As many teams continue on with their season this week, Kansas enjoys an early bye week, which will be their only of the season, following last week’s 55-23 home loss to Memphis.
The bye allows the Jayhawks and head coach David Beaty to assess the team’s progress through two weeks. It also allows time to focus on their final non-conference affair next week at Rutgers. Mostly, it allows the opportunity to take time and teach.
“Honestly, I'm not sure that the bye can come at a better time for us. With us being in our first year of our program with a lot of our guys playing, really? We've got two games under our belt,” Beaty said. “Two of them gave us a lot of different situations that we can go to school on. So I think there's a lot that we can learn from, we can continue to build on, and then really fundamentally we've just got to just continue to add another week of being better fundamentally.”
With such a young team and not much depth, the focus will be on the little things that will lay the foundation for a winning program down the line. That means the things that often get taken for granted will mean that much more in the grand scheme.
“I said it from the very beginning, we've got to just get a little bit better every week. The deal is, that means we've got to not make the same mistakes and then we've got to not let other things pop up,” Beaty said “For us to do that, we've got to continue putting them in those situations and make sure that we're preventative in nature so they know how to handle it. So this bye week's going to be great for us. Just walking out of that locker room right there, I'm pleased -- if I can say pleased, I'm pleased with their demeanor because they're disappointed, they know they're better than that and they're ready to go to work right away, so that's good.”