Rundown: Hawk Talk with Lance Leipold airs ahead of Kansas football's Coastal Carolina matchup Friday
LAWRENCE — Kansas head football coach Lance Leipold’s appearance Tuesday on Hawk Talk with Lance Leipold included on a number of different topics related to the Jayhawks.
Leipold touched on the 17-14 victory this past week against South Dakota, which pushed Kansas to 1-0 this season and 1-0 in the Leipold era. Leipold looked ahead to his team’s first road game this season, Friday’s matchup against No. 19 Coastal Carolina (1-0). And among the things Leipold talked about, was how much the Jayhawks focus on ball security.
Kansas did not turn the ball over against South Dakota. Leipold said offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki emphasizes it every day, that the Jayhawks have different circuits they do and that it’s as if every day Kotelnicki has a new way to address ball security in practice. According to Leipold, it’s “worth the price of admission” to see what Kotelnicki has planned.
“It has been emphasized,” Leipold said. “… Andy did some studies about … ball security over the last five years by Kansas and also looked at, really, what our last five years at Buffalo and where we would be in some of these statistics in the Big 12 Conference whether it be penalties or turnovers and things like that and where the points of emphasis were and how we practiced and … where it’s at. And there was a significant difference.”
During his appearance, Leipold also reiterated how important the support of the student body was during the opener. He said to keep students coming back the Jayhawks need to continue to play well and give them a reason to return, while also pointing out that should they come that’ll help create an advantage for the team.
On the fourth down attempt late in the game when the ball was marked short of a first down after quarterback Jason Bean’s run, Leipold mentioned Kansas only having one timeout left and the camera angles available as two reasons he didn’t challenge the call. He also said the team asked for that to be looked at again and that they received feedback on it, but declined to say what the feedback was other than revealing he sleeps easier now.
Kotelnicki was also on the show Tuesday. He said when he was a child he would play football in the front yard with his older brother. They’d have a notebook of plays with blue plays being passes, green plays being runs and yellow plays being trick plays. And when he was asked how many yellow plays are in Kansas’ playbook, he laughed and said, “You’ll have to find out.”
Here’s more that’s happened in recent days in the world of Kansas athletics:
Kansas volleyball splits final two matches of LUV Invite
The Jayhawks won in five sets against Wake Forest, 24-26, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11, and lost in three against Western Kentucky, 11-25, 22-25, 17-25, during the LUV Invite to move their record to 2-3 overall. In the victory, Elise McGhie collected 50 assists. In the defeat, Jenny Mosser tallied 12 kills.
Kansas men’s and women’s cross country compete at Bob Timmons Classic
Both the Jayhawks’ men’s and women’s cross country teams finished first in their respective Bob Timmons Classic meets. In the men’s 6k run, which also included Kansas City and Oral Roberts, Kansas’ Cale Littrell, TJ Robinson and Sam Hubert took the top three spots — although Littrell did not count for the Jayhawks’ team score. In the women’s 5k run, which also included Kansas City, Kansas’ Sommer Herner finished first and Avryl Johnson and Lona Latema followed in third and fourth, respectively.
Kansas soccer defeats Arkansas State
The Jayhawks improved to 3-2-1 overall with a 1-0 win against Arkansas State. Kansas’ goal came from Shira Elinav, while Melania Pasar saved five shots in goal for the shutout.
“The good thing is we created a lot of opportunities we just couldn’t execute some of those moments,” Jayhawks coach Mark Francis said in a release. “Overall, I am just glad to get the win and am glad to be back home next week.”
Kansas men’s golf finishes fifth at Marquette Intercollegiate
The Jayhawks placed fifth among 17 teams at the Marquette Intercollegiate, which Texas A&M won. Kansas shot two-under Tuesday to finish 18 under as a team. Luke Kluver led the Jayhawks at eight under, which was good enough to tie for sixth place. He was followed by Harry Hillier, who shot five under and tied for 12th for Kansas.
“We played ok today,” Jayhawks coach Jamie Bermel said in a release. “We had a two-hour rain delay and came back and played solid. We saw some good stuff this week and some things we need to get corrected. I thought Luke and Harry had solid weeks, but we need some help from the other three guys.”
Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at email@example.com or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.