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October 10, 2012

Clearing up Sunday comments

There seems to be a lot of talk these days about Charlie Weis' comments how he handled Sunday practice. The problem is very few follow the program close enough to understand that small tweak that he threw in to shake things up on Sunday.

Let me roll time back to Saturday and explain what nobody seems to understand. After the Kansas State game Weis was talking with reporters. At the end of his press conference he said things can't "stay status quo." That was the last comment before the press conference ended.

On Sunday night a few of us were on a conference call with Weis. Matt Tait, from the Lawrence Journal-World, asked Weis about his "status quo" comment. Weis responded saying they are looking for ways to change the program and any angle they can use to improve. He said something new they did was having all the underclassmen that played on Saturday, practice on Sunday.

Not the seniors.

The seniors have never practiced on Sunday. Neither have the underclassmen that played in the game on Saturday. Last Sunday the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors that played against Kansas State put the pads on and practiced for the first time.

Weis believes that is a way to get an extra day to help develop players for the future. Somehow people have taken Weis' quotes to think he is not letting seniors practice or punishing them. That is 100 percent false. It is business as usual for the seniors on Sundays.

The NCAA mandates that every program give their players one day off from football activities. Some programs give their players Sunday off. Some give their players Monday off. Former head coach Mark Mangino started to practice on Sunday. That's the way it has been done at KU for a long time.

College coaches have their reasons for what day to give the players off. A lot of coaches I have talked to like to practice on Sunday because the players won't think about the game on Saturday for long. That way you can practice, workout, review the last game, on move on to the next game. There is no right or wrong which day you choose.

The Kansas schedule is set where they get Monday off, then practice Tuesday through Thursday. All of the college programs are on the same time schedule. The NCAA allows four hours a day with the players, except for the off day, which are free of all football duties. In the past at Kansas if you played on Saturday, you didn't go through "live" practice for two, straight days.

All Weis is doing is looking for a way to get underclassmen to spend more time with coaches and develop. He is not moving away from the seniors and isn't reinventing the wheel. But it seems several folks misunderstood his comments and don't know the Jayhawks practice schedule routine.

Hope this clears it up.


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