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Harris voices his support for coach

Kansas University defenders Chris Harris and D.J. Beshears (20) celebrate a fumble recovery against Colorado on Oct. 17, 2009, in Boulder, Colo. Harris, a senior cornerback, is hoping to use his experience, 	dependability and passion to create a memorable final year on the football field in 2010.

Kansas University defenders Chris Harris and D.J. Beshears (20) celebrate a fumble recovery against Colorado on Oct. 17, 2009, in Boulder, Colo. Harris, a senior cornerback, is hoping to use his experience, dependability and passion to create a memorable final year on the football field in 2010.

November 18, 2009

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While most of the Jayhawks aren’t talking, at least one — junior cornerback Chris Harris — counts himself squarely in Mangino’s corner.

“Man, we’re all for coach Mangino,” Harris said Tuesday at the team’s regular weekly news conference. “We know it’s a tough time for everybody, and we’re going through a lot of adversity. We just have to continue to fight together, and I’m pretty sure good things will happen.”

Harris’ words were, in part, a reaction to the team’s current five-game losing streak, a skid the Jayhawks will look to break at 7 p.m. Saturday when they play at No. 3 Texas. Of course, the bulk of Harris’ answer referenced reports of an ongoing investigation by an outside source in response to a meeting between Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins and the KU football team.

The meeting, first reported by the Journal-World, took place Monday night after KU senior linebacker Arist Wright reportedly went to Perkins with concerns about Mangino.

That left Mangino and five of his players to answer a barrage of questions from reporters Tuesday about the specifics and reasons for the meeting.

Most of the players declined to comment.

“I have a pretty good relationship with (Mangino),” Harris said. “I’ve been playing since I got here, and I haven’t done anything wrong, so my relationship with him has been pretty good. If you do something wrong, you’re going to get in the dog house, and I’ve pretty much kept my way out of doing wrong.”

“He’s always been the same way, same since I’ve been here,” Harris continued. “Just being a coach. The way he disciplines, the rules have always been the same since I’ve been here.”

Harris said the situation need not be a distraction.

“It can definitely bring us together if we let it bring us together, or it can split the team apart, and we can just go downhill,” he said. “I think we can spin (these distractions) as a positive. We just have to make sure people aren’t being negative about it. But I think we can come together through this.”

Freshman offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson agreed with Harris.

“It’s only going to be as big of a distraction as you let it be,” Hawkinson said. “Obviously, you just have to stay focused on the task at hand, and I think that’s what everyone’s been doing.”

Comments

cato_the_elder 5 years, 1 month ago

Chris, go down to Texas and bring home a win. Just think of the statement that each of you could make against what's being done to your coach.

TopJayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

The players are soft and whiners. It's obvious that the players quit several games ago. Keep Mangino, and cut the whiners loose.

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