Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Khalil Herbert no longer member of KU football program

Kansas running back Khalil Herbert makes a move during practice on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.

Kansas running back Khalil Herbert makes a move during practice on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.


The Kansas football team’s Khalil Herbert predicament reached its seemingly inevitable conclusion Wednesday, as head coach Les Miles announced the senior running back is no longer a Jayhawk.

“We would like to wish Khalil Herbert and his family well moving forward,” a statement from Miles began. “With that said, Khalil is no longer a member of our football program and will not participate in any football activities.”

A senior running back from Coral Springs, Fla., Herbert apparently reached a decision this past week to end his season four games in, before KU played its fifth game on the schedule, at TCU.

By appearing in only four games, Herbert could take a redshirt season and then transfer elsewhere to play in 2020.

In KU’s first four games, Herbert provided 8.9 yards per carry, 96 yards per game and two rushing touchdowns.

Entering Saturday’s game against No. 6 Oklahoma, Herbert still ranks as KU’s leading rusher on the season, with 384 yards on 43 carries. Sophomore Pooka Williams, who also has played in four games, has 308 rushing yards on 67 carries.

A 5-foot-9, 205-pound rusher, Herbert was named a team captain for what proved to be his KU finale, a Week 4 home game against West Virginia, coming off one of the top performances of his college career, a 187-yard outing at Boston College on only 11 carries in Week 3.

In 35 career games, Herbert rushed for 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns for Kansas, while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.


Brent Shipley 2 years, 2 months ago

Stupid rule, but it shows he has no character. Voted as a team captain just to leave the team 1/3 of the way through the season.

John Strayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Are we watching the end of college athletics? This amounts to free agency...and soon states are going to climb aboard the compensation train. So programs with the most money are going to be even stronger then they already are.

Phil Leister 2 years, 2 months ago

What a weird development this has been.

Matthew Roesner 2 years, 2 months ago

While I don't like the way Khalil handled this, one must take time to view it from a "football is business" perspective. He was "hired" in to a business, worked in a difficult environment to deliver a high level of productivity, has an opportunity to move to another organization to potentially showcase his talents to further his career earnings. All is within the rules and commitments he had given and those provide by his company (school). For those who are graduates with working jobs, this is they way the game is played in corporate America, right? Khalil is a good football player. He has played behind a questionable OL for the past few years and turned out decent results. He showed his commitment, otherwise he wouldn't have been picked as a Captain nor been #1 or #2 on the depth charts. KU is improving but a winning season is unlikely and no bowl game. He has an opportunity to maybe get to a team where there is a solid OL and he can truly showcase his skills. If so, he can attempt to earn a living from playing football. While I would love to have seen him play out this year...or red shirt and play next year for KU, his decision is one we see more now in Football, and frequently in BBall and other sports. Welcome to the real world; it isn't always a good place but it is life.

Titus Canby 2 years, 2 months ago

Matthew, I agree 100%. It's no different than quitting a job. And let's face it, most of these guys aren't here for school. Even if they are, they still need to look out for #1. And that's what Herbert is doing. I don't like it. I hate that he's quitting on his teammates. But I can't blame him for doing what's best for him.

W Keith Swinehart II 2 years, 2 months ago

Success is a long process. You get burned if you overtly try to rush into it. Herbert's rushing it.

Michael Leiker 2 years, 2 months ago

He's a senior...he stuck through 3 years of KU Football. Gotta give the young man a little credit.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 2 months ago

I was wondering when the negativity would bust out. I’m sorry to see him go and obviously don’t know the reasons but do wish him well. Coach mentions at the beginning of the season that he had next level talent. I look forward to cheering for him regardless of where he lands.

Eliott Reeder 2 years, 2 months ago

From the outside looking in, with only info from articles like this and those that came before... I wonder if he was pissed off that so many people, including Miles, kept talking about needing to give Pooka more carries? If I was tearing it up and dominating in comparison to another RB (especially one who has the history of Pooka), but my coach kept saying he needed to give the other RB more and more carries, I might want to leave too.

Michael Leiker 2 years, 2 months ago

sorry missed your before I posted...ditto

Dale Rogers 2 years, 2 months ago

This is pretty much what I was thinking, too. His ego is bruised. I would think he'd buckle down and decide to show with end-of-season stats that he's the best but, instead, he decided to go elsewhere. Many of us recognized his value. Big blow to our offense and rebuild effort this season. Velton Gardner will likely develop into a very good player, maybe a high quality player. But I'd rather have seen those three plus Dom and others giving us that many options.

Michael Leiker 2 years, 2 months ago

Can you blame him? He runs for 8.9 yards/carry through 4 games and all the coach can do is talk about how he has to get the other guy the ball more. Smart decision by him.

Bryce Landon 2 years, 2 months ago

Smart move by Khalil to walk away from the perennial dumpster fire that is KU football.

Hey Khalil, you're welcome to come to Iowa if you want and play on a competent team and for a competent coach!


Dane Pratt 2 years, 2 months ago

No, I think he'll try to go to a good program. Iowa is barely the best team in their own state which is known more for corn than football.

Brian Wilson 2 years, 2 months ago

Valid points I'm seeing here. I hope we are not running off players by having Stars in our eyes. As a youth coach I always played the kid that made the plays. I had kids that were better athletes but sat a little bit more because the other kid consistently got the job done more often. Hopefully our coaching staff takes note, in practice and in games at each position, who is getting the job done the most even though it might be the ugliest. I used to hang the charts up for the kids and the parents to see. I also played and rotated the kids to develop and give everyone a chance balanced with providing the team the best chance to win. Bottom line results are what counts. But...this in no way says anything about Pooka as a player. Pooka is pretty good to say the least as well.

Joseph Bullock 2 years, 2 months ago

People can say what they want, but if you are gonna leave, you don’t do it after playing 4 games, travel with the team to the next game, and right before the game-Quit! He let his team down. As far as Pooka is concerned, anybody who knows football, would know that any coach would have wanted to get the ball in his hands, more than he had. And someone said this is like Basketball-it is not. It isn’t even normal in Football. The Transfer Rule normally means you have Graduated, and you normally Transfer at the beginning of the next season. He is weak for doing it the way he did, and I have no respect for him! That was a Scholarship we could have used on someone who wanted to be here.

Jeff Kallmeyer 2 years, 2 months ago

Totally agree, his actions were selfish and immature!

Bill Kackley 2 years, 2 months ago

Bryce when was the last time Iowa won the big 10

Barry Weiss 2 years, 2 months ago

If he wanted to go to a better team, why not do it before this season? Sort of jacks up our team to commit to this team and the other players, then walk out after four games.

Freddie Garza 2 years, 2 months ago

The important takeaway here is that HERBERT is pronounced HUR-burt. HOWEVER, if you remove the first "r", then it's pronounced AYE-behr.

You need to understand this if you plan to succeed in life.

Chris Condren 2 years, 2 months ago

The player gave a lot to Kansas Football. The problem is that prior university administrators, prior KUAD leaders and prior coaches ruined the program and beat down the spirit of the players. Herbert came to the conclusion that he had to make a change. I completely understand his actions. Best wishes to him in future endeavors.

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