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."
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.”
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."
After falling 38-9 to Baylor on Saturday, KU defensive lineman Daniel Wise spoke to the media about his frustrations with the team's performance.
"We just didn't win," Wise said, asked what the most troubling aspect of the game was. "That's troubling in of itself."
KU quarterback Peyton Bender had last Saturday off because of the bye week. That didn't mean, however, he spent his time away from the task at hand — the team's game this Saturday against Texas Tech.
"Yeah, I watched. I watched a lot of the game," Bender said of Texas Tech's 41-34 loss to Oklahoma State. "Definitely try to scout them out a little bit."
Sitting at 1-3 (0-1 Big 12) on the season, Bender and the Jayhawks will look for their first conference win since defeating Texas late last year. Here is what the quarterback had to say on Tuesday with regard to the Red Raiders, KU's bye week and his own performance so far.
With Big 12 play right around the corner, KU quarterback Peyton Bender met with the media to discuss his own performance through three weeks, as well as that of a teammate who had a career day in the team's 42-30 loss at Ohio.
"He had a rough go the first few weeks of the season," Bender said of running back Khalil Herbert. "Coach challenged him and he had an incredible game."
After a 12-day layoff in the practice schedule coinciding with spring break, the Kansas football team returned to practice Tuesday, with the annual Spring Game just more than two weeks away.
Check out some of the work put in by defensive linemen Dorance Armstrong Jr., and Daniel Wise — under the guidance of new D-line coach Jesse Williams — as well as some drills involving cornerback Hasan Defense, receivers Daylon Charlot and Evan Fairs, tight end Ben Johnson — working in front of the watchful eyes of new offensive coordinator Doug Meacham — and more.
Monday night, Kansas coach David Beaty went against his usual philosophy of keeping his depth chart mysterious and named sophomore Ryan Willis the starting quarterback for KU's 11 a.m. home game against TCU on Saturday.
Benton Smith had the story last night and he provides his initial thoughts on what this means for KU football.
Update: 3:09 p.m.
Here's a quick look at a video clip of Beaty and Willis talking about the decision to put the sophomore under center to start Saturday's game against TCU, along with the full audio of Beaty's Tuesday press conference, which provides a few answers to some of the questions posed above.
In short, the following quote best sums up why Beaty made the decision to announce the move:
"At this point in our season, given the variables and the circumstances that exist today, I felt like it was best for our team," he said. "I felt like it was best for Ryan and our team overall just to get out in front of this and move forward and really kind of give our guys the confidence that they need moving forward today to know where we were headed with the start of the game."
KUsports.com's Matt Tait and Tom Keegan dive into another week of Kansas football, volleyball and basketball and preview Thursday's nationally televised Big 12 opener at Texas Tech and Saturday's annual Late Night in the Phog.
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.
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