With struggling Kansas next on the schedule, we in the media wanted to know how they kept themselves motivated to play an opponent they have beaten three straight times and humiliated in back-to-back games. After beating the Jayhawks by a combined score of 118-28 the past two years, the Wildcats enter this season’s Sunflower Showdown as 24-point favorites.
Arthur Brown said K-State coach Bill Snyder puts so much emphasis on the rivalry that players are easily motivated.
Jarell Childs said, “There are a lot of great teams in the Big 12 and anyone can be beat on any given day.”
Pretty standard stuff. Kansas coach Charlie Weis wishes all of his players would have taken the same approach.
During his time on the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference on Monday, Weis was asked for his thoughts on defensive tackle Keba Agostinho’s twitter account. Last week, he pointed out that Kansas leads the all-time series with K-State 65-39-5 and described the Sunflower Showdown as “More like an A$$ whoopin than rivalry.”
He followed it up with two more tweets, which Curtis Kitchen archived here.
Once Weis caught wind of the tweets, they were quickly removed.
“He didn’t tweet it out for long,” Weis said. “For any player or coach to get on Twitter and say anything at all disrespectful to another team just makes no sense.”
It should certainly add motivation to K-State players, who were already looking forward to the game. Although it seems like Weis is trying to make up for it with respectful tweets of his own.
Teaching players the history of KU vs K-State. More time was spent on Missouri in the past. Time to focus on our instate rival. They do!
— Coach Charlie Weis (@CoachWeisKansas) October 1, 2012
– Bill Snyder admitted today that a late-night trip to Taco Bell sometimes serves as his only meal of the day. Want to take a guess at what he orders?
– According to Yahoo! The NCAA is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into hoops powerhouse Notre Dame Prep, where K-State hoops target Matt Atewe currently attends school.
– Could Bruce Weber be considering hiring one of his former assistant coaches as a special assistant who focuses only on X’s and O’s at K-State?
– I hope this K-State student succeeds in his quest to add battery life to phones.
– And though it’s not K-State related, I like the idea of someone penalizing basketball players who flop to the ground every time they are touched.