It should have been a routine Monday practice in August. Instead, it was the beginning of a new policy for Kansas football. David Beaty announced he will no longer give injury reports for his team.
The head coach was set off by a tweet from the Lawrence Journal-World’s Benton Smith.
KU senior RB Denzell Evans watched practice this morning, on crutches.
David Beaty to give health updates for roster later today. #kufball
— Benton Smith (@BentonASmith) August 14, 2017
So after practice, Beaty told reporters:
“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. I would think that would go without saying.”
Ouch. A page out of Tom Herman’s book with Beaty berating the media. Denzell Evans was a special teams contributor last season who only had 17 carries for 29 yards at the running back position. In fairness, Beaty did open his press conference by thanking reporters for their professionalism, but added, “there’s some things that we do have to talk about.”
However then Beaty also took a page out of Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder’s book in not discussing injuries moving forward, saying, “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. 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 did threaten the possibility of limiting access to practice even more. As it stands, Texas recently enacted a policy of zero social-media posts during practice, but Herman does give injury information.
It’s disappointing to see coaches take this stance, but at the same time I understand they have a job to do and want this kind of information respected by reporters. Frankly, the reporting of a player injury the second week of August isn’t something to blow up over. But I believe Beaty wanted to make his point before the season so that it doesn’t happen a few days before a Big 12 game. That’s really when this information getting out can be damaging to a team.
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