After snubbing Baker Mayfield of a handshake before Saturday’s 41-3 loss to Oklahoma, the KU football captains met with the media on Tuesday to address the incident and reaction.
The captains were stripped of their captaincy for the final game of the season against Oklahoma State. That role will instead be held by the seniors.
“Kind of an impulse decision,” said Daniel Wise. “That’s not who we are, really.”
“We weren’t thinking, at all,” added Jeremiah Booker, who stood next to Wise during the pregame festivities, but wasn’t noticed because he was in a hoodie.
Joe Dineen, the only captain to speak after the game, said he wasn’t frustrated by being the face of the incident. He said he took full responsibility for his actions and echoed the words of his coach earlier in the day.
“It was dumb,” said Dineen. "Obviously looking back it was a horrible idea."
KU linebacker Joe Dineen became a bit of a social media star on Saturday after snubbing Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield of a handshake before the game
Dineen clarified the gesture afterward, while Hasan Defense spoke about one play of his own, a late hit on Mayfield that drew a 15-yard penalty.
"It was just a bad mistake by me,” Defense said. “It won’t happen again."
Following a 38-9 home loss to Baylor on Saturday, Kansas football coach David Beaty and junior linebacker Joe Dineen said the fans deserve a better product on the field and they discuss their frustration with the loss.
"I know those boys in there are disappointed," Beaty said. "I know our coaches are disappointed. I know our fans are disappointed. They've got every right to be."
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.
Kansas junior linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. and junior quarterback Peyton Bender talk about what went wrong in a 45-27 loss to Central Michigan.
Facing CMU quarterback Shane Morris (467 yards and five touchdowns), Dineen said KU's defense had breakdowns with "everything."
"Credit to those guys," Dineen said. "They came out and the quarterback slang that thing. Not much we could do about it."
As for KU's offense, Bender was pleased that the Jayhawks put together a couple of long drives, though he wished more of them would've ended with touchdowns.
"We knew coming out at halftime we were going to have to have a big third quarter to get back in the game," Bender said. "We came out hot, two quick scoring drives. We got back in it. We just couldn't sustain that."
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.
During Joe Dineen’s freshman season playing football at Kansas, a series of injuries forced the coaching staff to move him to running back, a position Dineen hadn’t played before.
One of the Jayhawks who helped Dineen get acclimated at running back was Brandon Bourbon. Dineen, now a junior linebacker, says news of Bourbon’s death shook the entire program.
“For a lot of the guys that were really close to him, I think it was good to kind of get back to something familiar, like football,” Dineen says of KU’s spring game, an open practice which fans could attend at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the day after news of Bourbon’s death became public.
“It’s going to go back to the grieving process,” Dineen adds, “but for the short time being, I think it was good for the guys that were really close to him.”
— See what people were saying about Saturday’s spring practice during KUsports.com's live coverage.