Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Mangino pleased with Jayhawks’ resolve
It took about five minutes for Kansas to suffer its first deficit of the season Saturday, as Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis ran for a 21-yard score on the Blue Devils’ second offensive play of the game.
Much to KU coach Mark Mangino’s pleasure, however, it took the Jayhawks less than three minutes to get out of it.
“I thought our kids responded very well,” he said of his team’s reaction to its first dose of in-game adversity this fall. “They stayed focused, no signs of panicking or worrying or anything. The coaches did a good job on the sideline of just keeping them in the game.”
“You’re going to get behind in games,” he added. “And how you react to that is going to make a world of difference in whether you’re going to have a chance to win or not. And I thought our kids handled it well.”
Golden Eagles staying grounded despite start
At 3-0 this season, Southern Mississippi is off to its best start since 2004, with a chance to build on its early success on Saturday against the ranked Jayhawks.
But despite his team’s quick start, which has included a victory over Central Florida and a come-from-behind win over Virginia last weekend, second-year coach Larry Fedora isn’t concerned with the possibility of a letdown.
“As coaches, the way we coach them, they don’t have an opportunity to really get the big head, I’ll promise you,” said the coach, whose team has outscored opponents 115-53 this season. “We coach them pretty hard and they understand what we expect, and each and every week we talk about the games the same.”