Posted by Tom Fornelli
I'm one of those people who is completely and undeniably addicted to their cell phone. I need the thing. Whether for work or personal use I'm on my phone talking, texting or surfing the internet more than any human being should be. So it's safe to say that I'd have a hard time playing football at Kansas for Turner Gill.
For, you see, Gill has instituted a new policy with his team that has them turning over their cell phones to him the day before a game, and he isn't giving them back until after they're finished playing on Saturday in the locker room.
"Everybody was kind of in shock," KU wide receiver Daymond Patterson said. "We hadn't had anything like that in the past years. (Gill) just feels like it's a business thing. He wants us to focus and be ready for the game and not be thinking about outside things."
Gill prides himself on his ability to communicate. He has commented on how he wants his players to get off their phones and talk to each other.
My body is currently breaking into some kind of heroin withdrawal state just thinking of not having my phone with me on a Friday night.
The reason Gill wants his players off the phone is because he believes that it'll improve communication between the players -- this is where I point out that they can use their phones to communicate with each other -- and that hopefully it will decrease the number of communication breakdowns on the field on Saturday. For instance, all those timeouts that Jayhawks had to burn against Southern Miss last week because they couldn't get the play in quick enough to quarterback Jordan Webb.
Which is more of a problem with the coaches if you ask me. Maybe the players should be taking their cell phones from them.