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Schedule uncertainty led to preseason pause for Jayhawks

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Kansas linebacker Kyron Johnson works on technique with fellow position player Dru Prox during practice on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Kansas linebacker Kyron Johnson works on technique with fellow position player Dru Prox during practice on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. by Nick Krug

It’s been a strange preseason for the Kansas football team to say the least.

As recently as Tuesday it remained to be seen whether the Big 12 would try to play this fall. Then came some good news for the Jayhawks that the conference would keep at it, even though the Big Ten and Pac-12 had shut down shop.

Even before that there was the uncertainty of the season opener. The Jayhawks were set to kick off Les Miles’ second season versus Southern Illinois on Aug. 29. But the Big 12 decided the first week of August it wasn’t moving forward with a full 12-game season for its teams, which meant KU’s calendar would need some retooling.

One tricky aspect of that for KU was the Jayhawks already had opened preseason camp.

You may have noticed that the football team’s Twitter account, which was sharing photos and the like from practices, hasn’t done anything of that nature since Aug. 3.

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It makes sense, though, right? The NCAA only allows teams to practice a certain amount of times during camp leading up to their respective season openers.

KU football basically had to hit pause on practices until a date for the opener (still likely versus SIU) is finalized.

We’ll get a better sense of when the Jayhawks will get back to preseason practices soon, with the Big 12 releasing its revised schedules Wednesday.

And then we’ll likely finally get to hear from Miles and his players, who have not been made available for interviews this summer, after beginning practices on July 31.

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