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Plenty of roster turnover at Kansas

Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:47 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

On the day that Charlie Weis introduced his three new transfers to the Kansas football team, the Jayhawks also bid farewell to ten others.

The school announced on Monday that six players had been dismissed from the program, including quarterback Brock Berglund, running back Damian Miller, wide receiver Keeston Terry and defensive end Tyrone Sellers. The players were all dismissed for academic or behavioral issues.

"You can't make decisions on how good they are. You have to make decisions on doing the right thing," said Weis.

There were also three players who are no longer a part of the Kansas football team, but remain enrolled in school. The list includes starting quarterback Jordan Webb. Webb started all 12 games for the Jayhawks this season, throwing for 1,884 yards and 13 touchdowns. His decision to leave the football team likely had a lot to do with the fact that two of the three transfers being introduced on Monday were quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps.

While Heaps has to sit out the 2012 season due to his transfer, as a graduate student, Dayne Crist will be eligible to play right away for the Jayhawks next season. Which relegates Webb to the role of backup.

It's possible that Webb could plan on finishing up his degree at Kansas this spring and then transfer to another school to play next fall just like Crist.

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Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:51 am

Plenty of roster turnover at Kansas

Weis is doing what every other coach does and that is getting players that will fit his coaching scheme and dropping those that don't.  I am on board with coach Weis' decision to go a different direction.  ROCK CHALK!

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:42 pm

Plenty of roster turnover at Kansas

Really feel for Webb. He's probably not the answer but he put a lot of blood and sweat into that program before the fat man (who has put no blood and sweat in) decided he wasn't the answer.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:28 pm

Plenty of roster turnover at Kansas

It is a good thing for Kansas fans, but if any of those players were dismissed for football reasons, then the coach should be reprimanded and the player(s) put back on the team.  This smells of the Nick Saban method of rooting out players that don't live up to the hype.  Every year Saban falsifies injuries or other reasons to dismiss one or two or more players.

The grant-in-aid (scholarship) is just one year thing, but I think it is expected that be renewed as long as the player adheres to academic and team rules.  If phantom reasons are concocted or the player is let go without reason (we can all surmise football performance) then the coach should be reprimanded by the school.  

The NCAA needs to make clear rules about when a grant can and cannot be renewed.  Right now, some coaches (usually the higher paid ones) exploit every tiny loophole and screw kids over royally every year.

All that said, the players here, until we hear differently, are assumed to have broken a team rule, broken a public law or failed to qualify academically.  I suspect one or more will speak up in the coming months about being literally forced/talked off campus due to an obvious dislike of their athletic or footall talents.  That would be slimy to say the least, and morally wrong.  We shall see.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 8:50 pm

Plenty of roster turnover at Kansas

Is a good thing.

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