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***** OFFICIAL 2013 KANSAS FOOTBALL THREAD *****

It's a New Year, and with new recruits coming in and some actual expectations for the coming season, it seemed the right time to start a new thread.

Let's get back to where we used to be...

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Sept. 7 SOUTH DAKOTA W 31-14


Sept. 14 at Rice L 14-23


Sept. 21 LOUISIANA TECH W 13-10


Sept. 28 Bye Week

Oct. 5 TEXAS TECH* L 54-16


Oct. 12 at TCU* L 27-17


Oct. 19 OKLAHOMA* L 34-19


Oct. 26 BAYLOR* L 59-14


Nov. 2 at Texas* L 35-13


Nov. 9 at Oklahoma State* L 42-6


Nov. 16 WEST VIRGINIA* W 31-19


Nov. 23 at Iowa State* L 34-0


Nov. 30 KANSAS STATE* L 31-10



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Wow. Check out the story on Keon Stowers. I'm going to be cheering for this kid the rest of my life.

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Lineman Stowers finds right path at Kansas



It takes a lot to impress legendary retired high school football coach Jimmy “Moose” Wallace, winner of four state titles in South Carolina and former coach of 10 NFL players. Yet, the young man sitting across the lunch table from Wallace last Thursday afternoon wowed him so much the coach said it “brings cold chills to my body,” just talking about his progress.


Kansas University junior defensive tackle Keon Stowers opens fall camp as a projected starter, is on a path to earn a degree in sociology and already is in demand as a speaker at various schools back home in Rock Hill, S.C.
“He has some story to tell,” Wallace said.


And Stowers is more than happy to tell it. The more people who hear it, he figures, the better chance troubled youths will use it as inspiration to right their compasses the way he has. During a series of short one-on-one interviews during media-availability sessions throughout the school year, Stowers did not spare specifics in discussing what home life was like for him.


A chronic truant, Stowers didn’t play football as a freshman and sophomore in high school. Trouble, not teammates, kept him company. Two men and a sport that centered him came into his life in his junior year, and that’s when he began heading in the right direction. Stowers left his broken home before he graduated high school. A high school teacher of his, Larry Shaw, became his legal guardian and his academic conscience. Stowers’ girlfriend’s family gave him a place to stay.
“I remember I picked him up to take him different places,” Shaw said. “There wouldn’t be any lights on in the house. He’d come to the door and you could tell there were no lights, no electricity on in the house.”
Perhaps that was a blessing. The lack of light made it more difficult to see things nobody of any age should have to see, much less a teenager in his own home.


“I like sharing my experience with kids,” Stowers said. “Not telling them to leave their parents, but just to show them that there is actually a better world out there. It’s a better world than waking up and seeing a passed-out crack-head on your couch, someone you don’t even know passed out in your living room. No food in the refrigerator. Your mom has sold all the food stamps. It’s bad enough that we’re already on food stamps and then your mom sells all of them and now you don’t have food in the house for the whole month.”


Nobody wonders why he found trouble, avoided school. It’s where he is today that makes those who know his background marvel at his ability to rise above his circumstances.


“Taking all that from my childhood, I kind of use it as motivation,” Stowers said. “I tell myself I’m not going to be like that. I’m not going to be one of those guys who’s standing on the corner talking about what they could have been, or what they should have been. I want to make my family proud.”


His mother and father both are locked up. His father is serving a 20-year sentence at Tucson Federal Correctional Institution in Arizona, for drug and weapons offenses, his mother nine years in Greenwood, S.C., on a drug conviction, according to the The Herald, the newspaper in Rock Hill, S.C.


Dogged by self-doubt
It would be nice to report that Stowers went to sleep one night headed down the path his family set for him and woke up the next morning walking in the opposite direction and hasn’t had any heartache since. It never works that way.


“Keon was in trouble, trouble, trouble and I told him you have to play football,” Wallace said. “He came out. He really got engaged in it. Football became his family. He started coming to school every day. He started doing things we asked him to do, lifted weights, everything. He became a leader. Then he missed three days of school.”


Wallace dispatched the school’s truant officer to Stowers’ house.
“He brought Keon to my office,” Wallace said. “He’s hyperventilating, crying, screaming. I said, ‘What’s wrong, Keon?’ He said, ‘Coach, my daddy just got life.’ I said, ‘Wow.’ It just killed him, knocked him down.”
Wallace recalled part of their exchange.


Stowers: “I’m a loser. I’m no good. I can’t make it.”
Wallace: “Wait a minute, son. You don’t believe that. I don’t believe that. You do everything we ask you to do in this program, you’re on time every day to school, you lift weights, we’ll do this.”



Stowers, then 245 pounds, now more than 300 pounds, played linebacker in two state championship games for Wallace.


With Larry and Pam Shaw leaning on him to do his schoolwork, Stowers graduated from Northwestern High, but still didn’t have the academic profile to attract the attention of four-year colleges. Stowers attended Georgia Military Academy, a junior college.



“Formation in the mornings, dinner time had to be in uniform, room inspections, learned how to iron his shirts, polish his shoes, strict military environment,” Shaw said. “That was good for him.”


He didn’t play football his first year there because of a back injury.
Stowers wanted a new, more structured life, but living and studying in such a strict environment rekindled self-doubts.


“He called me and said, ‘Mr. Shaw, I can’t make it.’ I said, ‘That’s just your feelings right now. You can make it,’” Shaw said.



He not only made it, he played football so well during his second year that he began to draw attention from Division I schools. Shaw, who accompanied Stowers on all of his campus visits, said Kansas quickly became the school to beat. Iowa State, Louisville, South Alabama and Troy also scheduled home visits.


The Road to Kansas
Strike 1 for the other schools recruiting Stowers: Reggie Mitchell made a trip to Rock Hill, S.C., before Kansas had fired Turner Gill. Mitchell has a gift for developing relationships in such a way as to make a recruit feel as if he had known him all his life. Opposing coaches get nervous when they catch wind of Mitchell recruiting a player they’re courting.


Strike 2: Shaw said he devoted most of his energy on the recruiting trip gathering information about each school’s academic support system.
“He didn’t need someone to show him how to play football,” Shaw said. “He needed someone to continue to instill discipline in him the way Georgia Military did. He needed someone to help him get a degree. The impression I took away was that Kansas has some of the best student support, the best tutoring, of any school in the country.”


Strike 3: New head coach Charlie Weis paid Stowers a home visit.
“When they made the Weis hire that was the icing on the cake,” Stowers said. “The first week he was able to recruit he came to my house fresh off hip surgery, walking with a cane. That just showed me if this guy is doing all this he really wants me to be part of something special. I took that and I ran with it. I told him, ‘I’m coming here and giving you my all.’”


‘As good as it gets’
Both Wallace and Shaw said that when Stowers calls home now it’s to share with pride his grades, how happy he is at Kansas, how well his football frame and game are progressing.


“The guys at the University of Kansas, he loves them,” Wallace said. “He loves the D-line coach (Buddy Wyatt). He thinks the world of coach (Dave) Campo. And he really loves coach (Charlie) Weis. And he thinks the strength coach (Scott Holsopple) is great at what he does. It’s amazing how much he’s matured, how much he’s grown up, how much he’s developed. He’s always been assertive and always wanted to do well, but that school’s done wonders for that young man.”



The feeling is mutual.


“Keon Stowers has been ruining practice, which is a good thing for the defense,” Weis said during spring football.
Meaning?
“That means he’s in the backfield every time you turn around,” Weis said. “Off the ball, he’s lightning quick. He makes plays. He plays with enthusiasm. He’s infectious to be around. He’s been as good as it gets.”


Wallace recounted a conversation he had with Stowers at their recent lunch.
Wallace: “You know, Keon, the Lord’s blessed you and you’ve come a long, long way.”
Stowers: “I know.”
Wallace: “Those guys who have never been cold and never been hungry don’t know how to respond.”
Stowers: “Yes sir.”
“He’s remarkable,” Wallace said. “I love him. He’s like my son.”


Shaw too swells with pride at Stowers’ growth.
“He could be sitting in a jail cell somewhere and nobody would have been surprised,” Shaw said. “Most of us are a product of our environment. You’ve got to break that cycle, and he had a lot he had to break. He’s doing it and giving it everything he has. All he has to do now is continue on the path he’s on. We knew he could do it. I’ll just pray it continues.”
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Guide gives glimpse into Jayhawks

By Matt Tait


In addition to its sharp cover, fun facts about the players and coaches and historical information about the Kansas University football program, the annual media guide can provide subtle hints about the make-up of the team.


Although there has been no official announcement from the program, one such tidbit of information from this year’s guide comes in the form of an omission.


Chris Omigie, a senior-to-be wide receiver from Arlington, Texas, no longer is listed on the Jayhawks’ roster or pictured in the media guide.


If gone, Omigie’s departure hardly comes as a surprise. The 6-foot-4, 203-pounder had received limited playing time in recent seasons and earned his degree last school year.


KU coach Charlie Weis likely will address Omigie’s absence and any other roster changes or injury updates during his opening fall camp news conference Wednesday. That’s the day the 2013 Jayhawks report to campus and check in to Naismith Hall, where they’ll live for the duration of camp. The first practice of the season is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. on Thursday.


Belldozer Part II?
Like nearly every other team that faced him, KU had no answer in short yardage for Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell during last year’s meeting with the Sooners.
That might not be the case this year, though, as the Jayhawks added a little insider advantage in the offseason. His name is Beau Bell, and he’s a 5-11, 215-pound walk-on linebacker from Wichita and first cousin of Blake.


Beau, who played with Blake at Bishop Carroll High, comes to KU after playing the 2011 season at Hutchinson Community College and could provide some insight into how to slow down the man who has earned the nickname “The Belldozer.”
The Jayhawks play host to Oklahoma on Oct. 19.


No crying in football
With the final wave of the 2013 recruiting class expected to report in time for camp, whatever movement has taken place on the depth chart during the past three months remains a mystery — at least for a few more days.


After adding more than 30 new players to the roster this offseason, Weis wasted no time plugging several of them into the depth chart. The move indicated that Weis believed he had found suitable upgrades at several positions and that the spring and summer months would bring some intense competitions. Beyond that, the second-year KU coach said he hoped the fluid depth chart would serve as motivation.
“I think it’s a positive for the new guys and a negative for the old guys,” Weis said. “I mean, if I were here and somebody was ahead of me that hadn’t been here before, it’s kind of sending a message to me like, ‘They haven’t even been here yet, and they’re already ahead of me.’”


Twenty of the 28 positions on KU’s pre-spring depth chart listed first-time starters, be it junior-college newcomers or returning players thrust into new roles. Asked during the offseason if such drastic turnover could be cause for concern, Weis didn’t flinch.


“I’ve watched some of our competitors do it effortlessly,” he said, perhaps hinting at the Kansas State model. “These are good players coming in. In addition to having speed, you are going to have some size.”


Weis has been open about his disdain for last year’s 1-11 season and has emphasized he’s willing to do whatever it takes to avoid a repeat in 2013. That starts with putting the best players on the field, regardless of whether they’re newcomers or have been in the program for years.


“I don’t care how they feel about being listed below other players; I care about how they respond,” said Weis when asked how the returning veterans reacted to seeing so many transfers listed with the first string. “I don’t care how they feel about it. If you’re a football coach and you’re worrying about people’s feelings, you’re not going to hang around in this business for very long.”


Newcomers who have yet to arrive in Lawrence include: wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, wide receiver Nick Harwell, cornerback Brandon Hollomon, safety Isaiah Johnson, cornerback Kevin Short and offensive lineman Pearce Slater, who made a late visit to Oklahoma after committing to Kansas and won’t be able to be officially counted as a Jayhawk until he arrives on campus, which may not be until late next week since his final junior-college grades aren’t expected to be posted until Thursday.


Notable numbers
One of the challenging parts about welcoming in a new crop of Jayhawks each year is figuring out which players are wearing which numbers. That’s particularly difficult when players change numbers in the offseason.


It does not appear that there have been any swaps this offseason, but there are a bunch of new faces wearing familiar numbers. Here are some of the highlights:
With junior tailback Tony Pierson wearing running back Darrian Miller’s old KU number (3), the Butler County transfer will wear No. 6 during his second stint with the Jayhawks.


Incoming wide receivers Rodriguez Coleman (1), Mark Thomas (7) and Ishmael Hyman (13) all have been assigned their college uniform numbers. New defensive backs Isaiah Johnson (5), Kevin Short (7) and Brandon Hollomon (26) also now appear on the roster.


Place-kicker Michael Mesh, a juco transfer from Hutchinson, will wear No. 15. Defensive tackle Marquel Combs will wear 92, defensive end Andrew Bolton will wear 95 and offensive lineman Zach Fondal will wear 72. Slater, who has not yet been added to the roster, is expected to wear No. 71, and linebacker Samson Faifili (51) rounds out the list of newcomers expected to appear on the depth chart.


Kansas City-area freshmen Montel Cozart (2), Jordan Darling (16) and Ben Johnson (84) also have their new numbers.
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If you haven't come onto campus from the Iowa/15th Street side lately, there's some impressive construction going on at the Engineering School. Two new buildings being added on to accomodate the demand for space. KU has the #1 Engineering School in the state and has seen a HUGE increase in engineering enrollments (35%). Can't find the details on the first building, but it was around 40 million, and the new building to be completed in 2015 is at 85 million, adding 135,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space.

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Offense
X Justin McCay (Jr.)
Josh Ford (Sr.)
Mark Thomas (Jr.) OR Ishmael Hyman (Fr.)
LT Aslam Sterling (Sr.)
Zach Fondal (Jr.)
Gavin Howard (Sr.)
LG Ngalu Fusimalohi (Jr.)
Randall Dent (Sr.)
Bryan Peters (So.)
C Pat Lewandowski (Jr.)
Dylan Admire (So.)
Joe Gibson (Fr.)
RG Mike Smithburg (Jr.)
Damon Martin (So.)
Joey Bloomfield (Fr.)
RT Riley Spencer (Sr.)
Pearce Slater (So.)
Brian Beckmann (Fr.)
TE Jimmay Mundine (Jr.)
Trent Smiley (Jr.)
Jordan Shelley-Smith (Fr.) or Ben Johnson (Fr.)
H James Sims (Sr.)
Taylor Cox (Sr.) OR Darrian Miller (So.)
QB Jake Heaps (Jr.)
Michael Cummings (So.)
Montell Cozart (Fr.) OR Jordan Darling (Fr.)
F Tony Pierson (Jr.)
Brandon Bourbon (Jr.)
Colin Spencer (Fr.) OR Connor Embree (Jr.)
Z Chrstian Matthews (Sr.)
Tre' Parmalee (So.)
Rodriguez Coleman (Jr.) OR Andrew Turzilli (Jr.)
Defense
LC JaCorey Shepherd (Jr.)
Brandon Hollomon (So.)
Nasir Moore (Jr.)
NB Cassius Sendish (Jr.)
Victor Simmons (Jr.)
Courtney Arnick (Fr.)
LE/T Marquel Combs (Jr.)
Jordan Tavai (Sr.)
Tedarian Johnson (Jr.)
N Keon Stowers (Jr.)
Kevin Young (Sr.)
Ty McKinney (Jr.)
RE/T Keba Agostinho (Jr.)
Andrew Bolton (Jr.)
Tyler Holmes (Fr.)
BUCK Ben Goodman (So.)
Darius Willis (Sr.) OR Michael Reynolds (So.)
RC Dexter McDonald (Jr.)
Kevin Short (Jr.)
Greg Allen (Fr.)
SS Isaiah Johnson (So.)
Alex Matlock (So.)
Brian Maura (Jr.)
MLB Ben Heeney (Jr.)
Schyler Miles (So.)
Colton Goeas (Fr.)
WLB Jake Love (So.)
Samson Faifili (Jr.)
Prinz Kande (Sr.)
FS Dexter Linton (Sr.)
Tevin Shaw (Fr.)
Tyree Williams (So.)


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KO Trevor Pardula (Jr.)
Eric Kahn (So.)
PK Michael Mesh (Jr.) OR Trevor Pardula (Jr.) OR Matthew Wyman (So.)
P Trevor Pardula (Jr.)
Ron Doherty (Sr.)
LS Reilly Jeffers (So.) OR Zackary Young (Sr.) OR John Wirtel (Fr.)
HOLD Blake Jablonski (Jr.)
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KU CAMP REPORT: DAY 1
KU transfer receiver Nick Harwell to redshirt
August 7
BY RUSTIN DODD
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LAWRENCE — In an ideal world, receiver Nick Harwell would be eligible to play this fall at Kansas. In the most promising of scenarios, Charlie Weis would have been able to slot Harwell, a former standout at Miami (Ohio), into a starting spot in a depleted receiving corps, and Harwell would have finished out his collegiate career as a graduate transfer after grabbing a degree at his previous school this summer.

But on Wednesday afternoon, as the Jayhawks reported for fall camp, Weis acknowledged that this is not an ideal world. Harwell, who was dismissed from Miami last spring for off-field reasons, will be forced to redshirt this season after not being able to complete his final six hours. Harwell had hired an attorney and challenged the school’s decision, but the fight proved unsuccessful.

“The bottom line is he was never allowed to finish his last six hours,” Weis said.

Harwell has arrived in Lawrence for the beginning of fall camp, but Weis has marked him down as a redshirt and he’ll be eligible as a fifth-year senior in 2014.

During a lengthy opening news conference, Weis also announced that injured linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore would redshirt after undergoing a procedure on his knee earlier this summer.

Here’s a sampling of news and notes from Weis’ opening news conference, which included an updated depth chart for the start of fall camp.


• Weis announced that junior college transfers Pearce Slater (offensive line) and Kevin Short (defensive back) were the only players that didn’t report on time for fall camp. Slater is expected in by the end of the weekend, while Short is finishing up his final junior college course and could have that completed by the weekend. The low number of juco no-shows is slightly remarkable, considering the high number of junior college players that Kansas had in its 2013 recruiting class. Juco players are typically a risk when it comes to eligibility matters, and Weis credited a three-person staff that included assistant coach Rob Ianello, chief academic administrator Paul Buskirk, and David Reed, KU’s associate athletic director for compliance.

• The depth chart included a number of surprises, but one of the most intriguing came at the running back position, where junior Brandon Bourbon will fight for playing time at a new hybrid running back-receiver position. Weis previously said that junior Tony Pierson would take on a bigger role in the passing game, and he was listed on Wednesday as the starter at the “F” position, the new hybrid spot. But Bourbon was listed second-team at the “F” position, and Weis said the switch stemmed from his concern that Bourbon would get buried at the halfback position. For now, senior James Sims is listed as the starting halfback, while senior Taylor Cox and sophomore Darrian Miller are listed as co-No. 2s.

• Senior Aslam Sterling leads a new-look offensive line as the starter at left tackle. Weis called Sterling the “the most changed player” in the program, citing his weight loss and body transformation. The other listed starters on the offensive line: left guard Ngalu Fusimalohi; center Pat Lewandowski; right guard Mike Smithburg; right tackle Riley Spencer.

• Junior tight end Jimmay Mundine appears entrenched as the starting tight end (“It’s gonna be tough for anyone to beat him out,” Weis said), but Weis was also complimentary of true freshman tight end Ben Johnson, a graduate of Basehor-Linwood.

• Senior Christian Matthews and junior Justin McCay were listed as the No. 1s at the Jayhawks’ two primary receiver positions, but the receiving corps could feature some of the most intriguing battles of fall camp.

Senior Josh Ford was listed as the backup to McCay at the “X” receiver position, while sophomore Tre’ Parmalee was listed behind Christian Matthews. Junior college transfers Rodriguez Coleman and Mark Thomas could also be in the mix, but all players will only have about 10 days to make their case. Weis is planning to use Aug. 17 as a deadline for moving players up and down the depth chart before gearing up for the season opener against South Dakota on Sept. 7.
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Charlie Weis is keeping a team that won 1 game in 2012 in the national spotlight.

It's amazing what the guy is doing.

He's a dick no doubt but it's exactly what the program needs. Kansas is about winning. Not simply "competing".

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It ain't rocket science — KU will go as far this fall as the passing game can take it
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Published: Wednesday, August 07, 2013, 8:58pm

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Look, Charlie Weis will say dumb things. Really, really, dumb things. Asinine things. Honest, but asinine.

He will sit before hundreds of reporters and call his team a pile of crap. It comes with the package, along with the self-deprecating humor, the occasional fits of temper and the constant stream of sarcasm.

With Uncle Charlie, gray area is not the first thing that leaps to mind; it's usually a love him or hate him sort of proposition. What you see is what you get. Filters and salads need not apply.

But if we're going to pile on the big man -- and we did -- for saying the wrong thing to the wrong audience, we should praise him for the moments of absolute, spot-on astuteness, as well.

Weis had several of those moments Wednesday at his preseason-camp-opening news conference, but none sharper than this singular moment, when he declared:

"If we can't throw the ball, we won't win."

Bingo.

It's been said before, it'll be said again, but the Jayhawks in Year 2 of the Weis regime will go as far as the passing game will take them. Quantum physics, it ain't.

If new quarterback Jake Heaps is as good as the whispers from behind closed doors say he is, this is a four- to six-win kind of football team. A team that pulls a Bill Snyder, a team that makes the preseason prognostication mafia look like complete tool sheds.

If he's half as good -- and this is where much of the mafia guessing falls, at this point -- then it's a 3-9 sort of bunch; better, but nationally, little more than a speed bump.

If he's Dayne Crist, start prepping the body bags.

"Jake has totally different issues than Dayne had," Weis said of Crist, the highly touted Notre Dame transfer, a nice kid who nonetheless helmed a 1-11 lemon a year ago. "The situations were totally different."

For one thing, Weis said, Crist had been saddled by the kind of rust (injuries, demotions, baggage) that had been ingrained too deep to completely shake off. Heaps, despite sitting out last season as a transfer from BYU, is fresher, without the scar tissue, and with better tools -- Justin McCay at wideout, chief among them -- at his disposal, even without gifted transfer Nick Harwell, who'll have to sit out this fall as a redshirt.

He also has more good running backs -- James Sims, Taylor Cox, Darrian Miller, Tony Pierson, Brandon Bourbon, etc. -- than Weis knows what to do with. Ergo, the big lug is trying Pierson and Bourbon out at receiver.

"I think we'll be running the ball a lot," Weis said. "And I think we'd be stupid not to."

But good intentions are one thing; good execution is another. The Jayhawks could run the ball on almost anyone when they wanted to last fall. But much like an ace closer on a 94-loss big league baseball team, a stellar ground game starts to get superfluous if you rarely have a lead in the first place.

The Jayhawks of 2013 don't have to be truly and genuinely balanced. They just have to complete enough throws to keep defenses honest, to keep them from loading everyone but the pep band in the stinking box.

Because the one thing Weis can't have is a repeat of 2012 -- at least, not through the air. When he mentions crap, these are the numbers he's referring to: KU was last in the Big 12 last fall in terms of scoring offense (18.2 points per game); passing offense (148.7 yards per game); total offense (360.3 yards per game); pass efficiency (94.2); first downs (240), and third-down conversion rate (32.3 percent).

"You'd like to think we'd be better in a lot of different areas -- let's start with coaching," Weis said. "I don't think the coaches did a real good job, starting with yours truly. I don't think any of us did. One and 11. I don't think anyone did a very good job."

A pause.

"Maybe (running backs coach) Reggie Mitchell. Maybe I should give him a raise."

Weis allowed himself to smirk a little at that last one. When the record is 6-30 overall since 2010, 1-25 in league play, sometimes you've just got to laugh to keep from crying yourself to sleep.

"Talk is cheap," Weis said. "We've all had a lot to say and haven't done a damn thing. It's time to shut up and go to work."

New season. New quarterback. New hope. Same Uncle Charlie.
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Kevin Haskin: Weis' candor a refreshing take


KU coach's pitch has ring



By Kevin Haskin
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LAWRENCE — The football games Kansas almost won a year ago are easy to tick off for those invested in the program.


Rice kicked a field goal at the end. TCU committed six turnovers. Northern Illinois rallied from behind. Texas Tech squeaked by in double-overtime. Oklahoma State saw its lead cut to six and the Jayhawks driving late.


Then there was Texas. Burnt by orange on a touchdown pass with 12 seconds remaining.


Coach Charlie Weis provided a brief recap of all those near-misses Wednesday as KU players reported for fall camp.


Goodness knows, the second-year coach had enough time over the offseason to cringe over each defeat after the Jayhawks finished 1-11 and went winless for the second straight year in conference play. Both their Big 12 and Bowl Subdivision losing streaks stand at 21.


“I truly blame me,’’ Weis said. “So in the summer time, I don’t think about those good things that didn’t happen, like beating Texas. Would that have been good for our program? You betcha.


“Would that have made a difference for the psyche of the team? Without a doubt. But I’d still be sitting here at 2-10 and I’d still be feeling miserable. I promise you, living through that season multiple times, I’ve thought about the good things and the bad things.”


This was all stated quite emphatically.


Maybe you wondered about Weis’ approach after so much was made about the “infamous three-word comment” made during Big 12 media days.


Everyone remembers how he referenced recruiting pitches he made a year ago and referred to his KU squad as a “pile of crap.”


Unvarnished truth. Simple, but hardly plain. That’s Weis. No side-step, no softener, so sugar.


Frankly, his candor is refreshing. Few football coaches are as enlightening. Why, before Weis ever fielded a question Wednesday, he spent 24 minutes examining his depth chart, even though he admitted it was quite fluid.


As well it should be. This is Kansas football. Opportunities exist.


That was precisely the point Weis attempted to convey in Dallas when crap hit the fan. Yet for his sincerity and his honesty, he was labeled by some to be a blowhard and a bully.


“It was almost comical. Did they not watch our team last year? I mean, gimme a break,” Weis said of the fallout.


Sure, he could have dished some vanilla and he knows it. Except that those losses truly eat at him. Enough that he chose to bite at the opportunity to provide some choice sound.


“Whose record does that 1-11 go on? The last time I checked it goes under my name, right? Kansas football and me,” Weis said.


“OK, so I’m the leader of that. How else are you gonna describe it? You want me to give it a more cleaner way? It wasn’t very good. I could have said that, but what I said is how I really talk to recruits.”


On that July day in Dallas, media unfamiliar with Weis gasped. On Wednesday in Lawrence, media who know Charlie laughed.


Same guy, mind you. And within that exterior is a man with genuine feelings and concerns.


KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger was apprised of those traits during the hiring process and has seen it firsthand with the makeover he assigned Weis to orchestrate.


“He’s a thick-skinned guy, but when you get past that, his heart is big,’’ Zenger said. “Things that really matter get to him emotionally. When it comes to his team and his players, he stays locked in and he stays focused. But he is human and he doesn’t want to be misperceived.”


What mattered to Zenger was getting the football program righted. Discipline and academic issues were addressed. The matter of winning games remains.


Hour-long meetings Zenger has with Weis each Monday night during the season convince the AD that Weis can get the Jayhawks untracked.


“Sometimes it’s to review the last game, but he also gives me a little glimpse, a little nugget of the next game plan,’’ Zenger said.


“I’ll be a son of a gun if it doesn’t play out the way he says, especially from an offensive point of view. A lot of times last year I’d see that working, working, working and we’d run out of a little gas at the end, but it was as he told me it was going to be.”


Only the losses mounted. And the streaks.


All that frustration, however, may have strengthened the Jayhawks’ resolve.


“I’ve been very pleased with their attitude,’’ Weis said. “I don’t think having beaten any one of those teams would have done anything other than give us temporary relief, because it’s still not good.”
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