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Friday, August 7, 2009

KU football’s Lueken leaving program

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Kansas University football player Ben Lueken, a sophomore who played in nine games for the Jayhawks as a true freshman last season, has left the program.

According to a source close to the program, Lueken, an offensive lineman, has left the university to "pursue other opportunities."

Lueken was injured in April during an early-morning incident outside Lawrence’s Jayhawker Towers, when he was either struck by or fell from the hood of a vehicle. He was later hospitalized, while Kansas running back Jocques Crawford, who left the program last month, was questioned immediately following the incident.

During last month's Big 12 Media Days in Irving, Texas, Mangino said Lueken's status was up in the air, adding that he'd be in discussions with Lueken, the team's medical staff and the player's family.

“Anytime you have a situation where players are not conducting themselves the way they should, it’s disappointing,” the coach said. “But Ben, his situation is such where he still needs attention (physically). His health, we’ve got to confer with our doctors and his family, and we’ll just see. We’ll do what’s best for Ben.”

As a true freshman last season, Lueken played in nine of the team’s 13 games and saw significant action as a backup on the offensive line, although he was not listed on the team's preseason two-deep depth chart.

Comments

dubya 10 years, 5 months ago

Sad to see a promising young talent lose out to what likely was a couple of bad decisions that can be likely chalked up to immaturity. I hope he can rebound from this mishap.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 5 months ago

The incident wasn't anything that any program would be proud of, tho similarly irresponsible actions happen at most uni's (FB and general student pop.). Glad to see the coaches put their foot down with respect to behaving appropriately. The team will be better off in the long run, because the players will be that much more disciplined and united. Plenty of comments since last season that those were distinctions between the '07 & '08 teams, well that and the 3 S teams.

That being said, the coaches and captains are a big chunk of the reason I'm excited for this season, even with a similar schedule.

Rock Chalk

Christopher Hauser 10 years, 5 months ago

sonofdaxjones-????????what are you talking about, every team has players that get into trouble, even yours.

Christopher Hauser 10 years, 5 months ago

sonofdaxjones-are you son of dax jones former Kansas State basketball player. If you answer yes I will remind you of all of the "thuggish" behavior that happens at places like Kansas State University along with almost every other school in the country.

kranny 10 years, 5 months ago

If I remember right, Mangino had a private investigation done on Crawford and figured his character to be in good shape. Crawford had been brought up on charges for sexual liberties with a minor or something to that effect. Coach may think twice before signing someone of similar character. Live and learn. It would be interesting to know the whole story between Lueken and Crawford.

Tim Quest 10 years, 5 months ago

If I were Dax, I'd be worrying more about the impending disaster that is KSU football than anything going on in Lawrence.

Go eat a hot dog, Daxipad.

Satchmo_KU 10 years, 5 months ago

It's a shame. I had a public speaking class with him last fall. He seemed like a good guy and incredibly laid back. This whole incident just seems really out of character.

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 5 months ago

Probably some girl got between these two bozos.

number1jayhawker 10 years, 5 months ago

Hey dax, totaly different in that this player only hurt himself, and wasn't arrested or given any tickets.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 5 months ago

I'm too busy trying to figure out what an "incedent" is to worry about what else dax had to say.

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