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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Weis combats ‘loser’s mentality’

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As Kansas University’s football team gets set to enter its second season under head coach Charlie Weis, it seems clear that Weis and his coaching staff have been successful in chipping away at the losing culture that has lingered around the program for the past few seasons.

Despite coming off a 1-11 season and being winless in their past 21 Big 12 Conference games, the Jayhawks once again are starting to believe that winning can take place in Lawrence in a sport other than men’s basketball. Credit Weis for demanding that the players see that and the players themselves for being willing to go after it.

“Part of the problem when you’re in an organization that gets used to losing is (that) losing’s OK,” Weis said. “Losing’s accepted. If you play close to winning, it’s OK. And that’s a pile of garbage. It’s an absolute loser’s mentality.”

During his two years in town, Weis has never shared publicly what his expectations for his teams have been. But he always has said the goals are bigger inside the football complex than they are outside of it. Earlier this week, he dived a little deeper into what he meant.

“I could answer what everyone wants to hear,” he said. “But I’m just telling you every time we go into a game, we better be counting on winning. And if we lose, we lose.... I want to beat South Dakota. Then, next week, I want to go beat Rice. Then I want to come home and beat Louisiana Tech. Then I want to go out recruiting the week after that, then I want to go beat Texas Tech at homecoming. And then let’s go to TCU and see what it’s like if you’re on a little streak and everyone’s starting to get a little juice around here. That’s what I want to do. And they better be thinking the same way.”

Nobody, not even Weis, knows for sure what lies ahead for the 2013 Jayhawks, but Weis is adamant in his belief that there’s only one way to eliminate a culture of losing.

“It’s winning,” he said. “We were 1-11 last year. We’re 0-0 right now. I’d like to think that we’ve made major strides. I’d like to think that, psychologically, we’ve spent a lot of time working in that direction, but it really doesn’t mean anything until you’ve done something.”

Comments

JHWKDW 10 months, 3 weeks ago

I love HCCW's mentality no place for losing! Losing sucks! I love it! This team needs it. All of KU Athletics needs that.I like HCCW up front telling it like it is! Well coach Weis I hope this is a good 2013 season! We are pulling for you!

Well the football season is here! Good Luck KU RCJH!

Well nothing like a tune to get us pumped up!This kinda seems like a MNF Game for us after last season! This song be great to play when we play KSU at the end also!

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hawk316 10 months, 3 weeks ago

"I’d like to think that we’ve made major strides." Many in Jayhawk Nation feel the same way, Coach. We won't know until we see it on the field, but let's hope at the end of the season we can put that statement in the past tense, as in...

"We made major strides."

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Roy Scherff 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Reading the HCCW comments have inspired me. Looking forward to seeing them play here in Texas. RCJH!

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mikehawk 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Let's give the man and his staff some props. They are well paid, but dang, this is one tough college football coaching job. I don't know if they can walk the walk, but they are talking the talk and that is where believing starts. Go catch a coyote, coach. Watch it, if you've ever hunted coyotes, they are small and smart, and not as easy to catch as one might allow themselves to believe. Take nothing for granted and take no prisoners.

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Jeff Kilgore 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Matt, well written. Your opening paragraph and paragraph four are worth a closer for look for my high school students (and KU fans).

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Jack Wilson 10 months, 3 weeks ago

The only way to combat the loser mentality for a program that, well, loses .. is to win. Otherwise you are still a losing program. You can talk about, you can get mad about, you can can say things are changing .. but you have to win games.

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Bryce Landon 10 months, 3 weeks ago

All right, HCCW, let's start winning games. Especially conference games. Starting tonight with a smackdown of South Dakota.

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