We start this article at the KU Charity Golf event from this month. My father was there. So was the HR rep for Kansas Athletics. My dad asked a simple question. "How long is Sheahon gonna give him (Gill)?" and a simple response came. "Sheahon is gonna give him all five years."
That is a decision I could not be happier with. Sheahon understands what it takes to build a winning tradition. Trust in the coaches and for the coaches to have trust in him. Gill is here. 5 years.
As they say, Rome wasn't built in a day. Or whatever. And Gill has a vision that will take time, but will turn this program into a college football dyanasty. In 5 years, Gill will have 3 top 40 ranked recruitinbg classes under his belt, a determined QB, and maybe a bowl game or two. And then the success will not stop. This is something that reminds me of Ron Prince. Not a very experienced head coach, but feeling the pressure immediately from fans and from his AD he knew he had only a short time to win. Such an atmosphere is not good in order to have a winning program. Thats how I always felt Lew was. A great AD for sure, but a "win or else" attitude always seemed in place. And for our lesser, not a successful sport teams, it wasn'[t good. Sheahon has brought trust. Almost like saying, "I need you to trust me. I'm not gonna pressure you. I will give you the time you are promised, and we will discuss at the end of that time about what will be the next move."
Gill is a winner. Came from a winning program. Won in every sport he tried and was one of the best at his sports. The guy knows how to win. Instilling a winning attitude into a program that, well, hasn't experienced so much success will take time. But when he gets it done, we will come on the field as winners every game. The mindset of a winner. The players are already getting that mindset.
This is a very possible breakdown of the coming 5 years. Year 1 - Getting his feet wet. 3-8 Year 2 - His own players. His own team. 5 or more wins. Year 3 - Very young. Very talented. Brings in another top 40 class. Bowl game. Year 4 - More experience. Year 2 freshman are now Juniors. More young guys. Bowl Game. Year 5 - Bowl Game. Plain and simple.
Gill is here all 5 years wether you like it or not. All we can do is trust him and show up and root our Jayhawks on each and every game. Success will come guys. Trust in our Head Coach will ease the process. Like always,
Rock Chalk Jayhawk