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KU running back James Sims suspended three games

Kansas running back James Sims cuts through a hole as he heads up the field for a big gain against McNeese State during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas running back James Sims cuts through a hole as he heads up the field for a big gain against McNeese State during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

April 9, 2012


If Kansas University running back James Sims hopes to lead the Jayhawks in rushing for a third consecutive season, he’ll have to do it in three fewer games than everybody else — maybe less.

KU coach Charlie Weis announced Monday that Sims had been suspended for the first three games of the 2012 season for violating team rules.

Sims, 20 of Irving, Texas, was arrested early Sunday morning for operating a vehicle under the influence in the 1300 block of Jayhawk Boulevard. He becomes the latest member of the KU football team to fall victim to Weis’ new standard of discipline and accountability.

“Every player on our team knows and understands our rules and regulations,” Weis said in a press release Monday. “They also know the consequences for violations.”

As a true freshman in 2010, Sims led the Jayhawks with 742 yards and nine touchdowns on 168 carries. Last season, the 6-foot, 206-pound inside runner racked up similar numbers, rushing for 727 yards and nine TDs on 182 attempts.

Despite the presence of returning backs Brandon Bourbon and Tony Pierson, who both challenged Sims for carries in 2011, the veteran tailback opened the spring atop KU’s depth chart at the tailback position.

With his suspension looming, that figures to change, opening the door for Bourbon, Pierson and newcomers Taylor Cox and Tevin Shaw to take over the top spot.


Lawrence_Kansas 6 years, 2 months ago

I am wondering, why does Coach Weis dismiss the other players from the team for misconduct, but Sims only recieves a 3 game suspension for a DUI, I'm sure we are not fully aware of all the facts, but it just seems funny to me...

Lawrence_Kansas 6 years, 2 months ago

I know/agree with his standing in the depth chart. But Coach Weis said everyone will be held accountable, starter or back up. I personally hope that a 3 game suspension is all Sims gets because he is a great running back and the clear cut starter. But under what Weis had said earlier in the year, I figured a DUI would result in dismissal from the team.

Armen Kurdian 6 years, 2 months ago

CW hasn't even coached a game yet let's not start passing judgement on his discipline. 3 games may fit this incident. He may have been on Nyquil or Benadryl or some other legal drug that made him unfit to drive. Or if he had one drink underage, he'd be held accountable for that too. I'm willing to give CW the benefit of the doubt for now.

Robert Rauktis 6 years, 2 months ago

We better play like an SEC team if we're gonna punish like them.

kujayhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

He got a minor in posession. As long as he isn't driving, BFD. You don't kick somebody off the team for something like this until it becomes a pattern.

Martin Shupert 6 years, 2 months ago

What's the point in ruining his life? Three games is a good smack across the noggin. "Now straighten up and fly right." You want equality? fairness? justice? He's not a judge. He's not looking to be fair. He's looking to coach them, not be their parole officer. Anyone who is a star now understands they get whacked pretty hard for being an idiot... and anyone who can be replaced by a walk on should know they are there only by the grace of Weis and his disposition. It isn't equal because they are not equally important. If you aren't helping the team all that much anyway, walk the line, young man. If you're a superstar, it won't be as severe, but you're going to feel it.

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