First the NFL went to Monday Night Football. Now Kansas has gone to Monday night practices.
"I've heard of other places that have done it, and I thought it would be a change for the guys just to go to class on Monday," coach Glen Mason said after an evening workout in Anschutz Pavilion.
Current plans, Mason said, call for conducting all Monday practices at night in Anschutz.
"All we do on Sunday is watch films for about an hour," Mason said, "and this gives them the whole day off Monday. We'll see how it goes."
None of the Jayhawks had classes Monday, of course, because of the Labor Day holiday and they bounced back "extremely well" from Saturday's disheartening 59-10 season-opening loss to Virginia.
IN RETROSPECT, Mason felt Virginia wasn't that much better than his team.
"It was a matter of execution," Mason said. "I'm not taking anything away from Virginia, but I didn't think they were 49 points better. I mean, there were four passes that if we'd have intercepted, then who'd have executed?"
On offense, Mason said, the Jayhawks struggled for consistency.
"It was a case of the fullback messing up on one play," he said, "then the fullback does a decent job and the right guard messes up. Then the right guard and fullback do the job and the right tackle messes up.
"Nobody played terrible, but we weren't in synch and that makes the execution look bad."
Mason used 58 players against the Cavaliers. Six were true freshmen, including two walk-ons. Of those first-year players, the most impressive was tailback George White who led the team with 45 yards rushing in nine carries.
KANSAS SUFFERED no serious injuries Saturday. Two veteran defensive backs who logged a little playing time against the Cavs Doug Terry and Paul Friday have improved, Mason said.
Reserve tight end Jason Stallman, who missed the opener with a finger injury, did not practice Monday. Pete Vang, a freshman walk-on from Wichita, backed up starter Chad Fette on Saturday.
On defense, Mark Slyter and Robert Mitchell, two ends who had been ailing, returned to practice.
Kansas will try to bounce back this Saturday against Oregon State. The Beavers fell to Montana, 22-15, in their opener.
"Let's face it, they weren't playing a nationally ranked opponent," Mason said. "But Montana is a good football team. Oregon State was down 22-0 before they blinked, but they fought back. I really don't know what to expect."
SATURDAY'S 1 p.m. game will be televised live by PSN, a cable network that isn't available in the Lawrence area. It's also Band Day.
In addition, the KU athletic department is asking fans to bring cans of food to benefit the Douglas County Emergency Services Council. The cans do not provide free admission to the game.