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Big 12 football: Kansas, Turner Gill face long season

by Berry Tramel Published: July 26, 2011

Kansas football coach Turner Gill faces a massive job. His Jayhawks went 3-9 last season and now jump into a tougher (for KU) Big 12, with six games against the South Division schools.

during NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)
during NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

Gill said 2010 was a chance for him to learn how his Jayhawks handle adversity. In that regard, KU wasn’t a total disaster. After a discouraging opening loss to North Dakota State, Kansas pulled an upset of Georgia Tech and also staged an historic rally — trailing Colorado 45-17 in the fourth quarter, KU rallied to win 52-45.

“Overall, I would have liked for it to have been a little bit better,” Gill said. “But I was glad to see them respond. If I had never seen our players respond to adversity… And even with the last four ballgames, even though we didn’t win those games, there was tremendous improvement.”

“Everybody handles adversity in different ways. How much involvement do we as coaches need to get involved when adversity comes? Every team, every player, it’s unique. That’s the thing that took a little bit more time. How to get our players to teach the other guys. If you’ve got the players being able to respond, and they can handle some of those things…”

Still, it’s pretty bleak in Lawrence. Gill talked in generalities. Work ethic. Attitude. Those kinds of things. No specifics. It’s going to be a long football season for KU.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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