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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

OakvilleJaybateNightmare 2 years, 3 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.

jhawk613 2 years, 3 months ago

There's funny, there's not funny and then there's you.

texashawk10 2 years, 3 months ago

Any takers on that post still being around at 7pm Central time today?

jhawk613 2 years, 3 months ago

I kinda wish the LJW had a policy that if you make X number (10, 15, 20) of messages in violation of the usage agreement not only would your account be deleted but your IP address should be blocked.

Todd Simpson 2 years, 3 months ago

jhawk613, the reason they can't just block an ip is because there are a ton out there and most ISP's give customer's DHCP leases. Some are static but a simple restart of a modem or router changes the IP and then you've just wasted networking time

Brad Farha 2 years, 3 months ago

what did he say that got his comment removed?

texashawk10 2 years, 3 months ago

It involved McKinney's professor that kept him from getting here on time, a gun, halftime, and the 50 yard line. I'm sure you can piece that together.

ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 3 months ago

I wish ljw had a pay per view site where all the deleted comments could be viewed and further discussed.

John Randall 2 years, 3 months ago

The same reason some people stop to look at accidents which might have some blood and gore . . . and cause traffic problems that may result in another accident. It makes them feel important to tell friends about it. With the web, they're not restricted to friends.

Brak 2 years, 3 months ago

He just would like more people to be able to read his posts, since that's where most of them go.

milehighhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

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

jhawk613 2 years, 3 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.

Doug Cramer 2 years, 3 months ago

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

rtwngr 2 years, 3 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.

ironhead80 2 years, 3 months ago

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

Randy Bombardier 2 years, 3 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.

vd 2 years, 3 months ago

If he is smart, he probably would have been enrolled in a 4 year university.

oldalum 2 years, 3 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.

kuilander 2 years, 3 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 ....

Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 3 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.

Pbbut 2 years, 3 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.

Mark Lindrud 2 years, 3 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.

Mark Lindrud 2 years, 3 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.

kureader 2 years, 3 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?

amatxjayhawk 2 years, 3 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."

How about because it's none of our damn business.We don't need to know every thing about this guy's life. Get off the kid's case. Let him, the coaches, and the academic folks work this out. If he's here in January great, if not move on.

kureader 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm not on the kid's case ... I'm on the kid's side. The coaches' hands are tied as well. It has nothing to do with privacy. Previous articles point ot a JUCO professor who couldn't find time to grade the kid's work. This is the fourth time in the last year where a player's eligibility wasn't determined until is was too late, either way, to enroll at KU.

vd 2 years, 3 months ago

Maybe the Prof couldn't find time to grade his work, because the prof hadn't received the work yet?

KUMC84 2 years, 3 months ago

It doesn't seem like there was much to decide here, as he wasn't eligible. History would seem to lead us to believe he will never play for KU. My concern is that we keep hearing HCCW say he's "bluntly honest" yet that's not what's played out here.

John Randall 2 years, 3 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.

KGphoto 2 years, 3 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.

JayhwakFan86 2 years, 3 months ago

This should help with our January bowl game...

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