For a couple of days at Anderson Family Football Complex, the Kansas coaching staff and important defensive cog Daniel Wise thought the team’s starting defensive tackle would have to miss the first half of the upcoming Iowa State game.
Assessed a personal foul and ejected in the third quarter of KU’s loss at West Virginia following a heated dispute with some Mountaineers, Wise would have been suspended for the first 30 minutes this Saturday had the Big 12 not deemed that punishment unfit for the defensive lineman’s wrongdoing.
The best-case scenario played out for Kansas (1-8 overall, 0-6 Big 12) and the 6-foot-3 tackle. Nevertheless, head coach David Beaty used Wise as an example.
Kansas football coach David Beaty met with the media and discussed his quarterback situation, why he thinks Iowa State is "the best 1-8 team in the country," and disappointment with penalties last week.
Though officials told the coach Saturday Wise “slugged” an opponent, further review proved the lineman shoved a WVU player and barked a little too long with the competition following an extra point. Beaty explained to players his displeasure with Wise’s actions — even if he might not have deserved an ejection.
“Now after the fact when we got back, we addressed all of that with our team, just the chippery stuff that was going on that we haven't seen since we've been here,” the second-year head coach said. “Those types of things are just sources of frustration that they just simply can't happen. We don't allow those to happen. It's just not part of what we do.”
Wise, who also shouted back and forth with a group of Texas Tech players before KU’s Big 12 opener in September, said the ejection caught him off guard before he ran off the field and remained in the visiting locker room with nearly 25 minutes left in the WVU loss. Now he understands he put himself in a position to fail.
“Just being that close and lingering around the pile,” Wise said of how officials misinterpreted his actions. “When the play is over, just run to the sideline. Instead of trying to be a big tough guy or whatever, standing around, poking your chest out and what not. That was no good, obviously.”
While relieved to have Wise — with his 27 total tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack and three quarterback hurries — available for all four quarters against the Cyclones (1-8, 0-6), defensive coordinator Clint Bowen wasn’t pleased with his No. 1 defensive tackle. Bowen said he talks with Wise “all the time” about avoiding trash-talking with opponents.
“Any of that stuff, it’s a waste of energy, a waste of time,” Bowen added of his message. “The more you’re doing talking to that guy, the less you’re thinking about what you should be thinking about. So just forget it. It doesn’t do anybody any good, so eliminate it and move on.”
KU sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., who plays alongside Wise on the line, said the tackle apologized to his teammates for what transpired.
“He started playing at that level and it got him ejected for the second half,” Armstrong said, “but it’s good to know that he’s playing this week with us.”
Attempting on Saturday (11 a.m. kickoff, FOX Sports Net) to coach Kansas to its first Big 12 victory since he took over the program, Beaty knows penalties (KU had nine for 104 yards at WVU) are one of many issues capable of wrecking the Jayhawks’ chances against ISU, an 11.5-point favorite according to VegasInsider.com.
“Those are things that, if there was something that I was really disappointed in the other night, it was the fact that we had a couple of personal fouls (including an unsportsmanlike flag on freshman Mike Lee) that, whether they were really warranted or not, I don't care. We were close enough that we put ourselves in position to be judged. We've got to learn from that,” Beaty said. “Get yourself away from those situations. And that won't be a problem from this point forward, promise you.”