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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Keegan

KU can’t adjust, keep up

Kansas receiver Kale Pick is wrestled down by a handful of Oklahoma State defenders after a reception during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas receiver Kale Pick is wrestled down by a handful of Oklahoma State defenders after a reception during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Turner Gill

Kansas coach Turner Gill talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 48-14 loss to Oklahoma State on Nov. 20, 2010.

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Highlights from the Kansas and Oklahoma State football game.

The Kansas Jayhawks hung with the Oklahoma State Cowboys early, before watching OSU run away in the second half. The final score was 48-14 in favor of the Cowboys.

From the opening play on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, the Kansas University football team’s offense screamed, “Let me entertain you; let me make you smile.” It amounted to a big tease.

The steady signs of improvement evident the previous four weeks and in Saturday’s first half morphed back into a replay of early-season bloopers: not having 11 men on the field, undisciplined penalties, pass-protection breakdowns, special-teams collapses.

Yet again, Kansas came out of the locker room after halftime playing at a different speed than its opponent.

Not surprisingly, Oklahoma State, ranked 12th in the nation, took advantage of KU’s signature third-quarter blues and rolled to a 48-14 victory.

In conference play, Kansas has been outscored 90-10 in the third quarter. The easy answer: KU’s coaches aren’t as skilled at making halftime adjustments as the coaches of most other Big 12 teams. I’m not sure that’s where the answer lies.

Extremely well-conditioned athletes come out of intermission refreshed and can regain maximum energy level quickly. Those not as fit tend to have trouble restoring their energy after taking a break.

It’s just a theory, one I ran past first-year KU coach Turner Gill during one of those inevitable uncomfortable moments of silence that accompany just about any losing coach’s postgame news conference.

To what extent, I wondered, has conditioning played a part in the team’s third-quarter woes, or is it a case of in-game adjustments, or just what is it?

“It has nothing to do with conditioning,” Gill said. “Eliminate that for sure.”

His next remark could be spotted from a mile away: the E-word. Execution.

“Part of it is just being able to execute,” Gill said. “For the most part, we’ve been fairly good on defense. I think it’s offensively we probably haven’t been able to get things done in the third quarter.”

Which brings us back to: Is it conditioning or losing the in-game-adjustments battle that leads to such poor third-quarter blocking? The Kansas offense ran 15 third-quarter plays and gained six yards, all on the ground.

Whispers blowing out of last winter’s conditioning sessions told stories of far less running than in previous seasons.

“I wouldn’t say it was that much less (running),” sophomore safety Bradley McDougald said. “Conditioning is going to be hard one way or another. Guys are still hurting at the end of the day after workouts. Guys were still coming in sore.”

The emphasis appeared to have shifted from conditioning to bulking up, which fits a team that relies on smash-mouth, power football, but hinders one that spreads the field and tries to out-quick and out-last opponents.

“A lot of people did get stronger,” McDougald said. “That’s one of the biggest things I noticed. I raised my bench. A lot of other people raised their lifts as well. People are getting stronger and better.”

The approach to strength and conditioning needs to improve, and the performance of the special teams must as well. For now, the attention is trained on two words: Beat Missouri.

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 4 months ago

Ku-fan-75, You are correct. Today Chancellor Perlman made Penus , oppps did I miss spell that, hmmm, no I guess not, apologize for his actions today. He said that he was only preparing his players for the real world. Heck, Mangino was doing that long ago but, not in front of a ABC camera. NU has had some dirty players making helment to helment hits on two times during the Oklahoma ST. and Missouri game of which Cumminham made the comment on ABC. NU fans got mad at ABC. The radio station up here told everyone to turn their tv voice off and listen to the radio announcers from Nebr. announce the game. NU really takes guts. After the game Bo headed out on to the field and started looking for a offical he could let have it, but then, must have thought different.NU sucks. NU fans are saying now we have lost two games due to poor officals. HA, right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 4 months ago

Jayhawkinnebr---Hey, we agree on something----I can't stand Bo. Did you see how he acted toward the end when the penalties were going against him, the handshake with Mike Sherman at the end of the game and it looked like he had to push an aTm fan away so he could go to the locker room. He's an idiot. I am glad they lost. What would be really funny is that Nebraska loses to Colorado next week---the "Outcasts Game!"

In regard to Gary Pinkel and Mizzou----the Tigers do smell blood and question is, "will they run up the score?" If that happens, it would not be good for Coach Gill but as the saying goes, "what comes around, goes around!"

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jayhawkinnebr 3 years, 4 months ago

Send Gill back up here in Nebr. The way NU played against Texas A&M, he and NU needs to be sent to the big 10 ASAP. Boy, NU fans and Bo was mad. I had to laught at the stupid idiots. Nu is coming out with all their excuses as always. They got what they deserved, glad to see it. Good going Texas A&M. Bo is a poor coach.

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John Percival 3 years, 4 months ago

To me, execution means Coach Gill (or any other lame coach) thinks can take me and 10 of you yahoos, and if we do what he says, we'll win. It's the stupidest word in coach-speak and hope Coach (and all the rest) would be more up-front with the short-comings we all see.

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 4 months ago

i don't buy it. this 90-10 third quarter disparity is because we're not in shape? then how did we go 35-0 on CU in the 4th? if we're not running, then CU would have smoked us in the 4th......this is getting ridiculous.

You're telling me yesterday we weren't in shape when we stuffed OSU on the 1st two possessions of the 2nd half? on the 1st possession, they had 3rd and 1.....ran two plays and gained minus one yard....and we're not in shape?

we have up almost 600 yards yesterday....but it's not because we're under conditioned. this football program has been torn down the last few years by a coach who lost his d coordinator, (Bill Young) and never replaced him....and didn't get a QB in here who can play. Plus, we have two recruited scholarship LBs who can't run...and we have no DTs who can push the line.

if you can't tell that we're a more competitive football team than we were six weeks ago, then you're not watching. we ARE improving....but the results on the scoreboard probably won't show it for a couple of years. Let the man get his guys in here and play....and then we can evaluate the coach.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 4 months ago

And why on fourth and goal from the one do we try to run. Has gill watched game film of our team? Expecting our o line to win a battle in the trenches for a go ahead score!?!?!?!

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beebe1 3 years, 4 months ago

Seem to agree with my post article above. The problem is Coaching! Hey, if it is 'execution' why the he$$ you didn't coach 'execution"? Maybe bad coaching all around. But good recruiting! But, doubt that the new recruits will be coached any better!

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grandpa 3 years, 4 months ago

Brown is a youngster and he looked good as a defensive back. He will come on strong in the future. I thought we looked pretty good in the first half except for the missed 4th & 1. Our quarterback came out flat in the third quarter and we kept trying to run the ball instead aof picking up first downs by passing. This is the third blocked punt this year and there is no excuse for this. Blame it on the blocking if you want but our punter is taking entirely too long to kick the ball. If we throw the ball accurately, I am predicting a win Sat.

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Marc Frey 3 years, 4 months ago

Hmmm seven conference game 3rd quarters we have been beaten 90-10. “Part of it is just being able to execute,” Gill said. “For the most part, we’ve been fairly good on defense. I think it’s offensively we probably haven’t been able to get things done in the third quarter.” That is still a D giving up 13 pts a quarter.

There is no substitute for running. As an Ironman and Marathoner, I can attest to that.

I say it is 30% talent, 30% conditioning, and 40% coaching adjustments.

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miltnewton 3 years, 4 months ago

It would be nice to see an end of the year piece focusing on the postives going into next year and beyond. We know we suck and everyone is having second thoughts on HCTG but there has to be a few positive things happening. For instance, tell us how these 9 monster offensive lineman we have commitments from will contribute and how fast it takes for a HS kid at that position to get big enough and strong enough to be a solid contributor in the Big XII conference. Give us something to hang on to.

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Clarence Haynes 3 years, 4 months ago

Keegan What do you know about strength and conditioning??

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KU_FanSince75 3 years, 4 months ago

KU football coaches are measured by how they do against K-State and Missery. We all know what happened against the Kitty Kats.

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KSseahawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Agreed...Gill continues to blame players and takes no accountability for the garbage that's out there. By the way, it's not improvement when there is just as significant a regression in the same game. This entire year has been an evaluation process, but Gill won't admit it.

Stop lying and telling us that you're trying to win ballgames...it's pretty obvious that's not his concern at this point in time.

Folks...he is not a head coach.

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Michael Leiker 3 years, 4 months ago

Score a touchdown at the one in the 2nd quarter; Get the call on the hold for Blackmon's initial wide receiver screen on our safety that would have been able to at a minimum force him back inside and KU was in this game.

I'm still a happy KU Football fan after the last few weeks. I didn't see any quit yesterday. Kansas should give Mizzou a hell of a game Saturday.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 4 months ago

you're the tird qt question guy on the interview! if i find out you are the guy that laughts when gill says "anything is possible" in regards to who will play where next week i'm going to put a picture of you on my wall and worship it morning, noon, and night!!

so i love how this gill character throws his players under the bus by saying it's execution. why not just say "it's not me, it's them." sorry coach but a 90-10 3rd qt points against/for reflects directly on you and your staff. i guess your coaching at halftime where you say things like "play hard, play fast" and "do what you need to do to win the game" just isn't getting it done!

and yes we are an underconditioned team. some have been screaming since summer that we looked like a pop warner team when compared to a real division 1 football team.

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jaydee909 3 years, 4 months ago

We couldn't run the ball consistently last year either with the same OL, less Spikes and an overweight Hatch this season. Reesing ran for his life but it worked out most of the time because of his unique ability to make plays on the run and having two excellent receivers didn't hurt. Our defense was bad last year. Nothing new here. If you don't have the talent, you can't "execute" the way you want to. But what kind of coach is going to say that to the press. Special teams, however, looks to have more problems than just talent. We need a change there. Strength and conditioning, you hear conflicting reports. The kids have been fighting harder than they did in previous blowout losses. We were very much in this game at the half. Some good young talent coming back next season. Some position changes that look promising, Opurum at DE for one.

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Rkessler 3 years, 4 months ago

I have a friend that works for the football team and he told me after the Baylor game that we do zero running. All weights!! Funny how we look so slow and overmatched. Even high school kids run. Way to go big John.

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leonard 3 years, 4 months ago

"If we execute and win the third quarter...we can win this game". That's the para-phrased Gill quote from the sideline reporter to start the second half.

What a joke.

Coach Gill better hope that his ballyhooed coaching staff can live up to the expectations because he's in over his head. Here's hoping he spends the night at a Holiday Inn Express before the game with Misery.

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gchawk 3 years, 4 months ago

Our defensive secondary is as bad as I've ever seen. OSU could throw at will, as most teams have against us. I have seen zero adjustments in this area.

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