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Monday, April 9, 2012

KU running back James Sims suspended three games

Kansas running back James Sims cuts through a hole as he heads up the field for a big gain against McNeese State during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas running back James Sims cuts through a hole as he heads up the field for a big gain against McNeese State during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

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If Kansas University running back James Sims hopes to lead the Jayhawks in rushing for a third consecutive season, he’ll have to do it in three fewer games than everybody else — maybe less.

KU coach Charlie Weis announced Monday that Sims had been suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season for violating team rules.

Sims, 20 of Irving, Texas, was arrested early Sunday morning for operating a vehicle under the influence in the 1300 block of Jayhawk Boulevard. He becomes the latest member of the KU football team to fall victim to Weis’ new standard of discipline and accountability.

“Every player on our team knows and understands our rules and regulations,” Weis said in a press release Monday. “They also know the consequences for violations.”

As a true freshman in 2010, Sims led the Jayhawks with 742 yards and nine touchdowns on 168 carries. Last season, the 6-foot, 206-pound inside runner racked up similar numbers, rushing for 727 yards and nine TDs on 182 attempts.

Despite the presence of returning backs Brandon Bourbon and Tony Pierson, who both challenged Sims for carries in 2011, the veteran tailback opened the spring atop KU’s depth chart at the tailback position.

With his suspension looming, that figures to change, opening the door for Bourbon, Pierson and newcomers Taylor Cox and Tevin Shaw to take over the top spot.

Comments

El Jay 2 years ago

hate that this has to happen but love that Weiss did the right thing here. The rules are the rules whether you are a walk on or a starter. That is one of the things that has helped Coach Self be so successful and I like that our football program is following suit finally. Simms can still be a leader by how he handles this punishment - sometimes that is the best opportunity to be a team leader, helping others learn from your mistakes. I hope he does just that then comes back on the field and tears it up in Big XII play. RCJH!!!

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misfire 2 years ago

Everybody is responsible for their own actions. I like the discipline, but I wonder how long it will be before the players will hold a team meeting and get Charlie fired like they did Mangino.

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Ryan Shelton 2 years ago

This is a fair punishment. I really think Coach Weis is using this as a teachable moment. It reinforces not only to Sims, but to the entire team how a bad choice can have consequences. Thankfully the consequences don't mean ending a person's life behind the wheel.

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Jim Jackson 2 years ago

I want to see Bourbon crush if he can stay healthy, crush it. Same with Pierson, although I think Pierson needs to gain some weight, he's only 175 lbs!

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jaywalker 2 years ago

For the first time ever with this many comments, everyone is spot on! Congrats to Coach and all the rational posters here. The world spins normal for a change.

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danno1313 2 years ago

It s real simple. Go to class, play football, go to bed at a decent hour.

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hawkbono1313 2 years ago

186 days til late night.

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d_bradley27 2 years ago

Good to see Weis laying down the law however this is a HUGE gamble. Sims is as good a blocker as he is a runner. Would hate to see Crist hurt in a non-con. And before you purest comment, I'm not saying Sims' under the influence charge isn't serious. I'm saying 3 games is an aggresive standard. We'll see how it goes.

Rock Chalk

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years ago

There goes any possibility of a 1000 yard season!

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agrabass 2 years ago

Tough love power, activated! Good job Charlie. KU Football will be watchable again. I can feel it.

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jhawk1979 2 years ago

Boys you're here to play football.

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Jeff Worthington 2 years ago

James Sims missing the Northern Illinois and TCU games is not how I wanted to start the season. But something had to be done for his actions. Hope the rest of the team learns from James's mistake.

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Underdog777 2 years ago

If Charlie wins, his disciple approach with players is great. If he does not win then he is a great NFL 2-man that cannot win at the college level and he will be fired.

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matlockhawk 2 years ago

You go Charlie!!!! Get their attention. I like it.

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Andy Tweedy 2 years ago

Maybe now we'll get to see what Bourbon can do for a full 4 quarters!

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bville_hawk 2 years ago

Isn't this about the same punishment Brady Morningstar got a couple years ago for the same infraction with the basketball team? You could argue even that Brady's was a more serious violation because his was during the season.

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Alex Berger 2 years ago

I think this is a good punishment. By no means should this have gotten just a slap on the wrist but it's great that it didn't lead to Sims getting kicked off the team either. Now there is a precedent.

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DillonBarnes 2 years ago

Makes you wonder what some of those other players did to get kicked off the team.

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Cartemus 2 years ago

Good to see Weis is willing to punish starters as well as guys who haven't played. Setting a consistent standard and holding everyone accountable is something that has to be done.

That said, sucks that Sims will be on the bench. He is a talented back.

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hitme 2 years ago

In Columbia it's just one game....if you're the coach. I'd prefer to be the better example. Good job Charlie.

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Steve Jacob 2 years ago

Three games is harsh, I like it!

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