Admittedly, Glen Mason has been in a foul mood the past couple of weeks.
"I've not been the most upbeat guy. I've been called worn out, fatigued, sounding terrible, boring, all the terms," Mason said during his regular Wednesday news conference. "I was that guy."
Mason had good reason, though. He was suffering from the flu. He had it during Saturday's 27-24 win over Kansas State.
"I was sick," Mason said. "I personally think I was struggling. Saturday I told Bob (KU athletic director Frederick), `If you see me heading to the locker room, I'm not leaving. I might have to use the facilities. I'll be back.'''
Mason didn't have to visit a Memorial Stadium restroom during Saturday's win. He received a sudden burst of energy from the estimated 45,000 fans in the stadium and 8,000 to 9,000 more on Campanile Hill.
"I WAS absolutely astonished by the crowd. The crowd was absolutely great," said Mason. "Those who think KU and K-State are just basketball schools, it's not true.
"They are sports fans. If they think the kids are giving their all, they'll come out. Iowa State had a record crowd Saturday. It could not have been as impressive a setting as here."
This Saturday it's off to Oklahoma State where 2-5-1 KU will try to top the Cowboys for the first time since 1972. OSU enters with a 3-5 mark, including a 23-17 loss to K-State in Manhattan.
"Coach Mason talked to us about a jinx. We've not beaten 'em since 1972," defensive end Lance Flachsbarth said. "To us, it's a game against another team. We're not thinking it's a team we haven't beaten, just another ballgame."
After the OSU game, KU finishes at home against Nebraska and Missouri.
"I FIRMLY believe the next three weeks will have a bearing on next year, spring practice and our conditioning prrogram," Mason said.
"We think we have a chance in all three games," said Flachsbarth.
Mason announced that freshman running back George White won't play Saturday because of a knee injury suffered in the KSU game. The injury isn't believed to be serious, but White wore a knee brace during Wednesday's practice.
"He's a little gimpy right now," Mason said.
Chaka Johnson has moved up to No. 2 running back behind starter Tony Sands with White ailing.