Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Sports Illustrated gives KU break it needs


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First, Brock Berglund, the dual-threat quarterback out of Colorado who graduated early with the intention of competing for the starting quarterback job during spring football, returned home before a practice, thereby killing any chances of winning the job. Then he got in the middle of a legal problem that seemingly hasn’t allowed him to spend more than three days in a row outside of Colorado.

Next, the defensive line, already the least-talented unit on the team, was weakened by injuries to Patrick Dorsey and Pat Lewandowski. It’s enough to ask when the Kansas University football program will catch a break. Ask no more. Sports Illustrated took care of that by picking the Jayhawks to finish last in the Big 12 without a single conference victory and a 1-11 overall record.

Thank you, SI, for doing Turner Gill’s work for him.

It doesn’t take much for college coaches to convince athletes the world is out to get them, nobody respects them, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Football is best played with swollen knuckles, a bloody nose and a massive chip on the shoulder. SI took care of the chip by choosing a record that is the reverse of the one KU took out of the regular season just four long years ago.

Just what does SI have against KU, anyway? Well, nothing. Going over the Kansas schedule and picking the better team to win each game, it’s difficult to argue with a 1-11 prediction, but here’s the problem with formulating a guess that way: Since when does the better team win every game in a sport so influenced by emotion?

Study nothing more than Gill’s first two games as coach at Kansas, where he arrived vowing to build a football dynasty. The better team lost both.

The Bison of North Dakota State, which later in the season lost to Terry Allen’s Missouri State squad, were slower runners than the dimmer of the characters from Joel and Ethan Cohen’s masterpiece film “Fargo” were thinkers. Somehow, NDSU still managed to ruin the former Buffalo coach’s debut. Slowly the Bison turned, step by step, making Gill look as if he wished he were back near Niagara Falls.

That certainly didn’t bode well for KU’s chances of pulling off two upsets, but Georgia Tech and Colorado left Memorial Stadium in a miserable mood.

No reason to believe two upsets can’t happen again this season, which would make KU 3-9. Motivated by last year’s embarrassing loss to North Dakota State, the Jayhawks won’t look beyond McNeese State, a stronger team than the Bison. That’s one. Texas Tech isn’t as young as KU, but isn’t experienced, either. Upset City, baby! (Sorry, wrong sport.) Kansas couldn’t hold onto the lead in Ames a year ago, but should be in better condition with a better running game now. Another upset makes three victories.


hawk316 9 years, 2 months ago

I like it, Keegan! Here's hoping for one or two more upsets this season. A 4-8 or 5-7 record undoubtedly would be quite an accomplishment. But there's something about this team that makes me think that it could happen...

Lance Cheney 9 years, 2 months ago

Why stop there? Let's go for 12 upsets. 12-0 baby!

Topcitykid10 9 years, 2 months ago

Very surprised Keegan gave out his number.

Matt Herrera 9 years, 2 months ago

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Ryan Mullen 9 years, 2 months ago

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blackhawkjayhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

SI and Keegan both got it right. Who got it rigther.....we'll have to see. With a porous defensive line, it may be tough to put away anyone unless we can completely dominate the clock. Much, much, much easier said than done. There will be more than a couple of coaches we face this year that no how to line up and stop the run.

I'll be there at every home game rooting them on, but I see some dark clouds ahead.

hometownhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

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parrothead8 9 years, 2 months ago

Seriously. That's one awkward sentence. If only it were from a novel we could nominate him for a Bulwer-Lytton.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 2 months ago

Let's go Turner! Prove 'em wrong! Shock the world by winning 3 games!!!

panalytic 9 years, 2 months ago

I like this article. Unfortunately it is realistic to forecast that type of record for us and Keegan comes right out with it. Also, it has as good a tone as can come out of such a dismal forecast for the team.

I have been one of the first to complain about other negative articles about the young athletes, so it seems only fair to give credit when he goes out of his way for a positive spin on one of the teams.

Also, I'm much more optimistic about our football season than SI.

Tim Bingaman 9 years, 2 months ago

I don't want to see any of you "stay 'til the end of the gamers" at The Wheel until the game is over this year. You "bandwagon Halftime-Wheel-goers" make me sick. You need to watch 'til the end like you did when we were good and were lecturing us Halftime-Wheel goers to stay.

brgregory 9 years, 2 months ago

Time for HCTG to put up or get out. While he seems like a decent guy there is no excuse for a division 1 BCS conference team to be so pathetic as they were last year. A repeat is not acceptable...the effort/preparation/and execution were embarrassing last season. Record is one thing but when you don't even look like you belong in the stadium that is just not OK (mizzou game @ camarohead last year anyone...)

Dale Kroening 9 years, 2 months ago

And we werent pathetic Mangina's last year were we ?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 2 months ago

Well, for one thing these "sports writers" do not suit up, pick up the ball and run with it. The only thing they offier is mind-numbing prose as to what their opinions are, and we all know about opinions. (Everybody's got one). My team, Oklahoma has again picked to be #1 in the national scene, but as we all know, not many pre-season selections stay the same for long. Actually, the best thing to do with these self-appointed gurus is to pretty much ignore them. The only thing that really counts is the numbers on the board at the end of the game and the end of the season.

Ryan Mullen 9 years, 2 months ago

Why can't you make chicken salad out of chicken? Isn't the main ingredient?

Funhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Is Chicken Fried Steak made out of chicken?

Rian Ankerholz 9 years, 2 months ago

Jessica Yogi Berra. Wait, is this Chicken? Chicken of the Sea?

Steve Gantz 9 years, 2 months ago

What he's trying to say is we can't wait for basketball season.

KU_cynic 9 years, 2 months ago

If only SI had given KU an even bigger break and predicted a 0-12 win-loss record. Think how motivating THAT would have been for Turner Gill and the Jayhawks!.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 2 months ago

I think the mentality is going to be much different this year. The chemistry is much better, the team is better, we have a lot more talent and I think we will be much better prepared. Two games last year told us something about this team. The GaTech game told us that these guys don't like being embarrassed, don't like the feeling like they don't know what they are doing. They came out tenacious. Other games we lost in blowouts undoubtedly taught them that they better be into conditioning 12 months of the year. At this level, there is no such thing as an off-season. I think they learned that. The Colorado game showed tenacity as well. So, if we are better prepared, better conditioned, have more talent, have demonstrated tenacity, and have something to prove...well, this team is going to be in a lot of games. How many they win, time will tell. This is the year that we close the gap. Rock Chalk!

tychi_jayhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Gill gets at least 3 years to prove he can win. Calling for his head if this year turns sour is irresponsible. Our recruiting is hands down better and he should get the oppertunity to let the fruits of those labours shine.

Dare to dream 5 wins? McNeese, NIU,TT, KSU, ISU,

Anyone else brave enough to call out more than 3 wins?... (or any?)

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 2 months ago

This is tough because the '06 team was pretty good if you look at how many games got away from us. We were better than our record indicated which was proven the next year. That is what I think we will see this year. We will be better than our record indicates. We might even get 6 wins but that would be if we execute, stay healthy, make few turnovers, create turnovers, make good tactical coaching decisions, good game prep and play aggressively and take risk. Otherwise I think I will predict that we win our first game. I am going to take it one game at a time, just like the team.

dtownhawkfan 9 years, 2 months ago

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jgkojak 9 years, 2 months ago

I see 4 wins - MxcN, NIU, TT and ISU

We could upset someone for a 5th (likely KSU) -

but if TG can get 5 this year and get bowl eligible in his 3rd year - I'm good with that

mondhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

you need to start writing something positive about the team. All of us know the state of the team last year. Gill and Co. did not let that slow the recruiting down and it continues .When they prove that the former AD hamstrung them by ordering coaches to be easy on the players to make amends for Manginos treatment. I. am sure you will see a much improved product on the field. Good players equal good football [still need some DT] but ithink they get a couplt this year. So all you trash talkers can eat crow and GO AWAY when they do. GO Jayhawks

missmagoo 9 years, 2 months ago

Oh come on, that's bs. "You need to start writing something positive about the team." Why? Because it's the LJW job to motivate the team and community? There's nothing positive to write about right now. 1-11 is right on the money and Turner Gill can enjoy his last year as head football coach at the University of Kansas. You need a reality check. Good players = good football, but good people does not equal good players. That's the TG school of thought and it's wrong. This is KU, not BYU.

fromthatstandpoint 9 years, 2 months ago

You had better have a good recipe for crow.

greedykdwp 9 years, 2 months ago

KU had a great football coach, but because the Kremlin-on-the-Hill is so liberal, so touchy-feely all of you got rid of him in favor of a wet nurse coach. Serves you right.

BigAl 9 years, 2 months ago

Who was that great coach? It sure as hell wasn't Mangino.

greedykdwp 9 years, 2 months ago

Seems to me all the KU faithful thought Mangino was the 2nd coming of Christ when you went to the Orange Bowl, I bet even bigal thought you had another dynasty on your hands. Mangino took you from the laughing stock of the Big12 to a respected team, alas as always, one poor season after nirvana and you toss the baby out with the bathwater. Mangino is better off (thanks to you faithful) without you.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

DUDE !! You need to raise the bar a LONG, LONG way if you're talking about Mangino.

KU has had great coaches in the past. MM ain't one of them. Not even close.

mondhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Magoo why is it the LGW job to motivate the team i work in sports department at a TV station. I did not know it was my responsibility to motivate, Sorry when you made that comment it tells me you know nothing about football. OH i get it they get slammed by media makes them work harder that your point. Sorry its the coaches job i would not bet the bank on TG last year at KU. GO JAYHAWKS

Tony Bandle 9 years, 2 months ago

Some crowd motivation tips to keep everyone in the stadium for the second half::

1] Free Beer Fourth Quarter 2] The last two minutes of the game, all the cheerleaders go topless. 3] Schedule a Kansas varsity basketball scrimmage post game at the 50 yard line. 4] Lady Ga Ga parachutes in during the break between the 3rd and 4th quarters. 5] If you stay for the whole game, you get a half money back coupon when you exit. 6] Naked bicycle races on the track. 7] Near the end of the game, give everybody a pie and start a massive food fight. 8] Provide an exciting team that will be competitive to the end....Nah, that would never work!!!

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Oakville - that is ridiculous. Why limit the cheerleaders to the last two minutes?

Rian Ankerholz 9 years, 2 months ago

Going topless? I didn't know the cheerleaders wore hats. How prudish. Must be a corollary to the TG no-swearing rule.

Rian Ankerholz 9 years, 2 months ago

I may just watch Oklahoma this year. Maybe even a football game.

KGphoto 9 years, 2 months ago

In other news:

Notre Dame has finally decided to start Crist himself at QB this year. After 47 years of signaling the touchdowns from his perch at the Hesburgh Library, he'll be throwing touchdowns from the field. Notre Dame immediately jumped Oklahoma for the #1 spot in both polls.

It is not known who will replace Crist on the mural, but rumor has it that Lou Holtz would likely oblige if asked.

Crist said he's glad he'll finally get to help resurrect the Irish program.

Most coaches have abstained from any damaging remarks, for obvious reasons, however Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel was outspoken. In the Missouri language of Whiney Gibberish, he somehow was able to convey that he believed the move would create an unfair recruiting edge for Notre Dame.

Philip Bowman 9 years, 2 months ago

Am I wrong to think of Terry Allen when I think of Turner Gill? Can't remember how long TA was there but it seemed too long. Why not cut TG loose at the end of this season and get on with looking for a real coach. Now that we don't have to excuse ourselves due to the existence of Big Lew on campus, it should be easier to find a good one. Let's start looking NOW.

jayhawkintexas 9 years, 2 months ago

Turner Gill=Terry Allen. Nice guy, loves his players, runs clean program but can't win.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

You're wrong to say that you think. Period.

I've been pretty diplomatic up to this point in listening to the Gill bashers, because, hey - everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how stupid they are. I'm over that now.

Evidently, you've never held a job for more than one year, because if you exhibit that kind of stupidity and impatience for an employer there is no way they're going to keep you around.

Here's an idea. If you don't like Gill - don't watch. Go be a Missery fan and wear a diaper to seal in the moistness.

If you're worried about Turner Gill and the football team, you must have been a real treat to be around when we got humiliated by VCU. And Northern Iowa. And Bradley. And Bucknell.

Were you out standing on the streetcorner with your "FIRE SELF" posters that you colored all by yourself?

NOTICE TO ALL EMPLOYERS EVERYWHERE Fire all employees at the first sign of trouble. Don't train them. Don't let them figure out a process. Don't equip them with the proper tools/people. If you don't perform at the highest level within one year - you are history.

fromthatstandpoint 9 years, 2 months ago

You forgot, "Give them a 4 year process and fire them when they don't have results in 2."

actorman 9 years, 2 months ago

"Some crowd motivation tips to keep everyone in the stadium for the second half::

1] Free Beer Fourth Quarter 2] The last two minutes of the game, all the cheerleaders go topless."

Are you saying that free beer is more of a motivator than topless cheerleaders? Just wondering ...

ajmag 9 years, 2 months ago

If you go to K-State it probably is.

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