Today Kansas head coach Charlie Weis announced that junior college defensive lineman Ty McKinney will delay his enrollment at the University of Kansas saying, “After discussing this matter with Ty McKinney, he has decided to wait until January to enroll at KU. Tomorrow (Sept. 7) he will take his last final exam and believes that any attempt to catch up academically at KU would be futile.”
McKinney had two years of eligibility remaining which would have started ticking as soon as he enrolled at Kansas. Already several weeks behind in both class work and practice, McKinney would have had an extremely difficult time catching up with his curriculum and likely would not have seen the field for several more weeks. This seems to make the most sense for both McKinney and Kansas as the Jayhawks have found plentiful depth along the defensive line.
Though his addition would have strengthened an already vastly improved defensive front with the additions of Jordan Tavai, Keon Stowers, and Josh Williams, McKinney’s presence is no longer vital. Having McKinney start classes this week would have eaten up half a year of eligibility and could have possibly caused academic troubles down the line. All in all this is hands down the best decision/outcome for both McKinney and the Jayhawks heading forward.
McKinney will continue to pursue his studies at his junior college until he enrolls at KU in January.
Kansas will host Rice at 2:30 on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.