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Kansas football players learning to use more than just tools of their sport

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Kansas head football coach David Beaty speaks to reporters during the Big 12 NCAA college football media day in Frisco, Texas, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Kansas head football coach David Beaty speaks to reporters during the Big 12 NCAA college football media day in Frisco, Texas, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

I have spent nearly the past 40 years of my life interviewing athletes in team sports and I haven’t been around many teams with so many players skilled at the art of giving a good interview as this Kansas football squad.

As a rule, they don’t mail in their answers, seem comfortable fielding questions, have a friendly nature, look you right in the eye when talking, and generally represent themselves and their university well.

It makes sense, given where head coach David Beaty immediately went when asked at Media Day in Dallas a general question about what advice he has for young people.

“One of the things we put a lot of emphasis on is teaching our guys how to communicate because we are living in a communication-less society,” Beaty said. “You can date without talking. You can get a job without talking. You can do so much now without talking, but I still believe those who communicate are the ones who will rule the world. I still believe that that still has to happen.”

It’s a nice message, one that will benefit his players long after they have played their final football game.

“I believe that it’s what makes people different,” Beaty said. “It’s out of our nature to just go say hello to somebody who we don’t know, and we commonly do that to try to make them understand that this will make you someone of interest. So for us, we put a lot of emphasis on making them talk, making them communicate, because we think it’s a powerful tool in life.”

Bravo!

Comments

John Fitzgerald 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Man, I want nothing more than to see this guy succeed. We're lucky to have him.

Michael Maris 3 weeks, 6 days ago

John,

I've felt this way since the day of Coach Beaty's initial Introductory Press Conference. Then in June of that same year, I had the luck of running into Coach Beaty and some of the Staff members (in the St. Charles Convention Center Hotel). He's just an all around class guy (from what I've seen in personally meeting him and on TV interviews).

Brock Wells 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Ditto to John and Michael.

When he turns our program around, goes to a bowl game this year, and starts having consistent success... I believe (ok HOPE) that he'll want to stay in Lawrence as KU's HC when other programs coming knocking on his door.

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