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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Briscoe, three others to miss UNC game

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Four Kansas University football players, including standout receiver Dezmon Briscoe, will miss tonight's season-opening game against Northern Colorado, the Journal-World has learned.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Briscoe, receiver Raimond Pendleton, defensive tackle Jamal Greene and defensive end Jeff Wheeler will be held out of the game as punishment for a violation of undisclosed team rules.

On the team's most recent depth chart, only Briscoe was listed as a projected starter this season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Dallas native earned honorable mention all-American honors from Sports Illustrated last year after catching 92 passes for 1,407 yards and 15 touchdowns and was tabbed a preseason all-Big 12 selection this fall by the league’s media.

It was not immediately clear who would start in place of the suspended players against Northern Colorado.

Comments

jayhawkr34 10 years, 4 months ago

OMG, Briscoe is becoming a distraction now.

jayhawkr34 10 years, 4 months ago

briscoe is gonna get himself thrown off the team, i hope not , but how much can coach mangino put up with

Justin LoBurgio 10 years, 4 months ago

jayhawkr34.....I was thinking the same thing, at some point Mangino is going to get fed up.

Tribehawk 10 years, 4 months ago

Blessing in disguise. McDougald will get more playing time now and show Briscoe that he is not indispensible, which should help Briscoe get his act together before con. play.

COjayrocks 10 years, 4 months ago

chill out! Seriously, this is the final punishment for his beginning of the preseason actions...its just carrying over to now cause of team policy. He's not a distraction, and probably he knew of this from early July. Since then, he's recommitted himself and regained his teammates' trust. CHILL OUT!

jayhawkintx73 10 years, 4 months ago

Cojay, that is what I thought. These were the same guys suspended from practice during the spring. That was probably part of the agreement in returning to the team.

gardenjay 10 years, 4 months ago

Briscoe sounded very responsible when he was last reported on by LJW, so I will go with the calmer fans. He is such a wonderful athlete to watch, and I think he has straightened out his academics. Will miss you for the first game Dezmon. :<

jayhawkr34 10 years, 4 months ago

ok, i may have over re-acted, but i hope you guys saying this was pre-planned are right.

Brian Skelly 10 years, 4 months ago

My guess is that this is from the previous transgressions and distractions in regards to the off season.

Im guessing that this isnt gong to be a big deal.

But obviously there's no way to know for sure.

As long as he doesnt start punching out Boise St. linemen we should be okay.

LAJayhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

This is one of the problems of Mangino remaining stone cold silent about team injuries and discipline. I understand he wants to keep things in house, but it makes the fan base go crazy with speculation....

I have to agree that this is, more than likely, part of his previous suspension. I fully expect Dezmon to be back next week.

It better be, because we aren't the same team without this All-American threat on the field....

gardenjay 10 years, 4 months ago

It's all good. Dezmon is a KU player, you know? I look at this as supporting Dezmon the man, and that is already a win. We won already. That is so KU!!

KGphoto 10 years, 4 months ago

Well, it's still pretty unusual. If this were from the previous violation there would be no reason not to say he would be available week 2.

Marcia Parsons 10 years, 4 months ago

Mangino said in the post-game interview that it was part of the discipline for the early problems, and that it had been planned since then. He was only asked about Briscoe, so I don't know about the others and can only assume that it is the same.

Jeff Kilgore 10 years, 4 months ago

You know, if Mangino and Briscoe have a mutual understanding, then it really isn't anyone else's business. KU has depth, but I don't think that matters. I believe that deep down, Mangino would sacrifice a win to principle because he knows that having some principles will pay off later. And the freshman WR and others looked good.

Dan Pawlowski 10 years, 4 months ago

"Briscoe and Greene's suspensions were related to the spring," Mangino said. "They knew when they were suspended in the spring that part of the stipulation would be not playing in the first game. Jeff Wheeler and Raimond Pendleton's issues were different."

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