Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dugan Arnett’s KU football notebook


Mangino addresses precautions

Following a highly-publicized two-day feud between members of the Kansas University football and men’s basketball teams — during which sophomore basketball player Tyshawn Taylor admitted to throwing a punch via his Facebook account — Kansas football coach Mark Mangino on Wednesday addressed the precautions taken by his team’s staff to prevent offensive material from being posted.

In addition to employing a staff member whose responsibilities include periodically monitoring the Facebook accounts of players, Mangino said that coaches spoke to team members during training camp about the potential hazards of the various social media outlets available today.

“You can embarrass yourself,” Mangino said. “You can embarrass strangers, you don’t want to put anything on there that’s going to make you look bad, your team look bad.”

While he admitted that it’s hard to keep an eye on all the digital actions of a 105-man roster, the coach said he’s been pleased with the online conduct of his team to this point.

“Anybody can read it,” he said. “And we do have an administrator that periodically goes through them, and we haven’t had any problems — nothing serious — and I think our kids have managed that pretty well.”

LB Wright expected back

Injured linebacker Arist Wright is expected to be back in the team’s lineup during Saturday’s game against visiting Southern Mississippi, Mangino said Wednesday.

Wright, a senior starter, left midway through last week’s victory over Duke with an undisclosed injury and didn’t return, paving the way for a 10-tackle day from backup Huldon Tharp, a true freshman.

“He practiced full speed today,” Mangino said. “He shows no signs of his injury. We’ve been kind of smart with him, but I think he’s going to be OK. I think he’s going to be ready to go.”

Biere returning to form

After being held out of the Jayhawks’ last two games with an illness, sophomore tight end Tim Biere returned to practice Sunday and will be available for this weekend’s game.

“He looks pretty good,” Mangino said. “He feels a lot better, and he’s getting his strength back, and I think he’ll be ready to go full speed come Saturday.”


Beak 10 years, 10 months ago

For all the unrespective KU fans (mostly student section) who prefer to yell "tear his f------ head off" on kickoffs, our unrespective football and basketball teams just offered you food for thought.

waywardJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Seriously.... that's the last thing any of us want to read right now.

jayhawkboogeyman 10 years, 10 months ago

What about Jake Sharp? Is he going to see more action or spend most of the game out this week?

Beak 10 years, 10 months ago

jayhawkjoe88 you're right, the kickoff cheer will sound GREAT this saturday - especially now. Instead of using the word "his", we should yell the words "a basketball player's" real loud.

(Nobody should complain about our teams fighting, if you insist on yelling that cheer).

brownhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

Yeah I would really like to know what Jake Sharp's status is are far as if he's going to be full speed for this Saturday's game or if he's still injured and might see little to no play time.

gardenjay 10 years, 10 months ago

Jake Sharp update would have been an obvious choice for this article. Must be some reason, perhaps no news is good news.

That chant seems pretty bad. College students won't change their ways probably. What about masking that chant with the alternative:

"Strip his Lucky Beard Off !!!" ?

Dirk Medema 10 years, 10 months ago

Wasn't it said earlier in the week that Jake's status would be a game day decision?

It's not game day, so why should we expect a decision?

Great to hear that Arist is back, tho it was really encouraging to see Huldon get 10 tackles in just part of a game. Bodes well for the future. Good to know that Biere is available again as well, tho not sure how much action he'll get with us using/starting 4 WR's.

yovoy 10 years, 10 months ago

tharp is the only lb that looks physically like a linebacker. he is put together. he's not the fastest guy though. our other 'backers look kind of small. of course i'm comparing them to mortensen so it's kind of unfair, but tharp is the closest physically to what he was, and looks like he could really turn into something more special than he is.

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