Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Tom Keegan: Contrasting styles of Ohio and Kansas make for intriguing football clash Saturday

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart (2) heaves a pass during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas quarterback Montell Cozart (2) heaves a pass during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.


Styles make fights on the football field, too, not just the boxing ring.

Contrasting styles tend to make the most exciting fights, regardless of the venue.

That and many other factors make Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. kickoff pitting visiting Ohio vs. Kansas as intriguing, difficult-to-forecast a football game as has been played at Memorial Stadium in a few years.

The programs themselves have so little in common.

Ohio has had the most stable coaching staff in the country since former Nebraska coach Frank Solich was hired in 2005. Solich has had one offensive coordinator, Tim Albin, and one defensive coordinator, Jimmy Burrow, in his 12 seasons in Athens, Ohio. During that time, Kansas has had four head coaches (Mark Mangino, Turner Gill, Charlie Weis, David Beaty) and one interim head coach (Clint Bowen).

Eight different men have served as KU’s offensive coordinator during Albin’s tenure working under Solich: Nick Quartaro, Ed Warinner, Chuck Long, Weis, John Reagan, Eric Kiesau, Rob Likens and Beaty. Five different men have coordinated the Jayhawks’ defense since Burrow started with Solich in Ohio: Bill Young, Bowen (for three different bosses), Carl Torbush, Vic Shealy and Dave Campo.

Solich is in his 18th season as a head college football coach, Beaty his second.

When recruiting, Kansas banks on young athletes’ desire to play in the most competitive conference that will have them. Ohio of the Mid-American Conference offers a winning tradition.

Beaty runs a fast-paced, Air Raid Offense that tends to feature more passes than rushes. Even in Saturday’s blowout, 55-6 victory against Rhode Island, the Jayhawks attempted more passes (38) than rushes (35). Solich opened up his offense in 2012, but still favors the run (547 rushes, 403 passes in 2015).

Using its speed at wide receiver to exploit a young secondary gives KU its best shot at victory. Ohio’s best path to victory lies in using its experience and physical maturity advantages in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

On the wrong end of a triple-overtime upset at the hands of Texas State last week makes Ohio a dangerous opponent, eager to make amends. Ending a 15-game losing streak in one-sided fashion gave the Jayhawks a sorely needed confidence boost.

Kansas seeks its first two-game winning streak since opening the 2011 season with victories vs. McNeese State and Northern Illinois. It won’t be easy. It will come as a surprise if it’s not packed with fourth-quarter suspense.


Doug Cramer 5 years, 11 months ago

Wished I could be there Saturday. Should be a great environment !

I got KU winning this one, although we're gonna find out how tough our d-line and linebackers are.

Bowen - this is your chance to prove you're a good d-coordinator. Tackle tackle tackle

Brett McCabe 5 years, 11 months ago

Where would KU football be if we had hired Frank Solich instead of Turner Gill? Perkins said he wanted a man of character, well there was one sitting right in front of him who had proven himself immensely capable at the Big 12 level. both the burnt orange and the crimson and cream have heard non-stop since this weekend: it's not a one-game season. However, for KU, this might be as close as it gets. There is quite a lot at stake, as this is one of three remaining games where you can say that we have a legitimate shot at winning. With such a small window, we can't let this one get away. Lose this one at home, and there won't be much more than moms and dads in the stands the rest of the way out.

We need to punch them in the mouth early on Saturday and let them know that they are in a fight. Then? Make like Smokin' Joe - bob, weave and throw hooks relentlessly till the bell sounds.

Jay Scott 5 years, 11 months ago

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Jay Scott 5 years, 11 months ago

Solich? Character? Canoodling with the boosters wives isn't character...

Unless you're a Clinton lover.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 11 months ago

No one better to identify character than someone who can't even post without getting it removed.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 11 months ago

Or bankruptcies, or "universities", or calling out POW's, or the father of a dead are right....that's some real character right there.

Chris Bailey 5 years, 11 months ago

Referring to McCain in a derogatory tone as a POW was completely inappropriate. Is that a problem for me to admit as a conservative? Nope! Trump’s businesses have filed bankruptcy. Not him personally. Yet he’s worth some 10 billion dollars currently. Does he have dirt on him? Heck yes he does! Are there things about him that are less than perfect? Absolutely! It’s funny though people like you can’t even acknowledge when Hillary lies. She does it so often I don’t think you can discern the truth anymore. She’s done so many horrible things in her career and has zero accomplishments. The Clinton’s have amassed some 130 million dollars since leaving the White House in 2000, mostly from shady donations to the Clinton Foundation. Deals that were made for favors that Senator Clinton and then Secretary Clinton made with foreign heads of state or former President Clinton made with the very same people. But you can’t see the forest for the trees. You’d rather point at Trump and tell me he’s abrasive and mean. Or he used the bankruptcies laws that were put in place by our government to his advantage. Hillary on the other hand has gotten away with things that the average citizen would have done prison time for on more than one occasion. The list that you dismissed of the strange and untimely deaths of people connected to the Clintons is quite ironic. The emails that she deleted you act as though that’s just no big deal. Had a republican done that the media would have served their head on a platter. They’d never serve in political office again. She lies. That’s all she knows how to do. That arrow in her logo might as well be pointing to the end of the country as we know it. Because if she’s elected I’m afraid we will never recover. If that happens we will see another civil war and I’m not sure she or the rest of her cronies will like those results.

Chris Bailey 5 years, 11 months ago

Or we could just pull the Hillary hit list or as you refer to it as "removed".

Len Shaffer 5 years, 11 months ago

Good old Jay, never missing a chance to get in a political dig. Your consistency is pathetic.

John Randall 5 years, 11 months ago

Len, you must not respect political humor, or only when it matches your ill-informed biases. You'd probably be cheering if the jibe had been aimed at The Donald ...

Jay Scott 5 years, 11 months ago

Lenny... I'm sure that youre foaming at the mouth over your Hillary avatar buddy looking stupid again....

Do all your SF pals like the way Hillary's biggest donors torture and execute gays?

Jay Scott 5 years, 11 months ago

Brett. Your tasteless gay bashing was vile enough the first time. Get help.

Brett McCabe 5 years, 11 months ago

Sensitive and a stalker? That's a dangerous combination.

I am flattered that I occupy so much of your time and thoughts. It must really cause you a lot of pain for you to be this obsessed with my every post.

I do agree's must reading...though I'm fairly sure you have to look up most of the words - just like you do research on all of my posts.

Dirk Medema 5 years, 11 months ago

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Jay Scott 5 years, 11 months ago

Don't know why the Huskers fired 9-3 Solich?

Greg Ledom 5 years, 11 months ago

One word........championships. Different standard at NU. I disagree with there decision to let him go.

John Randall 5 years, 11 months ago

Nebraska is one tough place to coach. That fan base doesn't forgive any steps outside the zone established by being spoiled for 20+ years (or was it 30+ ?) under Osborne and Devaney.

Matt Tait 5 years, 11 months ago

Kind reminder to try to keep the conversation and comments to sports — and more specifically KU sports — even if we are in an election year!!!

Thanks for hanging out with us! - Matt

Chris Bailey 5 years, 11 months ago

I get baited in every dang time! It's like a high fastball I can't help but swing!

Matt Tait 5 years, 11 months ago

Understandable. That's why the reminder was dubbed "kind"!!! Best of luck!

John Fitzgerald 5 years, 11 months ago

I would love to see us come in and spank these guys. Our O-Line looked much improved, although it was against Rhode Island. Our defense didn't make the mistakes it made last year, at least not as often. Or maybe the speed they've gained helps them stop the mistakes from becoming bigger mistakes. Also, our receivers looked fantastic, aside from a few silly drops that were likely caused by nerves. As for our QB's, they both looked pretty decent too. I'd give Cozart the edge as he just looked more comfortable. Even if he through it right to a defender in the endzone. Regardless, I have two predictions...

What I think could happen: KU 42 - Ohio 13

What I think will happen: KU 38 - Ohio 35

Either way, I think we win this one. #RockChalk

Greg Ledom 5 years, 11 months ago

Saw a lot of Ohio and Texas State. We not only can, but need to win this game. Ohio is nothing special. Rock Chalk!!!!

Kevin Robert Fest 5 years, 11 months ago

If KU can beat Ohio l think (hope) 3 wins are possible maybe 4 if we can surprise someone. If Ist has a down year Oline lost best player and again KU can catch a team off guard or they just ball out or have a nearly flawless day maybe 4. Any other program 4 wins means the coach is in trouble, here its progress. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Randy Bombardier 5 years, 11 months ago

Can anyone tell me whathat happened to the Jayhawk All Access game streaming service?

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 11 months ago

Let's get it on, guys. We've got to make it a dog fight. Let's see who steps up playing the varsity after playing the JV in a tune up last week. Competition level takes a big jump here. Football is serious business in Ohio. Team is a bunch of guys with a chip on their shoulder because Ohio State didn't want them. I'd like to say Jayhawks by 3, but we don't have a field goal kicker to be counted on as yet! Win #2 is right there for the taking . Look for QB separation one way or the other this week. Expect to learn a great deal about the 2016 Jayhawk football team this Saturday. Who we really are will be on display here.

Michael Lorraine 5 years, 11 months ago

Whatever happened to Joe Ross. Haven't read a post of his in ages. I miss his POV.

Jay Scott 5 years, 11 months ago

Word is that he moved to Dallas to haggle out the exact $94 million deal for Perry Ellis that Harrison Barnes received... Because he's adamant they're exactly the same player.

Steve Macy 5 years, 11 months ago

The old joke about going to a boxing match and a hockey game broke out comes to mind with all of these political comments. I would complain, but it is funny. Good articles about the coach and program in the local rag, KC Star. Keep up the good work coach, it will take a few years, but I think you are the one to bring it to respectability. RCJH

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