  1. BILL SELF- KANSAS
  2. BOB HUGGINS- WEST VIRGINIA
  3. CHRIS BEARD- TEXAS TECH
  4. LON KRUGER- OKLAHOMA
  5. JAMIE DIXON- TCU
  6. SCOTT DREW- BAYLOR
  7. BRUCE WEBER- KANSAS STATE
  8. SHAKA SMART- TEXAS
  9. MIKE BOYNTON- OKLAHOMA STATE
  10. STEVE PROHM- IOWA STATE

 

SEC COACHES LIST

  1. JOHN CALIPARI- KENTUCKY
  2. RICK BARNES- TENNESSEE
  3. MIKE WHITE- FLORIDA
  4. BRUCE PEARL- AUBURN
  5. BEN HOWLAND- MISSISSIPPI STATE
  6. MIKE ANDERSON- ARKANSAS
  7. CUONZO MARTIN- MIZZOU
  8. FRANK MARTIN- SOUTH CAROLINA
  9. BILLY KENNEDY- TEXAS A&M
  10. AVERY JOHNSON- ALABAMA
  11. BRYCE DREW- VANDY
  12. WILL WADE- LSU
  13. MARK FOX- GEORGIA

 

BIG 12 COACHES

SOREN

  1. BILL SELF- KANSAS
  2. BOB HUGGINS- WEST VIRGINIA
  3. LON KRUGER- OKLAHOMA
  4. SCOTT DREW- BAYLOR
  5. JAMIE DIXON- TCU
  6. CHRIS BEARD- TEXAS TECH
  7. BRUCE WEBER- KANSAS STATE
  8. SHAKA SMART- TEXAS
  9. STEVE PROHM- IOWA STATE
  10. MIKE BOYNTON- OKLAHOMA STATE

 

SEC COACHES LIST

  1. JOHN CALIPARI- KENTUCKY
  2. MIKE WHITE- FLORIDA
  3. RICK BARNES- TENNESSEE
  4. FRANK MARTIN- SOUTH CAROLINA
  5. BRUCE PEARL- AUBURN
  6. BEN HOWLAND- MISSISSIPPI STATE
  7. MIKE ANDERSON- ARKANSAS
  8. CUONZO MARTIN- MIZZOU
  9. BILLY KENNEDY- TEXAS A&M
  10. BRYCE DREW- VANDY
  11. AVERY JOHNSON- ALABAMA
  12. MARK FOX- GEORGIA
  13. WILL WADE- LSU

 

BIG 12 COACHES

KURTIS

  1. BILL SELF- KANSAS
  2. BOB HUGGINS- WEST VIRGINIA
  3. LON KRUGER- OKLAHOMA
  4. SCOTT DREW- BAYLOR
  5. JAMIE DIXON- TCU
  6. CHRIS BEARD- TEXAS TECH
  7. BRUCE WEBER- KANSAS STATE
  8. SHAKA SMART- TEXAS
  9. MIKE BOYNTON- OKLAHOMA STATE
  10. STEVE PROHM- IOWA STATE

 

SEC COACHES LIST

  1. JOHN CALIPARI- KENTUCKY
  2. RICK BARNES- TENNESSEE
  3. BRUCE PEARL- AUBURN
  4. FRANK MARTIN- SOUTH CAROLINA
  5. BEN HOWLAND- MISSISSIPPI STATE
  6. CUONZO MARTIN- MIZZOU
  7. MIKE WHITE- FLORIDA
  8. MIKE ANDERSON- ARKANSAS
  9. BILLY KENNEDY- TEXAS A&M
  10. AVERY JOHNSON- ALABAMA
  11. BRYCE DREW- VANDY
  12. WILL WADE- LSU
  13. MARK FOX- GEORGIA
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Petro’s AP College Football Ballot

Check out Soren Petro’s ballot for the Associated Press College Football Top 25!

Petro’s AP Top 25 Ballot

9/10/17

 

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Penn St.
  5. Washington
  6. USC
  7. Florida St.
  8. Ohio St.
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Oklahoma St.
  11. Michigan
  12. Kansas St.
  13. Georgia
  14. Miami
  15. Auburn
  16. TCU
  17. Louisville
  18. LSU
  19. Florida
  20. Washington St.
  21. Oregon
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. UCLA
  24. Stanford
  25. Tennessee

 

  1. Notre Dame
  2. South Florida
  3. Utah
  4. Georgia Tech
  5. Nebraska
  6. West Virginia
  7. South Carolina
  8. Colorado
  9. Houston
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Mississippi St.
  12. Duke
  13. Maryland
  14. San Diego St.
  15. Iowa

Petro’s Preseason College Football Ballot

By Soren Petro

Petro’s Preseason AP Top 25 Ballot

8/7/17

 

  1. Florida St.
  2. Alabama
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio St.
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Penn St.
  7. Washington
  8. USC
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Oklahoma St.
  11. Auburn
  12. Florida
  13. Kansas St.
  14. Georgia
  15. Michigan
  16. Miami
  17. Louisville
  18. TCU
  19. LSU
  20. Stanford
  21. Washington St.
  22. North Carolina St.
  23. Oregon
  24. Texas
  25. Notre Dame

 

  1. Virginia Tech
  2. South Florida
  3. BYU
  4. Tennessee
  5. UCLA
  6. Nebraska
  7. Northwestern
  8. Houston
  9. Texas A&M
  10. West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petro’s Preseason All America Team

 

OFFENSE

 

QB       Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma

RB       Derrius Guice – LSU

RB       Nick Chubb – Georgia

OT       Connor Williams – Texas

G          Quenton Nelson – Notre Dame

C          Frank Ragnow – Arkansas

G          Cody O’Connell – Washington St.

OT       Mike McGlinchey – Notre Dame

TE       Mark Andrews – Oklahoma

WR      James Washington – Oklahoma St.

WR      Courtland Sutton – SMU

K          Caniel Carlson – Auburn

AP       Quadree Henderson – Pitt

 

 

DEFENSE

 

DE       Bradley Chubb – North Carolina St.

DT       Christian Wilkins – Clemson

DT       Dexter Lawrence – Clemson

DE       Trenton Thompson – Georgia

LB       Arden Key – LSU

LB       Malik Jefferson – Texas

LB       Harold Landry – Boston College

CB       Tarvarus McFadden – Florida St.

S          Derwin James – Florida St.

S          Minkah Fitzpatrick – Alabama

CB       Kevin Tolliver II – LSU

P          J.K. Scott – Alabama

 

 

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Program MLB Predictions

Read The Program’s season predictions for MLB, Awards, Races and Royals surprises and flops.

 Soren Kurtis FTR
      
AL CentralIndians Indians  Indians
 Tigers Royals (WC) Royals (WC)
 Royals  Tigers Twins
 Twins  Twins White Sox
 White Sox White Sox Tigers
      
AL EastRed Sox Red Sox Red Sox
 Rays (WC) Blue Jays Blue Jays
 Blue Jays Yankees Rays
 Orioles  Orioles Yankees
 Yankees Rays Orioles
      
AL WestAstros  Astros Astros
 Mariners (WC) Mariners (WC) Mariners (WC)
 Rangers Rangers Rangers
 Angels  Angels  A’s
 A’s A’s Angels 
      
Cy  YoungChris Sale Corey Kluber Chris Sale
MVPCarlos Correa Carlos Correa Mookie Betts
Rookie of YearJharel Cotton Andrew Benintendi Yoan Mancada
      
Royals Record88-74 88-74 88-74
KC Player of YrEric Hosmer  Eric Hosmer Eric Hosmer
KC Pitcher of YrIan Kennedy Danny Duffy  Kelvin Herrera
SurpriseMike Moustakas Alex Gordon Raul Mondesi
FlopJorge Soler Alcides Escobar Alcides Escobar
      
      
      
      
      
 Soren Kurtis  FTR
NL EastNationals Nationals  Nationals 
 Mets Mets  Mets (WC)
 Marlins Marlins Phillies
 Braves  Braves Braves
 Phillies Phillies Marlins
      
NL CentralCubs  Cubs Cubs
 Cardinals (WC) Cardinals (WC) Pirates (WC)
 Pirates Pirates Cardinals 
 Brewers  Brewers Brewers
 Reds Reds  Reds
      
NL WestDodgers Dodgers Dodgers
 Giants (WC) Giants (WC) Giants
 Rockies Rockies Rockies
 Diamondbacks Diamondbacks Diamondbacks
 Padres Padres Padres
      
Cy YoungMadison Bumgarner Clayton Kershaw Noah Syndergaard
MVPBryce Harper Corey Seager Kyle Schwarber
Rookie of YearDansby Swanson Dansby Swanson Dansby Swanson
      
World SeriesNats over Astros  Indians over Dodgers Cubs over Astros
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Petro’s All-Big 12 Teams

By Soren Petro, Sports Radio 810

 

PETRO’S 2016-17 AP All-Big 12 TEAMS

 

FIRST TEAM (Must have one point guard and one post player):

1)  Frank Mason, Kansas

2)  Monte Morris, Iowa St.

3)  Jawun Evans, Oklahoma St.

4)  Josh Jackson, Kansas

5)  Johnathan Motley, Baylor

  

SECOND TEAM (Must have one point guard and one post player):

1)  Jevon Carter, West Virginia

2)  Deonte Burton, Iowa St.

3)  Landon Lucas, Kansas

4)  Jo Lual-Acuil Jr.

5)  Jarrett Allen, Texas

 

THIRD TEAM (AP only has a first and second team):

1)  Devonte’ Graham

2)  Naz Mitrou-Long

3)  Jeffrey Carroll

4)  Wesley Iwundu

5)  D.J. Johnson

 

   COACH OF THE YEAR:  Bill Self, Kansas

 

   PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Frank Mason, Kansas

  

   NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

(Freshman or player in first season w/Big 12 team):  Josh Jackson, Kansas

 

 

The first team was pretty easy to put together.  The three point guards led teams at the top of the standings.  Motley is worthy of being player of the year and Jackson did what ever KU needed him to do to win almost every game.

 

The second team was much more difficult.  Jevon Carter of WVU was the easiest choice.  Buton was another one that I landed on quickly.  He handled guarding opponents big men while still making big contributions on offense.

 

I gave strong consideration to putting D.J. Johnson on the second team, but in the end KSU’s inability to close games cost him the spot on this team.  Jarrett Allen got the nod because of  his rebounding, shot blocking and shooting percentage.  His performance certainly warranted a spot on this team, even if the performance of the Longhorns as a team doesn’t.  In the end I don’t think the Horns brutal season was his fault.

 

Landon Lucas does not have huge stats, but did finish second in the league in rebounding.  He provided KU’s only post presence and played excellent interior defense.  The shot blocking and rebounding of Baylor’s Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. anchored the  league’s best defense.

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Petro’s Ballot for AP College Basketball Poll

By Soren Petro, Sports Radio 810

PETRO’S AP BALLOT, February 26, 2017
 
1. Kansas
2. Villanova
3. UCLA
4. Oregon
5. North Carolina
6. Kentucky
7. Louisville
8. Gonzaga
9. West Virginia
10. Arizona
11. Florida
12. Baylor
13. Purdue
14. Duke
15. Notre Dame
16. Florida St.
17. SMU
18. Butler
19. Virginia
20. Wichita St.
21. Iowa St.
22. Cincinnati
23. Saint Mary’s
24. Michigan
25. Miami
 
26. Wisconsin
27. Oklahoma St.
28. Minnesota
29. South Carolina
30. Dayton
31. Houston
32. Michigan St.
33. Maryland
34. Middle Tennessee
35. Virginia Tech
36. Syracuse
37. Northwestern
38. VCU
39. Creighton
40. Xavier
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Petro’s Ballot for AP College Basketball Poll

By Soren Petro, Sports Radio 810

PETRO’S AP BALLOT

 
1. Villanova
2. Gonzaga
3. Kansas
4. UCLA
5. Arizona
6. Louisville
7. Oregon
8. Kentucky
9. West Virginia
10. North Carolina
11. Duke
12. Baylor
13. Purdue
14. Florida
15. Cincinnati
16. Wisconsin
17. Virginia
18. SMU
19. Notre Dame
20. Florida St.
21. Wichita St.
22. Butler
23. Iowa St.
24. Saint Mary’s
25. Michigan
 
26. South Carolina
27. Miami
28. Maryland
29. Oklahoma St.
30. Minnesota
31. Dayton
32. Northwestern
33. Creighton
34. Xavier
35. Houston
36. Kansas St.
37. USC
38. VCU
39. Middle Tennessee
40. Virginia Tech