Originally published August 25, 2012 at 03:29p.m., updated August 25, 2012 at 04:57p.m.

KU long snapper Justin Carnes suspended three games


Kansas University junior snapper Justin Carnes has been suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season for a violation of team rules, KU football coach Charlie Weis announced Saturday afternoon.

"As I have previously stated, every player on our team knows and understands our rules and regulations," Weis said. "They also know the consequences for violations of those rules and regulations."

According to Douglas County jail records, a man named Justin Edward Carnes, 21, was arrested about 3:30 a.m. Saturday after a vehicle stop by a Lawrence police officer near Fourth and Missouri streets. He was taken to jail on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence, a misdemeanor. He posted $500 bond at 8 a.m. and was released from jail. He was given notice to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court on Sept. 11.

In April, Weis suspended running back James Sims three games for operating a vehicle under the influence.

Carnes served as the Jayhawks’ snapper for PATs and field goals in 10 of their 12 games last season and was listed as the starter at snapper on KU’s depth chart entering fall camp.


Bville Hawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Good job, Charlie. Making everyone toe the line with no exceptions makes for good team harmony and gives you a better foundation for long-term success.

SEsco10 9 years, 8 months ago

Rustin Dodds last tweet should tell you something

jayhawk_93 9 years, 8 months ago

If he's the same Justin Carnes showing up in the Douglas County Sheriff booking report, it's OUI. He gets the same hammer as James Sims.

100% behind Weis. No tolerance for stupidity and selfishness.

Bville Hawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Oui?? French major? Obfuscating Under the Influence??

Jean Robart 9 years, 8 months ago

Haven't you ever heard of Operating under the influence??? Or are you being deliberately dense?

Jayhawk1116 9 years, 8 months ago

I've never heard of "OUI" either. Easy, buddy. We're all on the same team.

Jayhawk1116 9 years, 8 months ago

Holy, holy crap. I had 3 capital letters in a row! And they got published!!! Did LJW miss it, or can I emote with freedom now?!? My heart skips a beat with the possibilities...

texashawk10 9 years, 8 months ago

Hope KU doesn't lose one of their first 3 games because of a botched snap on a punt or field goal. Long snapping is one of those things most people take for granted until it goes wrong and KU has had their fair share of issues with bad snaps the past couple of seasons.

Those of you on here who have kids playing football now, teach them to long snap because that is a great way to get a scholarship because every team needs a quality long snapper.

KGphoto 9 years, 8 months ago

Bad snaps like when Carnes lifted one over Doherty's head and gave the Tiggers the ball at the 15 yard line to start the second half last year?

Not too impressed with Justin's expertise yet. If you are brought in to snap the ball, and that's the only reason you were recruited, I don't want to see that.

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 8 months ago

I know Tcu isnt considered an easy game. Also the prestige of playing tcu`s first big xii game is something of history. Finally, if you are expected to win 2-6 games this year to be sitting in probably the 2 easiest wins. I have said this before, in today's world it doesn't take much work to pick up the phone to say i need a ride from one of your friends,if this was a drinking and driving incident. I w old pick up a friend no questions asked.

lawrencian 9 years, 8 months ago

Haven't these boys heard of KU's SafeRide program? Although, at 3:30 a.m., that's a bit outside their hours, I think... but if you call by 2:30, you get a free ride home from anywhere in town, right?

lawyermog 9 years, 8 months ago

It's a movie quote from the Hangover.

Seth Nesmith 9 years, 8 months ago

Hopefully he was going for burrito king and not taco bell!

johninkc1 9 years, 8 months ago

Discipline yes, but 3 games seems a bit excessive for a lapse in judgement that most people are guilty of committing.

ohjayhawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Just because most people do it, doesn't mean it's not a serious offense. Especially when that offense has a high likelihood of taking someones life, even in town. What if he had hit a pedestrian or a cyclist? Would 3 games have been excessive then? Just because he didn't doesn't mean it shouldn't be dealt with severely. Say coach only suspends him 1 game. That sends the signal that driving while drunk isn't a big deal. So, it happens again (and again). The more it happens, the greater the chances something tragic occurs. No, I'd say 3 games is just about right.

Thomas Fevurly 9 years, 8 months ago

3 games excessive...are you for real! He was very lucky that he was not removed from scholarship and team period. He should also lose his license for 1 year too! OUI is NOT a minor offense...when you drive a vehicle impaired you not only take your own life into jeopardy but also every innocent man, woman, and child's life on the road, as well. The more these "minor" offenses (as you imply)are tolerated the more we (the public) as a community will have to endure these ignorant acts and lapses in social morals/judgements.

Gary Wirsig 9 years, 8 months ago

Weis didn't just make up the rule on the spot. As he said in the article, all the players know the rules and consequences. The three game suspension is on Carnes.

Brad Watson 9 years, 8 months ago

sneaking home the back way fromthe Jet Lag...oh how i remember those days...and so do all of you..or was it the Yacht was awesome

eastcoasthawk 9 years, 8 months ago

Read this headline and immediately thought this could put some of the expected wins in jeopardy. Weis is doing the right thing and must be extremely frustrated over this. He is judged by W's and L's and this could impact them. Well done Coach Weis. While we all want to win, it is not the end all, be all of this program and university.

tdscpa 9 years, 8 months ago

I rolled a $300 car on a twisty Lawrence street back in 1965. Didn't get suspended from anything, but had to get a "new" $250 car. Rumor was, alcohol was involved. No charges filed (in court). My bank account was also totaled.

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