Weis, Snyder prepare with different expectations

Kansas begins the season at home on Saturday against South Dakota.
Kansas begins the season at home on Saturday against South Dakota.

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Kansas State opened the season with a surprising loss to North Dakota State. The Wildcats are home again on Saturday and welcome in Louisiana-Lafayette.

“Number one first and foremost is, correcting the mistakes that we made,” Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said. “Focus on becoming a better football team throughout the course of the week.”

As for Charlie Weis and the Jayhawks, they kick off the 2013 campaign against FCS-opponent South Dakota.

“Every time we go into a game we better be counting on winning and if we lose we lose,” Weis said. “I think that part of the problem when you’re in an organization that is used to losing, losing is okay. Losing is accepted. If you play close to winning it’s okay and that’s a pile of garbage.”

Weis showed plenty of emotion during Tuesday’s press conference in Lawrence and said his expectations shouldn’t change due to personnel or the opponent.

“The first thing you better do is change the mentality that you have as a team because you go into a (season) and say: “Well, if you can (win) five (games).” If you think like that you deserved to get fired, or quit, one or the other. You should never, ever as a competitor think like that.”

As far as the overall start to the season’s expectations.

“So, you want the answer?” Weis said. “I want to beat South Dakota, then the next week I want to go beat Rice, then I want to come home and beat Louisiana Tech. I want to go out and recruit and the week after that I want to beat Texas Tech at homecoming. Then let’s go to TCU and see what it’s like if you’re on a little streak and everyone is starting to get a little juice around here. That’s what I want to do. Now, is it going to happen like that? I can’t tell you that but that’s what I want to do and I’m counting that they’re thinking the same way.”

K-State’s kickoff is at 5:30 PM in Manhattan, while the Jayhawks open the season at 6 PM at Memorial Stadium.

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