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Friday, November 6, 2009

Reesing deserves courtesy

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Speculation continues about how many of its four remaining games the Kansas University football team will win. The immediate emphasis should be on bagging that first ONE. End the current slump, now three losses deep, then there might be a reason to discuss a 7-5 or better record and a decent bowl game.

For now, the wheels seem to be coming off the wagon.

These Jayhawks stand a good chance to be beaten Saturday by Kansas Staters who three weeks ago didn’t seem to have much hope of a win. The Wildcats have found a dangerous quarterback in Grant Gregory, who got untracked enough to give the vaunted Oklahoma defense heavy grief. KSU features a consistent running back in Daniel Thomas, can call on a solid pass receiver in Jeron Mastrud and has improved its defense to the point it can bedevil inconsistent Kansas. Then, Bill Snyder has the savvy to outcoach Mark Mangino, a former assistant, for a crucial occasion like this.

There’s a mighty stiff challenge for a floundering KU team showing frazzles around the edges, partly because of a foolish situation involving quarterback Todd Reesing and coach Mangino.

Reesing was lifted in favor of Kale Pick in the final stages of the loss at Texas Tech last week. Todd indicated he’d had groin-injury trouble since the Colorado game. If that’s so, give the kid a break and let it be known so he doesn’t have to speak up as if he’s looking for an alibi for uncharacteristic fumbles and interceptions. To hell with this no-injury-report nonsense.

If Todd was yanked strictly because of poor play, the coach should say so. If he was, indeed, playing hurt, the coach should elaborate. If Mangino benched Reesing to keep him from getting hurt in a losing cause, explain it. Peeved by his attitude? Address the issue with some semblance of caring.

Mangino didn’t do himself any favors by maintaining his Great Stone Face and apparently not even discussing the situation with a puzzled Reesing. As much good as Todd has done Mangino and Co. and KU, he deserves better than it appears Mangino gave him. Player support seems solid.

Mangino’s accomplishments aren’t yet monumental enough that he can employ that Bear Bryant “chairman of the board” approach and arrogantly decline to deal directly with young men he says he admires. They deserve better. After all, it’s the athletes, bottom-line, who create a climate to award a coach a long-term contract at some $3 million a year. There’s been too much secrecy too often about the KU operation. When it engulfs dedicated kids the caliber of Reesing, there’s a need for a stiff injection of humanity and compassion.

Snyder made the closed-door philosophy work at K-State his first 17 years, but such a policy creates only ill will here when a star player with Reesing’s credentials gets rag-dolled by cloak-and-dagger treatment.

KU and KSU coaches and players try to sell us that Saturday’s matchup is not a season-breaker for either team, but it is. Needless distractions can be damaging. Except that players have a way of thumbing their noses at coaches and winning in spite of them.

Don’t think that Reesing and Co. aren’t capable of that, not only for the K-State game but for the next three, too. If the coaches want to ride along, all well and good. Could be fun.

Comments

waywardJay 12 years, 11 months ago

ANother rah rah piece from the senior senator from kansas....

Larry Smith 12 years, 11 months ago

35 points for the opponents off of 7 turnovers by the quarterback. Do you really need an explantion as to why there was a benching??

murph 12 years, 11 months ago

Great piece, Bill. You are completely correct. Mangino's act is getting old. He's not done enough and most definitely hasn't proven he's a good enough coach to pull this nonsense. Without Todd Reesing, he'd be an assistant somewhere for a Division II team by now. He needs to get over himself, and so do all the know it alls who are posting their "support" of this overrated coach.

Bryan Summers 12 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, National Coach of the Year, he hasn't proven he's a good enough coach... blah, blah, blah... so you're unhappy, get over it. We are fortunate to have such a good coach. Reesing needed a wake up call and he got it. He'll get it together but he has been struggling... maybe he needs to get some sleep before the game... (see feature article several weeks ago). Regardless, this articles bothers me. It seems like you are trying to "stir the pot". Don't create drama where there isn't any. I'm sure Reesing knows full well why he was riding the pine and he is man enough to pull himself together and do a good job.

kingpin 12 years, 11 months ago

Nice article, Bill. You hit the nail on the head: Mangino needs an attitude adjustment?

rastameta 12 years, 11 months ago

Where there is smoke, there usually is fire...and there has been some smoke blowing in the wind this week around this program. This article just barely touches on it. However, a win against KSU would go a long way towards putting out the fire as I don't think it has engulfed the program yet. However, a loss and it could become bigger and then who knows what will happen.

Basically, we need the players to rise above the head games and play well this week and beat KSU.

jahawkdave 12 years, 11 months ago

The stars that were aligned for KUFB Orange Bowl Champs, are anything but this year. Injuries, poor play, inexperience and poor calls (CU robbery!!!!) Have derailed one of KU's most promising seasons. Regardless these seniors have laid a foundation KUFB fans never expected and hopefully we will finish strong and respectably and continue to build a winner at KU. To do so we need more and more of the 4 star and up guys we are starting to bring in like Toben and McDougald, alot more!

As far a Mangino and Reesing issues, it's being played out in the media because it's a hot topic and sells papers, but it is all being handled in the locker room. Reesing should learn some from Meier just stay positive and play ball. If you don't like being pulled out of a game then you must perform and produce, simple! If your too hurt to produce then sit until you're well enough to produce like everyone knows you can.

jahawkdave 12 years, 11 months ago

Either Murph hates "large" people or is simply a douche. Could be both?

David Leathers 12 years, 11 months ago

jahawkdave... I'm with you 100 percent... I DO in fact believe that it is both, but, added in the mix is his love for the national gay color: purple.

(I do not hate gay people... just gay people who wear purple with a half-assed "wildcat" in the foreground)

David Leathers 12 years, 11 months ago

BTW Murph, Todd Reesing wouldn't be who he is without Mark Mangino... kind of a two way street. Don't ya think?

mojayhawk 12 years, 11 months ago

How about, let the Coach be the Coach. Behind closed doors, you can bet Coach M and Todd have talked and are on the same page. No one is above benching, and sometimes a change of pace is what is needed. Coach M has always been a Coach who will surprise the other team with innovative decisions that can change the game, i.e. gadget plays, switching players from defense to offense and vice versa. He leaves no stone unturned and no button unpushed. Give 'em all a break and support our coach AND our team!

Kevin Long 12 years, 11 months ago

The media gets all bent out of shape when they can't know everything that is going on. I look for them to come out and tear the hell out of the litter box.

eastcoasthawk 12 years, 11 months ago

Gotta love media who are making this into a Mangino vs. Reesing affair. Mangino needs to pull a team together. Reesing needs to stop coughing up 7 point turnovers. It is not one or the other. A win against KSUck should stop the madness in the media.

klineisanazi 12 years, 11 months ago

trojanhawk--How on earth could you say KU has been in a position to "compete for a Big 12 Championship"? You have to win the North to even get in the conversation, and as MU and others have found out, that is more likely an opportunity to get bulldozed by OU or UT. Bottom line, this was a golden opportunity to win the North, and it is likely a missed opportunity. I am not calling for Mangino's head. The program is better. However, Mangino is also paid more and has better facilities to work with than any previous KU coach. So, the expectations should be higher.

Ben Kane 12 years, 11 months ago

I still have as big of a man crush on Reesing as I ever have. Mangino has done a lot for this program but it has been Reesing who sparked the fire and it still remains to be seen what kind of drop off (if any) this program will go through after he's gone. That being said I have no problem with the benching. It was one game and the media and fans are making way too much of it. Let it go. He's still our starter and will be till he graduates.

Now if someone could put some lifts in his shoes so he can throw over the DLine better that would be awesome.

jakzhumans 12 years, 11 months ago

With all due respect Mr. Mayer, your critique Mangino's of methods seems a bit misplaced. He is, hands down, the most successful football coach this school has had in your tenure covering the team. If his methods differ from previous coaches you've known here, that's probably a good thing, because few of them were any good at their jobs. Those that were left for greener pastures as soon as possible. Personally, I'll give the benefit of the doubt to the guy with the winning record at Kansas, the three bowl victories, and the savvy to identify Reesing as a legitimate D1A quarterback in the first place when almost no one else saw him that way.

FSUJHAWK 12 years, 11 months ago

With all due respect to the author of this article, HCMM has won with the system he currently employs. HCMM is getting paid enough to win and I believe the record shows that he has done exactly that. He's taken a school program from shambles and generated interest, hype, investment, and money with his approach - all because of winning. He knows his system and players better than anyone. I think we ought to support his system and approach until such time that there is a significant and measurable decline in the afore-stated indicators of successful football program.

RCJHGKU!!!

coolsportsdad 12 years, 11 months ago

Simply enough, Reesing is 25-9 as starting QB at KU. I'll gladly take that from the next QB and go happily on my way. I hope a 3 game slump isn't what Todd is defined by.

Sean Rodger 12 years, 11 months ago

Mangino-Reesing & Company (over the last 3 years) have elevated KU football to new heights. The ceiling hasn't yet been reached - it's a slow moving elevator. Things are way better now than they have been in a long time! Not since the 90's when we had descent football teams. If people complain - guess what? That means they care! At least the message boards are full, the coverage on football is great, we're on tv about every week. Kansas football, though not a powerhouse, is respectable. Teams have to gameplan against us - instead of just going through the motions to get a win. Expectations on the program have climbed, they should! Why should we settle for being cellar dwellers? Colorado was winnable, OU practically begged to be beaten, and TTU was very reachable. Despite the poor offensive play - we could have just as easily been undefeated!

Beat K-State!

hogspot 12 years, 11 months ago

What a joke...I attended the K-State vs. OU game...yes, I was impressed with how the Cats didn't give up in the game, but the reason they took it to the OU defense is because the OU defense fatigued. OU's offense scored quickly each time they scored...at half time, the time of position was something ridiculous like 22 minutes to 8 minutes...of course a defense is going to tire out. No one mentions this in the numerous articles about K-State and their return...props to them for hanging around, but hell, let's look at all of the facts before we go and hail Snyder as the God of Kansas. Hence the 3rd quarter malay that K-State took. I think we will beat this K-State team if our offense can play up to standards and the defense continues to improve.

Brak 12 years, 11 months ago

Lets not forget last year when Andy Reid HC of the Philadelphia Eagles benches Donovan McNabb because he is not playing well and McNabb comes back the next week and has a great rest of the season. I'm hoping this is the wake up call Reesing needed to get back into his groove and with the defense playing alot better winning 3 of their last 4 is not unthinkable.

KuSports4life 12 years, 11 months ago

dude.. Mangino isn't handling this correctly.. If Todd has been really hurt for 3 weeks then why not say it so we outsiders don't think he's just getting hammered all week.. He hasn't played like himself for a while now and it would sure help to know why.. I am glad he benched him cuz he has played poorly but let us know what is going on.. This season and how things have been handled will stain reesings awesome four year career.

shelleysue 12 years, 11 months ago

murph - I would like to remind you that Coach Mangino started pulling KU football from the ashes before Todd Reesing came along. Yes - Reesing has done incredible things over the past few years and I think we're all grateful for that. This is tough for everyone - the players, fans, and the coaches. The season hasn't come together like anyone wanted or expected. The players and coaches need to forget the past and start performing at the level they're capable of, and the fans need to be more supportive than ever.

Rock Chalk!

Kevin Long 12 years, 11 months ago

He doesn't have to tell anybody anything! Let him do the coaching.

KANSTUCKY 12 years, 11 months ago

Might help if the receivers were catching the balls thrown to them. Please get the ball to Kerry before half time.

Hills_KU2007 12 years, 11 months ago

I don't care who's on the field and who's coaching...just win! And if you stink it up and lose, just say "We got beat, the other team kicked our butts and out played us and that's that!" I don't care who's injured or not injured or who can't catch the ball or who's too secretive, in the end, all the fans really care about is Wins and Losses NOT Excuses!!

Jim Pendleton 12 years, 11 months ago

I for one think that Todd and the offense will come out of this funk they have been in and have a great game. All of Jayhawk Nation attending the game Saturday needs to bring it strong as well.

Don't know how many are still left, but it was advertised yesterday there was still about 3K tickets left. Jayhawk fans should be all over this and increase our support.

Finally, it was brought up when we played in Manhattan two years ago that KU fans should wear red to this game. Someone suggested blue blends in with purple too well. Not that I am superstitious or anything, but I will be wearing the same red shirt I wore two years ago to the game. I encourage all of you going to the game to wear Jayhawk red as well.

Let's make it four straight over the Cats, and Rock Chalk!!!

djgratt59 12 years, 11 months ago

100% Bill. 100% agree with you. Thanks for stating. The long knives have come out against Reesing, and it's pathetic.

nettiepie 12 years, 11 months ago

KU will not win another game this year. I predicted early in the season that Reesing would get hurt because he's getting sacked way too many times because the OL line is not strong this year. Sorry to see it end this way.....................

tprosser33 12 years, 11 months ago

First of all, I'm a huge Jayhawk fan and scream like a maniac cheering every game. Unfortunately, we easily forget, players included, that they're 18-22 year old kids in most cases. As far as injuries go, is there a football player in all of college football that doesn't play hurt? For that fact, is there a coach who doesn't want to hide his main guy may be hurt for strategic purposes? I know a groin injury persists for a long time without proper rest from experience, but the amount of speed Reesing used to get off the plane from Lubbock so he could get to Johnny's Tavern, suggests it's not bad enough to justify his poor play. Wonder if that's why Mangino doesn't want to disclose any more than he has.

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 12 years, 11 months ago

Reesing is going to bounce back big from this. You can't lose 3 games, get benched, drop out of the Top 25, and NOT have a huge chip on your shoulder when playing a huge rival.

K-State is in for a rude awakening.

KU 42 KSU 31

Dan Harris 12 years, 11 months ago

Some of the posts on here just make me shake my head in disbelief. Do any of you remember what our program( or lack of one) was like pre-Mangino? Now I may be looking through crimson colored glasses but I still believe coach Mangino will turn this back around and we will win 3 out of the next 4 games. If however we don't I will be just as pissed off as most of you but I won't be on here bashing the best coach this program has ever had!

Ryan Shelton 12 years, 11 months ago

Get off HCMM. He and his coaching staff will do whatever they can to produce a winner on the field. This is the sign of a good coach: making moves that may not seem popular, but are for the best. You can be sure that the only people in the complete know are inside the coach's office and in the locker room. All speculation about Mangino and Todd is just that- speculation.

JHWKNMIZRY 12 years, 11 months ago

Mangino probably knows what he's doing and Reesing will probably kick some mildcat butt. I still think we will end the season with a very good record.

Dan Harris 12 years, 11 months ago

murph- let me ask you a question, just how often do you play with your pussycat?

JBurtin 12 years, 11 months ago

Most people had the Oklahoma and Texas Tech games pencilled in as losses before the season ever started. So far our only really bad loss was the one to Colorado, and even it was on the road.

I'm sorry but I'm just not buying in to the sky is falling approach. It doesn't make any sense at this point in time in the season.

Mangino benching Reesing had exactly the effect that I was hoping it would. Reesing pulled himself together and called team meetings to discuss the problem away from the coaching staff.

When it comes down to it they realized exactly what I have noticed all season long. Too much pressure to win, and not enough having fun on the field.

It's time our guys got back to "playing" football. It is a game after all, and both playing it and watching it are supposed to be fun. If it isn't fun, then it completely loses its purpose.

nettiepie 12 years, 11 months ago

Nooooo it's not about Ressing's performance. It's about the Offensive Line being able to protect him. I'm as big a Jayhawk fan as anyone (see the dead cat in my picture?) but I'm not blinded to the fact that 1) KSU us getting better, 2)KU is getting worse 3) It's at Manhattan. KSU 42, KU21. Sorry.

KURocksChalk 12 years, 11 months ago

I definitely do NOT agree with this article. Whereas, coaches make decisions on plays, schemes and so forth that can be second-guessed, how players are handled is WAY TOO IMPORTANT. How players are handled and especially when the media gets in the mix stirs up the pot. I believe when it comes to the players and how they are managed it is off-limits. I also thought the idea of Todd Reesing calling a meeting was a bad idea. I think the coach needs to take responsibility for the mental outlook of the team. Snyder does not allow that kind of crap for a reason. Terry Allen sure would. There would probably be a therapist present as well. I bet Bill was an Allen fan.

bergyju 12 years, 11 months ago

Great article! Mangino needs to lay off the secrets! We deserve to know whats going on with our players....I just read that DJ Marshall has been diagnosed with Hodgkins! How long has Mangino known and just now letting the cat out of the bag? Come on Mangino show our guys and fans some respect, what your doing is failing and you better understand that as a coach!

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