After the first day of the Kansas basketball team's annual Boot Camp, senior guard Svi Mykhailiuk discussed the start of Boot Camp and his offseason, which included losing 20 pounds since the end of season in March.
In order to cut the 20 pounds, Mykhailiuk said he changed his diet and cut out soda.
Why the change?
"I feel like now I'm faster with the light weight, and I'm more athletic," Mykhailiuk said. "It just helped me overall with the game."
Three days following a 45-27 home loss to Central Michigan, Kansas football coach David Beaty said he's seen a strong response from players in practice and film sessions.
Preparing to go on the road to play Ohio, the Jayhawks' first road game of the season, Beaty mentioned that he believes that his players are in the correct mindset.
"Our guys are embarrassed, but they are also very prideful," Beaty said. "They are a group that's resilient and they are ready to get back on that field. There's no panic here. We what happened on the video and I think we're going to be able to move forward."
Sophomore left tackle Hakeem Adeniji agreed with Beaty that players have responded well to their first loss of the year and they expect to play much better in Week Three.
"The loss just kind of focused us in," Adeniji said.
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."
Three days of ahead of his induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self talked about the start of his coaching career when he was an assistant to his mentors Larry Brown, Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton, and his start at Oral Roberts.
When he started his coaching career, Self said he was focused on trying to make the most of his $4,400 salary versus any thoughts of a Hall of Fame career.
“Thirty years ago, I was dreaming, ‘OK, where can I eat free in town and who I can give my two complimentary tickets to that would actually pay for them so I’d have some spending money,’” Self joked.
When asked what he learned from all of his coaching mentors, Self remembered a humorous story involving a practice under Brown.
A few days before Thursday's induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self discussed what it means to him and how he learned from his mentors, which includes Larry Brown, Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton.
Brown will be Self's presenter for the Hall of Fame ceremony in Springfield, Mass. In 1985-86, Self was a graduate assistant to Brown at KU.
"It'll probably mean more to me after being there than it probably does now," Self said Tuesday. "I think that would be like, 'What does it mean to you to win a championship?' And it would probably mean a little bit different after you actually won it than going into it."
After a 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State in the season opener Saturday, Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender and receiver Steven Sims Jr. discuss the positives and negatives of the offense's first game.
Bender threw two touchdowns on KU's first two drives, which helped set the tone for the rest of the night. The junior transfer threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns, along with two interceptions.
"It just nice to see us clicking as an offensive unit early out of the gate," Bender said. "We just to get more consistent. We showed glimpses of how explosive we can be."
Entering the third week of preseason fall camp, the Kansas football team continues to ramp up its practices in preparation for the team's season opener on Sept. 2 against SEMO.
During the first 20 minutes of Monday's practice, the Jayhawks split into their usual position groups and worked on several individual drills. Running backs worked on ball security and keeping their eyes up field, while offensive linemen practiced blocking in space. Quarterbacks and receivers went through their usual passing routes, including some time in the red zone.
On defense, the KU secondary had a chance to work on defending the ball, while defensive linemen used the sleds to practice using their hands to shed blocks.
At the beginning of Friday's preseason practice, before a scrimmage, the Kansas football team worked on its special team units including punt return, kick return and field goals.
The Jayhawks had several returners practice fielding punts including receivers Quan Hampton, Steven Sims and Kerr Johnson.
After a couple of field goal attempts from various spots on the field, KU players shifted into their kickoff and kick return units and went live for a few repetitions, an area that coach David Beaty said needs to improve this upcoming season.
More than a week into preseason practices during fall camp, Kansas football players aren't afraid to share their lofty expectations for the upcoming season.
"I think a team goal of ours is definitely to go to a bowl game," junior transfer quarterback Peyton Bender said at the team's media day.
At the media day Bender, quarterback Carter Stanley, defensive end Dorance Armstrong, receiver Daylon Charlot and offensive tackle Charles Baldwin discussed the start of camp and much more.