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Not dead yet: Turner Gill eager to put October behind

In the spirit of Halloween, a Texas fan hoists a skeletal effigy of the Jayhawks during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

In the spirit of Halloween, a Texas fan hoists a skeletal effigy of the Jayhawks during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

October 31, 2011

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It doesn’t take much to figure out how fans feel about the current state of Kansas University football program.

A quick search of KU message boards, Twitter or talk radio provides a colorful, and sometimes brutal, synopsis. But with his team mired in a six-game losing streak and sitting at 2-6 overall and 0-5 in Big 12 play, Kansas coach Turner Gill doesn’t seem rattled by the negativity that’s out there.

“I understand the fans’ (perspective),” Gill said Sunday night. “I don’t know all that, but, just like myself, you would like to have a better situation than we had in October. But we do have the month of November here, and we just need to finish and give our fans some things so they can see that things are definitely making progress in this program and moving forward in a good way. We’re trying to build on a steady basis to be competing for championships.”

At this point — just two days removed from a 43-0 loss at Texas, the latest in a long line of lows for the Jayhawks — things have become pretty routine with Gill’s crew: Work hard and think positive thoughts during the week, suffer an embarrassing letdown on Saturday and show up Sunday ready to put it all behind them. Despite being stuck in a rut, Gill said the team had held together.

During his weekly phone call with reporters Sunday night, Gill was asked if he thought he or his staff had lost the team. His answer?

“No. No. No. Not at all,” he said.

That aspect of KU’s recent struggles seems to be the one that matters most to Gill. While he said he could sympathize with all the disappointment out there, he emphasized that the focus remained on his team and the final four weeks of the season.

“I’m just worried about trying to get our football team ready,” he said. “Obviously, I understand we’re not as productive as myself or the fans or anybody would like to be. But I know we’re trying to make sure that we finish this season up good, and I think that’s the key thing right now. We’ve got an opportunity with these next four games. As we all know, in most cases, you’re more remembered by what you do in November and hopefully we can make a good statement.”

Film reveals failure up front

A day after watching his offense limp to 46 yards, three first downs and minus-2 rushing yards in the loss to the Longhorns, Gill and his coaching staff watched the game film while keeping an eye out for just what went wrong that allowed UT to hold Kansas more than 350 yards below its season average. They found a clear answer.

“Our guys up front just couldn’t knock ’em off the ball, couldn’t make any creases,” Gill said. “We just couldn’t get any rhythm going.”

UT used new look

Part of the reason Texas was able to gouge Kansas for 441 rushing yards was its use of a new offensive formation.

Gill said Sunday that, on certain running plays, the Longhorns created an unbalanced look by using an extra offensive lineman. The extra run-blocker, a reserve who wore No. 82, allowed UT to put four lineman to one side, opening up big hole after big hole against the KU defense.

“They put him in at that tight-end spot, but he actually was an offensive lineman,” Gill said. “That was the only thing that was different, (from what we’d seen) and, obviously, they gained a lot of yards in running that one play.”

Other than that new wrinkle, Gill said Texas did not do anything out of the ordinary.

“I can’t say anything was a total surprise, as far as what they did,” he said.

ISU favored by 13.5

Iowa State, which KU will play in Ames, Iowa, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, opened as a 13.5-point favorite against the Jayhawks. By Sunday night, the line already had crept up as much as a point and a half.

The Cyclones are the eighth-straight opponent to be favored against the Jayhawks.

Comments

pigballin 2 years, 5 months ago

Larry Fedora at Southern Mississippi.

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pocorio 2 years, 5 months ago

Sorry to tell you but KU is broke and can't afford to fire Gill. The price for Gill and his assisstants is almost $9 million. He will drive the football program so low that no one will want KU in the next break up of the Big 12. Division 2 here we come.

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demonfury 2 years, 5 months ago

Gill is history, Zenger will see to that. No matter how he has to make it happen, he will terminate Gill the morning after the final loss to Missouri. Gill will laugh out of here a multi - multi millionaire for being a horrific loser. I just hope KU wakes up and realizes that hiring a coach for any other reason but winning is not ok.

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uglyrumor 2 years, 5 months ago

Kansas enrollment down for 3 yrs. Iowa State record enrollment 3 yrs in a row. ISU putting up new buildings(including student housing)all over campus. K-state beating KU in all categories. As a KU hater I think that KU has bigger problems than its football team. Your self-proclaimed Harvard of the midwest is turning out to be more like one of those schools that advertise on Maury, except people are still going to those schools.

Cyclone Nation 4 life!!!!!

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

At least the kids are getting a college education from nothing.

Reminds me of Billy Preston's song with the lyrics, nothing from nothing leaves nothing.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 5 months ago

Don't feel too good about the entire KU sports programs:

Football in the tank! Basketball: Missing recruits, players leaving early, senior discipline problems! KUAD: $54 million in debt. Realignment: Nobody wants us! Overall: Last place in conference! Future! Who knows!

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 5 months ago

"He is not a good coach, church youth leader maybe, but not coach."

Ha! true dat!

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CHEEZIT 2 years, 5 months ago

Wasn't Texas 5-7 last year? Why didn't they fire Mack Brown? That is totally unacceptable!

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orangechubb 2 years, 5 months ago

Problem is he will still go 2-10 with them. He is not a good coach, church youth leader maybe, but not coach.

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fu7il3 2 years, 5 months ago

The problem is that Gill won't be able to recruit anyone better than that in the near future. No one wants to come to college and get their butt handed to them every week.

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Mike Anderson 2 years, 5 months ago

To all of you Gill bashers ... please explain how KU is to be competitive when the following 18 guys are your top prospects from their class and who are not juniors and seniors:

Rell Lewis 2 stars Jeff Spikse 2 stars Anthony Davis 2 stars Jeremiah Hatch 3 stars Richard Johnson 2 stars AJ Steward 2 stars Patrick Dorsey 2 stars Isiah Barfield 2 stars Josh Richardson 2 stars Greg Brown 3 stars Lubbock Smith 2 stars Duane Zlatnick 3 stars Trevor Marrongelli 2 stars Corrigan Powell 3 stars Kale Pick 3 stars John Williams 3 stars Tim Biere 3 stars Tanner Hawkinson 4 stars (only 4 star player that I can tell is still around - out of 3 or 4)

As far as I know these guys are decent players. Some of the reciers are doing okay. But the bottom line I'm really question if any of the above could leave KU and start (not just play) for OU, OSU, or TX.

I don't see any defensive studs in the group. Don't see anyone in this group that will make any All American lists, not even sure there is anyone in this group who is playing up to the caliber be be placed on 1st, 2nd, or honorable mention for a Big 12 team.

So if you really think KU ought to be competitive against OU, TX, OSU, G Tech, TX Tech ... please explain how. Above are your "best players" - or at least were recruited under that thought process. That is 18 out of about 50 guys that are still left.

Maybe it is time the above list of guys start playing football - especially on defense. Hit the other guy time and time again until they get tired and want to go home. I don't see the above guys having that make-up ... could be wrong.

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flamingoroad 2 years, 5 months ago

Give Gill another year. First do some "cleaning house" of the coaching staff!!

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Kevin Randell 2 years, 5 months ago

You know....if we had a dollar for EVERY time somebody mentions Mangino on here, we would have enough money to buy Gill out.

Everyone, stop acting like the OCD boyfriend who can't get over his ex...Mangino is NOT coming back!

From yesterday's article, we are chin deep in debt and it's going to be hard to fire Gill and get a new coach in here. I am one for the side of we need to let this coach go.

But since it's Halloween...I will leave you with something REALLY scary. Turner Gill be still be here next year.

My only rainbow in this crap storm of a season is that there will be so many season ticket holders not renew that I will be able to move closer to the 50 yard line and even get a better parking space. Happy Halloween everyone!

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 5 months ago

Gill should be given one more year. He is doing a terrible job, but firing a coach after two years? What good coach would want to come into a situation like that, knowing they could be fired after just two years without a chance to build their program?

And who knows? Maybe Gill will turn it around. Not likely, but he should be given one more year.

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50YearResident 2 years, 5 months ago

We should have kept Mangino ans fired Perkins instead.

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oldvet 2 years, 5 months ago

"How did he bag 10 million from KU?

Because the criteria when KU needed a new coach was not "Who is the best football coach we can get". There were too many limiting modifiers...

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boknowssports 2 years, 5 months ago

if he figured out the extra lineman to one side of the ball, why not make adjustments at half.....oh yea....we don't do that. This guy is pathetic! Not BCS ready. He had one winning season in a chump change conference. How did he bag 10 million from KU?????

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twaldaisy 2 years, 5 months ago

I say give Coach Gill another year. I give credit to the young men on the team as they just keep plugging away and are not giving up. The coaching staff is doing something right in keeping those players motivated. Not sure I could keep playing hard and losing. I still BELIEVE...This time next year maybe not so much.

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50YearResident 2 years, 5 months ago

The Little League mentality, no matter how bad they play, tell them they did great, winning isn't everything.

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observant 2 years, 5 months ago

Fire this idiot and his entire staff NOW!!!!!!

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justanotherface 2 years, 5 months ago

Turner Gill has some effing nerve and is in complete denial to say this program is making progress and moving forward in a good way. I'll say it again, as long as he is coach, KU football is dead to me. GO CYCLONES!

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justanotherface 2 years, 5 months ago

Turner Gill has some effing nerve and is in complete denial to say this program is making progress and moving forward in a good way. I'll say it again, as long as he is coach, KU football is dead to me. GO CYCLONES!

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Richard Payton 2 years, 5 months ago

Looking at Rivals and other websites Kansas University isn't getting many football players. Hope recruiting starts picking up or Kansas my be playing football one guy short.

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irvan moore 2 years, 5 months ago

speaking for october and some others, we will be glad to put tg behind us too.

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