Dayne Crist not the answer at QB

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By Andrew Curtis We’re only one-third of the way into the 2012 football season, and Kansas finds itself in the same position as it has for the past few years: hopeless, with a long season ahead. This KU team appears to have improved in most facets (mostly on the defensive side), but it hasn’t shown in the win column. The Jayhawks might be more competitive against superior teams this season, but moral victories aren’t good enough in college football. A main reason for the Jayhawks getting off to a 1-3 start is the subpar play of senior transfer Dayne Crist at quarterback. Crist has only completed 48 percent of his passes, with just 763 yards…

KU-NIU post game audio

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After the 30-23 loss to Northern Illinois, here is the post game audio from Kansas. Coach Charlie Weis Senior defensive lineman Toben Opurum Senior quarterback Dayne Crist Junior running back James Sims

Kansas falls late to NIU

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By Pat Strathman

Despite Another Loss, Kansas Defense Making Strides

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By Andrew Curtis Coming off a devastating loss at home in week 2 to Rice, nobody knew what to expect from Kansas going into a matchup with 16th ranked TCU, and certainly didn’t anticipate a close game going into the 4th quarter. The Jayhawk defense came out fast and furious, swarming to the football, getting stops when they needed to and displaying a bend-but-don’t-break mentality. KU forced a turnover on the first two possessions, one on TCU’s bad snap to quarterback Casey Pachall, which rolled practically halfway across the field and was recovered by Josh Williams, and the other on a forced fumble by Bradley McDougald, who had 12 tackles, a sack and two forced…

Bear Cave: Uphill Battle Ahead for Weis and Company

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By Andrew Curtis It’s time to take a step back and assess the damage. Just two weeks ago, the Kansas football team was in good spirits and more confident than it had been heading into the season in the past 3 years. Kansas opened the season with a win that wasn’t anything to write home about despite wins coming few and far between recently. Now, after blowing an 11-point 2nd half lead in a crippling loss to an underwhelming Rice Owls squad, things are looking pretty bleak at the Anderson Family Football Complex. The fact of the matter is, Charlie Weis might have bit off more than he can chew, at least for the time…

Jayhawks focusing on accountability after Rice let down

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By Trevor Graff Kansas fans left Memorial Stadium after Saturday’s matchup with the Rice Owls feeling a lot like the Jayhawk fans of old. The fans that spent the majority of their time breaking down losses and saying wait until next year. Chris Boswell, the Owls’ Lou Groza Award watch list kicker, blasted a 45-yard field goal through the uprights with two seconds remaining to seal the Jayhawk loss 25-24. The Jayhawks led all but the first ten minutes of the game before losing on Boswell’s last second field goal. “Clearly, my biggest disappointment is that we didn’t finish,” said head coach Charlie Weis. “The whole motto for this week was about finishing games, because…

Bear Cave: Kansas Football Good and Bad in Opener

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By Andrew Curtis As a coach, getting your team to perform the way you want them to in the first game of the season isn’t always realistic, especially when it’s the first game of your tenure. This was exactly the case Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, where Kansas prevailed 31-17 over South Dakota State. It was neither pretty nor ugly. We saw the Jayhawk offense put up 263 yards on the ground due mainly to the backfield combination of Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox. We also witnessed the defense providing a horrific flashback to the Turner Gill era, giving up a 99-yard touchdown run to the FCS Jackrabbits in the first quarter. KU also forced…

The World According to Sports: Episode One

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In the debut of “The World According to Sports,” Pat Strathman reacts to the Kansas victory over South Dakota State, talks about NCAA Football and the Big 12 and predicts the Chiefs 2012-2013 record. Kansas football NCAA football NFL

Jayhawks beat SDSU in Weis debut

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By Trevor Graff The first game of the Charlie Weis era ended in a Jayhawk victory, but it began with a missed 35-yard Ron Doherty field goal. The Jackrabbits exploited the Jayhawks slow start. A 99-yard Zach Zenner touchdown run put South Dakota State ahead seven to nothing following Doherty’s missed attempt. Despite the slow start, the Jayhawks found a rhythm early in the second half. “The performance had its highs and lows, but as a coach this is utopia,” coach Charlie Weis said. “What’s going to happen is the guys are going to go out and enjoy themselves tonight, but on the flip side there will be so many things on the tape where…

Bear Cave: A New Era Begins

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By Andrew Curtis It’s finally that time of year. Three things are inevitable: School is back in session, the leaves are beginning to change colors and the Kansas football program is set to begin its 123rd season. It’s safe to say that the Jayhawks enter the 2012 season with the most optimism since 2009, when Mark Mangino was still at the helm. The Turner Gill era was, well, if you want to call it an era, nothing short of abysmal. In my first three years at KU, the football team managed to get embarrassingly worse. A program that had won an Orange Bowl just a couple years before managed to just 10 wins in 3…