After long talking about his admiration for coach Bill Snyder, Kansas coach David Beaty appears to be implementing a policy made famous by the longtime Kansas State coach.
At a media session Monday, Beaty said he would no longer discuss his team’s injuries, a decision made in part because of a reporter’s tweet from practice that morning.
“I was going to give an injury report today, but it doesn’t give us an advantage. There’s no advantage for me to give an injury report,” Beaty said. “There’s nothing that’s going to help us win the game right now with giving that report. So I’m not going to talk about injuries when it comes to our football team.”
Beaty previously said last week that he would give an update on his team’s ailments Monday. That changed after a morning practice when Lawrence Journal-World writer Benton Smith reported on Twitter that running back Denzell Evans — a special-teams contributor who had 17 carries for 29 yards last year — was on crutches.
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“I allow 15 minutes at the beginning of certain practices for you guys to come out there, and the intent of that is not to deliver news from our sideline when it comes to injuries from our players,” Beaty said. “I would think that would go without saying.”
Beaty, who opened his press conference by thanking reporters for their professionalism before saying “there’s some things that we do have to talk about,” said he potentially could take away access moving forward. As it stands now, media members are allowed into the first 20 minutes — that includes stretching, running and a first period — of eight practices in the fall.
“I want to continue to allow that to happen, but I will have no choice but to cut that off if we can’t cut that (reporting injuries) off,” Beaty said. “And I know we can. I know we can. I think just saying it and telling each other is probably the best thing to do so communication is good.”
Snyder has long had a policy of not discussing injuries. Other schools differ with their rules; Texas, for example, does not allow social-media posts during press conferences, though coach Tom Herman provides routine injury reports.
Iowa State — perhaps the most comparable football program to KU in the Big 12 — does not announce injuries, though second-year coach Matt Campbell often will confirm them if asked.
“Listen, I know you’ve got a job to do, and I want to help you. I want to help you. I want to give you the information you need,” Beaty said to reporters Monday. “But it doesn’t give us an advantage against our opponents to be giving out that information and being able to do that. I don’t see that around the country at many other places.”