LAWRENCE — KU coach Charlie Weis is a coach who, earlier this year, claimed he once served on a staff that scattered mousetraps around a locker room to warn its team about an impending “trap” game.
So maybe this latest motivational ploy wasn’t a surprise.
On Wednesday afternoon, Weis cranked up the sound system at practice and played “Wabash Cannonball”, one of Kansas State’s most famous traditional tunes. The Jayhawks will travel to Manhattan on Saturday for the annual Sunflower Showdown against K-State, and Weis has spent the week emphasizing the rivalry. By late Wednesday, it appeared the song had served its purpose.
“It was kind of annoying listening to it, if we’re being honest,” senior defensive end Toben Opurum said.
Senior linebacker Anthony McDonald, a first-year transfer from Notre Dame, joked that he’d only heard the song on the EA NCAA Football video game. Now, he said, he finally knew that it was associated with K-State.
“Hearing from all the guys on the team,” McDonald said. “It sounds like the majority of them, this has always been the big rivalry. It means a lot to them, and it means a lot to me because of that.”