Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Weis, KU football thankful for bye week over holiday

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.


Throughout the season, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis and his players have prided themselves on shaking off tough losses by Sunday night and focusing on the week ahead with a fresh and ferocious attitude.

With the Jayhawks (1-10 overall and 0-8 in Big 12 play) set for their second off week of the season this Saturday, Weis said he believed bye No. 2 came at a perfect time.

“I think it would be really tough, after all we put into that last game and as disappointing as it was, if we were playing this week,” Weis said. “But fortunately we’re not playing, and that gives us this week to kind of get that out of the way.”

The Jayhawks, who lost to Iowa State 51-23 in their home finale Saturday, will get a few days off after practicing through Wednesday this week.

“We worked through the first bye,” Weis said of KU’s week off in late September. “But, to me, when you don’t have a game, you go home for Thanksgiving. That’s the purpose of Thanksgiving, to be around family and friends.”

Until that point, Weis said the Jayhawks would spend half of this week’s practices looking ahead toward their Dec. 1 finale at West Virginia and the other half working on player development.

“Just getting better ourselves,” Weis said. “Going offense against defense and pounding each other a little bit, which I think fundamentally and technically we obviously need that work. ... We can work ’em real hard for a few days then let ‘em spend time with their family and friends over Thanksgiving and then get back to a true game week come Monday.”

West Virginia (5-5, 2-5) will play at Iowa State on Friday.

KU-WVU to kick off at 1:30 p.m.

The Big 12 announced Monday that KU’s season finale at WVU would kick off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and would be televised by Fox Sports Net.

The match-up will mark Kansas’ first meeting with West Virginia as a member of the Big 12 Conference and the first since 1941.


vd 9 years, 7 months ago

Good idea. Give them time off. HT to you okie.

Boouk 9 years, 7 months ago

I never thought you'd post something on a football article not saying Weis is a worse coach than Gill.

squawkhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Gill's team won their conference championship last week! But Weis has Super Bowl rings.

Savion Havon 9 years, 7 months ago

Happy holidays. And safe travel to everyone

Tony Bandle 9 years, 7 months ago

Actually, the end of this season couldn't be coming at a more perfect time.

As we feared, the painful deconstruction of the Mangino/Gill era will probably end as a one win season...something I think down deep we all knew was a possibility.

Let's try to focus on what KU and Charlie need to do, so that next year, maybe Thanksgiving won't be a time to be glad we are NOT playing.

Happy Turkey Day to, drink and eat carefully!!

Sayers44 9 years, 7 months ago

These past few weeks, I am actually quite surprised at the number of Kansas fans who have shown wrath at the KSU Wildcats being rated number one, and now are please at their downfall.

Reading the KU Boards on Jayhawk slant, etc. -- the number of jealous fans at KU is totally disgusting..

I have seen other major rivals that when they are not playing each other --always root for their rival......ex Oklahoma / Nebraska.

The jealously shown by Jayhawk fans towards a winning KSU Program shows NO-Class!

Lucas Town 9 years, 7 months ago

And how do K-State fans act when we are on top in Basketball? I know some of their fans are elated whenever we lose. It is a 2 way street.

squawkhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, they had a tough year...tumbling all the way from #1 to #6 in the BCS rankings. Pathetic!

Sayers44 9 years, 7 months ago

jaykan7 --- That is a very weak answer.....

How about this ---Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Come on Man!

Pbbut 9 years, 7 months ago

It's been a tough year, but hopefully the players and staff look at this as an opportunity to get an extra week of practice. You can't get these young guys enough repetitions at this point in their careers.
And besides, we've got one more game to play, may as well win it!

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