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Meier, Sharp could miss MU-KU game

Kansas University receiver Kerry Meier (10) gives a celebratory bump to fellow receiver Johnathan Wilson following Meier's second touchdown. The Jayhawks rallied from a 20-0 deficit to beat Iowa State, 35-33, on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas University receiver Kerry Meier (10) gives a celebratory bump to fellow receiver Johnathan Wilson following Meier's second touchdown. The Jayhawks rallied from a 20-0 deficit to beat Iowa State, 35-33, on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

November 17, 2008

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Kansas has bye week, preps for Missouri

The Jayhawks fell from Big 12 North title contention after the 35-7 loss against Texas. The team has this week off as they prepare for Missouri. Enlarge video

Come Thanksgiving weekend, Kansas University’s football team very well might be headed into a gunfight without two of its top firearms.

Kansas coach Mark Mangino said Monday morning that injured starters Jake Sharp and Kerry Meier haven’t practiced this week, and he was unsure whether they’ll be available for the Jayhawks’ Nov. 29 game against rival Missouri at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

“I’m hopeful; I can’t say that I’m confident,” said Mangino of the likelihood the two will be ready to go against the No. 12 Tigers. “I’m hopeful they’ll be back. Talking with the trainer, it’s a situation where they’ve just got to get a lot of treatment and (see) how fast they heal up.”

Meier and Sharp left Saturday’s 35-7 loss to Texas during the first half after sustaining undisclosed injuries on separate plays, and neither was made available to reporters following the game.

Both have been integral parts of the team’s offense this season. Since the start of Big 12 play this season, Sharp has been the conference’s second-leading rusher and has compiled season totals of 748 yards and 10 touchdowns. Meier, meanwhile, is the team’s leader in receptions and was recently named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s top receiver.

“What I can tell you is that they didn’t practice (Sunday),” said Mangino, whose team is 6-5 (3-4 in the Big 12). “I don’t anticipate them to practice on Tuesday, either. And from there it will just be what the trainer thinks. We’ll kind of go day-to-day with them. But they have not practiced, and we don’t see them practicing at least through Tuesday.”

Pinkel pleased to play in K.C.: As far as Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is concerned, the Border Showdown can remain in Kansas City for the foreseeable future.

Pinkel on Monday praised the series’ current arrangement — a two-year deal between Missouri and Kansas to hold their annual matchup at Arrowhead Stadium — and insisted that he wouldn’t be opposed to extending the deal a few years more.

“To say that we’re never going to have the games back in Columbia or Lawrence, I would not want to go that far,” said Pinkel, whose team has a bye week this week. “But I certainly think it’s healthy. I think there’s certainly a tremendous amount of pluses to it financially, and also for the fan bases.”

A decision on whether the schools will opt to renew the Arrowhead deal has yet to be announced, although KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said earlier this season that the schools likely would reach a decision on the matter around the time of this year’s game.

Comments

Daniel Kennamore 6 years, 8 months ago

We wouldn't have won the game with them anyways...

LooPerkinsucks 6 years, 8 months ago

The Hawks suck no matter who's hurt."Atleast they're a basketball school"....

Jason Bailey 6 years, 8 months ago

@LooPerkinsucks: I don't know, man. UMKC gave us quite a scare. Last night's BB game reminded me of the Hawks playing FIU back in September: They should have been in control from the start but their lack of ability to get much rolling early showed signs of how the season will turn out.I'm optimistic but I have shudders of another year where Bucknell takes us out in early March.

KUandKSU_alum 6 years, 8 months ago

Difficult to say who would have won if injuries hadn't happened. But if a Baylor team can take Mizzou late into the 4th quarter, then perhaps Mizzou's season/team isn't as solid as it was cracked up to be either.

rtwngr 6 years, 8 months ago

Mizzou and KU are both, at best, mediocre this year. The whole Big XII north is pitiful. Really not a top 25 team in the North this year.

MUKUOUFan 6 years, 8 months ago

MU has only lost to ranked Texas and Oklahoma State. Granted they had a close one with Baylor, but every great team has its close games, such as Alabama vs. LSU in overtime. But the great teams know how to survive even an off day. It's not like MU lost to a "Southern Florida" or "Nebraska". In fact, MU defeated Nebraska 52 - 17. So, I don't think the criticism of MU is fair, especially as they will be going to the Big 12 Championship. Now, KU might be missing some players, but MU might also be resting some starters, as the Arrowhead game is meaningless, and Coffman is questionable. The real game of course will be this weekend, Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech. ....I pick Oklahoma by 10 points.

Rickyonealku 6 years, 8 months ago

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