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KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger on football program: ‘We will get this thing fixed’

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger hangs out with head coach Turner Gill on the sidelines of practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger hangs out with head coach Turner Gill on the sidelines of practice on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.

October 22, 2011, 4:46 p.m. Updated October 22, 2011, 7:47 p.m.

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KU coach Turner Gill

Kansas coach Turner Gill talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 59-21 loss to Kansas State on Oct. 22, 2011.

Discouraged by yet another lopsided loss by the Kansas University football team, Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger spoke briefly after Saturday's 59-21 loss to in-state rival Kansas State at Memorial Stadium.

"I don't expect any player, coach, administrator, fan or alum to accept today's performance or the performances in recent weeks," Zenger said. "We will get this thing fixed."

Asked when that fix might come, Zenger expanded his statement and indicated that second-year coach Turner Gill at least would be allowed to finish out the season.

"We continue to evaluate the program on a week-by-week basis at the University of Kansas," Zenger continued. "We will never make a complete evaluation until the season is over and the body of work is in."

Asked after the game if he was concerned about his future at KU, Gill continued to push his slogan.

"I'm here to coach and teach," he said. "I still believe in my ability to coach. I still believe in my ability to develop. I believe in this staff's ability to teach and develop. I feel good about it. It's just taken a little bit longer time to get things done."

The Jayhawks (2-5 overall and 0-4 Big 12) play at Texas next week.

Comments

LivedinLawrence4Life 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm a strong believer in fulfilling a commitment. We gave turner 5 years to turn this program around. Give him the 5 years. Give the families of his recruits the comfort of knowing that the coach who recruited them will still be here next year. We won't be able to attract another top notch coach if KU continues to fire coaches before they even get a chance to recruit 5 years worth of players. Most of these players were recruited by Mangino. Turner had an amazing recruiting class this year despite the mess he was left with from Mangino and he will continue to convince families that their son would be a good fit for him and KU. Give him time to build the program. Remember the Colorado game last year and our first two victories this year. Turner did a great coaching job in getting this team to win those games! Give him more time to put together more pieces to make wins like those happen more often. If we start talking about firing a coach now, the last thing a top notch recruit would do would be to commit to that program. We need to throw even more support behind Turner Gill so that the families of next year's recruits can be comfortable in committing to Kansas!

mcontrary 3 years, 2 months ago

The program was "turned around" before Gill began as coach. It has turned down since he arrived.

MIke Mallory 3 years, 2 months ago

Please get Turner Gill out. He is so worried about cell phones and twitter that he isnt focused on coaching the team. He wasnt qualified for the job to begin with and his good guy aapproach has made us one of the softest teams in the country. Please, get a tough coach that we can be proud of instead of a coach that is better off being in charge of the bible study group at his church. We screwed up by getting rid of Mangino, now it time to get a legitimate coach in here, not a coach from a mid major. CAN YOU SAY COACH LEECH..........

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 2 months ago

No, we did not screw up by getting rid of Mangino. 2007 was a fluke. A great fun one...but a fluke nonetheless. Had Reesing not turned out to be just what that team needed...which Mangino was not expecting...it never would have happened. After that year, the program headed right back downhill.

Do you seriously think Mangino could have done any better with the defensive players he recruited???

(And have you not asked yourself why he's not been hired by anyone else?)

mcontrary 3 years, 2 months ago

Gill had only one year with more wins than losses before he came to KU but it wasn't a season to really brag about. Why continue to overpay him to embarrass KU and extend the number of years to develop a team capable of winning? He surely cannot recruit with his current record of losing. KU should cut it's losses and hire someone who actually has a winning record somewhere, unlike Gill’s one season with slightly more wins than losses.

irvan moore 3 years, 2 months ago

how about texas tech? wow,beat oklahoma at home, tommy tuberville wanted to come here and we picked gill for twice the money. this job is the last time you see gill running (into the ground) a D1 program.

Jayhawk1963 3 years, 2 months ago

And the former Texas Tech coach, Mike Leach, is still available, I believe. Mr. Leach is a PROVEN Div. 1 coach unlike Mr. Gill. Leach had considerable success at TT, knows how to recruit the state of Texas, coaches a wide-open, crowd- pleasing offense, would like nothing more than to get back at TT, etc. etc. Better keep his agent's phone number handy, Mr Zenger....

Flap Doodle 3 years, 2 months ago

Polishing the brass rails on the Titanic...

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