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Charlie Weis trying to drum up game-day tradition

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches over practice from across the field on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis watches over practice from across the field on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

April 25, 2012

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Coming from a place like Notre Dame, where tradition drips off the walls of the football stadium, and operating in the shadow of Allen Fieldhouse, which he called “the Mecca of college basketball,” first-year Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis has his sights set on adding a little tradition to Saturdays.

With that in mind, Weis on Tuesday met with KU band director Matthew Smith to discuss the idea of creating a postgame ceremony in which Weis’ football players would walk to the student section on the east side of Memorial Stadium and sing the alma mater with their classmates while the band takes a spot on the field and faces the players and students.

“I know when you are 2-10 it is tougher for the students to buy in and show that same kind of loyalty and devotion to the football team,” Weis said. “I think we have to do something on the field to help that. I get it. But at the same time, if you don’t ever try to make that bond between the football team and the students and the band, then how is it ever going to happen? Just by accident?”

Weis continued: “It’s really tough to go up in front of your students after losing a football game to sing the alma mater. I have done it; it’s tough. It is also tough for the students to stay there until the end of the game to be a part of that. We are going to own up to our end of the bargain. We are going to be there. I am going to start Tweeting to death, to start working those students to make sure they are there, too.”

Comments

Robert Rauktis 2 years, 7 months ago

"With that in mind, Weis on Tuesday met with KU band director Matthew Smith to discuss the idea of creating a postgame ceremony in which Weis’ football players would walk to the student section on the east side of Memorial Stadium and sing the alma mater with their classmates while the band takes a spot on the field and faces the players and students. "

Charlie must think he's at Annapolis or West Point. Drunks and a lop sided score won't make for much of a tune.

Jayhawk1958 2 years, 7 months ago

Now that's a positive comment from supposedly KU fan. Oh wait, but you are a basketball fan so that makes you a true KU fan.

Alabamastreet 2 years, 7 months ago

I like the effort from Weis to think about tradition. Mangino did a lot to try to connect to student section too, and he had developed a good following. Its going to start rough though, which Coach clearly knows. He'll find more students if he took the team to the street on the north side of the stadium after the game . . .

Bob Harvey 2 years, 7 months ago

I agree that winning will help institute traditions. For those who have had the good fortune of watching some football at tradition rich schools you know how great it can be. Our last visit to Kyle Field at Texas A&M was simply outstanding.

Jim Williamson 2 years, 7 months ago

Winning puts meat in the seats, and once they're there, you can get fans to do what you want them to do. Thing is, you have to do it more than a year or two in a row.

Say what you will (and have) about Mangino, but when he was around, I walked into Memorial Stadium thinking I was going to leave happy far more often than I was going to leave sad. I'm 48, and I never felt the same way about another Kansas coach.

hbjayhawk 2 years, 7 months ago

I know everyone who posts and writes at ljword is "cautiously optimistic" about the beginning of the Weis era. Let's face it, this is the most talented football team KU has put together since 2008 right now. This team is better prepared already than last year. Sims is going to be ready to tear through TCU on sept 15 and Crist will have adjusted by then. Our o-line and receivers are very talented. Our special teams will be immensely improved. If our defense improves "somewhat" you are looking at a 7 win season. I am certain of one thing: Weis is gonna beat TCU on sept 15 and the buzz will be back in Lawrence by the time the Oct 6 showdown with K-State to give Weis a chance to back up his "we want to be the best team in Kansas" speech. Hold on for what is going to be an interesting ride. That Nov game vs. Iowa State at home might actually mean something this year.

DocPossum 2 years, 7 months ago

Optimism tempered with reality should be our year one perspective. The FB team is making big strides. The fans must remain optimistic and support the team as long as the team is giving great effort. The current coaching staff knows where it wants to go but wins won't happen overnight. A solid foundation has to be established. The team must be supported during this transition. The goal this first year is to beat the teams you should beat (don't beat yourselves). It will likely take 2-3 years until recruiting and player development will show true results in the win column. Fans can't give up and must remain positive during this period! Constant bitching and criticism will hurt recruiting. KU can be a great FB destination down the road but everyone (fans, coaches, administrators, students, alums, etc) must talk the talk and walk the walk to make it happen. Recruits have to be sold and it will be a challenge initially to get many to look at what has been a BB school. Everyone has to help recruiting by supporting the team. A positive and lively game atmosphere impresses recruits. Help CW bring in and impress the fellows that will make future wins possible! (Sham)rock Chaulk Jayhawk!

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