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Originally published June 4, 2013 at 11:16a.m., updated June 5, 2013 at 12:07a.m.

KU football opener to kick off at 6 p.m. on Jayhawk Network

Kansas fans Dan Lewis, Lenexa, and Ann Kindle, Overland Park, toss bean bags while tailgating in the parking lot prior to kickoff against South Dakota State on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Memorial Stadium. Lewis says he'd been at the stadium tailgating since 5:30 a.m.

Kansas fans Dan Lewis, Lenexa, and Ann Kindle, Overland Park, toss bean bags while tailgating in the parking lot prior to kickoff against South Dakota State on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Memorial Stadium. Lewis says he'd been at the stadium tailgating since 5:30 a.m.

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The Kansas University football team will kick off the 2013 season under the lights, the Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday.

KU’s Sept. 7 season opener against South Dakota is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium.

The start time is pretty common for KU’s season openers. The Jayhawks have launched the season with a 6 p.m. kickoff every year since 2004.

Based on head coach Charlie Weis’ past statements, the start time is pretty much perfect for a day that figures to come with a certain amount of fanfare and celebration. After playing most of last season’s games in the late morning and early afternoon hours, the Jayhawks received a 6 p.m. kickoff for last year’s Iowa State game and during the week leading up to the game Weis explained why he loved the later start.

“Six o’clock’s too early to go out,” Weis said last November, making his case for why the KU students should pack Memorial Stadium. “Nine o’clock, get over about 9:30. You know, it’s just about right. We have over 30,000 people at this school, and I think it would be really good if a whole bunch of ’em came and spent the evening with us.”

The Jayhawks and Coyotes will be meeting for the first time. The game will be televised on the Jayhawk IMG TV Network. A week later, KU will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 when it plays at Rice in Week 2.

No other game times have been determined for the upcoming season.

Roll call

A quick scan of Twitter and various other social media sites divulged that nine of the 19 KU football newcomers arrived in town last weekend.

They were: linebacker Kellen Ash, defensive tackle Marquel Combs, quarterback Montell Cozart, quarterback Jordan Darling, offensive lineman Zach Fondal, linebacker Colton Goeas, wide receiver Ishmael Hyman, tight end Ben Johnson and running back Darrian Miller.

Those players still waiting to report include: offensive lineman Joey Bloomfield, defensive end Andrew Bolton, wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman, linebacker Samson Faifili, wide receiver Nick Harwell, cornerback Brandon Hollomon, safety Isaiah Johnson, linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore, defensive back Kevin Short and wide receiver Mark Thomas.

Of that group, Bloomfield, Faifili, Hollomon and Jenkins-Moore are the most likely to report next, and Weis has said repeatedly that he expects everyone to report and that the newcomers will sprinkle in throughout the summer.

Comments

Jim Jackson 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Still no word from Chuck Weis on the status of Chris Martin?

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Bryce Landon 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Way to go, LJW Staff for getting rid of RiceOwl610! Now if you could PLEASE - FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - get rid of Hammertoe, this site would truly be the pleasant place it was meant to be.

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RiceOwl610 10 months, 2 weeks ago

So that means we get to humiliate you on national television in back-to-back years, huh?

BLUE AND GRAY FOR RICE TODAY!

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colreader 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I hope KU is picked up for a few FOX SPORTS 1 game telecasts.

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tbannwarth 10 months, 2 weeks ago

South Dakota is the Coyotes, South Dakota State is the Jackrabbits.

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jhawkrulz 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Is this when I should be excited about Tier III rights?

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Tony Bandle 10 months, 2 weeks ago

RANDOM THOUGHTS.

1] I had no idea that South Dakota has enough people to even have two state universities!!

2] Are you guys sure this NOT South Dakota State Prison???

3] Our RPI should soar after this contest!!

4] Well their nickname..The Jackrabbits...sure puts the fear of God in me.

5] If we win by less than 40, we'll be the laughing stock of the Big Twelve.

5] In all seriousness, if KU loses this game, the Charlie Weis era is officially over!!

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KGphoto 10 months, 2 weeks ago

It’s probably a bad idea to be talking trash from a KU football perspective, but here goes. South Dakota may be the worst team we’ve ever played. They put up 76 yards of total offense against NDSU in a 54-0 drubbing, and they were the worst team in the MVC, going 1-11. They made Indiana St. look like the the ’78 Steelers, and their top 2013 recruit was a kicker.

I feel much better now. 1-0 baby!

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