Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Gill

December 5, 2011

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To the editor:

I grew up in Oklahoma, so it is easy to understand how I did not like the highly successful quarterback of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Today, I not only like Turner Gill but believe in the plan he was instituting at Kansas University. What I like most about him is how he treats people and how he carries himself, even in adversity. I also believe that, given more time, he would have translated that character into wins on the playing field.

This staff was not yet successful on the field, but they were successful in life. They are dedicated to the young men they mentored, were dedicated to the families they loved and committed to the assignment they were given. No matter what happens to them the rest of their lives, their identity is marked by their character, not their careers. No one can fire them from that. Thanks, Coach Gill and the rest of your staff, for your contribution to our community.

Comments

grammaddy 3 years, 5 months ago

2 years isn't enough time to do anything after the mess he walked into.

beatrice 3 years, 5 months ago

Glad you think so. Now apply this logic to the political arena and something as massive as the economy, then get back to us.

cato_the_elder 3 years, 5 months ago

The word has begun to get out concerning the personal conduct of too many KU football players this year relating to class attendance, grades, eligibility and illegal substance use. In short, the inmates were beginning to take over the asylum, just as had occurred toward the end of the tenure of Terry Allen, who was also a very likeable and consummately nice guy.

The primary attribute KU's new head football coach needs is a commitment to discipline, both on and off the field. A team that consistently exhibits false starts, blown assignments, and mental mistakes at the most crucial times is usually playing for a coach who's too soft. We need to get someone in here who will let the players know that it's his way or the highway.

Jayhawk1958 3 years, 5 months ago

Can't argue with the writer about Gill's qualities. I don't know why all of the personal attacks about him. He didn't fail on purpose. Yes it wasn't the right fit for him here but blame Perkins who hired him. I heard he interviewed at UAB recently and I hope he gets the job.

HJohn 3 years, 5 months ago

I think that the discipline on and off the field was the excuse given for getting rid of Mark Mangino. People tend to remember the 2007 nearly perfect season and the Orange Bowl victory and classify Mangino as building a winning program. They forget that Mangino was 4-4 in 2009 in conference. He followed that with a 5-7 year and a 1-7 conference record, with a lone victory over Iowa State. Mark Mangino had the only winning record in the last 10 coaches at KU, and he was 50-48 overall. You have to go back to 1958-66 and Jack Mitchell to find a winner. Coach Gill was trying to turn around 43 years as a losing program. Hope the next guy can fix it in 12 months, or he will start looking over his shoulder.
Turner Gill unlike Bill Self or Roy Williams, wasn't given the keys to a Porsche, where he just had to keep it running. He was given the keys to a Pontiac with no engine. 2 years was not enough time to completely change a culture on a football team. There were positive signs within the program. But big boosters didn't want to be embarassed by the Wildcats or Tigers, so the pulled the trigger. And it was an easy decision as Coach Gill was Lew Perkins hire, but it wasn't the right decision. Good luck finding a winning coach to walk into to Lawrence knowing he has 20 months to right the ship.

woodscolt 3 years, 5 months ago

Look how many games Mangino lost in a row with these players. Gill needed far more time to build a program than KU had patience for. Its easy for fans and boosters to beat their chest and throw all the vitriol that has been directed at Gill but whose next? What coach wants to step into that knowing they will need several years to turn the football program around. Why would a reputable coach want to take that chance on their reputation. Gill took that chance and see what it got him. I guess he has 10 million bucks to help but that won't fix his reputation after being drug through the KU mud bath. Thanks for taking a chance on our football program and best luck to you in the future, Mr. Gill.

Bruce Bertsch 3 years, 5 months ago

The team was out of shape for two years. After two seasons players still didn't play assignment sound football. Grades were slipping. Gill was not a good fit nor was he a good coach.

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