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Breakdown: Crazy? Yes. But KU fake punt 'definitely had a chance' if blocked correctly

Pardula clearly didn't make the decision to run until after the ball was snapped. And, it is clear from the video that the blockers had no idea what was going on. Aside from the issue as to whether Pardula made an effort to give a verbal signal to his three blockers who were obviously just a few feet away, there are two other issues that point to coaching. First, do you really give your first year punter the authority to run the football if he wants to? I think not. Then, why do you put three 300 lb. blockers on the punt team? They stood flat footed during the punt, they were incredibly slow to the sidelines ... heaven forbid if they had to make a tackle on a punt return. Now, we have four guys, not just the punter, who won't make a tackle in the open field. You use tight ends, linebackers or blocking backs to protect your punter. This isn't pass blocking, you don't have to hold your block, you just have to get in the way long enough to punt the flippin football. I'm hangin' this mistake on the special teams coach. It's hard to tell, but to me it appears that Weis fell on the sword for him and for Pardula.

October 8, 2013 at 1:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

FINAL: Texas Tech rolls KU football, 54-16

(deeper "hole", not hold) ... If we gotta blame someone, fine. Then, I'm still a certified, bona fide Gill/Perkins basher ... Four Super Bowl rings is enough to convince me that Charlie deserves more time.

October 6, 2013 at 10:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

FINAL: Texas Tech rolls KU football, 54-16

You wrote a pretty good analysis. I also don't understand why we don't use more play action. But, we're really limited by having a QB who can't get out of the pocket. But, I'm still not ready to give up on Weis as a play caller. He has made pretty big adjustments each game. Pierson and Bourbon are getting lots of touches, he has shortened passing routes (since we can't pass protect or catch the football). He has tried every personnel option he has. I respect Weis, I just don't like the pro-style offense. You need a mobile quarterback in college football. And, in our league you have to score 30 points to win a football game. That will never happen. But he also doesn't make excuses or criticize players or fans. And, he's not above "falling on the sword" if one of his players makes a bonehead play, like his punter did on Saturday. Though I don't disagree with you about our defensive coverage, I also hate to criticize a really good defensive coordinator. Texas Tech is a really good passing team. Mike Leach is an offensive genius. His style of play is what makes college football fun to watch. I am ready to say goodbye to our receivers coach. And, we need a different left tackle on offense, or we may as well play with 10 players. He is single-handedly killing our passing game. Anyway, I'm gonna hang in there with Weis for the rest of the year. I think he started in a deeper hold than most people realize, and he's working as hard as anyone could to find solutions.

October 6, 2013 at 10:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU turns attention to stadium revamp

KU has retained the best architects and advisors that are available. There are a dozen different stadium renovation strategies under consideration. As with all things, it comes down to money. If KU can find the money, they'll implement one of the more desirable renovation alternatives. This is going to have a happy outcome.

October 3, 2013 at 9:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU turns attention to stadium revamp

That was my opinion until I visited with a couple architects, who have been involved with stadium renovations. You can't just lower the field, remove the track and call it done. For reasons, I'm not qualified to explain, there is an issue with the position and orientation of the bowl. And, there's no easy way to resolve it, short of rebuilding the bowl. The issues with replacing the bowl are financial. There's no real significance to the bowl otherwise (like there is with "the hill"). Illig can help out ... but the whole enchilada is a 150 to 200 million dollar problem, likely more. That's more than KU can comfortably afford without a major donor. Cliff Illig is a really good guy, and it appears he's considering a significant contribution to KU and KU athletics.

October 3, 2013 at 9:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU turns attention to stadium revamp

Comment regarding "The Hill" ... this is sacred. The issue is on the other end of the stadium, the more expensive (and architecturally necessary) alternatives require that the bowl be demolished and rebuilt, not an inexpensive proposition, but made possible if Illig really is "on board". There are no losers here. This could be a great thing for KU, KU football, and for all of us who love attending KU football games.

October 3, 2013 at 9:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU turns attention to stadium revamp

Not baggin' on Zenger. He's our best A.D. in 30 years. I'm just givin' Illig credit for the stadium renovation. If he hadn't already committed, his name wouldn't be thrown around by the KU Athletic Department.

October 3, 2013 at 9:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU turns attention to stadium revamp

Haha ... Sounds like things are in solid hands with Illig running the show, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with. KU's problems are resolved, because they have a major donor. Now, the issues are primarily architectural, not financial. It's not simply a matter of removing the track. The end result will be the removal of the bowl, the a major rebuild of the entire stadium except for the only reusable portion, the west side with press boxes & suites. This isn't a bad thing. It's just that resolving the "track" issue is the tip of the iceberg. In the end, this will be a fantastic renovation. But, it's Illig (and a handful of other donors), not Zenger, that will deserve the credit.

October 3, 2013 at 8:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Loss of Combs far from devastating for KU football

Nice article, Matt.

September 24, 2013 at 9:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU defensive lineman Marquel Combs to transfer

Sorry, I think someone above answered my question.

September 24, 2013 at 1:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )