Kansas' Time Strain

By Adam Caparell - November 07, 2007

Kansas is 9-0 on the season, racking up an astounding 46.22 points per game, a No. 5 national ranking and a spot at No. 4 in the latest BCS rankings, an unexpectedly remarkable season for a program that wasn't expected to do crash the party that is the national championship race. And while Jayhawks coach Mark Mangino is now in the unfamiliar position of guarding against the upset, it's not the only thing he's trying to protect his team from.

Not surprisingly, Kansas has been inundated with media requests looking to speak with players and Mangino, but the coach has been forced to institute a policy he probably didn't expect to.

"More than anything right now there are a lot of people that are demanding our time and we have to get to a point where we have to say no," Mangino said. "We certainly can't reach out to everybody in the mass media. There are people that want more time with me or the players and we're trying to keep the same routine here, but we know (the media) has work to do and we want to accommodate (the media). After Tuesday's workout and everything, I don't let anyone pull me anymore. I know where my focus has to be and our players do and our coaches do."

Kansas has a dangerous Oklahoma State team this weekend on the road where the Jayhawks are winning by an average of just six points per game. That's a big difference compared to their 46 point average margin of victory at home. Mangino is just trying to keep his players' heads from getting too big and subsequently knocked off with the finish line quickly approaching. And so far, he thinks he's doing a pretty good job at it.

"We have a smart bunch of kids here that see what is taking place," Mangino said. "They are enjoying it, but they are not caught up in it."

Posted by Adam Caparell at 06:48 PM on November 07, 2007

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