KU football team pumped not pouting about Andrew Wiggins joining Jayhawks


Minutes after the nation's No. 1 prep prospect, Andrew Wiggins, announced that he was heading to Kansas, many KU fans and national writers took to Twitter to share their joke about Jayhawk fans having yet another reason to wish for football season to pass quickly.

True or not, don't expect the members of the KU football team themselves to be too upset about it. In fact, more than a dozen Jayhawk football players also jumped on Twitter following Wiggins' announcement to share their excitement over the newest big-time basketball recruit landed by Bill Self.

Here's a sample:

Head coach Charlie Weis:
Congrats to Coach Self, staff and team. Wow. Welcome Andrew to the Jayhawk family. Rock Chalk!

Wide receiver Josh Ford:
congrats to #KUbball and @CoachBillSelf on signing the #1 recruit in the nation Andrew Wiggins #RockChalk

Safety Isaiah Johnson:
Damn KU just picked up the number one basketball player!! #BIG I feel like #kufball and #kubball will do some exciting things this year !! #rockchalk

Defensive end Michael Reynolds:
Big recruiting classes for #kufball and #kuball this year !! #JayhawkNation

Quarterback Jake Heaps:
Great day to be a Jayhawk! Congrats to @22wiggins on his decision. A great feeling knowing where your going to be playing ball!! #RockChalk

Defensive tackle Marquel Combs:
KU Basketball is about to (be) crazy this year !!

Linebacker Marcus Jenkins-Moore:
Damn.. Bill self a Wizard how he put this class together! Big time Football recruiting class! Big time Basketball recruiting class! Great day to be a Jayhawk

Assistant coach Dave Campo:
Congrats to Coach Self and staff on a great recruiting year!!! Rock Chalk!!!”

Linebacker Schyler Miles:

Defensive back Dexter McDonald:
Wiggins got 80.3K followers lol how can you not get a check thts already official lol

Defensive tackle Keon Stowers:
Wiggins to KU lets go!!

Linebacker Victor Simmons:
Dude isn't even here yet and already got a fake account.

Long snapper Reilly Jeffers:
@22wiggins hey welcome to the family #rockchalk #kubball and #kufball

The list goes on and on. So, as you can see, there's not a whole lot of animosity from the football players about their basketball counterparts signing the best prep player on the planet.

In fact, they seem pretty excited to welcome him to town and, from December through March, to watch him play in Allen Fieldhouse.

One of the biggest reasons I think these guys aren't worried about Wiggins' arrival — other than the fact that the football team largely is made up of pretty good dudes — is the fact that these guys are realists. They understand, embrace and accept that in order to get people interested in what they're doing on Saturdays this fall, they have to go out there and win games.


Aligned 9 years, 7 months ago

I guess I don't get it. Why would anyone think the football players would not be happy to have Wiggins at KU?

kellerman411 9 years, 7 months ago

Because as the article mentions, people were cracking jokes that KU fans will have to hope football passes quickly... referencing our generally unsuccessful football seasons.

Displayhawk 9 years, 7 months ago

If I remember correctly, the Morris twins and Jake Sharp (and others) got into a fight on Wescoe Beach during the Mark Mangino era. But I think Sheahon Zenger, Charlie Weis and Bill Self all took care of that.

Martin Shupert 9 years, 6 months ago

It was over a woman who was dating one from the football team and one from the basketball team. Apparently, the two guys had a problem with that. Why? I don't know.

Bobby Burch 9 years, 7 months ago

That, and there was a scuffle between the KUfball and KUbball teams a few years ago.

Joseph Kuebel 9 years, 7 months ago

Ya, Tyshawn was involved in that one. Taylor's twitter or facebook post quotin the Wayne lyric "****as be mugging me, you know I'm muggin' back"

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 7 months ago

This is cool Tait.

Thanks for putting these twitter remarks together for us. Especially for those of use who are non-twitterers.

orbiter 9 years, 7 months ago

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Michael Leiker 9 years, 7 months ago

Along that line...always a good idea to help them out by clicking on an ad every now and then...

Jeremy D. Morris 9 years, 7 months ago

Reality is that during the Terry Allen years many on the football team had a lot of animosity towards the basketball team. Glad to see that isn't the case now.

Phil Leister 9 years, 7 months ago

The premise of this article is confusing. I wouldn't have expected anything else from the football team.

CD2010 9 years, 7 months ago

How quickly we forget.

I love that Coach Weis uses the basketball program as an example of the sustained success he wants for the football program, rather than treating it as if it's some sort of competitive hinderance. It sure looks like that mentality has spread down to the players, too. Rock Chalk!

Bobby Burch 9 years, 7 months ago

I lost a lot of respect for the fans of UK nation today. Smh at some of the #BBN tweets at Wiggins: ... Dudes threatening him, hoping he tears his ACL and wishing him failure. That's what I love about KU fans: class. We didn't whine we Randle and Parker went elsewhere. Most people wished them luck and stated their satisfaction with our class.

Kudos to Jayhawk nation for keeping it classy.

Dale Stringer 9 years, 7 months ago

Well, by reading them, it looks like they are split pretty evenly between UK and UNC twitterers. I'm impressed by that on UK's A Sea of Blue blog that someone berated all those bashing Wiggins.

Steve Reigle 9 years, 7 months ago

Anything like this that gets the Kansas brand out there in front of recruits of all sports benefits all those sports as well as the school in general.

Not only will Wiggins be good for KU, I believe KU will be good for Wiggins. Welcome, Andrew Wiggins!

Joseph Kuebel 9 years, 7 months ago

I agree with this 100% its a bigger deal than just landing Wiggins (which is huge in itself).

Dirk Medema 9 years, 7 months ago

A they should be extra psyched to pick-up the #4 OLB on the same day.

Now if we can just get Tarik Black as some beef insurance for the front line.

Kevin Kelly 9 years, 6 months ago

This is important. As others have pointed out the issues between the teams lead to an on campus rumble and the football team was never the same again. Stay golden Tyshawn. It's bad all over.

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 6 months ago

We all remember the basketball vs football debacle, but don't forget that the Mario Little incident was a fued between basketball players and baseball players and both if I remember correctly were about a girl. Mario Little's fight was more of a heat of the moment crime of passion type deal, but there were some undertones of animosity from baseball to basketball.

Doug Cramer 9 years, 6 months ago

Don't understand why the football team would be upset about Wiggins. We're all one big family that support KU sports.

The football team along with Weis...understands that they can use the basketball program as leverage to legitimize KU altogether. This helps with recruiting 4 and 5 star guys like the linebacker and running back we already have coming in with the 2014 class.

Chris Bailey 9 years, 6 months ago

You must not read KU sports very often. There are articles all the time about the other sports. Are they big like Football and Men's Bball? NO. There are articles and I've read several about the women's bball and vball. The baseball team gets on the board as well. Read the whole page. The articles are there.

Chris Bailey 9 years, 6 months ago

Oh my bad. I figured you saw the articles on here. Unfortunately I think it's all driven by $$$.

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