Jul 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis speaks to reporters during Big 12 Media Day at the Westin Galleria. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas Football: Charlie Weis Has Injected Hope Into Program For 2012 Season

Weis leads a renewed sense of confidence in Lawrence this fall in the Big 12.

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Kansas Football 2012: Jayhawks Lose LB Jon Shelby, Gains DT Ty McKinney

The Kansas Jayhawks football squad lost one player and gained another on Saturday afternoon. The lost player is linebacker Jon Shelby had decided to leave the team due to personal reasons. Shelby just came to Kansas after transferring from Nassau Community College out of Garden City, N.Y., and he was fighting for a backup linebacker position.

The player added was a much needed defensive lineman in Ty McKinney who will graduate from Trinity Valley Community College on Sept. 7 and then will join the football team immediately.

Head coach Charlie Weis will be working feverishly to get McKinney ready to get into school and play football as soon as possible:

"Our academic support staff is working to create a schedule so that as soon as Ty arrives he can catch up academically," Weis said in a statement. "Once his academic situation is in order, he will get up to speed in football. There is no acclimatization period that Ty must fulfill, as far as practice is concerned."

McKinney will not be able to play in the teams Sept. 1 opener against South Dakota State, and he more than likely will also not be available against Rice on Sept. 8.

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Kansas LS Justin Carnes Suspended 3 Games For Violation Of Team Rules

Kansas Jayhawks long snapper Justin Carnes has been suspended for three games for a violation of team rules, according to Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press.

Carnes, a junior, served as the Jayhawks' long snapper for field goals and extra points in 10 out of the 12 games last season, and also handled the same duties on punts occasionally in 2010. He is listed first on KU's depth chart at the position this season, but that didn't stop head coach Charlie Weis from dishing out punishment for the undisclosed violation.

"As I have previously stated, every player on our team knows and understands our rules and regulations," said Weis. "They also know the consequences for violations of those rules and regulations."

Freshman Paul Clark and sophomore Justin Puthoff are listed behind Carnes at the longsnapper position. It is currently unclear which one, if any, will get the majority of the reps in Carnes' absence.

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Kansas Football: Ty McKinney Allowed Back On September 7

Defensive tackle Ty McKinney may finally make it to Lawrence and join Kansas on September 7. The junior-college transfer has not been able to sort out his academics to satisfy the university so far, but it appears as if he may be able to get that done in the next two weeks.

McKinney has reportedly completed all of his coursework for his one remaining class, but it has not been graded yet and he cannot take the final exam until it is. That work is now supposed to be graded in the next two weeks, which will allow McKinney to take his final exam on September 7 and report to Kansas immediately afterward.

"This still allows Ty to enroll this fall as a full-time student at KU," Charlie Weis said. "Our academic support staff is working to create a schedule so that as soon as Ty arrives he can catch up academically."

At 6'0'' and more than 300 lbs., Kansas is hoping that McKinney can help plug holes on the defensive front. His academic delays have cost him the summer, though, and now he will be walking in with the season underway with plenty to catch up on.

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Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby Tours Kansas Athletics

Bob Bowlsby continued his tour of Big 12 schools and toured Kansas University's campus and athletics on Wednesday and Thursday.

The newly-appointed commissioner walked away impressed with the university's facilities and commented on the separate paths the basketball and football programs are currently following, with Charlie Weis hoping to reinvigorate a football program that finished 2-10 in 2011 and 0-9 in the Big 12.

"I look forward to being around them and watching what they do with their programs; obviously they are in different situations. One (program) is fully mature and competing at the very top of the country, and the other is in its infancy in terms of a new regime. Both are fun to watch. I think both will do a lot of good things. I expect to get here frequently during the course of the year. That'll do nothing but enhance those relationships."

Bowlsby was able to witness some of the football practice on the day and commented on the impressive caliber of Allen Fieldhouse and the new football complex, as well as the department's training and support facilities.

Bowlsby is touring nine of the Big 12 campuses over the next two weeks, traveling to West Virginia in September.

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Kansas' Tanner Hawkinson, Bradley McDougald On Senior Bowl Watch List

Kansas' Tanner Hawkinson and Bradley McDougald have been named to the Senior Bowl Watch List. The two players are a couple of the few bright spots on a team that has been picked to finish dead last in the Big XII.

Hawkinson started all 12 games for the Jayhawks a year ago, extending his consecutive starts streak to 36. The 6'5'', 300 lbs. offensive lineman is expected to anchor Kansas up front. With Dayne Crist coming in, James Sims back after a three-game suspension and the Jayhawks' top two receivers returning, if Hawkinson and the offensive line can put something halfway decent together then Charlie Weis' offense just might have a chance.

McDougald might be the most exciting player on the Kansas team. He started at receiver and safety two years ago before settling at safety last season and also returned some punts. He finished 12th in the conference in tackles en route to All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.

This is the first year that the Senior Bowl has released a watch list. There are 309 players on the watch list, from which 100 players will be invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl on January 26 in Mobile, AL.

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Kansas Football 2012: Tre' Parmalee Looking Sharp In Preseason

Freshman wide receiver Tre' Parmalee has made an impression on new Kansas Jayhawks football coach Charlie Weis. At a Tuesday press conference, Weis talked about his playmaking ability.

"He’s just made too many plays," Weis said. "He’s made ’em in the return game, he’s made ’em at receiver, and he makes ’em every day. ... He’s played himself into contention to legitimately be playing. When I brought him in here, I looked at him in his house and said, ‘Well, there’s a red-shirt.’ But you go out there to practice, that’s not the way he’s played. And everyone will tell you the same thing, from the starting quarterback right on through. All he’s done is made plays all the time."

Parmalee, a 5'10, 168-pound freshman from Kansas City, has been behind senior starters Kale Pick, Daymond Patterson and D.J. Beshears on the depth chart since spring practice, but that could change if Weis' lauding continues. Shepherd, a sophomore who was KU’s fourth-leading receiver in 2011, spent Tuesday’s practice working as a defensive back.

Beshears said Parmalee had surprised a lot of people.

"Coming in as a freshman, people just expect you just to go through the motions," Beshears said. "But he’s improved every day, he’s making great strides and I think he’s gonna be a good player here."

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Charlie Weis Says Fast Start Essential For Kansas Football

The depth chart is just about set for Charlie Weis at Kansas, and it's time for the Jayhawks to start looking forward to their season-opener against South Dakota State. Weis has made it clear that he's looking game by game at the schedule for Kansas this season as they try to put together a solid year.

Specifically, he wants his Jayhawks to get off to a fast start:

"We’d better get off to a fast start or we’re going to have a long year," he said. "Everyone else wants to look at the 12-game schedule. I want to look at one. I have a one-game schedule. I mean, it’s been a little while here since we came in the first game of the year and had a really convincing performance, and that’s what my intent is."

If Kansas can string a few wins together at the start of the year, it will certainly help their chances at getting into a bowl later on. Starting QB Dayne Crist and the rest of the Jayhawks will start the season looking for that first win on Sept. 1.

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Kansas Football 2012: Tim Grunhard Looks For Heart Along Offensive Line

Tim Grunhard is making sure that the Kansas O-Line is tough going into 2012.

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KU Kickoff 2012: 6K Fans Gather For Largest Crowd In 7-Year History

Kansas' hiring of Charlie Weis may already paying dividends of a sort: the Jayhawks' "KU Kickoff" drew 6,000 fans on Saturday, the most in the seven-year history of the event.

The event, which is an opportunity for fans to meet and mingle with coaches like Weis, men's basketball coach Bill Self, and women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson, takes place in Prairie Village, Kan., and may have gotten a boost from the hiring of Weis, who came to Kansas from Florida.

"Coming here is exciting to see so many people. We have such a great fan base." Weis said. "I think that everyone wants the same thing. I want the same thing as the fans. We want to get football to where it is fun to go to the games again."

Self noted that Weis shaping a better Jayhawks squad could produce a rising tide that lifts all boats: "We have potential to probably generate several more million dollars if our football team's good."

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Kansas State Football 2012: B.J. Finney Anchors Offensive Line

B.J. Finney is just a sophomore, but is in his third year in the Kansas State football program. Those three years have seen Finney improve sharply, and he enters the 2012 season as a team captain and a Rimington Award finalist for the nation's top center.

Finney is being asked to lead a newer group of offensive linemen in Manhattan, a season after K-State made it to the Cotton Bowl and finished 10-3.

As a center, Finney feels like he is in charge, and looks forward to assuming an important role on the offensive line, as this story from the Kansas City Star says.

Finney was a freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Big 12. The 20-year-old is a former walk-on who turned down an offer from Ohio University to stay closer to home. His official Kansas State bio lists him as a pre-med major.

The Wildcats rushed for 2,411 yards as a team last season and ran the ball more than twice as much as they passed it.

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Kansas Football: Turner Baty, Mike Cummings Battling For No. 2 Quarterback Spot

The Kansas Jayhawks are without their starting quarterback from the last two seasons in Jordan Webb, but that doesn't mean the position is up for grabs. Instead Webb is gone to Colorado after transferring once Charlie Weis took over the program from Turner Gill. The reason? He knew he was going to lose his job. Weis was able to get Dayne Crist to transfer to KU for his final season which means that the job has a lock at No. 1 even without a previous track record with the Jayhawks.

As for No. 2, that's where the position battles begin. Weis says that Mike Cummings and Turner Baty are vying for that role after Crist through scrimmages and practice this summer and that he's not ready to make up his mind.

"Michael (Cummings) is still a little bit ahead," said Weis. "Neither one of them have played terrible. Neither one of them has played great. Michael has such a big arm though and he has the nudge, because he was here in the spring time when we put it in. Both Turner (Baty) and Michael have gotten better and if I had to pick somebody to play a game right now, Michael would still have the edge over Turner. It is a competition, not just a lock-down deal."

Cummings missed part of his senior year of high school to an ACL injury and redshirted last year, but had plenty of success in his high school years in Texas. Baty is a JuCo sophomore from the College of San Francisco.

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Kansas Football: Charlie Weis Says Strength, Conditioning First Steps In Rebuilding Program

In his post-practice remarks to the press on Monday, Charlie Weis laid out several factors for the upcoming season as he looks at his roster and prepares for his first season as the team's head coach. While expectations are low in general for a Kansas Jayhawks football team that has endured a last place finish in the conference the last couple of seasons, hope springs eternal with a new head coach -- especially one as decorated as Weis.

Listening to Weis, it's clear that he believes the roster needs to simply get in shape first if they are going to make an impact in the Big 12. The team that is fresh in the fourth quarter is the one with the late advantage, so Weis is making sure to put that mindset and physical condition his first priority.

"The plan is exactly the same," said Weis. "It starts in strength and conditioning. That is where the whole mindset is set. The whole thing is about playing with toughness and being competitive. That is where you have to start.

"Before you can talk about X's and O's and all that other stuff like how much better everyone looks and what kind of shape they are in. Are they going to play with toughness? Are they going to play for 60 minutes? Are they going to play competitively? I think if you do all those things, even if there is a talent discrepancy, you have a chance."

It will be interesting to see how the team responds to Weis once the regular season begins and the wins or losses start to pile up.

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Kansas, Rutgers Agree To Two-Year Football Series

The Charlie Weis era at Kansas will head to the New York / New Jersey area at least once (well, if it lasts that long). Kansas and Rutgers have agreed to a home-and-home football series in the 2015 and 2018 seasons. Kansas will travel to High Point Solutions Stadium in 2015, and host the Scarlet Knights in Lawrence in '18.

The move comes for two programs with very different futures - as a member of the newly reconstituted Big 12, Kansas' future is as steady as they come, with the Jayhawks playing a nine-game conference schedule in a round robin format for the foreseeable future. Rutgers, however, is still in the very tumultuous Big East, and looking to boost their non-conference strength of schedule. While Kansas has been at the basement of the FBS in recent years, their Big 12 status alone can boost the Knights' profile.

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Kansas Football Preseason: Secondary Looks Good In Coach's Eyes

The Kansas Jayhawks have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball if they are going to make any waves in the ultra-competitive Big 12. However, Charlie Weis has brought in a lot of new players, changed coaches and schemes and there's more confidence than there should be for a team with so few wins to speak of in the last few years.

As the team is practicing now for the fall opener, assistant coaches say they are feeling good about their units, including the all-important secondary for the Jayhawks.

"In the secondary we obviously feel good about our first four guys," said Clint Bowen. "They all have experience. Bradley (McDougald), Lubbock (Smith), Greg Brown and Tyler Patmon all have experience. We really feel good about the first team. We want to create that competition to see who can get into the two-deep out of the young guys and we're giving them a lot of opportunities.

"They're getting in there and getting their reps and as things keep progressing we're going to find out as quickly as we can, how good is Tyree Williams? Greg Allen? Tevin Shaw? Where can they fit in there? We had a chance to see the other guys in the spring time so we're just working at getting us all at two-deep."

Kansas opens the season against South Dakota State on September 1.

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Kansas Football: Tight End Mike Ragone Healthy, Ready To Impact Jayhawks

Charlie Weis has brought in a number of new transfer players to Kansas' football program this spring, and a major addition comes at tight end with Mike Ragone. The former Notre Dame tight end brings a wealth of experience and a passion to make a major difference in his final college season to help Kansas move forward from a disastrous season in 2011.

"Mike is a legend in his own mind," said Weis at the preseason press conference. "He'll be a great interview; you guys will love Mike. I think Mike is a hungry young man. He knows this is his last shot. He has had a very unfortunate career, because every time he has gotten in position to be in contention, he got injured. Knock on wood, that that's not the case (this time).

"I think that Mike could be one of the people that help us as much as anyone on offense as long as he stays healthy. And right now, he's as healthy as he has been in a long time. But he will be a good interview I promise you. I dread reading the follow-up on that one, by the way."

Ragone was on the Notre Dame roster for five seasons, but lost two of those due to knee injuries.

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Charlie Weis Admits 'Illusions Of Grandeur' For Kansas Jayhawks Success

Charlie Weis sounds quite ready for the 2012 college football season ahead for the Kansas Jayhawks and this renewed sense of confidence has a lot of people excited to see whether the former New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs coordinator can make good on his reputation in Lawrence.

While Weis has his doubters given his lackluster track record in Notre Dame and recent season with the Florida Gators, Weis has high expectations for himself and his program.

"You always have to start with wins and losses," said Weis at a recent press conference. "Did you win all the games you were supposed to win? Did you win some of the games you weren't supposed to win? You don't put a number on what that is. I can tell you, if you look at it, you won two last year. The fans will say, `well if you win four, that's great improvement.' You have to beat somebody in the conference and then you had to win all your non-conference games to get to four.

"As a coach, you can't be thinking like that. What coach in their right mind would be thinking, what if we can just win four games? If so, then you hired the wrong coach. I might have illusions of grandeur, but my expectations are way higher than yours are, I can promise you, because that is what they are supposed to be. That is what they are paying me for."

The Kansas Jayhawks kicked off practice this week to prepare for the 2012 season.

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Charlie Weis Says Kansas, Notre Dame Jobs 'Are The Same'

The Jayhawks new football coach downplayed concerns about his transition to a less high-profile job in a press conference earlier in the week.

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