Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Kansas’ Prinz Kande to miss season

Kansas linebacker Prinz Kande, right, laughs with fellow linebacker Steven Johnson during football practice on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the practice fields near Memorial Stadium.

Kansas linebacker Prinz Kande, right, laughs with fellow linebacker Steven Johnson during football practice on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the practice fields near Memorial Stadium.


The Journal-World has learned that Kansas University junior linebacker Prinz Kande, who made the first start of his career during Saturday’s one-point loss to Rice, injured the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee during the game.

Kande, who finished with three tackles and a sack, had to be helped off the field and did not return. The junior from Euless, Texas, likely will miss the remainder of the 2012 season but may be eligible for a medical red-shirt, which, if granted, would give him two years of eligibility remaining.

KU coach Charlie Weis said Sunday night that Kande’s injury was the only one the Jayhawks suffered against Rice that appeared to be serious.

Weis said seniors Kale Pick and Lubbock Smith, who also had to be helped off the field last weekend, would have a chance to play this weekend, when the Jayhawks open Big 12 play at home against league newcomer TCU.

Weis remembers 9/11

With today marking the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that shook the nation and brought tragedy to New York City, people all across the country figure to spend at least part of the day remembering the victims and reliving their experiences.

Weis had a unique perspective of the attacks, and Monday night during his weekly “Hawk Talk” radio show on KLWN he shared what the early moments of Sept. 11, 2001, were like for him.

“First of all, I’m from New Jersey, and I lost a whole bunch of friends that day,” Weis recalled. “Not a few. A whole bunch.”

At the time of the attacks, Weis was working with the New England Patriots and was back in Boston preparing for that week’s game against the Carolina Panthers. As he walked down the hall to an early-morning meeting, the phone in his office rang. On the other end was his wife, Maura, who asked if he had seen what happened.

“She said, ‘Turn on the TV,’” Weis said, “And I said, ‘What channel?’ She said, ‘Any channel.’ We proceeded, about 10 of us, to stand in my office in amazement for the next two hours watching all that stuff.”

While people around him tried to digest what had happened, one of Weis’ players, offensive guard Joe Andruzzi, feared for the lives of his three brothers, all of whom were New York City firefighters and responded to the site of the attacks.

“He was just a mess the entire day,” Weis said. “He didn’t find out until later that day that they were all alive. But all three of his brothers ended up getting out of there.”

Blame game

Shortly after last Saturday’s stumble against Rice, Weis said he deserved a chunk of the blame. Monday morning, while recapping the game on the Big 12 coaches’ weekly teleconference, Weis explained why.

“You can’t just count on these guys to figure it out on their own,” he said of learning how to finish victories after years of losing. “That’s one of the responsibilities of the coaching staff. We gotta help the guys through that.”

Although Weis is best known for his success as an NFL assistant, he has done his share of rebuilding. Each time, he’s seen the coaching staff take the lead on changing the culture.

“At all of the places I’ve been that were sort of reclamation projects, sooner or later something has clicked where (the players) start to figure it out,” Weis said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen this week. The bottom line is, to truly turn the corner, we’re gonna have to guide ’em through that.”

Rice kicker honored

Rice place kicker Chris Boswell, who made all four field goals he attempted last week against Kansas, including the game winner, was honored as one of the “Stars of the Week” by the folks who hand out the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s top kicker. Boswell’s four makes pulled the junior from Keller, Texas, into a tie for the school’s career record of 33.

KU-NIU kickoff set

Kickoff for KU’s Week 4 game at Northern Illinois on Sept. 22 has been set for 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

KU’s final nonconference game of the season will mark the third-straight national broadcast for the Jayhawks, who lost to Rice last weekend on Fox Sports Net and will welcome Big 12 foe TCU to Memorial Stadium at 11 a.m. Saturday for a game that will be shown on FX.

Future game times will be announced at a later date.


gchawk 1 year, 7 months ago

I really feel for you Prinz. I know from experience that this really stinks, especially with all the hard work you've put in, but you will live to play another day. I don't necessarily mean to compare my situation to yours, but in my case, the year of maturity REALLY benefited my game. I sure didn't feel that way early on, but the next few years of playing definitely proved that it was a blessing in disguise.Keep you chin up, and good luck.


danmoore 1 year, 7 months ago

Pardon my french but GDMF!!! Why are the sports gods punishing us?


IlBastardo 1 year, 7 months ago

So where’s that sassy MarchPhog today that worked up quite a fuss last night?

MP: “Everyone wants to use the fact that he got us eligible for 5 season and ignore the specifics of those seasons. We were in position to finish with more than 6 wins that season and probably should have, but again Mangino is framed with overly-positive hindsight because of KU's previous failures in football.”

So, let me just clarify, KU’s previous failures in football don’t weigh at all on the meaning of a 6 win season? This is a particularly odd habit of Mangino detractors to give no credit to the context in which he had his “moderate success”.

MP: “Mangino's accomplishments is unparalleled or not is a function of him or the context in which he was competing. For example, no other KU coach prior to Mangino had the ease of access to bowl games that he has had, due to the explosion in number of games as well as a relaxing of the standards to get into the bowl game.”

Fine. We understand well that you have a problem with the bowl system. You keep trying to rattle that saber when I haven’t mentioned his bowl appearances.

MP: “It's silly to pretend that the relative strength of a football team from year to year can be determined on something as sparse as whether or not you got to .500 as a football team.”

Take that up with your friend kugrad93, the champion of the “winning record”.

MP: “Pity. I don't think you've begun to prove why the decision to go in a different direction at coach was the wrong one either.”

We got Turner Gill.

MP: “Furthermore, there is no reference in that article to when the player complained (it may have happened after the Colorado game... who knows?) or when the investigation started or how extensive it was.”



Tony Bandle 1 year, 7 months ago

The shortest distance between two Pointer Sisters is a straight line to each Pointer.


KMathis 1 year, 7 months ago

No one is keeping tabs and no one really cares, since there is no point.


Lucas Town 1 year, 7 months ago

Didn't know if anyone is keeping tabs, or if this has been posted yet. Turner and Liberty are 0-2 on the year. That is all.


Keith Hummel 1 year, 7 months ago

Speaking of the "Blame Game", lots of folks have been blaming Dayne Crist and suggesting Weis should play Cummings or Baty. While I'm as disappointed as anyone with Dayne's play so far, I don't think Weis is going to pull him, nor should he. Weis is committed to making his offensive scheme work. If executed properly the offense is a proven winner, but it's very complicated and requires a QB who totally understands it. Currently the only person on our roster who fits that description is Dayne Crist. Yank him now and you not only give up on his potential, you severely limit what the offense can do. Like it or not, we are going to sink or swim this year with Dayne Crist, imho.


kujayhawk 1 year, 7 months ago

If you want to teach them how to finish, then don't call stupid plays.


Jim Jackson 1 year, 7 months ago

Yes any news on Mcdonald? Move Willis back to LB?

PLEASE play taller receviers like Herod, Ford, Omigie

I know I am not on the coaching staff, but having a taller target would surely help with Dayne's inaccuracy.

And for God's sake Dayne; RUN for yards when you can.

Hope the students show for TCU.


jhox 1 year, 7 months ago

Does anyone have an update on McDonald, and when he might play? Our defense could sure use the help.


Keith Hummel 1 year, 7 months ago

What a tough break for Kande. That was a messed up play he got hurt on. Hope they grant the redshirt. He was really starting to play well.

Looks like the NIU game got downgraded. It was originally going to be on ESPNU I believe. Expected fallout, I suppose, when you hand Rice their first BCS road win since 1997.


Eric Dawson 1 year, 7 months ago

Tough break, Prinz. Get well soon, keep you academics strong, and come back on fire!


Gavin Fritton 1 year, 7 months ago

Does it count as a "national broadcast" if it's only on the internet?


Dirk Medema 1 year, 7 months ago

It stinks to lose Kande when he seemed to be really coming on, but really glad Pick is expected to be alright.


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