The KU football team didn’t need to wait for kickoff for the fireworks to start.
As the captains stood at midfield, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield extended his arm for a handshake. No KU players stepped forward, prompting the quarterback to clap a few times before heading back to the sideline.
Speaking after the game, KU coach David Beaty provided some clarity on the moment.
“I’m proud of our guys for getting to a point (where) we’re not going to take it any more,” Beaty said. "I’ve got to do a better job as their coach, maybe teaching them how to manage that a little bit better.”
One day after University of Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod released a statement in support of the school's football program, KU football coach David Beaty talked about why he believes "it's big for us," and how he's never had doubts about his job security.
After rushing for 291 yards on Saturday against West Virginia in a 56-34 loss, Kansas sophomore running back Khalil Herbert thanked his offensive line and never thought about approaching any records.
Herbert's rushing total is the third-highest single game total in program history and the most in Div. I-FBS game this season.
"No, I'm in the game zone, so I just do what I do," Herbert said. "Do what the coach calls to do. Whatever happens happens during a game."
Kansas football coach David Beaty discussed his dissatisfaction with the fourth quarter, which saw the Mountaineers pull away with a few late touchdowns.
Second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty and three of his players — quarterback Montell Cozart, linebacker Joe Dineen and safety Fish Smithson — are in Dallas for Big 12 Football Media Days.
KUsports.com’s Matt Tait and Benton Smith preview what’s in store for the group of Jayhawks, as well as what we might learn about the 2016 season from the KU representatives this week.
There aren’t any Kansas basketball games for our KUsports.com team to talk about right now, but that doesn’t mean Tom Keegan and Matt Tait have run out of topics for discussion.
For one, KU and coach Bill Self received some humongous news this week when the top-ranked senior in the Class of 2016, Josh Jackson, announced he’ll play for the Jayhawks next season.
Just what does the addition of such a talent mean for Kansas?
Find out, and get some KU football knowledge, too, on this week’s episode of KU Sports Extra.
Take a peek inside the Kansas football team’s 14th practice of the spring, on Tuesday, inside Memorial Stadium.
The Jayhawks, who practiced in front of fans three days earlier, at their annual spring game, wrap up their offseason allotment of full coaching sessions this week.
KU opens its second season under head coach David Beaty, on Sept. 3, against Rhode Island.
New Kansas linebackers coach Todd Bradford says when he arrived in Lawrence this offseason, the first thing he heard from head coach David Beaty and defensive coordinator Clint Bowen was the importance of the linebacking corps — just like every other unit within the program — finding ways to make improvements every single day.
But just as important, Bradford adds, is recruiting players to KU that can help the Jayhawks win in the Big 12.
“We think we have a core group of guys here that we can do that,” Bradford says.
The goal for all involved in the program, the new assistant explains, is to make Kansas a great place for players and coaches alike.
“And by the time we get to that first game,” Bradford adds, “we’ll be ready to play.”
According to Bradford, KU’s linebackers have adopted that mentality.
“It’s been a great spring. They had a great winter before I got here, with coach Jackson (Je’Ney, strength and conditioning). I feel like they’ve prepared well for spring practice, that they’ve changed their body types. They’re a little bit faster, a little bit bigger, they’re a little bit stronger, which is all part of playing football in the Big 12.”
Kansas senior cornerback Brandon Stewart says the defensive work during spring practices seems a lot smoother this year, the second at KU for head coach David Beaty and cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry.
“Last year, we were all pretty new,” Stewart says, “including Coach Perry. So this year, we all got a year underneath our belt. So we know what to do, and then the guys behind us can follow us. Everything is smoother in and out of drills, the transition from individual to seven-on-seven — everything’s just smoother than it was last year.”
Returning defensive players such as Stewart, the corner added, expect much more out of themselves in 2016.
Here’s a very brief peek inside the Kansas football team’s seventh spring practice of 2016.
During the limited time open to media members, coach David Beaty’s Jayhawks got loose, stretched and broke off into position groups for drills.
Featured in today’s fleeting glance at what goes on at KU’s practice fields: new defensive line coach Michael Slater, as well as second-year offensive line coach and run-game coordinator Zach Yenser.