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Charlie Weis: Atmosphere good, but it’ll be better

September 2, 2012

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Charlie Weis

Kansas coach Charlie Weis talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 31-17 victory over South Dakota State on Sept. 1, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU players talk following win over SDSU

KU players talk following their 31-17 win over SDSU on Sept. 1, 2012.

Box score

KU 31, SDSU 17

So far, Charlie Weis says he’s happy with Kansas’ newest football tradition.

The KU football players — as promised — made their way over in front of the student section following their 31-17 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday, where they sang the alma mater with the KU students still there.

“I was generally very pleased that there were enough students there, and the band came out there,” Weis said. “Being over there for that, that’s what I’m hoping for. It’ll just get better.”

KU’s players seemed to enjoy celebrating with their fellow classmates.

Senior safety Bradley McDougald, who had two interceptions and six tackles, was the first one over, waving his hands in the air to pump up the crowd.

KU students — about half remained from the start of the game — also streamed down the aisles to be closer to the team.

“If you looked at our players, they genuinely had joy in their face,” Weis said. “Then you looked at the student body … they enjoyed connecting with the football players.”

The KU band members even rushed to the field to make sure the alma mater could be heard clearly.

“Some of the tuba players might be mad, because they’re still coming out of the stands when they started playing right there,” Weis said with a smile. “I thought it was a good start. It was a pretty good experience.”

KU senior Toben Opurum agreed.

“It was a lot of fun, because we haven’t done anything like that before,” Opurum said. “We’re glad a lot of the student section remained to the end, and we were able to interact with the crowd. It was a lot of fun, and it really helped us enjoy the victory that we had.”

Weis reiterated that it would be an every-game tradition.

“The problem is, you lose, you go over there, and there might not be anyone you’re singing with,” Weis said. “But I don’t think you can be hypocritical. I think if you’re going to do it, you should be doing it no matter what. That’s why I keep on encouraging students to be around there for it, because it makes it that much better.”

Overall, Weis said he was pleased with the atmosphere during his first game at Memorial Stadium.

“I think that the only time that it got quiet was deservedly so, because I thought there were periods of the game where we were flat,” Weis said. “Like I said to the players on the sideline, ‘Hey fellas, you’ve got to create the juice now,’ because there were times it was really loud and the fans were going nuts, and there were times it was really quiet. Usually those quiet times were directly related to how we were playing.”

Comments

LeBo 2 years, 2 months ago

Some died hard fans will take issue with it. Yet, this may grow tradition. Like rubbing the fairly new bronze Jayhawk upon entering from the Football Complex. To see you me smiling is rare today! Rock Chalk!

Bob Forer 2 years, 2 months ago

New "name" coach, new highly touted quarterback, and only half the students stay til the end? We had the same problem during the height of the Reesing Glory Days, though not as bad. Let's face it. The students will never support football like they do basketball. Many of them see home Saturdays as a party, rather than a game.

Only apparent solution: lower the drinking age to 18 and serve alcohol inside the stadium. Will never happen, though.

JackMcKee 2 years, 2 months ago

Leaving at the half. Rip is f'ing head off. Home of the CHIEFS. New players. New coaches. Same dumb students.

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