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Kansas interim head football coach Clint Bowen met with the media for the first time Monday after taking over the reins of the program Sunday morning.
Bowen will field questions starting at 1 p.m. from the Anderson Family Football Complex and the entire event can be watched live by clicking the video above or by visiting YouTube.com/KUAthletics.
After thanking his family, the Kansas University decision-makers who gave him the “unbelievable opportunity,” his fellow KU football coaches, the Kansas players and even fired coach Charlie Weis, interim KU football head coach Clint Bowen met with the media Monday morning to talk about the mid-season change and how it will impact the Jayhawks (2-2 overall, 0-1 Big 12) going forward.
Bowen believes in Kansas football. He’s won bowl games here as a player. He’s worked under two coaches — Glen Mason and Mark Mangino — who proved you could win at KU. And Bowen said he was honored to be able to try to follow in their footsteps.
When Mark Mangino was forced out after one of the most successful stints in KU football history after the 2009 season, the Jayhawks paid a heavy price for the administration making the wrong move. Mangino did not deserve to be dismissed and, if you're one that believes in karma, it's easy to say that struggles and shellackings of the past four-plus seasons have been exactly that.
(Mr. Ed says: In this article, Tait also claims that Charlie Weis worked hard, and for that Kansas fans should thank him. I disagree - there's more than just anecdotal evidence out there that Weis did NOT work hard. He was caught sleeping in a meeting at least once. If it happened once, I'm sure it happened multiple times. And that's just one example.)
“It’s really unfortunate that it’s so soon, when you’re not even halfway through the year,” Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops said. “You wonder why it has to be that soon and not giving somebody a little longer opportunity to try and get things right. That’s just how it goes in today’s world.”
“Anyone who knows anything about Kansas, talking to coaches in this business, people understand that this is a sleeping giant of a program. … People that know football, they know that this is an unbelievable job.’’
“I feel like we have a way of operating that is proven successful at the University of Kansas,” Bowen said. “I’ve seen the blueprint before here.” The blueprint, Bowen says, includes ideals and elements learned under Mason and Mangino, the last two coaches to lead the Jayhawks to multiple bowl games. An emotional figure on the sideline, Bowen talked about integrity, toughness and embracing the culture and history of Kansas football.
"My mind, right now, is 100 percent on giving the players in this program -- the seniors, the guys that have been here, the guys that have worked so hard -- the best possible opportunity they can have for success," Bowen said.
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger makes it clear that understanding KU constituency is a major priority in selecting the Jayhawks’ next football coach. "The number one thing we're going to be looking for is just a great fit with the University of Kansas," he said. "That doesn't mean they have to have been here before, but someone who understands who we are, how we've gotten where we are and where we've been in the past.
Kansas football will play host to Oklahoma State at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 11. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1, the Big 12 Conference announced on Monday.
Kansas - Total Commits: 13 - ESPN 300 Commits: 0 - The Latest: The first order of business for interim coach Clint Bowen was calling all of Kansas’ commitments Sunday and telling them they are still wanted in Lawrence. Despite his troubles on the field, Charlie Weis had put together another decent recruiting class that Bowen needs to hold together.
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Kansas sophomore Yulduz Kuchkarova set a personal-best time and broke her own Uzbekistan national record at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea last week. Kuchkarova swam a total of three events: the 200-, 100- and 50-meter backstroke—the latter in a record-setting time of 29.31.
Kansas will put a four-match win streak against its in-state rival on the line when KU welcomes Kansas State to a sold-out Horejsi Family Athletics Center, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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Snyder typically wears purple windbreakers on the sideline that have logos of past bowl games on them, some of them several years old. But Snyder received a note from the league office this week respectfully asking that he retire some of the outdated ones.
Good news for the Baylor Bears: They no longer have to look for any extra motivation for Saturday's game against Texas in Austin. Longhorns receiver John Harris was happy to provide a quote to post on any bulletin board the Bears would like to place it.
SMU is currently in the market for a head coach after June Jones stepped down from the position earlier this month, and according to one report, Jones' replacement could be another coach from Texas who recently walked away.
But we're not here to talk about the job security of football coaches. We're here to look back on the weekend that was in college football while celebrating all the greatness that we saw. And there were no moments greater than the first thing on our list.
Collectively, it's the latest bit of evidence that Hamilton -- aided by his capable staff, most notably associate head coach Stan Jones -- remains a recruiting force even at the age of 66 and despite the fact that he doesn't work at a place anybody would describe as a national basketball brand with inherent advantages.
- Video and Pic of the Day -
This is what Louisville will wear this season. Hey, anything's better than the Zubaz-inspired Adidas threads that first came about in 2012.
The fact that this hasn’t been done before should give great shame to all baseball fans.