DALLAS (KSNT) – Kansas State head football coach Bill Snyder, and Kansas head coach David Beaty took to the podium on Monday morning at ‘Day One’ of the Big 12 Media Days to discuss the upcoming season.
“Will you work hard enough, will you make it important enough to earn it, earn what’s expected of you to be a great teammate and make it about the team and not about yourself,” said Snyder.
“The first thing we’re going to do, is we’re going to work hard, said Beaty. “And the second thing we’re going to do, is we’re going to earn everything we get.”
The Wildcats and Jayhawks were two of five teams in the Big 12 who spoke on Day One of Media day. The legendary Bill Snyder welcomes back 5 starters on both offense and defense, but the big question mark will be at quarterback. K-State lists seven QB’s on the roster, and at this stage of the summer, there’s no clear-cut front-runner.
“I think probably four of them at this particular point in time, in my eyes anyway, should be competitive for the position,” said Snyder. “It will be significant for us to be able to narrow that down as quickly as we possibly can. I don’t know how fast that will be. Right now they’re all on equal footing. They’re all good young guys, they all care, they’re all good teammates. So I think it will be very competitive, it’s just a matter of being able to sort it out as quickly as we can.”
The Jayhawks have a different hill to climb, they haven’t had a winning season since 2008, and KU hasn’t won a true road game since 2009. Plenty of room for improvement in Lawrence.
“‘Earn it’ has been the theme,” said Beaty. “We have continued to spread that as we’ve worked all throughout the state of Kansas and throughout this country. We’ve set out and set a goal to make sure that we earn the trust and the respect of our stakeholders, our students, the people of our state, our alumni, our former players, one person at a time.”
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby also added some other points in interest for the league this season:
– Fans are still allowed to celebrate on the field/court, it will just be handled by each institution, and not prohibited by the Big 12.
– The Big 12 adopted a rule to limit teams to only two days per week of full contact (including game days), instead of the NCAA rule of three a week.
– There is no indication of expansion, or a championship game in the near future. The Big 12 is happy with its 10-team, round-robin format with no championship game.
The 2015 season begins on September 5, 2015.
South Dakota State at Kansas 11:00 a.m.
South Dakota at Kansas State 6:00 p.m.