Hearing: The Jalon Daniels Situation 😐

It's not as bad as it seems, but it's still not good

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  1. The Jalon Daniels Situation

  2. Free Ticket Giveaway for KU-UCF

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Hearing: The Jalon Daniels Situation 😐

This newsletter directly addresses the flurry of questions and conspiracies on Twitter regarding Jalon Daniels’ unexpected absence from the Texas game. The following is what I’m Hearing about the situation:

The conspiracy theories can end now.

Jalon Daniels has a real back injury, or at least back tightness, that flared up and kept him out of Saturday’s game vs. Texas. Whether this is a new issue or a recurrence of the back tightness that kept him out of KU’s first game isn’t entirely clear.

But Daniels simply couldn’t play with discomfort worsening throughout the day. The quarterback practiced with the starters all week (as usual) and expected to play until the tightness flared up.

My understanding is that this was simply a case of bad luck and even worse timing.

Toward the end of KU’s 40-14 loss to Texas, questions from frustrated fans began circulating on Twitter and within KU group texts. After the game, Lance Leipold said Daniels “aggravated his back while preparing at the hotel” and that the staff didn’t know it was an issue until they arrived at the game. I believe this is the truth.

A picture of Daniels arriving at the stadium carrying a full backpack floated around on Twitter. The photo raised some questions about whether or not Daniels was hurt at the hotel. It’s important to remember that Leipold said he didn’t know it was an issue UNTIL they arrived for the game, likely after the photo (shown below) was taken.

The coaching staff hasn’t been entirely transparent about Daniels’ health in the past, which didn’t help ease confusion or concern among the fanbase. It’s an unusual situation, and the players haven’t been too informed about Daniels’ injury status, which doesn’t exactly help morale either.

Backup QB Jason Bean — who was thrown into the fire Saturday — liked a pretty negative tweet about Daniels (shown below).Bean dealt with a lot of negativity online yesterday. Most of it was unfair. He’s KU’s backup quarterback.

Maybe he was just liking a positive fan note about him after the game. Still, he’s gotta be smarter than liking something like the photo below.

Bean’s Twitter Likes

As uncertainties loom over Daniels' back issue and the team wrestles with the aftermath of their loss in Austin, the Jayhawks have a pivotal chance to regroup. The upcoming game against UCF isn't just about the score. It’s gonna be about proving a lot more.

KU-UCF 44 Ticket Giveaway!!! 🎟️

We can do our part, too.

KU AD Travis Goff released a statement this week urging KU fans to buy tickets for games this season. The letter to fans comes as Leipold’s name continues to get floated in Michigan State’s coaching search.

Part of Goff’s letter

As a result, I bought 10 tickets to give away to KU fans. And then a KUHearings subscriber matched with another 10. And then others kept donating tickets. We’re now up to 44 to give away… It’s incredible. I’m blown away by everyone’s generosity, support, and kindness. KU football has the chance to finally build a real program. And the fans can help by showing up the rest of the season.

In total, KUHearings will give away 44 tickets, at random, to KU fans for the UCF game. Please let me know you want to go by filling out this form below.

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