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Originally published January 13, 2011 at 06:30p.m., updated January 13, 2011 at 06:40p.m.

Report: David Beaty returning to KU football as assistant coach

Former Kansas receivers coach David Beaty, right, will return to the KU coaching staff in 2011.

Former Kansas receivers coach David Beaty, right, will return to the KU coaching staff in 2011.

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Former Kansas University football assistant David Beaty is returning to KU after a year away from the school, the Houston Chronicle is reporting.

Internet reports indicated that Beaty, who served as the offensive coordinator at Rice University in 2010, was expected to return to the KU football program to fill the vacant wide-receivers coaching position left by Darrell Wyatt.

Wyatt fled Kansas after one season to take a similar position at Texas.

KU officials have not confirmed the reports of Beaty’s potential return, and sources told the Journal-World that a deal had not been finalized.

If Beaty does join KU coach Turner Gill’s staff, it would mark his second stint with the Jayhawks. Former KU coach Mark Mangino hired Beaty in 2008 to replace Tim Beck, who left for Nebraska, and Beaty coached KU’s receivers during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Both teams were among the most explosive offensive teams in KU history.

After Mangino resigned in December 2009, Beaty stayed on as co-interim head coach. He was not offered a spot on Gill’s first staff, but bringing him back into the fold helps offset the loss of Wyatt, who was one of Gill’s top recruiters, particularly in Texas.

Like Wyatt, Beaty also has strong ties to Texas, having recruited KU running back James Sims, wide receivers Chris Omigie and Ricki Herod and defensive lineman Randall Dent from the Lone Star State during his first go-round with KU.

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jhwkfan162515 3 years, 3 months ago

It doesn't matter who the assistants are, as long as Turner Gill is running the show, KU football is going nowhere.

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Ibajayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

I think the hiring of Coach Beaty will be one of the best things to happen to the team this year and last for that matter. Maybe he will get those wide recievers and tightends that like to cut their routes so much on the stick so the qbs can know where they're going to be every time. And maybe the offense will start a series with something besides two runs for one yard then try a long pass to a reciever that refuses to run his route properly. Hopefully Gill will figure out that the head trainer is a joke also. Power lifting is not the only form of conditioning. Maybe some cardio vascular training and run conditioning and maybe mix in some full range light lifting technique work outs. Power lifting is NOT the only way to build strength, ask the kids that Brady Hoke's conditioning coach sent to the nfl. Last of all maybe after a week of conditioning and work outs the team could do walk throughs on Fridays before a game instead of full workouts. I hear that bodies need recovery time after hard workouts. Anyway thank the powers that be for the return of coach Beaty, any change will be a good change.

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Jason Bailey 3 years, 3 months ago

As a multi-year season ticket holder who is on the fence about buying tickets for 2011, this news plus the news of Brock Berglund coming to KU are persuading me to part with my hard-earned dollars for another year at Memorial.

I certainly hope that Brock is what we think he is and that Beaty can bring the same coaching that made Meier/Briscoe such a formidable force on the field. The talent is there in the WR ranks, we just need someone to mould that talent into repeated success each Saturday.

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Randy Maxwell 3 years, 3 months ago

And the great thing about Beaty compared to Wyatt is I believe Beaty wants to be at KU for a long time.

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741hawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Wide Receivers simply could not get open last year.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 3 months ago

Not only did Rice win more games than us last year they also gave Baylor a better game than we did. Bad move Coach B. Should have stayed put.

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PJ Karasek 3 years, 3 months ago

I will say that while Wyatt is/was certainly a great recruiter, I noticed last season that routes did not look crisp, receivers didn't seem to be running 100%, and the downfield blocking was not up to par. Here's to hoping that Beaty can bring back the wideout performance we started to become accustomed to!

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hawkalumN2011 3 years, 3 months ago

Alright Beaty.....work your magic on making Pick a draftable WR....a la Meier!!

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DevilHawk 3 years, 3 months ago

It should be noted that there are five recruits that KU offered at the same time as Beaty was recruiting them to play at Rice.

Horace Arkadie: No commitment currently. 3 DE. Jake Brendel: Verbal to UCLA in mid-July. 3 Center. Grimes was the recruiter for KU. Michael Brewer: Verbal to Texas Tech in early March. 3 Dual-threat QB. Jalen Brown: Verbal to Notre Dame in late July. 3 Cornerback. Stephon Sanders: Verbal to SMU in mid-September. 3* DE.

There are several players that switched their commitment to KU in the current class. Perhaps some more will do the same thing?

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dtownhawkfan 3 years, 3 months ago

wooooooohooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DevilHawk 3 years, 3 months ago

If this pans out, it could be great news for the program - especially after working with Briscoe and Meier.

There is the question about fixing those drops by our current receivers, though.

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danmoore 3 years, 3 months ago

Ok, I'm buying it. Just seems a bit odd. When he took the Rice job he called it his dream job. Already had a previous stint at Rice and now he's leaving after one season. If he can recruit that's all that matters.

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 3 months ago

danmoore....He believes in Coach Gill and where this program will be in several years and wants to be a part of something special

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danmoore 3 years, 3 months ago

He's leaving an OC position to become a receivers coach? What's the story behind that?

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Keith Hummel 3 years, 3 months ago

Awesome news. This guy is a great recruiter and an even better coach.

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rockchalknation 3 years, 3 months ago

Great hire!! Welcome back Coach Beaty!! Super position coach and recruiter

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100 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kureignman 3 years, 3 months ago

I really thought they should have kept at least one assistant coach on staff to help in the transition to a new coach. It's too late for that. However I liked our wideouts under Beaty so sounds like a good hire.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 3 months ago

Heeeeeeee'ssssssss Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

Not Beaty, he'll make no difference, Tait!

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TopCityHawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Absolute home run replacement for Coach Wyatt for all the same reasons pointed out in last weeks article about this very idea.

Coach Beaty will slide comfortably into the shoes left open by Wyatt's departure.

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SeaJHawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh, this is fantastic news. Welcome back sir. Well done Gill & let's improve that statistically poor offense with all of the new weapons we're gaining! Rock Chalk!

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bad_dog 3 years, 3 months ago

Wyatt "fled" Kansas, Matt?

I hate to pick nits, but that seems a bit strong. I'll be the first to agree he left for a better program, but "fled"?

Otherwise, a good development-if it becomes fact... I'm a bit gun shy after the Bubba Cunningham situation.

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Hawk1969 3 years, 3 months ago

Welcome back David. Very glad you made the return to Lawrence and KU football.

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