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Originally published September 2, 2014 at 01:01p.m., updated September 2, 2014 at 04:50p.m.

Defensive back Short withdraws from KU

Kansas defensive back Kevin Short watches his teammates during a practice on Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at Memorial Stadium. It was reported Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that Short has left the team for personal reasons.

Kansas defensive back Kevin Short watches his teammates during a practice on Fan Appreciation Day, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at Memorial Stadium. It was reported Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, that Short has left the team for personal reasons.

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Deja vu has reared its ugly head for the Kansas University football program.

Last year, less than 24 hours before KU opened the season against South Dakota State, the Jayhawks learned that junior-college transfer Kevin Short would miss the opener because of personal reasons.

The time frame may have changed — KU's Saturday opener against Southeast Missouri State is still more than 96 hours away — but the Kansas secondary once again will have to play its opener, along with the rest of the season, without the 6-foot-2, 190-pound cornerback.

KU coach Charlie Weis on Tuesday revealed that Short withdrew from school to return home to Florissant, Mo., to deal with personal issues.

In a statement released to the media Tuesday, Short tried to clear a couple of things up regarding his decision.

“I am not leaving due to academics and I am not being dismissed from the team,” he said. “I am not sure what the future holds, but I am hoping to return to KU.”

If he does, that doesn't figure to come any time soon.

“I don't see him (returning) this season,” Weis said. “He might be back in January. We worked to try to help him as much as we could, but (Monday) morning he came in and sat down with me and wasn't very comfortable. He said, 'Coach, I've got to go.' He withdrew from school this morning, he's currently on his way home, and that's as much as I can say.”

Despite the timing of Short's departure, Weis said the KU defense had planned to be without him.

“He's been practicing as a back-up,” Weis said. “This has been going on for a while. So it isn't like we haven't been prepared for this. We've been prepared for weeks, so this is not something that just hit yesterday.”

Short's absence leaves the Jayhawks with returning senior starters Dexter McDonald and JaCorey Shepherd pencilled in as first-string cornerbacks and newcomers Ronnie Davis, a junior, and Matthew Boateng, a true freshman, as their back-ups. Sophomore nickelbacks Greg Allen and Tevin Shaw add depth to the cornerback spot and even senior free safety Cassius Sendish has experience at the position.

“In the secondary, we've had a few guys step up that maybe we didn't know exactly what (we were going to do with),” Bowen said. “So with those additions we have enough players.”

Comments

Andy Hess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Ugh. Our team can't take many more subtractions at skill positions...

Dyrk Dugan 2 months, 3 weeks ago

wow. another hit. how many more can we take? He was supposed to be a big time player. i don't know if this means a special season is about to emerge from all of this adversity...or disaster is looming.

nobody can get hurt at this point...and that means nobody. good grief, this is not good.

John Fitzgerald 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Well ... Any other surprises? Trying to stay optimistic but it's getting harder and harder each day.

Doug Cramer 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Easy there Fitz - don't u go getting bearish on our Hawks.

Chris Bailey 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Hope he comes back! Any chance of him coming back? Will he lose eligibility if he doesn't attend college this year? Not sure how that works.

Andy Hess 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes. Once the eligibility clock is started, a year off from football is a year lost.

Chris Bailey 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I thought so but was hoping not. Thanks!

Len Shaffer 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure you're right on that, Andy. What about things like the BYU players that go on missions? Surely they don't lose two years of eligibility for that, do they? Or do they have to apply for special exemptions to the NCAA?

Dirk Medema 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The basic rule is 5 years from beginning college to complete 4 years or max age 25. There are special exceptions for mission trips, and even potentially something like this depending on the circumstances, but he would have to apply - just like Cox and Bourbon for next year.

Jim Jackson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm guessing he never plays a down for us.

Another KU player with great potential that can't seem to stay in school.

Unbelievable.

Kyle Helmer 2 months, 3 weeks ago

KU football. The gift that keeps on giving....to ksu and mu fans.

Michael Maris 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to seeing Short play for the Jayhawks. But, it's now onward to the season.

Perhaps, he ends up at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. They are a quality program and it's right down the road from his neighborhood (since he went to High School at Hazelwood Central). Lindenwood has a sprinkling of players who have made NFL rosters (over the past several years). Not many, but they have had talented enough players attend Lindenwood. Pierre Desir, is the latest Lindenwood player to get his shot at the NFL. I seen Pierre play in High School when he was attending Francis Howell Central. He was darn good athlete (back then). Then, he attended Washburn for a couple of seasons. Only, to transfer back to Lindenwood to finish his collegiate athletic career.

Michael Sillman 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Well at least we are taking the hits in areas with depth.

Danny Hernandez 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I wish Kevin well and hope it's nothing too serious. Kevin has to put his personal situation ahead of us, the fans. Just sucks at our bad luck. One door closes, another opens

DaNeille Davis 2 months, 3 weeks ago

WTH? Just a week ago there was an article on here about how fired up he was and couldn't wait for the season to start. Some kids just never can get their lives together. Wish him the best.

Greg Ledom 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't think this has anything to do with KS personally getting his life together. It does (I believe) have a lot to do with a family situation that he simply can't ignore, and needs to go home to support and help in some form or fashion.

John Myers 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Gee, DaNeille - I'm so happy for you that every plan you've ever had in life has gone off without a hitch.

Titus Canby 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Important word, DaNeille. "Kids." We need to keep in mind that these guys are kids. Let's hope things work out for him at home.

Jonathan Allison 2 months, 3 weeks ago

and a lot of these "kids" have kids of their own that they hvae to take care of. Sometimes that means putting your dreams on hold, and sometimes just letting go.

Micky Baker 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Making a sacrifice to be responsible for one's choices. That makes sense. Though, if we could get his family moved to Lawrence, and if this is the problem, he could still play. We don't know what the problem is, and I don't think it is any of our business if it is personal but if it is something like this, why can't we get some people to help. He has a chance of providing so much more if he could make the cut in the NFL and/or graduate college.

Erich Hartmann 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Losing a 6'2, 190lb DB who was a potential starting-quality guy really hurts. It affects the schemes even if he was a backup, as it makes the play calls more conservative, as now we need the starters out there longer. bend-dont-break-D. Keep everything in front, dont get burned deep...means the opposing team is going to dink-dunk underneath all the way down the field. And if our D-line cant get QB pressure, they will still burn us deep.

The salvation/opportunity/counterstrategy maybe is that the junior and true frosh that are now filling Short's shoes are capable of doing what we need. We hope.

I will be at the home opener in support. While I wanted to get away from "seeing-improvement-eventhough-we-lose", and start seeing real W's...I suppose we have no choice but take what fate gives us. Lets see how we do.

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