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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Report: Kansas football contacts Penn State linebacker

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According to a report from ESPN’s Kipp Adams, the Kansas University football program has reached out to another Penn State football player about the possibility of him transferring to Kansas.

The report indicates that starting linebacker Khairi Fortt, a 6-foot-2, 234-pound junior from Stamford, Conn., has been contacted by 30 to 40 schools since the NCAA announced sanctions last Monday in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

KU was one of the eight schools named by Fortt’s father, Guy, who told Adams that those programs, along with several others, had told his son he had a scholarship if he wanted it.

During his Penn State career, the former ESPN150 recruit and U.S. Army All-American has recorded 49 tackles, including 33 and three sacks last season. He is expected to challenge for a first-string spot at middle linebacker this fall, but where remains unclear.

“He is torn,” Guy Fortt told ESPN. “But I think he is doing his due diligence and evaluating his options.”

Fortt’s father said his son would like to make a decision about his future sometime in the next few days.

“He has a lot of respect for (PSU coach) Bill O’Brien and his coaching staff,” Fortt’s father said. “But as of right now he really does not know what he is going to do. He is going to weigh his options this weekend and try to make a decision next week between Monday and Wednesday.”

Fortt is the second PSU player whose father confirmed that KU had reached out to his son. Earlier this week, Penn State defensive tackle Kyle Baublitz’s father said the Jayhawks had contacted his son, but Baublitz later announced that he would remain with the Nittany Lions.

As outlined in the punishment, players who elect to transfer from PSU to another school are eligible to play immediately and can receive a scholarship from their new school without the scholarship counting against that school’s limit.

Redskins add Briscoe

One day after reporting that former KU wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe was cut by Tampa Bay, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday that Briscoe had been claimed off waivers by Washington.

During his two seasons in Tampa, Briscoe appeared in 18 games and caught 41 passes for 480 yards and seven touchdowns. KU’s career leader in receiving yards (3,240) and touchdowns (31) enjoyed a breakout year in 2011, finishing with 387 yards and a team-high six TDs on 35 receptions in 16 games.

He joins a Redskins team that, earlier this offseason, added former Indianapolis wideout Pierre Garcon to a roster that includes veteran Santana Moss and 2011 third-round pick Leonard Hankerson.

Capital One Cup stats

Both the KU men and the KU women finished in the Top 25 of this year’s Capital One Cup standings, which annually rank the top athletic departments in college athletics.

Coincidentally, both programs finished with 36 points, earning the women a No. 21 ranking and the men No. 23. Florida, with 104 points, was the top men’s team during the past sports year and Stanford, with 152 points, topped the women’s rankings. Oklahoma State (47, 16th) and Texas (42, 19th) were the only Big 12 men’s programs to finish higher than KU and Baylor (60, 11th), Oklahoma (57, 13th), Texas (41, 18th) and Texas A&M (41, 18th) were the only Big 12 programs that finished higher than the KU women.

Comments

DocPossum 1 year, 8 months ago

JoPa went after players from SMU when they got the death penalty. So what goes around comes around. Whether KU gets any players or not Weis is getting KU's name in the paper. That's the important thing. That KU gets mentioned in the same breath as these other teams, will help with future recruiting. As stated earlier KU is only offering an alternative. Weis has been respectful from the very beginning. However an extra linebacker and lineman would look mighty good right now. (Sham)rock chalk Jayhawk!

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JayhawkPurist 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree HouTexHawk and Hawk90, only after reading the Freeh report in it's entirety, I think only Paterno and Spanier will be partially vindicated in that the report doesn't point to any evidence of knowledge beyond (albeit totally inappropriate) showering with boys. In any event, the reports that Penn State is burning are way overstated. If they get three more rrecruiting classes like next years that has comitted to staying, the blip won't be nearly as big as projected.

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Robert Brown 1 year, 8 months ago

I come in on the side that attempting to convince Penn State athletes to come to KU does not look good and could be considered an act of desperation which I guess it is. It doesn't break any rules and show aggressive and a commitment to improve right away and that is good but I would prefer we not be so open in out pursuit.

What I also think is worse is to trying to tie these athletes to the Sandusky scandal and describe them as enablers. They are innocent victims. Staying at Penn State and rehabilitating the image of the school may be a more noble act than transferring to another school.

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JayhawkPurist 1 year, 8 months ago

I agree it won't tarnish KU's reputation in the long run. My point was more that it's a matter of integrity, and I don't think "it's okay because everyone else is doing it" is a valid excuse.

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troutsee 1 year, 8 months ago

It does not tarnish us or our reputation to go after this kid. If he comes, it will be a forgotten item a week from now and will not affect KU at all.

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Ashwin Rao 1 year, 8 months ago

I can see both sides of the argument, but here is "my" pondering. I don't really understand how KU, dipping into Penn State players, is different from KU luring them prior to them signing with Penn State? KU is not forcing the decision... KU is still just providing the players and their families with an alternative. The decision, as always, is up to the players and their families. As a supporting argument, if no one offers the players an alternative, then they will be forced to stay at Penn State, thereby reducing their chances to showcase their skills to the world to negatively effect their chances to get into NFL. Should we penalize the players for something that they didn't do?

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JayhawkPurist 1 year, 8 months ago

KU won't get Fortt, and NJ is right -- it makes KU look desparate playing the vulture role. As for Texas and USC, theyr'e coming off poorly as well. I don't care what the NCAA said, there are standards of decency, and stealing players from a coaching staff that had nothing to do with the handful of Penn State brass who were responsible for the fiasco there shows a total lack of integrity.

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rastameta 1 year, 8 months ago

We need talent in a bad way. Weis knows if he can win a few and be lose in others then he can recruit better players. No better way to make that happen then to pick up transfers, both Juco and other Universities.

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ironhead80 1 year, 8 months ago

There's nothing wrong with getting other players from other schools. KU deserves to get these types of players, that is , if we can get them, why, not!

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ironhead80 1 year, 8 months ago

Weis has been around top level competitors and he knows what needs to be done here, if were going to be any good. It's a cut throat business and if your not up to the task go home.

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sokanhawk 1 year, 8 months ago

I'd love to have Fortt transfer to KU. He'd definitely start for us. From what I've read he's getting ready to take visits to Cal & Florida State. Hopefully, he'll give us a look too.

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Dan Harris 1 year, 8 months ago

His first order of business is convincing D Howard to stay.

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Dan Harris 1 year, 8 months ago

Congrats To J Vaughn for being named the new Orlando Magic coach!

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Theodore Thadogweadore 1 year, 8 months ago

Make Penn State forfeit the 1969 Orange Bowl.

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CrimsonAndBlueForLife 1 year, 8 months ago

Let's get this guy if we can! Our defense is still kind of thin and needs help.

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eastcoasthawk 1 year, 8 months ago

To me the biggest story here is that Zenger is already bringing us to the promised land for all KU sports. What Tait doesn't mention is that in the Big 12 conference including men and women's sports is that KU is 2nd behind UT overall. All these years we have been complaining that we have not had successful sports programs outside of men's bball. Yet this year we were better overall than all but one B12 school. Better than the SEC wannabe's, and our former brethren the Huskers and Buffs. Glad to see such a terrific effort from all our sports teams. Well done!! Now we need to keep it up and climb the charts.

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eastcoasthawk 1 year, 8 months ago

Glad we are in the mix for a linebacker from a school that was known as linebacker U. The kid is not tainted. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Really hope I get to see Dez with the Skins. Will have to wear my #80 jersey to a practice or game.

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Chris1955 1 year, 8 months ago

We grab three ND players, and another one from OU, and now we're small if we grab yet another player from PSU? I must be missing something.

I hope that the herd mentality will kick in at PSU if 1-3 players announce they're leaving to play elsewhere. As mentioned previously by others, I was also a proponent of the death penalty for PSU.

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doolindalton 1 year, 8 months ago

Exciting to see Briscoe to get a shot with the "Skins They desperately need a big wide receiver who can produce in the red zone. Surprised the Bucs cut him.

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Janet Scott 1 year, 8 months ago

I am greatly angered by Weis' action, and Zenger's (and Gray Little's?) approval for Weis to take such action. Makes KU look very small, as both an athletic program and as an academic institution, regardless of what the NCAA recent ruling allows.

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Dirk Medema 1 year, 8 months ago

Hmmmm.

OSU, UT, KU in the men's BU, OU, UT, A&M, KU in the women's Where is KSU & MU?

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manginorh00lz 1 year, 8 months ago

You will spend your entire career paying for the sins of the father unless you leave.

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