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.


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.


Hawk1969 7 years, 3 months ago

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

bad_dog 7 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.

Matt Tait 7 years, 3 months ago

Had "left" in the previous paragraph and thought "bolted" was also too strong. Just like the sound of fled and he was here for just a year...

I getcha, though. No big deal. If Beaty comes, it's big news and a really good get for Gill and the Jayhawks in both coaching and recruiting.

Thanks for reading.

7 years, 3 months ago

Dadgummit, just like that confounded Mrs. Hogwallop - - 'cept fer he's leastways a comin' back.

tdub 7 years, 3 months ago

"The personal rancor reflected in that remark I don't intend to dignify with comment."

Landon Brown 7 years, 3 months ago

It's great to see you join the discussion in these comments Matt. Great job all season. I agree with you, a good get for Gill. I know Beaty was one (along with strength coach Hanson) that we wanted to stay. I like how Gill and staff go right out and fill a loss or need when someone flees, or doesn't come to KU. i.e. Zack Stoudt / Brock Berglund. I hope Beaty continues to get talent to come to Lawrence from Texas.

Matt Tait 7 years, 3 months ago

The strength coach was Dawson (he's now at K-State) but you're absolutely right in saying that Beaty wanted to stay.

He and Bowen both were hoping for a chance to join Gill's staff. This is a roundabout way to do it, but sometimes these things have a funny way of working out.

DevilHawk 7 years, 3 months ago

I was thinking the same thing as bad_dog.

"Fled" suggests a push from the situation at KU as the reason for the change rather than a pull from Texas.

"Went home" or "upgraded" might fit the situation better.

bad_dog 7 years, 3 months ago

I know what you mean Matt. I always try to avoid redundant word usage in sentences/paragraphs, when possible. "Fled" just seemed to have a bit of a deragatory connotation for the program. If however, the "running" shoe fits...

Have a great day. I appreciate all your efforts to provide us with well written, timely information.

Mangino_Maniac 7 years, 3 months ago

Matt... you're a good reporter. Keep up the excellent and 'real feel' to your work... it's much appreciated.

Stephen Johnson 7 years, 3 months ago

Good article Matt. I think we've beat this horse to death.

hoopsdr 7 years, 3 months ago

as long as this isn't reported by SportsbyBrooks we'll be fine

SeaJHawk 7 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!

TopCityHawk 7 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.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 3 months ago

Heeeeeeee'ssssssss Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

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

Dan Harris 7 years, 3 months ago

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kureignman 7 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.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 3 months ago

That's it? I expected more from you on this one. I think this is a great hire...he should have never been let go to begin with!

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 3 months ago

100 is on posting probation since JN came out with the statistically backed article about this team being the worst ever to take the field.

100 7 years, 3 months ago

Brother he won 3 games last year after a transition year. No one said last year's team was "statistically amazing".

And in fact the team you are referring to (last year's team), had a few of the same pieces from Mangino's last year with a pretty loaded roster... Well they lost their last 7 games in a season with Todd Reesing, Kerry Meier, Jake Sharp etc.

Last years team on the other hand was legitimately young and going through a transition.

Next years recruiting class for the icing on the cake, is the best in the history of Kansas football.

So don't try to lie saying JN's truthful statistical breakdown of last year's stats has anything to do with the dynasty that Gill is building, including future players & his current coaching staff.

So who were these recruits brought here by?

Coach Turner Gill & his staff.

Sorry to say so brother but Wyatt was a big loss for us, but guess what?

Coach Gill just hit a grand slam replacing him.

Must be hard spending all of your energy hating one person.

Gill must have really done something mean to you a long time ago in grade school to hold a never-ending grudge like this.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 3 months ago


Great to see you brother! I must say I wasn't happy with last years team but I knew we'd have to suffer through a year of growing pains before any resemblence of sucess. I am very excited about our recruiting class. Several home runs by Gill and staff. Love it when we get the in-state kids too! Even if we don't think they are the TOP recruits we get we still need to lock up the borders. So glad we got a great replacement for Wyatt. Beaty will bolster the staff for sure. I can't wait for my son to see his first KU football game inside the stadium! Unbelieveablely it will be my first from inside. Even after spending 4 years in Lawrence I never was able to go to a game (Had to work weekends) but now that hard work paid off! Can't wait for the fall! Not hating on BBall just love football! Welcome back to Matt Tait as well missed his stuff! Thanks again 100!


ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 3 months ago

If this hire is a "grandslam" then I have to ask why was he let go in the first place? If he was such a "grandslam" then why was rice his best option? And finally if he was such a "grandslam" why was the worst team in the bcs (thanks Jesse) his only option after a year at rice?

Oh yeah, still waiting on some numbers/articles that say this is our best recruiting class ever.

Mike Ardis 7 years, 3 months ago

Best in the history of Kansas football? Um, how do you figure? KU's 2011 class is ranked 44th now but was 31st in 2009, 40th in 2008 and 38th in 2006. Unless KU gets another stud it looks like this year’s class will be the fourth best class in just the last six years. Also Mangino’s second class (2003) was ranked 38th so Gill has some work to do to catch up.

Not saying 2011 is a bad class but hardly “the best in the history of Kansas football.”

Jonathan Briles 7 years, 3 months ago

You cannot judge a recruiting class purely by numbers. You cannot tell what players are going to do when they get to the college level. In my opinion our best recruiting class ever was 2004. That class is probably our worst looking one when you look at stars and rankings though, but look who is in it. Anthony Collins - All American and in the NFL, James McClinton - All American, Aqib Talib - All American and 1st round draft pick, Joining in that class are Joe Mortensen, Mike Rivera, Dexton Fields, Jason Swanson, Kyle Tucker, Charlton Keith, Marcus Herford, Ryan Cantrell and others. That class was one of the worst ranked classes but absolutely loaded with talent. On the other end of the spectrum you have the 2006 class. It ranked 38th yet look who came out of it. Yes I understand Reesing and Sharp were in that class but the only other highlights are Onyegbule, Oguntodu, and Stozier and while I love them none were real difference makers and two did not make hardly any differences until their Senior year. I'm not saying that I think this class will be one of the best in KU history because I don't. I only see extreme potential in just a handful of our current recruits. There is potential, but I see a lot of role players with not a whole lot of complete players. My main argument is just don't go by the numbers because they tell you nothing. Only time will tell if this class is really something special.

DevilHawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Depends on which service you use - Scout or Rivals.

From Scout: 2009: 47 2008: 49 2006: 47 2003: 70 2011: 44

Interestingly, KU is currently listed at the same spot on both Scout and Rivals.

rockchalknation 7 years, 3 months ago

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

danmoore 7 years, 3 months ago

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

Matt Tait 7 years, 3 months ago

It has a lot to do with the levels. He's leaving a non-BCS school for a BCS school, which is huge. And, like a wise man once told me, almost all assistant coaches want to be head coaches someday and Beaty has a much better chance to (a) land a head coaching job and/or (b) land a better assistant coaching job a la Wyatt sometime down the road by being an assistant at KU as opposed to being one at Rice.

I don't yet have any exact knowledge of the financials involved here but I'm guessing KU can pay him a little more... maybe even a lot more.

Chris Bruning 7 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

danmoore 7 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.

DevilHawk 7 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.

DevilHawk 7 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?

hawkalumN2011 7 years, 3 months ago

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

PJ Karasek 7 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!

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 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.

tdub 7 years, 3 months ago

This is the most revealing comment from you yet. If you were actually a KU fan, your take on that would be that we are getting an upgrade and you would be happy about this hire. Why would you wish for a good coach to not come to KU?

I am proposing, and will post after every comment of yours as a reminder, that we all stonewall ahperse. I teach kids, and the best way to deal with an annoying attention seeker is to ignore them, they quickly realize they aren't getting any traction and they give up.

Come on intelligent posters, ignore ahperse and they will soon give up with the pointless blathering.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 3 months ago

just saying if he was attractive as everyone on this board thinks he is, he might of had better options than rice/ku. and i don't really see anyone jumping to answer the questions posted above.

oh, and i far as posting after every comment. you can try. but i'll let you in on something. i'm always here. always, and you don't have the time or energy to post after every comment.

ps. respect for being a teacher! nobody deserves more, yets gets so little.

741hawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Wide Receivers simply could not get open last year.

Jason Bailey 7 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.

Ibajayhawk 7 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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