Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bowen: KU football is back on right track under Weis


When Clint Bowen first came back to the Kansas University football program this past offseason, his focus was on reconnecting with his hometown and the joy of seeing some familiar faces on a daily basis.

Now, it’s time for football.

“For me, personally, I’ve invested a large part of my life into this program,” Bowen, KU’s special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach, said Saturday. “I was looking through the media guide today, and I think it’s something like 17 of the last 19 years that I’ve either been a player or a coach in this program.”

Because of his past — and the passion associated with it — Bowen is as excited as anybody about the current direction of his alma mater.

“(Our goal) is to get this thing back to where we all know it should be as Kansas fans and Kansas people,” he said. “We have an elite university, we have great facilities, we have everything in place that we need to get this thing where it should be. That’s what we’re working toward doing.”

Throughout his career, Bowen has worked with a lot of demanding head coaches. Working under new KU coach Charlie Weis falls in line with that, and Bowen said the best part about Weis’ presence is that everyone knows what’s expected every day.

“The bar’s set high,” he said. “And our kids understand the bar’s set high and it’s time to go.”

Strong starters

With KU’s starting secondary pretty well set, Bowen said the coaching staff felt good about the experience and savvy of cornerbacks Greg Brown (senior) and Tyler Patmon (junior) and safeties Bradley McDougald (senior) and Lubbock Smith (senior).

“All four of them are not shy guys,” Bowen said. “All four of them are more than willing to open their mouths and take control of things.”

Bowen’s breakdown

Speaking of the starters, Bowen was asked for his input on which members of KU’s secondary were the fastest, smartest and top-instinct guys. After pausing and admitting that “those other guys are gonna kill me,” Bowen gave his answers.

“Every one of them would fight that they are all of that,” Bowen began. “If you did the old, line ‘em up in the street and say go, I’d take Greg Brown. If we had to go on Jeopardy to win a million bucks, I’d take Tyler Patmon. Best instincts, ooh, probably Bradley. Bradley’s a pretty natural guy.”

Interception update

One of the most popular parts of offseason football is the ongoing tracking of interceptions by defensive backs. At KU, it’s no different.

“I had two, Bradley had two, Lubbock had one, T-Pat had two,” said Brown, breaking down the standings after summer seven-on-seven drills. “Oh yeah, we kept track. We always try to compete and see who’s getting the most picks. In the fall, me and Lubbock are leading so far. We both have one.”


nuleafjhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

“I was looking through the media guide today, and I think it’s something like 17 of the last 19 years that I’ve either been a player or a coach in this program.”

Hmmm. He had to look through the media guide to see how long he's been a part of the program?

Just sayin...

okiedave 8 years, 5 months ago

Based on the four corners of the paragraph, it looks like he did say that.

John Myers 8 years, 5 months ago

He didn't say he was wondering how long he'd been part of the program and had to grab the media guide to check.

troutsee 8 years, 5 months ago

I like the experience and enthusiasm of this coaching staff. Of course, I am the eternal optimist and every time we make a change, I think things are going to get better. However, this year is shaping up to be one of those "pleasantly surprised years." I could be wrong but I think this team will be prepared for every game, play tough, play smart, and never give up. That combination could end up with surprise victories and a bowl berth. Bring it on.

CrimsonPhoenix 8 years, 5 months ago

So it's not really a pleasant surprise if you're already expecting it, right...?

shufly 8 years, 5 months ago

I had a dream! Pin stripes this winter.

Phoggin_Loud 8 years, 5 months ago

Ahh. New York for New Year's. I like it!!

hucking_fawks_rock 8 years, 5 months ago

I just don't like this quote from Coach Weis from deadspin a while back....

"It's going to be a quick stop. It's going to be five years. That's the quick stop. I'm going to be here for five years, because my wife and I had planned for me to be working at Florida for the next five years and then try to be put in a situation where we can walk away. … What we're going to do here is we're going to go try to turn this program into a perennial winning program and then try to have it where one of the guys on this coaching staff takes over."

5 years won't be enough if he makes good things happen. We'll be greedy and want more. Maybe I can get HCCW to do some beer bongs and sign an extension.

Martin Shupert 8 years, 5 months ago

He signed an extension at Notre Dame... I think it was for 10 years. A couple years later, they wanted him gone. They are still paying him millions and will probably pay him years after he has moved on from KU. KU will probably be paying the snake oil salesman after he leaves here. If he catches on to another program, he'll be drawing salaries from 3 places at the same time. I wonder what the record is on that. You really want him to sign an extension already? He hasn't even coached ONE GAME here yet. Get a friggin' grip, people. Where has he ever proved he could coach college football? This is getting crazy. You're fretting about the idea that he might leave in five years? My guess is, five years won't be soon enough for all of us to see him sent packing. Yes, things were ugly last year. Why do you suppose Weis latched on to KU in the first place? The bar was low. No one else wanted the guy. This is classic group think. We're all drinking the Koolade. I really do hope I'm wrong, but from what I've seen, this doesn't turn out well.

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