“Give me September,” shouted Kansas coach Charlie Weis, and I’ll take care of the rest.
Weis gave fans and Jayhawk supporters a rallying cry to kick off the 2014 season at a pep rally Friday in Kansas City, the ninth time the annual event has been held the week prior to the football season opener.
The KU coach said he wasn’t making any promises about the upcoming season, but you sure could have fooled me by what he said.
“We play three games in September,” Weis told the spirited assembled crowd in a determined voice, “and I’ll give you a reason to come support us in October and November.”
The third-year Kansas head coach didn’t say it just once, he said it three times, each time with emphasis.
“Every one of our players expectations are aligned with me,” Weis said. “Each one of them expects to win eeach time they step on the field. All of them believe we will be playing in December.”
The three September games Weis was referring to are Southeast Missouri State at home the weekend after next (Sept. 6), the following weekend at Duke and then back home Sept. 20 to host Central Michigan. Hardly three walks in the park.
Duke led Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M most of the game in last season’s Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta before losing 52-48 heartbreaker to the Aggies. And the Chippewas of Central Michigan have been to five bowl games in the past seven seasons. Central Michigan provided the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft in offensive tackle Eric Fisher’s selection by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Big 12 coaches don’t hold quite the same enthusiasm for the Jayhawks in the 2014 season. They picked Kansas to finish last in the annual coaches’ preseason poll.