Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Charlie Weis, KU Football Looking to Avoid Emotional Letdowns in 'Crucial' Game against Central Michigan ; KU: 'No Excuse' for Poor Effort Early in Season, Stowers Says

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Charlie Weis, KU Football Looking to Avoid Emotional Letdowns in 'Crucial' Game against Central Michigan ; KU: 'No Excuse' for Poor Effort Early in Season, Stowers Says

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LAWRENCE -- In the first game, Charlie Weis believed his team had issues handling success. In Game 2, he believed his team never fully recovered after a fumbled snap on the first play of the game.

In both instances, the Kansas football team had a noticeable drop in intensity after going through adversity.

It'll be an important trend for Weis to get reversed as the Jayhawks finish nonconference play with a 2:30 p.m. home matchup Saturday against Central Michigan.

"There's plenty of guys who played with emotion the entire game. There's plenty of them," Weis said. "The problem is some guys handle negative plays, they don't have short[226 128 145 ]term memory, so they harp in the past instead of, 'OK, the play is gone.' "

Whatever the issue for KU, it falls back on Weis to get it corrected.

After hiring John Reagan as his offensive coordinator in the offseason, Weis has freed up his time to take on more of a supervisory role. That means, on gamedays, one of his most important tasks is to get his players to give maximum effort.

It hasn't always happened.

"There's no excuse for that. Effort is everything," KU defensive lineman Keon Stowers said. "You can make up for a lot of mistakes with effort. That's the truth. I've heard that my whole life, and I see it firsthand every day."

Weis labeled this week's game as "critical" for his team as it prepares for Big 12 play, but there's also little doubt it's an important game for him personally.

KU's 41-3 loss against Duke last week started an uproar online and in social media. One example was the SB Nation blog Rock Chalk Talk, which ran a blog post Tuesday entitled, "Who should be Kansas' next football coach?"

Weis, who has gone 5-21 in his first three seasons with only two non-FCS victories, could certainly use a victory to help settle down a fanbase that has grown increasingly impatient. …

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