Who is Bruce Ringwood? Does his suspension matter?

Unless you've spent the past month memorizing the Kansas football depth chart, odds are you'd never heard of Bruce Ringwood - until last week. Last week the redshirt sophomore and backup fullback allegedly was jammin' at a Kenny Chesney concert at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., when he bumped into a 46-year-old woman while drunkenly swaying to the music. The woman, Kathy Hendren, said when she asked Ringwood to be more careful he flashed an inappropriate gesture in her direction. When her 46-year-old husband, Terry Hendren, asked Ringwood to apologize, the 6-foot-1, 233-pounder attacked the couple in Lawrence Phillips-esque fashion. KU football coach Mark Mangino immediately, and appropriately, suspended Ringwood indefinitely for his actions. The Blue Springs, Mo., native will not be in action with the Jayhawks on Saturday when they open their season against Florida Atlantic. Mangino has not given a time frame for when Ringwood could be reinstated, but he deserves to be banished for the entire season. So, exactly how will Ringwood's suspension impact the KU football team this season? In reality, probably not that much. Sophomore Brandon McAnderson, a Lawrence High product, already had secured the starting spot. Also, with Mangino at the helm, KU rarely has had its fullback run the ball anyway. Instead, the fullback has tended to serve primarily as a blocker - something McAnderson does very well. Regardless, the formerly unknown Ringwood likely has ensured that he'll be known more for his off-the-field actions than his on-the-field play at Kansas.Week One Predictions: Kansas 48, Florida Atlantic 10 Oklahoma 62, TCU 20 Missouri 35, Arkansas State 14 Kansas State 55, Florida International 10 Colorado 28, Colorado State 24 Texas 52, Louisiana Lafayette 17 Iowa State 27, Illinois State 14 Nebraska 45, Maine 13 Oklahoma State 38, Montana State 17 Clemson 23, Texas A&M 20 SMU 27, Baylor 17Chiefs 35, St. Louis 17


Kelly Powell 12 years, 9 months ago

It seems that ku is finally under the microscope for the actions of its players.....Do you think we will become the next missouri or will attention shift once they start playing?

cwrist 12 years, 9 months ago

That depends. In football, it seems most schools have a couple players have run-ins with the law each year. The important thing for KU is how seriously Mangino takes those infractions. So far, with Randle and Ringwood, Mangino has taken those infractions very seriously. That's commendable. It'll be interesting to see what identity the men's basketball team adopts, though. It's definitely not looking pretty right now, but winning cures most things. If the 'Hawks win, then most of this stuff will be forgotten. But if they struggle...

Hanluen Kuo 12 years, 9 months ago

The A&M game will EASILY be the game I'm looking most forward to. Should be a the best game out of the ones you listed. If I had to pick a second favorite team in the Big 12, it would probably be A&M.

cwrist 12 years, 9 months ago

Yeah. I could see them beat Clemson, but I just don't see the Big 12 going 11-1 or 12-0 the opening week, so what the heck. How about an upset special. I would've liked to have picked Florida International over K-State, just out of spite, but Florida International is H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E.

cwrist 12 years, 9 months ago

Also, I'm curious how people think KU will do overall this season. The defense should be studly again, so if the offense can offer a little bit of help - unlike last year - then they could be a 7-4 team this year. Your thoughts?

Tater 12 years, 9 months ago

cwrist, I could see CSU beating the Buffs but the rest of the teams the Big 12 is playing what looks like powderpuffs and cupcakes. Montana State, Maine, Florida School of the Deaf and Blind??? That's why I don't really care for the first 4 weeks of the college football season.

cvillehawk 12 years, 9 months ago

"It seems that ku is finally under the microscope for the actions of its players.....Do you think we will become the next missouri or will attention shift once they start playing?"

I think one thing about this that sets is apart from some of what went on at Mizzou is that it happened far from campus, and the athletic department, instead of trying to cover it up, took action. I mean, shit will always happen with athletes, as it will with any college student, really. What actionsthe department takes when we hear about it is what matters.

DavidRose 12 years, 9 months ago

And we all further our education in cowboy culture!!

laughingatallofu 12 years, 9 months ago

Did Mr. Ringwood make a mistake? It seems so. Coach Mangino and the criminal justice system will imprint that lesson. Hopefully, he'll learn from it.

I hope that he had the dignity to apologize to those whom he allegedly assaulted.

Chris Wristen is right. Regardless of the outcome of the suspension or the criminal charges, Bruce Ringwood has already made his mark at the University of Kansas---without playing a single down.

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