Kansas football coach Charlie Weis recruited most of Notre Dame's veteran players. But Monday on the weekly Big 12 teleconference, Weis said he wants to stay low profile concerning the Irish playing for the national title and linebacker Manti Te'o being a Heisman candidate.
“I don't want to try to take accolades for their success,” Weis said. “It's really easy for a guy in my position to sit there and say, ‘They're all my kids that they're winning with' and be jealous and bitter and all that other stuff.
“Take Manti for example. I love Manti. Manti and I will be close the rest of our lives as will his family and I. But it's important for me to understand that it's their team, it's not my team. I have to worry about Kansas. But there are a lot of young men (at Notre Dame) that are having success that I'm very, very happy for.”
Weis posted a 35-27 record in five seasons at Notre Dame (2005-2009).
K-STATE REFRESHED, READY FOR TEXAS
Coming off a bye week, Kansas State hosts Texas on Saturday. If the Wildcats win they clinch the conference title and will represent the Big 12 in the Fiesta Bowl. Coach Bill Snyder gave players Thanksgiving weekend off.
“I think they're refreshed,” Snyder said. “They understand the value and significance of this game. They weren't born yesterday. They understand what's at stake. I don't have to go around beating a drum about it every day.”
The Longhorns are 2-6 against Kansas State in the Mack Brown era.
TCU's big win in Austin
Because the Longhorns are viewed as the premier college program in Texas, TCU coach Gary Patterson said the win last week in Austin was big for the alumni, although he feels some went too far.
“People that have lived and gone through the old Southwest Conference, it was a huge win to them,” Patterson said. “A lot of them said it was bigger than (winning) the Rose Bowl. It's not bigger than the Rose Bowl.”
When schedules were released, TCU faced a challenging final five games.
The Horned Frogs, playing 17 freshmen, have held their own against Kansas State, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas heading into their finale against OU.
“There are a lot of people that believed we'd go 0-5. We're 2-2,” Patterson said. “We've got to keep recruiting, keep growing up. But we have answered a lot of questions. We're not where we want to be. Obviously, we're not playing for the conference title. We still have a ways to go.”
BEARS “SAVE THEIR SEASON”
Baylor was in danger of not playing in a bowl a year after Robert Griffin III won the Heisman.
Sitting at 4-5, Baylor's final three games were against Kansas State, Texas Tech and OSU.
The Bears, though, romped past No. 1 Kansas State and followed with an overtime win over the Red Raiders to become bowl eligible.
“There are 52 cards in a deck and we held about two of them,” said Baylor coach Art Briles. “The odds were certainly against us. Our guys kept fighting, kept believing and did a great job of saving the season.”
LONGHORNS TO START MCCOY
Texas coach Mack Brown said sophomore quarterback David Ash suffered a rib injury in the loss to TCU last week and Case McCoy will start against Kansas State.
Ash, who accounted for three turnovers in the TCU loss, is listed as questionable.
“He got hit in the ribs early in the game and didn't tell us,” Brown said. “That probably led to some of his struggles.”
MOUNTAINEERS FINALLY END SLUMP
West Virginia ended a five-game losing streak with a 31-24 win over Iowa State to become bowl eligible.
“We have a lot of seniors that didn't want to be remembered as the team that couldn't handle the new conference or any of that,” said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen. “The guys stuck together and worked hard. I'm really proud how they fought through a lot of adversity.”
During the five-game losing streak, Oklahoma rallied for a 50-49 win and the Mountaineers lost in double overtime to TCU.