Monday, April 9, 2012

KU running back James Sims suspended three games

Kansas running back James Sims cuts through a hole as he heads up the field for a big gain against McNeese State during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas running back James Sims cuts through a hole as he heads up the field for a big gain against McNeese State during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Kivisto Field.


If Kansas University running back James Sims hopes to lead the Jayhawks in rushing for a third consecutive season, he’ll have to do it in three fewer games than everybody else — maybe less.

KU coach Charlie Weis announced Monday that Sims had been suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season for violating team rules.

Sims, 20 of Irving, Texas, was arrested early Sunday morning for operating a vehicle under the influence in the 1300 block of Jayhawk Boulevard. He becomes the latest member of the KU football team to fall victim to Weis’ new standard of discipline and accountability.

“Every player on our team knows and understands our rules and regulations,” Weis said in a press release Monday. “They also know the consequences for violations.”

As a true freshman in 2010, Sims led the Jayhawks with 742 yards and nine touchdowns on 168 carries. Last season, the 6-foot, 206-pound inside runner racked up similar numbers, rushing for 727 yards and nine TDs on 182 attempts.

Despite the presence of returning backs Brandon Bourbon and Tony Pierson, who both challenged Sims for carries in 2011, the veteran tailback opened the spring atop KU’s depth chart at the tailback position.

With his suspension looming, that figures to change, opening the door for Bourbon, Pierson and newcomers Taylor Cox and Tevin Shaw to take over the top spot.


VaJay 10 years, 8 months ago

In Columbia it depends which game is coming up too. This penalty should turn Sims around, cause he knows the next one will be much worse. Good for coach Weis!

Cartemus 10 years, 8 months ago

Good to see Weis is willing to punish starters as well as guys who haven't played. Setting a consistent standard and holding everyone accountable is something that has to be done.

That said, sucks that Sims will be on the bench. He is a talented back.

DillonBarnes 10 years, 8 months ago

Makes you wonder what some of those other players did to get kicked off the team.

Jeffery Barrett 10 years, 8 months ago

Wow! You're finally transferring?! Where to? Never mind! We don't care! Buh-bye!

Alex Berger 10 years, 8 months ago

I think this is a good punishment. By no means should this have gotten just a slap on the wrist but it's great that it didn't lead to Sims getting kicked off the team either. Now there is a precedent.

Bville Hawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Isn't this about the same punishment Brady Morningstar got a couple years ago for the same infraction with the basketball team? You could argue even that Brady's was a more serious violation because his was during the season.

rockchalk_dpu 10 years, 8 months ago

Brady missed the every game during the first semester. I'd agree that Brady's was serious because it was during season, but Sims isn't 21, which makes this especially troubling. Driving drunk is never right, but doing it underage really is a stupid move.

Andy Tweedy 10 years, 8 months ago

Maybe now we'll get to see what Bourbon can do for a full 4 quarters!

Graczyk 10 years, 8 months ago

So we take out a guy with alcohol issues and mix in a little Bourbon? Ironic. :)

KGphoto 10 years, 8 months ago

Remember when Kale Pick was going to start with Bourbon out of the backfield, and we had the Bourbon and Seven going?

Thomas Matlock 10 years, 8 months ago

You go Charlie!!!! Get their attention. I like it.

Underdog777 10 years, 8 months ago

If Charlie wins, his disciple approach with players is great. If he does not win then he is a great NFL 2-man that cannot win at the college level and he will be fired.

Jeff Worthington 10 years, 8 months ago

James Sims missing the Northern Illinois and TCU games is not how I wanted to start the season. But something had to be done for his actions. Hope the rest of the team learns from James's mistake.

texashawk10 10 years, 8 months ago

He's not missing the Northern Illinois game. He'll miss the South Dakota State, Rice, and TCU games.

agrabass 10 years, 8 months ago

Tough love power, activated! Good job Charlie. KU Football will be watchable again. I can feel it.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

There goes any possibility of a 1000 yard season!

Darin Bradley 10 years, 8 months ago

Good to see Weis laying down the law however this is a HUGE gamble. Sims is as good a blocker as he is a runner. Would hate to see Crist hurt in a non-con. And before you purest comment, I'm not saying Sims' under the influence charge isn't serious. I'm saying 3 games is an aggresive standard. We'll see how it goes.

Rock Chalk

Kirk 10 years, 8 months ago

The HUGE gamble is all Sims's. He's the one who gambled.

Darin Bradley 10 years, 8 months ago

Disagree Kurt. Sims has been a model citizen and most consistant offensive player we've had. He may be a lot of things but a gamble is not one of them. As previously stated I don't agree w/ what he did. But does the punishment fit the crime?? I think you can turn a program around w/o going to extremes. Yes, Gill was a flop and there's work to do, but this isn't basketball where you have 30+ games in a season and our other backs are for the most part unproven as fulltime Big 12 runners. We'll see how it plays out....

John Boyle 10 years, 8 months ago

Not too harsh at all. Just because it might hurt the team doesn't warrant the punishment for the individual to be reduced. I would love to see all coaches start holding this young men accountable. It is a great lesson in life and that is what sports were supposed to be about in the first place.

Darin Bradley 10 years, 8 months ago

Actually I'm a former D-1 athlete. I'll leave the juvenile prom references for losers like yourself. It cracks me up that you expect perfection from these guys. One strike and a quarter of your season is taken. Really? Thanks for sharing your opinion.

LJ Gee 10 years, 8 months ago

I hardly think asking an underage kid who is on a free scholarship to not drink and drive is asking them to be "perfect". It is no surprise to me that you are a former athlete with your completely false sense of entitlement and absolutely no concept of discipline. Im with you that it sucks not to have the guy on the field, but the rest of us (those who dont get to go to school for free in return for playing a game) understand that certain actions have certain consequences and that integrity should come before wins. You have a typical athlete's perspective, not a typical person's though

Bee Bee 10 years, 8 months ago

It s real simple. Go to class, play football, go to bed at a decent hour.

jaywalker 10 years, 8 months ago

For the first time ever with this many comments, everyone is spot on! Congrats to Coach and all the rational posters here. The world spins normal for a change.

Jim Jackson 10 years, 8 months ago

I want to see Bourbon crush if he can stay healthy, crush it. Same with Pierson, although I think Pierson needs to gain some weight, he's only 175 lbs!

Ryan Shelton 10 years, 8 months ago

This is a fair punishment. I really think Coach Weis is using this as a teachable moment. It reinforces not only to Sims, but to the entire team how a bad choice can have consequences. Thankfully the consequences don't mean ending a person's life behind the wheel.

misfire 10 years, 8 months ago

Everybody is responsible for their own actions. I like the discipline, but I wonder how long it will be before the players will hold a team meeting and get Charlie fired like they did Mangino.

LJ Gee 10 years, 8 months ago

hate that this has to happen but love that Weiss did the right thing here. The rules are the rules whether you are a walk on or a starter. That is one of the things that has helped Coach Self be so successful and I like that our football program is following suit finally. Simms can still be a leader by how he handles this punishment - sometimes that is the best opportunity to be a team leader, helping others learn from your mistakes. I hope he does just that then comes back on the field and tears it up in Big XII play. RCJH!!!

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