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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Weis looks ahead at Topeka gathering

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches his team warm up for Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches his team warm up for Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

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— Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis kicked off the summer preview party circuit at the 6th Avenue Ballroom in Topeka on Wednesday evening, and his message to the KU fans in attendance was one of continued progress within the program.

“Going into the third year, it’s what’s the next phase,” Weis said before speaking to the Topeka-based Jayhawk fans who packed the ballroom. “The bottom line is, you want to win more football games, and the bottom line is, what are we doing to put ourselves in a position to win more games?”

After meeting with the media, Weis joined KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger and others from KU’s athletic department in providing a state-of-the-union-type rundown of where the football team stands heading into the 2014 season.

Weis will do it all again at 5:30 tonight at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., and will wrap up the tour on May 22 in Wichita. A similar banquet scheduled for May 20 in Dodge City has been canceled.

All of the events are open to the public, which can pick up 2014 football items and win autographed KU merchandise, tickets and other prizes.

No update on Heaps

Weis gave no news about the situation surrounding senior quarterback Jake Heaps. Last month, reports surfaced that said Heaps was transferring. At the time, KU officials said last year’s starter was still on the roster and had attended a team meeting that day.

“I’m not talking about any of those things,” Weis said Wednesday. “We’re not here to talk about the personnel of our team, what I’m going to talk about more is the evolution of our team.”

Next for NFL Jayhawks

Weis gave some insight into what’s ahead for the three former Jayhawks who signed free-agent contracts with NFL clubs following last weekend’s draft. The veteran NFL coach’s advice to Josh Ford (Atlanta), James Sims (Green Bay) and Aslam Sterling (Denver) had to do with making the most of the opportunity at hand.

“The most important thing for all of them to realize is they’re undrafted free agents, they could go one of two directions in a hurry,” Weis said. “They could be packing their bags and getting out of there or else they could start opening some eyes and (have) people sit there and say, ‘Hey, maybe this guy’s got a chance to help us.’”

Comments

Bill Kackley 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Where is the rest of the story. I felt, as it ended, that we were ready to get into the meat of it.

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Jay Beakum 2 months, 2 weeks ago

It’s just some updates, comments and a heads up on the tour dates and times. Nothing else is happening right now.

I’m sure there’s a story to be had out of the NFL free agents but not until they have a chance to get on the field. It’s that time of year, you know? I’ll take what I can get.

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Dirk Medema 2 months, 2 weeks ago

This is a no cost promotional article for the two remaining stops on the tour, and a heads up to the folks that were procrastinating about attending Dodge City's event. Maybe we'll get more of a summary after the last one, or sprinkled throughout the articles during the summer - for the Jayhawks dispersed around the world. Otherwise, the press is undermining attendance at future events.

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Matt Tait 2 months, 2 weeks ago

We weren't allowed to attend the actual event, just got a chance to catch up quickly with Coach Weis before he went in... I've heard he had some very positive things to say about Reagan and the new offense, Harwell, the defense as a whole and special teams. Nothing really new there, though.

Don't worry. We've got all kinds of summer coverage/stories lined up despite the limited access to the team until August.

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David A. Smith 2 months, 2 weeks ago

No comment on Heaps seems to imply departure.

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Dirk Medema 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If you want it to. It could also mean that he's doing the mundane off-season training and attending team meetings like the last time they commented. Sort of nothing to see here. Move along.

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Tony Bandle 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I would be most interested in hearing Charlie's definition of "progress". That could range anywhere from:

1] Go 6-6 with a minor bowl.

2] Upgrade to 4-8/5-7 overall with a conference record of 2-7/3-6.

3] End up with similar record to last year [3-9/1-8] but not lose any games by more than two scores, thus being consistently competitive.

Regretfully, based on the last five seasons, I no longer believe much of anything I hear about KU football's rennaisance.

PS I too believe that, reading between the lines, Farewell Jake, we hardly knew ye!!

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Mark Lindrud 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Usually when a coach says no comment about a player, he is out the door soon. It would be nice if Weis was more specific on what his goals were for this year. This article didn't have much to go on it seems so I hope we get more prudent information in the future.

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Aaron Paisley 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm guessing Jake is focused on finishing classes up this week before making any kind of official announcement.

The main goal for 2014 should simply be to be better than you were in 2013. A road win in 2014 would also be nice.

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Ron Prichard 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I would like Heaps to stay, but for both him and KU in general it would probably be best to look elsewhere. Unless I am mistaken, he will be a senior, and I am sure he wants to play his last year and not be a backup. No one can blame him for that. As for KU, from all accounts Heaps has been the consummate teammate and is well liked by many--if not all--of his teammates. Even if he outwardly supports Cozart as the starter, his presence could cause an internal rift between those players who support him and think he should start and those who think Cozart should start. I'm not saying this would lead to outright dissention with the team, but this team needs every single edge it can get, and team chemistry and unity is a big factor.

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Terry N Tom Denner 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Nothing against Heaps but if he was such a great QB he never would of left BYU in the first place. If he leaves KU I wish him all the luck.

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