KU Athletics Department Cautions Student Reporter To Not Ask Weis Questions
(WSCR) Through his first five games as Kansas University head football coach, Charlie Weis has less than impressed.
The Jayhawks are 1-4, and reports indicate Weis has even begun practicing without the seniors in preparation for the 2013 season.
After the University Daily Kansan, the school’s student-run newspaper, published a column critical of Weis’s work, a member of the paper was cautioned to tread lightly with Weis this week.
Members of KU Athletics singled out a University Daily Kansan sports writer Tuesday to warn him of lingering ill-will among members of the football program.
They disagree about the intent of the conversation.
Katy Lonergan, director of football communications, said she was looking out for the writer and reminded him that he had the same access of any reporter.
Sports writer Blake Schuster, a junior from Chicago, said the conversation was meant to interfere with his work.
He said Lonergan told him it would be in his best interest not to ask questions.
Before the weekly football press conference, Lonergan invited Schuster to a meeting in her office with Mike Cummings, assistant director of communications for KU Athletics. During the meeting, Lonergan warned Schuster about possible negative reactions to last Thursday’s Kansan cover art and story. She told him these negative attitudes could be directed toward him.