Kansas football players are defending Coach Glen Mason, who denies reports that he and his assistants struck team members regularly during practice.

Mason, speaking after a three-hour practice Thursday, said of his players, "If I want to get his attention, I'm going to get his attention. Am I going to haul off and hit a player? I've never, ever hit a player like that."On Wednesday, Kevin Verdugo and Kyle Schenker, two players who left the team after spring practice, said Mason and his assistant coaches had hit players frequently and occasionally made them double over in pain.