Talking Bull: Kansas Turner'ing over a new leaf

LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Turner Gill of the Kansas Jayhawks watches from the sidelines during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on October 15, 2011 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Turner Gill Fired As Kansas Head Football Coach - Rock Chalk Talk
Yes it is official, Turner Gill was fired as the Kansas head football coach with the decision being announced by the University in a press release from the athletic department. This news has been expected for several weeks now as the Jayhawks have finished with just five wins during Gill's brief two year tenure and unfortunately the Jayhawks have rarely been competitive in Gill's 19 losses. It was that inability to field a competitive product in the Big 12 conference that ultimately made this a necessary decision despite the thought of this happening after year two being fairly far fetched at the beginning of the season.

Gill's firing simple: Just not good enough - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The numbers reveal plenty. Gill won just one Big 12 game in 17 tries over two seasons. In that one win, the Jayhawks erased a 45-17 fourth-quarter deficit at home against the Big 12's second-worst team, Colorado, and Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins was fired days later.

Turner Gill Has Been Fired. It's Been A Good 14 Years. - Hustle Belt
Now here's another one which dates back to 1997; Turner Gill has been fired by Kansas, two years after being hired away from Buffalo. It's the first time a MAC football head coach was hired away and was subsequently canned (for football reasons) since young Ron Cooper, previously with EMU, was fired by Louisville after three seasons. Since then there've been several great hires out of the MAC.

BO's Record and UB's Loss

Records are small consolation to Oliver - Sports - The Buffalo News
"I am not thinking too much about the record," Oliver said. "I wanted to get the seniors a win and not concentrate on the record."

Bulls' performance is half-hearted in season finale - UB Football - The Buffalo News
Halfway through the first quarter, UB looked like a program poised to turn the corner. The offense drove to a field goal on its opening drive. The defense did it one better, returning an interception for a touchdown. Two straight wins to end the season would signify progress and provide a solid foundation for 2012. The Bulls, up by a quick 10, appeared headed that way.

Record-setting day for University at Buffalo’s Oliver during loss to Bowling Green | Sports |
Oliver burst up the middle for an eight-yard gain in the second quarter, giving him 71 of his game-high 127 yards – moving him past James Starks as Buffalo’s all-time, single-season rushing leader. Oliver finished the season with 1,395 yards and 13 touchdowns, one of which occurred Saturday.

OSU's campus is a little more Urban

The Urban Meyer Owner's Manual: Congratulations On Your Purchase, Ohio State -
So, Ohio State, you've gone and gotten yourself a factory refurbished URBAN MEYER 2.0 for the holidays. What can you expect from your new coach?

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