Seeing the finished product of an unsteady week at practice forced Mark Mangino to get proactive. Kansas University's football coach told reporters Sunday that players who miss the week of practice due to injury won't play in the upcoming game anymore. It's a move intended to create stability on the practice field, which Mangino hopes carries over to games at the end of the week.
It's often said that good teams find ways to win close games.
A lack of fan support can't be to blame for Kansas University's 21-18 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday.
Dancing around the close-game flame is bound to burn a team - especially one with a track record of getting scorched in such situations.
Blitzing from the blind side, Kansas University safety Jerome Kemp buried Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee for a big, painful sack.
Without getting specific - he never does - Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino disclosed Saturday his offense had an incomplete week on the practice field, largely because of injuries to several key players.
Dennis Franchione and his Texas A&M football players stood in the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium, singing the "Aggie War Hymn" with 3,000 or so Maroon -and-White-clad fans after Saturday's thrilling 21-18 comeback victory over Kansas.
Kansas started Adam Barmann at quarterback for the third straight game, despite freshman and regular starter Kerry Meier's being medically cleared to play. KU coach Mark Mangino said Meier had a chance to return for next week's game against Oklahoma State, though he wouldn't say anything definitive.
It was very disappointing homecoming day Saturday for Kansas as Texas A&M came from behind to defeat the Jayhawks 21-18.
KU returns to Memorial Stadium today to play its first home Big 12 game of the season against Texas A&M at 11 a.m.
It's all about the eyes, Aqib Talib says. Too many times, Kansas University's football team has been knocked out by the home-run ball - a pass play that goes for big gains and makes a big impact on the game.
Let's not beat around the bush: When you're a 270-pound running back in the Big 12 Conference, prepare to be the subject of conversation.
Don't expect any sleepy eyes or tight muscles today, even though Kansas University's football team is in uncharted waters with a morning start.
Standing at the microphone Friday morning during a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new football facility, Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins sent an "unbelievable thanks" out to John Hadl, chief fundraiser for the project.