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Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

KU football notebook: Allen says AD ‘icing on the cake’

July 4, 2001

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Al Bohl doesn't take over officially as Kansas University's athletics director until Aug. 1, but he has already made an impression.

"I think it's just kind of the icing on the cake right now for the football team," KU coach Terry Allen said Tuesday of the hire. "We do have a renewed excitement about the team as far as the people that are in place as far as our coaches, the players in their attitude in the offseason program, this summer here, what we went through this spring. I think there's a renewed excitement that's very legitimate.

"And then to have a guy such as Dr. Bohl hired, who talks about football, football, football that makes our players excited. That has a trickle-down effect that they're excited about."

Allen and KU basketball coach Roy Williams both were involved in the interviewing process, spending about 30 minutes one-on-one with each of the four finalists last week.

"I'm excited about him," Allen said. "There's no question he's a football guy. I was a Bob Frederick fan, but I think what Al brings to the table is an excitement for football. He's an outgoing-type person that I'm anxious to work with.

"I called him and said, 'I'm ready to get in that car with you wherever you want to go to sell tickets.'"

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It's academic: Allen doesn't foresee the Jayhawks having any problems with eligibility because of academics.

"I think we're in pretty good shape," Allen said. "That's a knock-on-wood situation. We did well. We did much better in the spring semester and we're in position for everybody to make it through the process.

"I believe all the guys will make it, but there's always surprises out there."

For players attending summer school red-shirt freshman quarterback Mario Kinsey included eligibility for this fall won't be determined until grades are released the first week of August.

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Help wanted: KU is close still to filling its final assistant coaching position.

Former Memphis head coach Rip Scherer has received the documents outlining the details of his buyout, and on Tuesday he traveled to Memphis to have the papers inspected by his lawyer and to sign on the dotted line.

"It is literally a couple days," Allen said. "He has the papers. Now it's just a matter of going to sign them."

The Jayhawks haven't had a running backs coach since early April, when Bill Salmon bolted for Northern Iowa to be the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator for fellow former KU aide Mark Farley.

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Bohl on a bowl game: Bohl was asked by Don Fortune and Jim Rose during their radio show Tuesday if he expected a specific number of victories from the football team this fall.

"Absolutely not," Bohl said. "I would not go public and put a number on it like that. I don't think that'd be fair to Terry Allen. I've already talked to Terry. I don't think there's anybody in Kansas that doesn't think that Terry Allen is a quality person. But Terry knows ... we talked earlier (in the interview) about the AD being like a CEO. It is a business at this level. Terry knows it. I know it. The chancellor knows it. The community knows it. The objective is how to make sure we get enough victories to go to a bowl game.

"In the Big 12, six wins is going to put you in a good position to at least qualify for a bowl game. What I'm really about I've got a short window here. Terry's already been there. I want to try to figure out anyway, anything I can do as the athletics director to support and make sure he gets those wins. The ultimate result is we want to be winning in football."

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