When a team is 1-9, it’d be easy to dismiss everything and just say that the season is a lost cause. But, with Kansas football, you’d be very wrong.
After falling 41-34 in double overtime to Texas Tech on Saturday, the Jayhawks prepare for Saturday’s Senior Day with Iowa State much like they were 9-1 and challenging for the Big 12 conference championship. The main reason being that they can sense that better days are closer than you think for the program.
"For a team that's 1-9, I don't think they could be much more confident than they are that they're going to turn the corner," head coach Charlie Weis said during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference.
They Jayhawks have been in every game at halftime except for one this season, a far cry from last year’s squad which had several games that seemed over after one quarter. This year’s team has shown fight not seen since the Mark Mangino days. Still, the emphasis is one not just being in games, but seeing them through.
“When you get opportunities, you have to finish them off,” Weis said.
A big positive from Saturday’s loss was the attitude in the team, driving home the point that Weis illustrates on team morale.
“The most positive thing to come out of the game is we didn't have a ‘woe is me’ attitude on the sideline,” Weis said. “We didn’t say ‘here we go again.”
That defined the team as they headed into this week’s practice in anticipation of this week’s game with the Cyclones. This past Sunday’s was one of their best.
“Yesterday's practice was most spirited Sunday practice in awhile because they can see the light at the end of the tunnel,”