To the editor:
Hey Jayhawks, keep the faith and don’t throw the baby out with the bath water! Once again, building a strong, winning Kansas University football tradition is in its infancy, and with any baby there are scary and demanding moments. Turner Gill and Chuck Long and many of their coaches are outstanding men, accomplished leaders, skilled teachers and, by the way, great recruiters. KU’s offense this year has performed beyond expectations with mainly freshmen and sophomores in the skill positions. Our offensive line is finally playing up to its potential. This explosive offense will only get better on future Saturdays, and two of the finest kickers in the country were recruited to Mount Oread. Special teams are progressing.
If offense entertains and helps sell seats, and special teams secure field position, it indeed is defense that wins football games and championships. We clearly are at the bottom of the defensive barrel; the genesis for this dismal situation goes back to Mangino’s final couple of years when KU did not recruit enough quality defenders. I am confident that, because of KU’s proven ability to recruit, led by Gill, Long, Reggie Mitchell and others (just ask Gary Pinkel), the Jayhawks will bring in high-caliber defensive players for coming seasons. The Jayhawks stopping the Mighty Sooners seven straight plays on the two-yard line and two other times inside the five, provides hope for the future. I can’t remember a more impressive red zone showing by any team against OU in recent years. Go Jayhawks. Beat the Wildcats! And we will.