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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Defensive lineman Ty McKinney to enroll at KU in January

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Kansas football coach Charlie Weis announced Thursday afternoon that defensive lineman Ty McKinney will not enroll at KU until the spring semester.

“After discussing this matter with Ty McKinney, he has decided to wait until January to enroll at KU. Tomorrow (Sept. 7) he will take his last final exam (at Trinity Valley CC) and believes that any attempt to catch up academically at KU would be futile," Weis said.

“Ty has three years to play two—which means when he enrolls in January, he would then have two years of eligibility to be played in two years. Ty intends to take extra classes at a junior college in preparation for January. Per Ty’s request, I will not respond to questions on this matter moving forward.”

KU plays host to Rice at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Comments

JayhwakFan86 1 year, 7 months ago

This should help with our January bowl game...

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KGphoto 1 year, 7 months ago

It's BS that he had to go through this but, like most here, I think it's better in the long run. He obviously isn't a standout student, which is just fine, and it's better to have him coming into the program with his head above water rather than risk drowning in Weis' more stringent academic policy, in the process of trying to catch up.

Catching up on conditioning is just as difficult and we certainly wouldn't be seeing a 100% Ty until well into the meat of our conference schedule. Personally I'm glad we will have this guy for two entire seasons.

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John Randall 1 year, 7 months ago

Mr. McKinney seems to have pretty good judgement and a realistic idea of his own academic capabilities, when saying that catching up on the course work would be a "futile endeavor". No doubt KU coaches and academic support contributed to this decision and had his best interests in mind as well as benefits for the football program. Now that a decision has been made, the important thing is the effort to make it work in the long term, and I think there's a good prospect for that result.

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kureader 1 year, 7 months ago

There's just no reason why, after hyping this kid for so long, that KU and/or LJW can't come up with some rationale as to what's going on. KU fans are obviously hungry to welcome new players. Why the mystery? There's a reason why ... three weeks after school has started,that this kid (all of a sudden) isn't eligible to play ... SO WHAT IS IT?

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Mark Lindrud 1 year, 7 months ago

I figured this was possible and it's ok. Get your academics behind you so you can focus on athletics. We have guys graduating this year and he will better improve his chances to play and it helps our depth for an additional year. I hope for continued improvement this year, which will then lead to greater success down the road.

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Mark Lindrud 1 year, 7 months ago

I figured this was possible and it's ok. Get your academics behind you so you can focus on athletics. We have guys graduating this year and he will better improve his chances to play and it helps our depth for an additional year. I hope for continued improvement this year, which will then lead to greater success down the road.

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Pbbut 1 year, 7 months ago

Probably a good decision for the student, team, and school. Let's get him on board in January, up to speed on schemes, training, and school. It won't help 2012, but this is a marathon and not a sprint, one foot in front of he other.

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Keith Hummel 1 year, 7 months ago

I think this is a very smart decision. By the time he got caught up on classes (assuming he could), and got into football shape, and learned the playbook, I'm afraid half the season would have been over. Academics are too important, especially when you have a coach like Charlie Weis who values academics so much. Now he can focus on working out and getting an academic head start on his KU coursework. He will have two full years of Big-12 ball, and he will hit the ground running. The future of our Defense is looking very bright.

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Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 7 months ago

I hope it works out, but this isn't good at all. with all the recent history in mens bball and football, I predict he won't play a down for Kansas...ever.

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kuilander 1 year, 7 months ago

i worry about him getting here in january now. a full semester of sitting somewhere else taking classes is not where i would want him ....

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oldalum 1 year, 7 months ago

Sounds to me like they decided the season would be nearly over before he became familiar enough with the system to actually play. It would just be a waste of one year of his eligibility.

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 7 months ago

If he is smart he will. But if there are some shenanigans going on it will not be in his best interest long term. The Spring enrollment is a good idea at this point.

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ironhead80 1 year, 7 months ago

I've seen this before, he will not show up in January either!

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rtwngr 1 year, 7 months ago

I think this is a good decision. This team is not going to contend in a major way this season. Get this kid here in January and get him on the weights. Come next September he will make an impact on a vastly improved team.

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Doug Cramer 1 year, 7 months ago

Par for the course when it comes to that position group.

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jhawk613 1 year, 7 months ago

I wish there was a gray-area where we could have Ty on the practice squad but that would require him to be in school. Well he'll get a full off-season of Holsopple before next year so I think he'll do well still.

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milehighhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

Knew something was up....too bad. Would have loved to have seen the kid in uniform this year.

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OakvilleJaybateNightmare 1 year, 7 months ago

The teacher who wouldn't front load this kid's already finished assignments, should be shot and killed execution style on the 50 yard line at this Saturday's game.

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