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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Beaty: Pooka Williams’ eligibility issue ‘behind me until somebody tells me different’

Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams eyes a running lane against Central Michigan, during the Jayhawks’ 31-7 road win Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

Kansas freshman running back Pooka Williams eyes a running lane against Central Michigan, during the Jayhawks’ 31-7 road win Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

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If the undisclosed eligibility issue that kept Kansas running back Pooka Williams from playing in the football team’s season opener remains unresolved — head coach David Beaty won’t address its status — the matter, Beaty insists, is not one currently causing him grief.

Asked during his weekly press conference on Tuesday whether the Jayhawks have been able to put Williams’ case behind them, Beaty first replied by saying the freshman, who is averaging 144 rushing yards per game in KU’s two victories, is available for their Big 12 opener this week at Baylor.

“So as far as I'm concerned, you know, we just basically work on the next game and right now,” Beaty said. “So he'll be playing Saturday. And as far as I'm concerned it's behind me until somebody tells me different.”

KU (2-1) lost to Nicholls State in overtime in Week 1, when it withheld Williams from competition. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound back from Louisiana has since become the first freshman in program history to rush for 100 or more yards in each of his first two games.

According to Beaty, KU found out on Sept. 7, on the eve of its victory at Central Michigan, that Williams could play.

A four-star prospect from Hahnville High, in Boutte, La., Williams is averaging 8.7 yards per carry for KU and has scored three touchdowns. His 288 rushing yards currently leads the Big 12.

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 weeks ago

"If the undisclosed eligibility issue ... remains unresolved"

Is there anyone at the university that says his eligibility is unresolved?

It sounds to me like the only people making that assertion work for the LJW. Why create the drama and add stress to the team? Isn't there anything constructive to talk about?

Len Shaffer 4 weeks ago

Considering how vitally important he is to the team and that we know nothing about what the actual issue is, there's nothing wrong with the LJW pursuing this line of questioning, especially when Beaty continues to be so vague with his answers.

Joe Ross 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Beaty created the drama but not addressing the issue in a proper fashion. Even stating that it was an eligibility issue was more than what Beaty gave us in the beginning (i.e., "non-disciplinary"). Why be so vague? Bill Self and many other coaches in football and basketball name eligibility issues as such without giving specifics. They even give status updates. Beaty didn't do that. He chose not to give any information initially, other than the "non-disciplinary" description. Beaty created this. Fans are curious. Media is curious. In a season which interest has been piqued in football, you expect that people aren't going to want to know what's going on? I mean REALLY?

Beaty could have given a lot more. He should have. This is on him!

End of story.

Bryson Stricker 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Did you just blame our Head Coach for not disclosing the details of an eligibility issue with the media/public?

You realize that is NEVER up to the coach. It's not up to Bill Self, it's not up to Nick Saban and it's not up to David Beaty. That is 100% a decision of the Athletic Department and more specifically the PR and Communications department. He literally read from a script and continues to read from said script.

Joe Ross 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Bryson Stricker 19 minutes ago re: "Did you just blame our Head Coach for not DISCLOSING THE DETAILS of an eligibility issue with the media/public?"

Answer:

Even stating that it was an eligibility issue was more than what Beaty gave us in the beginning (i.e., "non-disciplinary"). Why be so vague? Bill Self and many other coaches in football and basketball name eligibility issues as such WITHOUT GIVING SPECIFICS.

You have to read the argument and then respond to it.

Bryson Stricker 3 weeks, 6 days ago

I responded to it.

You're blaming Beaty when it's not his fault. It's the KUAD that makes those decisions, not the coach. If Bill Self tells you something, it's because KUAD told him to. If Beaty doesn't tell you something and is vague, it's because KUAD told him to.

Barry Weiss 4 weeks ago

It would be nice to know more about these eligibility issues whether football or basketball. guess its none of our business...

Gerry Butler 4 weeks ago

Your right. - -It's not our business. - -doesn't matter if we know or not WWE can't do anything to change it - -so why worry about it , Administration is the one's who need to deal with it - -not us

Robert Brock 3 weeks, 6 days ago

It would be a shame if the Hawks had to forfeit all their 2018 victories - all two of them.

Joe Ross 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Quite the contrary. Kansas fans enjoy the thrill of watching a game won more than record. Play Pooka! Eligibility issues be damned.

(YES, I get your comment was a joke.)

Eric Eakins 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Pooka's dad sure seemed talkative Saturday. Why doesn't someone ask him?

Randy Bombardier 3 weeks, 5 days ago

In my opinion its a privacy issue. I don't think we need to know.

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