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Archive for Tuesday, September 16, 1997

KU CONFIDENCE ON RISE

September 16, 1997

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Success hasn't changed Kansas University football coach Terry Allen, nor has it changed his outlook on his Jayhawks.

KU improved to 3-0 with a 15-7 victory over border rival Missouri on Saturday.

"Obviously, we've had a fortunate schedule," Allen said. "We had a couple of games early that a Big 12 team should win, and we won a big one last week. What that's done for us, it's given players and coaches confidence in each other. That's critical in a transition year. ... That helps you down the road, no question."

And will Allen's quick start help other NCAA Div. I-AA coaches hoping to make the jump to the big leagues? Allen was a finalist for several other Div. I-A jobs, and it was suggested Allen had every right to thumb his nose at those who passed over him.

"I don't think you take it that far," Allen said. "What it does do is, it lends that credibility. There were some questions in the eyes of players when we first came here about a lower-division coach coming up. Now we've had some early season success. I think the belief is there."

By improving to 3-0, Allen became the first KU coach since Phog Allen in 1920 to start a Kansas football coaching career 3-0. Phog Allen coached football just one year -- he went 5-2 -- and went on to become KU's all-time winningest basketball coach.

"What he did, he coached football one year, then got into basketball," Terry Allen said. "I don't think Roy (Williams) wants me to get into basketball coaching. And I don't think I want to, either."

Big 12 honors times two: KU linebacker Ron Warner was named Big 12 defensive player of the week and KU running back Eric Vann was named the league's offensive player of the week on Monday. Warner had just four tackles but was credited with four QB hurries and sacked MU quarterback Corby Jones and forced a fumble on the Tigers' final drive. Vann had a career-best 137 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

"That's a great honor for the program," Allen said, "and we're very proud of that."

K-State's Lamar Chapman was the special teams player of the week. He had 17 total tackles and returned a punt for 94 yards.

Poole bolts: Curtese Poole, a red-shirt freshman who was moved from quarterback to wide receiver, has left the team.

"It was frustration on his part and some homesickness," Allen said. "Obviously it was a disappointment for us. He's a fine young man. He's back in (Columbus) Ohio. He had some problems back home he had to take care of."

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