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.
“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 the Jayhawks haven’t duplicated the feat since.
After citing the number, Weis said his players would be getting the same history lesson later on Monday.
“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.
“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 appendectomy and missing the Louisiana Tech game.
Texas Tech starting Mayfield — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has announced that freshman Baker Mayfield will start at quarterback against KU. Mayfield, a walk-on, took over the starting job when starter Michael Brewer was injured in August. Mayfield was replaced by backup 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.