Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 9.3.12

Sep 1, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks linebacker Huldon Tharp (34) tackles South Dakota State Jackrabbits running back Zach Zenner (31) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Kansas won the game 31-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Football

Kansas wins 31-17 in Weis’ debut - KansasCity.com
A day later I'm starting to feel better about things. Sure I would have loved to see the makings of a dramatic turnaround, but at the same time we are working out of a pretty big hole. With that as the qualifier, we took some nice steps in the right direction. The biggest challenge is going to be the quality of the league schedule. We look to be a step behind most teams so competitiveness and sneaking up on one or two will be huge as we look toward the future.

Dayne Crist solid, not spectacular — yet | KUsports.com
“I’m very disappointed with how I played, left a ton of throws out on the field,” Crist said. “More than anything, I’m just happy that we got a win, couldn’t be more happy for my teammates, and at the end of the day, that’s the most important thing.”

Recruits will fill the gaps | KUsports.com
Josh Williams, the fifth-year transfer who graduated from Nebraska, has that long and lean look of a quarterback hunter. He has quicker, more agile movements than the rest of KU’s D-linemen. Charlie Weis won’t feel as if he’s upgraded recruiting enough until he has athletes who look and move that way and don’t stand out so much from teammates.

What, Charlie Weis worry? Coach sees good, bad, ‘crummy’ | KUsports.com
“There were a lot of good plays on offense, a lot of good plays on defense and a lot of big plays on special teams,” Weis said. “But, at the same time, there were a lot of crummy plays, too.”

Charlie Weis: Atmosphere good, but it’ll be better | KUsports.com
Crowd was slow to fill up the stands but by kickoff it was pretty much at capacity minus the SDSU corner. For the most part people stuck around. Whether that was the closeness of the game or support of the team will be decided as the season goes on. I will say that generally speaking there seemed to be cautious hope throughout the stadium, some frustration, but everyone WANTS to support a good football program. If things can move in that direction I really believe we've learned a few lessons from our last dabble in success.

Bradley McDougald stands out | KUsports.com
“I’ve been tooting his horn for a while now,” Weis said. “This is not a news flash about my feelings toward Bradley McDougald. I think that he’s as good a player as we have on the team, maybe the best.”

KU's Crist fails to pass opening test | CJOnline.com
He's drawing some fair criticism but it was his first game. He definitely has the arm to make all the throws and he has a pocket awareness that will help keep plays alive. Bring those throws under control and put a little touch on things and he'll be on point. Too early to write this transfer off, he's a leader and that's an important piece to the puzzle.

Cox becomes valuable cog in KU's backfield | CJOnline.com
Cox needs to become our complimentary back to Pierson from the get go. Once Sims returns you have another player to add to the mix, but it doesn't appear the staff is very convinced when it comes to Brandon Bourbon so Cox is our best back when it comes to running in traffic. Pierson is the home run threat, Cox needs to be our grind it out guy.

Kansas Basketball

Xavier Henry relishes KU return | KUsports.com
Glad to see Henry still loves Kansas.

NCAA: Self, KU athletics can’t market new facility | KUsports.com
Keeping an eye on the project that would pave the way for track removal. Doesn't look like the University can get too involved if at all.

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