Brought to you by Lawrence Photo Store

BarkingHawk

Comment history

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Certainly, HCTG has removed the 'no swearing' mantra from most followers of this program. It's practically all I do when watching him speak or his defense play.

On No defense for KU coach Turner Gill

Posted 9 October 2011, 4:28 p.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

When the chancellorship changed, political correctness took over the program. Mangino was not the politician, the 'deeds' were done (such as they were), Perkins needed some cover from his new boss (after all, 'they' did happen on his watch) and coach was fired. The hiring of the politically correct, anti-Mangino didn't save Perkins once the financial scandal(s) surfaced.

This problem will solve itself. The question is whether Zenger will prevent further damage before it does. This, as much or more than conference reallignment (which could be handled little differently than it was, since we had so few cards to play anyway), will be his first big test as AD.

Why will the problem solve itself?

First, people will simply not show up, buy tickets or support the Williams Fund. Hence, revenues, interest and support will drop. Bad, and at a particularly bad time.

Second, empty seats and unprecedented loss margins will brand the Gill program for what it is. Quality recruits will simply pass. Absent blind allegiance to KU, wouldn't you? I'm a lifelong Jayhawk, but if both Bill Snyder and Turner Gill knocked on my door to recruit one of my sons, it would take no more than a nanosecond to decide which one to let in, at least to be their football coach. And, I have heard no reason to not personally like Turner Gill.

The third reason melds with the second. KSU is enjoying a massive resurgence under the Master. Mizzou, assuming they stay in the league, is solid and will continue its run against us (4 of the last 5, and counting). Well-heeled Jayhawks, along with many others, will not tolerate the beatings we experienced last year and can only anticipate going forward. We have to compete with and beat these people, or why play at all? Booster money will be there to help prevent these intolerable embarrassments and buy Gill out. If not, or if otherwise needed, some of the new money from TV and buyout(s) should, rather must be used.

The question now is if Zenger will make this still gut-wrenching move sooner or later. There is precedent for mid-season firings (Allen, even Prince up the road) and after two years (Valesente being the most recent). If the AD does not act soon, he will set the next coach up for an even bigger job to rebuild what was torn down so quickly by the previous firing and this hiring. That would be a mistake, particularly in this atmosphere of conference musical chairs. Some quality candidates might just pass (they may have before).

The other, perhaps deeper questions? Will this chancellor, for a variety of reasons, let him? And what will he do if she won't?

Soon, we're going to find out a lot about the stomach and backbone of Dr. Zenger

On No defense for KU coach Turner Gill

Posted 9 October 2011, 9:52 a.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

BarkingHawk(anonymous)replies…

When the chancellorship changed, political correctness took over the program. Mangino was not the politician, the 'deeds' were done (such as they were), Perkins needed some cover from his new boss (after all, 'they' did happen on his watch) and coach was fired. The hiring of the politically correct, anti-Mangino didn't save Perkins once the financial scandal(s) surfaced.

This problem will solve itself. The question is whether Zenger will prevent further damage before it does. This, as much or more than conference reallignment (which could be handled little differently than it was, since we had so few cards to play anyway), will be his first big test as AD.

Why will the problem solve itself?

First, people will simply not show up, buy tickets or support the Williams Fund. Hence, revenues, interest and support will drop. Bad, and at a particularly bad time.

Second, empty seats and unprecedented loss margins will brand the Gill program for what it is. Quality recruits will simply pass. Absent blind allegiance to KU, wouldn't you? I'm a lifelong Jayhawk, but if both Bill Snyder and Turner Gill knocked on my door to recruit one of my sons, it would take no more than a nanosecond to decide which one to let in, at least to be their football coach. And, I have heard no reason to not personally like Turner Gill.

The third reason melds with the second. KSU is enjoying a massive resurgence under the Master. Mizzou, assuming they stay in the league, is solid and will continue its run against us (4 of the last 5, and counting). Well-heeled Jayhawks, along with many others, will not tolerate the beatings we experienced last year and can only anticipate going forward. We have to compete with and beat these people, or why play at all? Booster money will be there to help prevent these intolerable embarrassments and buy Gill out. If not, or if otherwise needed, some of the new money from TV and buyout(s) should, rather must be used.

The question now is if Zenger will make this still gut-wrenching move sooner or later. There is precedent for mid-season firings (Allen, even Prince up the road) and after two years (Valesente being the most recent). If the AD does not act soon, he will set the next coach up for an even bigger job to rebuild what was torn down so quickly by the previous firing and this hiring. That would be a mistake, particularly in this atmosphere of conference musical chairs. Some quality candidates might just pass (they may have before).

The other, perhaps deeper questions? Will this chancellor, for a variety of reasons, let him? And what will he do if she won't?

Soon, we're going to find out a lot about the stomach and backbone of Dr. Zenger.

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

NebraskaJayhawk -

I was wholeheartedly in Mangino's corner. It takes a tough guy to make it work at a tough place. His recruiting needed to pick up some, but the effort on Saturdays was always there. And, they hit.

When the chancellorship changed, the political correctness took over the program. Mangino was not the politician, the 'deeds' were done (such as they were), Perkins needed some cover from his new boss and coach was fired. The hiring of the politically correct, anti-Mangino didn't save Perkins once the financial scandal(s) surfaced.

Now, we are where we are.

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Please, people. Going back to North Dakota State - the first example of not having a team ready to play - to today, our nice, decent, but inept head coach simply lacks the ability to instill the single quality that every team that plays this game must have: Toughness.

Historically at Kansas, the talent level is rarely superior. Historically at Kansas State, the talent level is rarely superior. However, there is an enormous emphasis on physical, mental and emotional toughness at the latter. The results speak for themselves.

It is becoming readily apparent that this team is not physically tough, notably the defense. Many, particularly in the secondary, shy from tackles. Few at any position deliver the blows typical of even outmanned Mangino or Mason teams. Their strength and conditioning is suspect at best.

It also appears mentally lacking, too often out of position, compounded by poor angles in tackling with coverage errors abounding.

Finally, it has, too often, given every indication of flat out quitting, most notably last year vs. KSU, last month at Georgia Tech and today. When things start to get tough, too many check out. Not going to get hurt today.

The better coaches, most of whom are not as nice as Coach Gill, may abide a talent deficiency, but will not tolerate a lack of these qualities of toughness. Players have to fear the consequences of a failure to exemplify them enough on Saturday to dread the following week of practice. It's evident that, with this Coach, they do not. He has failed to show an ability to instill these most essential qualities for success on a football field, and this shortcoming has caused the illness that started last year to reach epidemic proportions within this team.

The only way those of us - who contribute money to the Williams Fund, buy football season tickets and attend the games - can show the level of our dissatisfaction is by refusing to do any of them until the clearly necessary change is made. I'll give the minimum to the Williams Fund, but Sheahon, if you allow this to go any longer, you've lost my four-seat season ticket purchases and attendance until you make the move.

I like our head coach, just not as a head coach. We can't tolerate being the league and national joke. We rapidly are becoming so.

The Chancellor and the A.D. are now on the clock.

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Please, people. Going back to North Dakota State - the first example of not having a team ready to play - to today, our nice, decent, but inept head coach simply lacks the ability to instill the single quality that every team that plays this game must have: Toughness.

Historically at Kansas, the talent level is rarely superior. Historically at Kansas State, the talent level is rarely superior. However, there is an enormous emphasis on physical, mental and emotional toughness at the latter. The results speak for themselves.

It is becoming readily apparent that this team is not physically tough, notably the defense. Many, particularly in the secondary, shy from tackles. Few at any position deliver the blows typical of even outmanned Mangino or Mason teams. Their strength and conditioning is suspect at best.

It also appears mentally lacking, too often out of position, compounded by poor angles in tackling with coverage errors abounding.

Finally, it has, too often, given every indication of flat out quitting, most notably last year vs. KSU, last month at Georgia Tech and today. When things start to get tough, too many check out. Not going to get hurt today.

The better coaches, most of whom are not as nice as Coach Gill, may abide a talent deficiency, but will not tolerate a lack of these qualities of toughness. Players have to fear the consequences of a failure to exemplify them enough on Saturday to dread the following week of practice. It's evident that, with this Coach, they do not. He has failed to show an ability to instill these most essential qualities for success on a football field, and this shortcoming has caused the illness that started last year to reach epidemic proportions within this team.

The only way those of us - who contribute money to the Williams Fund, buy football season tickets and attend the games - can show the level of our dissatisfaction is by refusing to do any of them until the clearly necessary change is made. I'll give the minimum to the Williams Fund, but Sheahon, if you allow this to go any longer, you've lost my four-seat season ticket purchases and attendance until you make the move.

I like our head coach, just not as a head coach. We can't tolerate being the league and national joke. We rapidly are becoming so.

The Chancellor and the A.D. are now on the clock.

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

Please, people. Going back to North Dakota State - the first example of not having a team ready to play - to today, our nice, decent, but inept head coach simply lacks the ability to instill the single quality that every team that plays this game must have: Toughness.

Historically at Kansas, the talent level is rarely superior. Historically at Kansas State, the talent level is rarely superior. However, there is an enormous emphasis on physical, mental and emotional toughness at the latter. The results speak for themselves.

It is becoming readily apparent that this team is not physically tough, notably the defense. Many, particularly in the secondary, shy from tackles. Few at any position deliver the blows typical of even outmanned Mangino or Mason teams. Their strength and conditioning is suspect at best.

It also appears mentally lacking, too often out of position, compounded by poor angles in tackling with coverage errors abounding.

Finally, it has, too often, given every indication of flat out quitting, most notably last year vs. KSU, last month at Georgia Tech and today. When things start to get tough, too many check out. Not going to get hurt today.

The better coaches, most of whom are not as nice as Coach Gill, may abide a talent deficiency, but will not tolerate a lack of these qualities of toughness. Players have to fear the consequences of a failure to exemplify them enough on Saturday to dread the following week of practice. It's evident that, with this Coach, they do not. He has failed to show an ability to instill these most essential qualities for success on a football field, and this shortcoming has caused the illness that started last year to reach epidemic proportions within this team.

The only way those of us - who contribute money to the Williams Fund, buy football season tickets and attend the games - can show the level of our dissatisfaction is by refusing to do any of them until the clearly necessary change is made. I'll give the minimum to the Williams Fund, but Sheahon, if you allow this to go any longer, you've lost my four-seat season ticket purchases and attendance until you make the move.

I like our head coach, just not as a head coach. We can't tolerate being the league and national joke. We rapidly are becoming so.

The Chancellor and the A.D. are now on the clock.

On No defense for KU coach Turner Gill

Posted 8 October 2011, 11:49 p.m. Suggest removal

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

It should be noted, too, that any defection of Mizzou to the SEC leaves K.U. as the Big Ten's best avenue to capture the Greater Kansas City market, not to mention the large following already enjoys in Chicago.

BarkingHawk (Anonymous) says...

If Missouri leaves the conference, most of my K.U. friends will miss them. It is the best rivalry we have on so many fronts.

Assuming Mizzou goes, however, the city, the commerce and the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri will have been shafted by their major state university in potentially removing itself from two important events, the Big 12 Basketball Tournament and the annual Border War (it's not a showdown) football game, both significant from both a revenue and emotional standpoint. An enlightened K.U. should seek opportunities to take advantage of this situation.

Over time, K.U. stands to be the only game in town. We should be proactive in pursuing and accelerating this possibility, sooner not later.