LAWRENCE — Kansas coach Charlie Weis is a coldly analytical guy by nature, but the first stat he unveiled Tuesday at his weekly news conference wouldn’t necessarily be used in an advanced statistics class.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
“1,063 days,” Weis said, opening the proceedings.
That’s how long it’s been since KU’s last Big 12 victory. To be more precise, that will be the exact length of time that has passed when KU plays host to Texas Tech at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The last conquest, if you need a refresher, came in a wild 52-45 victory over Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010.
And if you consider that Colorado is no longer in the Big 12, Weis says, it’s been 1,455 days since KU beat a team currently in the Big 12 conference. That victory was in 2009, when 16th-ranked Kansas actually improved to 5-0 in a 41-36 win over Iowa State.
After citing the number, Weis said his players would be getting the same history lesson.
“You don’t do it as a deterrent,” Weis said. “You don’t do it as a negative. You just say: ‘This is what we are. We’re gonna beat somebody, and why not get this out of the way.’ ”
Last week, KU snapped a 22-game losing streak against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision.
This week, they can bury a Big 12 losing streak that stretched to 21 games while the team went 0-9 in league play last season. For Kansas, though, the rhetoric is more straightforward than the actual task at hand. No. 20 Texas Tech, 4-0, entered Wednesday as a 17 1/2-point favorite after outscoring its first four opponents by an average of more than 25 points per game.
Last year, KU took Texas Tech to double overtime in Lubbock, a result that suggested the Jayhawks were getting closer to knocking down the door in the Big 12. This week, Weis says, is as good as any to finish the job.
“As a program is building,” Weis said, “there’s these stumbling blocks, these hurdles you have to get over. This would be a good time to get over that hurdle.”
Admire to start at center
Sophomore center Dylan Admire replaced junior Pat Lewandowski atop the depth chart on Monday. Admire started in place of Lewandowski during KU’s 13-10 victory over Louisiana Tech, and Weis said the smaller, more athletic Admire fits what the Jayhawks are doing on offense. Coincidentally, Admire and Lewandowski are both graduates of Blue Valley West.
“That’s an ongoing competition,” Weis said, “that’s not a closed deal. It’s just right now, there’s a couple of things that we’re trying to do, and Dylan’s gonna get the first go at it.”
Junior Zach Fondal was listed as the starter at right tackle, while sophomore receiver Tre’ Parmalee was again listed as a starter after having an unexpected appendectomy and missing the Louisiana Tech game.
Texas Tech starting Mayfield
Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has announced that freshman Baker Mayfield will start this weekend against Kansas. Mayfield, a walk-on, took over the starting job when starter Michael Brewer was injured in August. Mayfield was replaced by back-up Davis Webb in the Red Raiders’ victory over Texas State on Sept. 21, and Weis said KU would be prepared to see both Mayfield and Webb.
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