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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Keegan

Football spoils homecoming vibe

Kansas cornerback Chris Harris throws his fist in frustration after the Jayhawks defense gives up a touchdown to Texas A&M receiver Jeff Fuller during the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas cornerback Chris Harris throws his fist in frustration after the Jayhawks defense gives up a touchdown to Texas A&M receiver Jeff Fuller during the third quarter Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at Kivisto Field.

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Football highlights: KU vs. Texas A&M

KU lost its third straight game on Saturday against Texas A&M. The Jayhawks managed to score more than seven points for the first time in those three weeks.

A most pleasant evening. The smell of bratwursts riding the strong wind, crashing into the scent of fried doughnuts. Generations of pretty, smiling faces. Suds flowing. Old friends swapping old stories one more time. Nirvana in tailgate land for homecoming night.

And then the game started. I hate it when that happens.

Sure, it’s fun to visit the suites and inhale the sweets, but unless you happen to be one of the rare people who can drive by an accident without slowing down to take a long look, then it’s impossible not to gawk at what’s happening down below, on the football field.

Nothing good ever happens there anymore for the home team.

For the second week in a row, the majority of the paying customers at Memorial Stadium decided to walk out at halftime. That doesn’t happen at bad movies, so why does it at bad football games? Because you don’t always know the outcome of bad movies.

With reeling Texas A&M; in town Saturday night, for the first time in three weeks the Kansas offense reached double figures and the defense kept the opponent to less than 50 points. A case could be made that progress is being made on both sides of the ball, if, that is, the person making the case believed in moral victories out of 45-10 home losses.

The three-week tally: Baylor, Kansas State and Texas A&M; 159, Kansas 24.

OK, enough with comparing Kansas to its competition. No suspense in that. A better conversation, maybe one that could keep fans in their seats to argue the point for both halves: Which unit of the KU football team is worse, the offense or the defense?

Wait, enough with negativity. Let’s rephrase that question in a more positive way: Which unit is better?

Coming into the game, the scoring offense was ranked 112th out of 120 in the nation, the defense 99th. The defense allows 33.86 points per game, despite a stellar effort in a season-opening 6-3 loss to North Dakota State. The offense averages 16.14, despite pinning 42 points on New Mexico State.

Let’s start up front. Kansas quarterbacks have been sacked 21 times. KU’s defense has six sacks, but only one of those came from a defensive lineman. Jake Laptad earned his first Saturday. Defensive back Chris Harris leads the team with two sacks. Call the lines a tossup.

Now let’s examine turnovers, the plays that shift momentum in games. The defense has come up with four in seven games. The offense has given the ball away 13 times, not awful given the blocking inadequacies. Considering how little pressure is applied by the defensive line, it’s not too surprising the defense has come up with just four turnovers.

Give the nod to the offense at the speed positions because the KU secondary gets burned deep so often and receiver Daymond Patterson gets open fairly often, it’s just that the throws his way from Jordan Webb aren’t very accurate. Webb’s injured his shoulder, and backup Kale Pick suffered a concussion, which left third-string QB Quinn Mecham finishing the game.

Overall, with the shaky quarterback outlook and with potential impact player Toben Opurum playing on defense, the edge goes to the D by default.

Comments

Funhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Have a great day and don't work too hard.

Matt Bowers 9 years, 4 months ago

I read that Gill had a guaranteed contract for 5 years at @ $2million a year. I believe it said that there was no buyout clause as well. Does that mean he can't be fired for poor performance? That is the part I don't understand.

I know that Gill is a good man with high morals, but this is football. Not allowing guys to use profanity during the game and taking their names off the jerseys is something you push in middle school. These guys get punished for a living and need to have any reason necessary to get fired up. Put their names on their jersey's because they have earned that right. Allow them to use any language they choose, hell they take and at times deliver massive hits. It is my opinion that Gill has good beliefs and wants the best for the guys, but his idea of coaching isn't realistic in the Big12.

Rock Chalk

kureader 9 years, 4 months ago

Gill can be fired "for cause", which normally means doing something unethical or illegal. There aren't any other conditions in his agreement that allow us to terminate his employment ... like for losing. I think we're going to have to develop patience for this year and at least 3 more.

jhawker1 9 years, 4 months ago

How about 8,000 of us put up $1,000.00 and get rid of him at the end of the season? Perhaps 4000 of us put up $2,000.00 would be easier. Whatever it takes to end this Perkins nightmare.They both should be escorted out of town. Both of them have destroyed our football program! Lets get a qualified coach hired and get back to being competitive. With our facilites can you imagine how well Leach could recruit.

hailtoku 9 years, 4 months ago

Maybe I'll give some horrific story about how Gill yelled at me while I was writing him a ticket. Then we can tell our players to tell our AD... or... whoever is at the helm right now, that he cusses.

Then we can fire him right?

Our athletics is pretty much in shambles right now.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 4 months ago

keegs i normally agree with you on most things but you are totally wrong on this one! for those of us that went to school during the terry allen years it was just like old times. yesterdays football brought back so many memories, best homecoming ever!

Layne Pierce 9 years, 4 months ago

Besides the painful reality that all the investment KU made seems to be going down our leg, the fact is that we our digressing. To win we have to figure a way to average even a point less than we give up. So that means we need to score 34 points a game. This offense cannot even score 15 a game. Or the defense will have to start holding teams to 15 points a game. Now you begin to see the real issue, no matter how good our coaching staff might be, it will take something drastic, one or two real difference makers, just to go back to Mangino average of something like 28 per game scored versus 27 given up. We have met the enemy and it is us.

I always believed that with an investment, and fans coming to the stadium we could turn it around. We got those things and now we are heading back the other direction.

I say again, play everybody, there are no starters, just like David Lawrence said so well. Above all, play people who bust their butts and get upset with themselves and their teammates when they stink it up.

McGuzzo23 9 years, 4 months ago

At the rate we're going KU has had their 2 worst losses to unranked teams in School History this year so far. The worst loss to an unranked team previously was in 1979 when we lost to Missouri 55-7. As far as the Terry Allen Years being bad. I think we will be just hoping we can win some of the games that we won during those years. We were at least 3-2 vs MU and actually won games in the Big 12 here and there and were somewhat competitive. Allen's worst loss was to KSU in 1998 6-54 but they were ranked #4 in the country. Could have probably passed a hat around at the KSU game this year and funded the 8 Million buyout.

kckmedic 9 years, 4 months ago

ralster, I would agree with you if it wasn't for the fact that Gill looks clueless on the sidelines. Give Mangino credit for the fact that he could take a crew like this and at least get them to play out of their heads and be competitive. We may still be losing games with a different coach but I guarantee you that they would not be blowouts. I really don't think that Gill getting his recruits in here is gonna change anything. I honestly don't think that he is fit to coach at this level. No disrespect to him as a man but he is in over his head. He gets too much credit for winning the MAC at Buffalo. Here is his record: 2006: 2-10 2007: 5-7 2008: 8-6 2009: 5-7 So, his best year in an inferior conference was 8-6. It's not like what some of these other coaches are doing going undefeated or losing 1-2 games at smaller schools in weaker conferences. Good job turning around a bad team in a weak conference. But it's not the Big 12. And then he followed that up with a sub .500 year BEFORE we hired him. Let's stop acting like he's a great coach who just needs to get his players. And, do you really think that he is gonna be able to recruit good players after getting his brains beat in every week? Side note: Gill's recruits are 2-5 at Buffalo right now and lost at home yesterday to Temple by a score of 42-0.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 4 months ago

yeah, what is waiting for gills recruits going to do? are they going to help gill manage timeouts better? are they going to know when to be on the field so i don't have to look out and see 9-10 players on the field 2-3 times a game? are they going to be self motivated so i don't have to watch a bunch of lethargic athletes jogging around the field?

Cal Bender 9 years, 4 months ago

Unless I'm mistaken, Gills recruits are playing at Buffalo. How's that going?

kureader 9 years, 4 months ago

Keegan, the purpose of this article was .... ???

kcglowboy 9 years, 4 months ago

First of all, it wasn't an "article," it was a column. And the purpose was two-fold: to entertain and to prod our brains a bit. I can't say that I've ever been much of a Keegan fan. But this column WAS entertaining, it was funny, and I give the man credit for finding something to laugh about in this otherwise dreary, dreadful, unfolding nightmare.

kckmedic 9 years, 4 months ago

Keegan, The statement that jumped out at me the most was "with potential impact player Toben Opurum playing on defense." Does this statement mean that you agree with a lot of us that Opurum should be back on the offensive side of the ball or do you mean that he has potential to make plays on defense as well? If you think that he should be on offense do you have any clue why Gill continues to move him around on defense rather than move him back with the hope that he could spark the offense?

hailtoku 9 years, 4 months ago

On our first offensive drive on 3rd down, just as the O-line was approaching the line of scrimmage, Gill turns around and yells "Punt team! Punt team!"

As Webb is scrambling for his life and look down field, I look to our sidelines... Gill has his back turned and is counting the players to make sure we have 11 for the ensuing punt.....

Is this guy serious?

hailtoku 9 years, 4 months ago

Nope. I pointed it out to the guy next to me he told me to look at Gill while the play was going on.

caribhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Ralster, you are wrong, KU does not have any 4-star OL (they have 6 3-star linemen), in fact KU does not have any 4-star recruits so far, and ranks 10 out of the Big 12 teams in recruiting per Rivals.com. I'm curious, does anyone hear anything about TG and his staff's coaching work ethic, do they work long hours or are they just 9 to 5?

khummel60 9 years, 4 months ago

According to Rivals there a few 4-star OL's that have expressed "medium" interest in Kansas (along with a lot of other schools), but no commits so far. We don't have a single 4-star commit at any position currently.

I don't think it means much when a recruit says they have some interest in a particular school. Antonio Richardson, for example, is a 4 star OL that has offers from 22 different schools, including virtually every program in the SEC. Does anyone really think he's going to pick Kansas?

I count a total of 10 4-star prospects on Rivals.com that have expressed any interest in Kansas. None of them are considered to have expressed "High" interest in KU.

2005grad 9 years, 4 months ago

As of 10/25, Kansas has a 4 star running back recruited from Blue Springs, MO.

khummel60 9 years, 4 months ago

Just saw that. Awesome news! Now lets go get a 4-star Offensive Lineman or two to block for him.

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