Since David Beaty was hired by Kansas in December, the message has been very clear. The idea is to move fast. It’s a principle that can be seen in every action and every detail within his program.
While speaking to the media over the weekend as fall camp opened, Beaty elaborated, stating that the idea has transpired to even the day to day activities with the goal that his players will get used to moving fast, which will translate to a faster tempo on the field this season.
“We always talk about practice and speed when nobody else does. Hidden there is where most of the time you may walk.,” Beaty said. “We try to either jog or run or certainly walk fast, so when we break a meeting in here, those guys don't walk. I mean, everything is speed when nobody else does. We get out of this room (Mrkonic Auditorium) really quick. We don't walk out of here slow. Everything is about -- we talk about procedure, get lined up, get lined up, get lined up, hurry up and wait, so we'll wait when we get there, but we're going to hurry to get there.”
As the Jayhawks transition into a new fast paced, up tempo offense, Beaty has made it clear that it’s essential that the team get used to moving fast in everything that they do, the polar opposite of what the last regime operated. It’s a little thing, but in his mind, it’s those little things that will translate to success in games.
“When we move in and out of meeting rooms, we try to move fast in and out of meeting rooms, so we don't allow them to just get up slow and kind of mosey to the locker room,” Beaty continued. “You'll start seeing these guys, they'll walk fast wherever they go. We're trying to build that tempo in for them to be able to get places quickly so we can have time to react.”