Staying The Course

When you're staring at 1-8 record and a two-year conference losing streak in the midst of a massive rebuilding of a program, it's easy to panic and stray away from your plan, but Kansas coach Charlie Weis will have none it.

When you're staring at 1-8 record and a two-year conference losing streak in the midst of a massive rebuilding of a program, it's easy to panic and stray away from your plan, but Kansas coach Charlie Weis will have none it.

At his weekly press conference, Tuesday, Weis was quick to talk about what a coach must do in a situation like what he has at Kansas.

"Do not ever deviate from the course. Have a plan and never deviate away for it," Weis said.

The Jayhawks will head to Lubbock this week to try and once again earn their second win of the year at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders (6-3, 3-3) are coached by Tommy Tubberville, who Weis is good friends with. The two met while on a trip a few years ago visiting troops when Weis was coach at Notre Dame and Tubberville was roaming the sidelines at Auburn.

While it's gotten frustrating at times, as the season draws closer to the end, Weis remains focus to finishing this season strong in preparation for next year.

"The goals never change. You just add to them, but the main goals never change," Weis said.

The brightest side of this year's Kansas team has been the running games led by James Sims, who has emerged as perhaps the best running back in the Big 12, but Weis is now seeing other traits come out in the junior back. Weis says Sims is starting become more of a potential leader on the team, before he was just a ball carrier.

Sims' backfield mate Taylor Cox will receive more carries. Weis praised the way Cox goes about his job, saying he only plays at one speed. He also was quick to point out that Cox is very similar to Sims in the way he runs the ball.

The depth chart is the same this week after changes the past few weeks.

Running back Tony Pierson is expected to have the brace on his injured elbow removed.

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