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09:07 AM ET 08.08 | Kansas is coming off a 5-7 season in which just about everything went wrong. It has a new coach, a new group of assistants and a new strength and conditioning staff. There is no proof that success is on the horizon. So last weekend when KU coach Turner Gill nabbed oral commitments from wide receiver JaCorey Shepherd of Mesquite, Texas, formerly committed to the Hawkeyes, and Blue Valley West guard Dylan Admire, formerly committed to the Cornhuskers, it signified much more than a good recruiting day.

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August 8, 2010  09:14 AM ET

Gonna actually root for ku to do well. I really like Turner Gil. Funny thing is, not really sure why I do.

August 8, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gonna actually root for ku to do well. I really like Turner Gil. Funny thing is, not really sure why I do.

That is strange....not sure if it is just the name is so different, but I agree.

August 8, 2010  09:39 AM ET

He is a good man, trying to make a difference with young mens lives. Easy to like. Good luck Gill!

August 8, 2010  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gonna actually root for ku to do well. I really like Turner Gil. Funny thing is, not really sure why I do.

Gill is one of the good guys in college football. Perhaps that's something we can agree on. And in your case, after rooting for the likes of Carroll and Kiffin, this guy helps balance things out.

August 8, 2010  10:13 AM ET

Big deal-our hostess's make oral commitments to get players to come to Tennessee every week......

August 8, 2010  11:03 AM ET
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August 8, 2010  11:30 AM ET

Makes me wonder what enticements TG offered these previously committed kids to come to Kansas?

August 8, 2010  03:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Makes me wonder what enticements TG offered these previously committed kids to come to Kansas?

Early playing time. Dylan Admire wasn't going to get that at Nebraska, that's why he backed off of his commitment there.

August 8, 2010  04:09 PM ET

Yes once Big Red is gone the north could belong to KU and coach Gill, assuming the Big 12/10 survives.

August 8, 2010  05:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yes once Big Red is gone the north could belong to KU and coach Gill, assuming the Big 12/10 survives.

The only problem with that conjecture is that this upcoming season will be the last year that the two division format will be in place, since the Big 12 has consistently reiterated that they do not wish to add more teams in the future. Not to change the topic of the blog entry to much (I hope the best for Gill and I think he is a class example), about the 10 team format that will be implemented next year is probably going to have a negative effect on all of the remaining North teams. Outside of Nebraska and (occasionally) Colorado, the other North schools do not gather the recruits that match up with the overall talent that flows into the South. Kansas, K-State, Missouri, and Iowa State will now have to play the big 2, Texas and Oklahoma, each year instead of playing them every few seasons. Texas A&M looks as if they will move up in the hierarchy right behind their older brothers in the not so distant future and Tuberville should be able to keep Texas Tech as a frequent contender. The champion of the New Big 12 conference is probably going to be either the Longhorns, Sooners, or Aggies for atleast the first couple of seasons. Hopefully the former North schools will be able to pick up their recruiting even more than they already have. Kansas and especially Missouri, both have the ingredients in place to become contenders in the New Big 12, but wrestling the championship trophy away from the state of Texas and Oklahoma on a consistent bases will be a vast challenge. Gill just might be the energy that Kansas needs to win that challenge.

August 8, 2010  07:31 PM ET
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The champion of the New Big 12 conference is probably going to be either the Longhorns, Sooners, or Aggies for atleast the first couple of seasons.

What has A&M done lately to make anyone think they can compete for the conference championship?

August 8, 2010  07:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gonna actually root for ku to do well. I really like Turner Gil. Funny thing is, not really sure why I do.

Yeah, No matter who you normally root for, everyone should root for Turner Gill to do well at KU this year... Anytime a program can redirect a commitment from the Hawkeyes or Corn Huskers to a diffrent football program it is always a good thing.

August 8, 2010  08:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Yeah, No matter who you normally root for, everyone should root for Turner Gill to do well at KU this year... Anytime a program can redirect a commitment from the Hawkeyes or Corn Huskers to a diffrent football program it is always a good thing.

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August 8, 2010  08:27 PM ET

According to internet chat, it wasn't early playing time for Admire - he showed up 40 lbs light at come camp or something. Although internet chat is wrong more than half the time!

I'm not inclined to believe Gill would promise early playing time - that's a BS move that alienates the older kids.

August 8, 2010  09:04 PM ET

I hope they get back on track. It was nice to see their success on the football field finally...before last year that is. ROCK CHALK.

August 8, 2010  09:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Makes me wonder what enticements TG offered these previously committed kids to come to Kansas?

Must have been the new facility. Or maybe having Mangino drive them around campus to their classes.

August 9, 2010  01:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What has A&M done lately to make anyone think they can compete for the conference championship?

When you look at A&M's recent product, no they don't look like a conference contender right now. I just feel that in perspective to the remaining North teams, majority of the Big 12 South teams will have the upper edge in the new format Big 12. A&M has been taking small (albiet too small) steps to move up the Big 12 latter. The new format should give them an even better chance to become a consistent contender. Basically, I think all the South schools (except Baylor) will have the upper hand in the new conference format.

August 9, 2010  04:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Makes me wonder what enticements TG offered these previously committed kids to come to Kansas?

Wheat.

Lots and lots of wheat.

August 9, 2010  08:34 AM ET

The man was excellent at the University of Buffalo, he knows how to recruit and coach. he wil make Ku a powerhouse once again, he resurrected our program at my alma matter. A true family man.

 
August 9, 2010  09:11 AM ET

Being an UB fan, I think TG has done what I believe many recruits end up wanting to play for him.. He has character and will always be a class act.. He promise to allow his recruits to compete for the position they want to play.. IE, Darius Willis was a recruit that Oklahoma and several Big 12 recruits were looking at. He wanted to play as QB which BCS schools wanted him to be a LB.. He promised to give him a chance to compete at that position.. Darius could not win (and was changed to LB) but he give everyone an opportunity to compete with veterans..

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