Big 12 Coaches Teleconference - Turner Gill

Big 12 Coaches Teleconference - Turner Gill

Monday, Kansas head coach Turner Gill took part in the regularly-scheduled Big 12 Coaches Teleconference, and Phog.net was on the line as he discussed the factors which led to Saturday's blowout loss, the future of the Border War and the rumors surrounding his own in Lawrence, Kan.

Blitzed early

At the end of the first quarter Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks were down to the Aggies of Texas A&M 23-0.

Ugly? Yes. Insurmountable? No.

By halftime, that mostly manageable deficit had become 44 points. At the end of three, the Aggies led 61-7 and the game was officially a bloodbath worthy of Gettysburg.

In searching for answers, Head Coach Turner Gill said Monday the lopsided defeat was due to a number of specific factors.

"I think the turnovers," he said. "It's a huge factor. Unfortunately, special teams - we didn't do well on our punt team - and then we didn't tackle very well on defense. We didn't come out and play with the intensity that I would hope for."

Border War comes to a close

With Missouri's pending departure to the SEC, this weekend's iteration of the Border War - one of the longest-running rivalries in the history of college football - marks the last for the foreseeable future.

Gill, Kansas basketball head coach Bill Self and athletics director Sheahon Zenger have made it clear in recent weeks the annual game was one that would not be continued outside of the Big 12.

Monday, Gill reiterated that stance.

"I think it always needs to be played in the Big 12 Conference," he explained. "That's where I think it should be."

However, while he understands the rivalry's expiration will likely have fans at a fever pitch, Gill believes he can't let his team get caught up in those emotions.

"As far as the football team, we're trying to find a way to win a football game here at Kansas," he said. "We're not going to get caught up in all the other things."

"We get caught up in all those things, that's a distraction," Gill later added. "We've got to focus on trying to execute on the football field."

Future uncertain

The speculation surrounding Gill's future at Kansas once the season has come to a close has become unavoidable among the fans and media.

However, Gill said he continues to believe in his ability to build something on Mount Oread, and will stay focused on beating Missouri - and finding a way to construct a program which will compete for championships in Lawrence, Kan.

"I don't get caught up in that," he said. "I'm here to coach them for the Missouri game, and that's what I'm going to do."

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