Wednesday, November 13, 2013

KU treating final football games as ‘playoffs’

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis tries to point out what he thought was an Oklahoma State fumble to a game official during a replay in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The ruling that the ball was downed by contact  was confirmed.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis tries to point out what he thought was an Oklahoma State fumble to a game official during a replay in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The ruling that the ball was downed by contact was confirmed.


With his team officially eliminated from bowl contention after last week’s loss at Oklahoma State, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis is moving forward with a new mentality for KU’s final three games.

“These are our playoffs,” Weis said Tuesday. “Our bowl game’s on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. That’s the way we’re approaching it.”

That “bowl” match-up will take place in Lawrence against Kansas State on Nov. 30, but before the Jayhawks reach that game — KU offensive line coach Tim Grunhard calls it the state championship — the Jayhawks first will have to battle West Virginia at 11 a.m. Saturday and then travel to Iowa State for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 23.

West Virginia enters this weekend at 4-6 overall, 2-5 in Big 12 play and in playoff mode itself.

“At this point, we gotta start talking about winning the next one to get us to a bowl game,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said earlier this week. “We gotta win this one or else the bowl game’s out. That will be used as motivation this week, and, if we can get the victory this week, we’ll take the same approach three weeks from now against Iowa State.”

Because of that, the Jayhawks (2-7, 0-6) find themselves in the position to play the spoiler role, but Weis said neither he nor his team was focusing on that.

“We’re in the same must-win category that they’re in,” he said. “... We’re at the stage of the year where I’m putting all my focus and all my energy into the last three games of the season, starting with this one. Every bit of juice that I have is going into this game.”

Cozart up next?

After playing two quarterbacks in each of the past four games, Weis did not tip his hand about his starter during Tuesday’s news conference.

“I know who’s starting at quarterback,” Weis said. “Why should I tell (West Virginia)? That’s really what it comes down to.”

Junior Jake Heaps, who started KU’s first nine games, and freshman Montell Cozart, who has played in the past four, were listed as co-starters, separated only by an “OR” on KU’s latest depth chart. Weis said keeping open the possibility of starting either player put more pressure on the Mountaineers.

“Not that we’re trained killers on offense,” Weis said. “But they have to practice (what to do) if Jake’s in the game, when Montell’s in the game and (based on what we did last year) when Mike Cummings was in the game. If I do one out of those three things and they spend one-third of their time on it, then ‘OR’ was definitely worthwhile.”

KU-ISU set for 7 p.m.

KU’s final road game of 2013 will kick off under the lights in Ames, Iowa, KU officials announced Tuesday.

KU’s Nov. 23 match-up with Iowa State is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

The game features the bottom two teams in the conference standings — both teams enter this weekend 0-6 in Big 12 play — but likely was scheduled for prime-time because there are fewer games throughout college football at 11 a.m. that day, and putting another Big 12 match-up in the earlier time slot allows better exposure and less ratings competition for that game.

Juco D-end picks KU

Three-star defensive end Damani Mosby, of Mesa (Ariz.) Community College, orally committed to KU on Tuesday, giving Weis and the Jayhawks nine commitments in the Class of 2014.

Mosby, 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, chose Kansas over offers from Kansas State, Hawaii, North Texas and New Mexico. Cal, Arizona State and Indiana also had shown interest.

In eight games with Mesa, Mosby has recorded 34 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He projects as a Buck (hybrid defensive end and linebacker) in KU’s system and sounds content with his decision.

“I don’t see myself at any other school,” Mosby told Jon Kirby of “I felt the coaches and people are behind me at Kansas.”


Doug Cramer 8 years, 10 months ago

Probably should start getting some young talented freshmen in the trenches there Charlie.

W Keith Swinehart II 8 years, 10 months ago

I like the attitude, effort by coach and the players. Keep hammering away. It'll come.

Bryan Mohr 8 years, 10 months ago

Typically in football playoffs if a team loses they're done, unless you're talking about high school district games. So if KU loses to WVU? and/or ISU? Create a loser's bracket that still leads to a "bowl game" with KSU? I don't understand Charlie Weis. Best of luck to the Jayhawks in the playoffs where losing doesn't matter.

Terry N Tom Denner 8 years, 10 months ago

So Charlie is the game with KST going to be called the TOILET BOWL ??

Terry N Tom Denner 8 years, 10 months ago

Welcome to the Kansas Jay Hawks Mosby. Need all the help they can get. Pray that the Offense will be improved by next season.

Bill Joeckel 8 years, 10 months ago

I'm sorry but it is time for Charlie Weiss to go and do something else. Maybe Hardees or McDonalds is hiring or I got it Walmart Greeter. He is past his prime when it comes to adjusting on the fly when it comes to making calls or recruiting QB's and WR's. It seems he can't decide what he wants to run the ball or pass. The offensive Line couldn't block a pack of girl scouts. The Jayhawks lack leadership from the top down. There is no difference between this team under Charlie or the previous coach. The records are almost identical! Oh there is one difference Charlie costs more for the same results. I guess it must be inflation I get it now. This can not continue and we need to reach for the stars and change them. We won a Orange Bowl not to long ago for Gods Sake. Now we can't Win the Toilet Bowl. Hey who is the AD now Al Bowl? Just saying Frustrated KU Fan.

Robert Brown 8 years, 10 months ago

Al Bohl did one good thing before he was crushed like a dove by the evil Roy Williams. He hired Mark Mangino and put the football in good shape for the next 7-8 years. Our current AD hired Charlie Weis.

Back to the gist of the article. I really wish Weis would just keep his mouth shut. I remember last year how he hyped up the Iowa State game-- made a big deal out of Senior Day. I bought into and watched the game which was a disaster.

He made a comment at the Late Night earlier this year that the conference losing streak would end against Texas Tech. That was a disaster.

Now, publicly saying that the KSU game is our bowl game, doesn't do any good especially of KSU comes in a thumps us like they have the last few years.

Erich Hartmann 8 years, 10 months ago

Bill Self says "lets go hang another banner", do we take that literally (and call it a disaster when we get bounced out of the Tourney)? If we do, we can then also say Self "lied" to us, lol! Last year, the IowaState talk... it was all "hope", but we at least could run the ball. This year, it is a 'qualified' hope as one of these games, we will be able to put a few drives together & score some points--but we are struggling with the main engine of the offense (O-line), and even the run game has suffered seriously. Yes, eventhough goodness knows the defense has been much better than the last 3yrs, but nobody wins if we cannot score points and also get the D some rest. Could "one of these games..." be WVa, or IowaState? Hope so, but we shall see. All I hope is we get a win or two just to build something for next year's momentum. Listen to Grunhard's audio press conference, at least a little bit reassuring. There's a lot of things behind a 2-12 or 2-7 record. Many reasons to analyze, much to look forward to. Robert, I agree we dont have much to say if KSU comes in and wins the "State championship"...but I realize coaches have to keep kids fighting and working toward whatever goal is still attainable for the season. There's always something to play for. Unless you are Kentucky, facing Robert Morris in the NIT...(haha)

Robert Brown 8 years, 10 months ago

Bill Self has earned the right say anything he wants. Getting to the NCAA tournament every year is more difficult than simple bowl eligibility. In a good year, half of the conference schools make it to the NCAA tournament while 7-8 teams make it to a bowl game. In my view, until Weis accomplishes something, he shouldn't make proclamations.

Lucas Town 8 years, 10 months ago

I am going to respectfully disagree with you about it being easier to get to a bowl game vs. getting into the NCAA tournament. Our basketball team makes getting to the tournament look easy each year as they have been there each of the last 20 years. Our football team has been to 5 bowl games in the last 20 years. We are talking roughly 1 generation, 20 post season trips in basketball and 5 in football.

Ian Ballinger 8 years, 10 months ago

You got my support Charlie. Still believe you can turn this program around. (Been following this team since I was a little kid, and save for the 2006 2007 and 2008 seasons, I've been heartbroken every year... it hurts to see this team lose.)

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