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Friday, December 5, 2014

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Column: David Beaty brings energy, work ethic to KU football

Newly-hired Kansas head football coach David Beaty waves to the crowd as he is introduced to the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the JayhawksÕ game against Floriday on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Beaty is the 38th head coach in the programÕs history.

Newly-hired Kansas head football coach David Beaty waves to the crowd as he is introduced to the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the JayhawksÕ game against Floriday on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Beaty is the 38th head coach in the programÕs history.

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KANSAS 71, FLORIDA 65

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The Allen Fieldhouse crowd that watched its basketball team play olé defense and handle the ball as if it were more slippery than Oleo margarine needed something about which to cheer with the halftime scoreboard showing a 15-point deficit.

Onto the court walked the school’s new head football coach, David Beaty, microphone in hand, Texas twang at the ready, familiar with the lines that trigger the roars. The usual Rock Chalk stuff: greatest university in the world, can’t wait to hear the low-and-slow chant at the end of a victory, etc.

“It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” he said, and the crowd loved it.

The biggest roar came when he said, and meant, “I won’t sleep until we give you something to be proud of.”

Nobody has ever questioned Beaty’s work ethic, likeable personality and organizational skills, all of which added up to making him good at his job as recruiting coordinator for Texas A&M.;

Beaty, 44, was a popular guy during his first two stays, under Mark Mangino (2008-09) and Turner Gill (2011), because he treated everybody the same, with respect and courtesy. Those traits also make him popular in Texas with high school coaches. He was one of them as recently as 2005. They also make him a coach under whom quality assistants will want to work.

I believe that the moment Sheahon Zenger watched Duke thoroughly humiliate Kansas in Durham, he had a strong feeling that an interim football coach would finish the season and then be replaced by Beaty at season’s end.

But since Zenger blew it so badly by hiring Charlie Weis, based on a search firm’s recommendation and spending a day falling prey to Charlie’s Jersey charm and Super Bowl bling, that he couldn’t just hire his guy again this time without making it look as if Beaty blew away “the committee.”

So Zenger assembled a committee of former KU players, administrators from the athletic department and other branches of the university. Then the AD set up phone interviews with the candidates taking questions from the committee. Not surprisingly, sitting head coaches who had expressed interest bowed out because head coaches like to pursue jobs way under the radar and feel as if they have proven enough at their schools that their reputations and records do a lot of the talking for them.

That left as competition for Beaty a trio of impressive assistant coaches who had worked at KU. Ohio State offensive line coach Ed Warinner had the most impressive résumé, which included a record-breaking three-year run as KU’s offensive coordinator. Tim Beck, ex-wide receivers coach for KU, coordinated extremely productive offenses at Nebraska under recently fired Bo Pelini. And then there was Clint Bowen, who energized the KU program with a 1-7 record as interim head coach, including near misses against Oklahoma State and TCU. Bowen made former players who had not been embraced during the Turner Gill and Weis errors, er, eras, feel empowered.

KU’s poor play in the final two weeks of the season made it easier for Zenger to stick to his original plan.

Make no mistake, this was a Zenger hire, as it should be. Search consultant Chuck Neinas didn’t make this hire, as is appropriate. At a school not packing the house and not making it to bowl games, the athletic director’s most important job is finding the right football coach. He has to hire his guy, even if he feels the need to make it seem as if he’s hiring “our” guy.

If Beaty elevates the program significantly from its worst five-year record in history, Zenger deserves all the credit for finding the right man for a difficult job.

As for cancelling the last round of interviews, the in-person ones, well, he knew who his man was all along. No point in extending the charade any longer. Time for Beaty to assemble a staff and intensify the recruiting in Texas, Oklahoma and at home, where Kansas always seems to be late to the party lining up walk-ons and in some cases scholarship players, compared to Kansas State.

Zenger didn’t hire an offensive guru this time. He hired a personality to lead the program publicly and the team in practice. Beaty has just one year of experience as an offensive coordinator, so he’ll need to hire a sharp one, perhaps keeping Eric Kiesau or hiring Beck. And Beaty will need to let his coaches coach. He and Bowen are friends, so Bowen’s not going to let any issues regarding player loyalty to the defensive coordinator instead of the head coach take root. They’ll be in it together. Beaty won’t make a more important decision than when hiring a strength-and-conditioning coach. At a development program such as Kansas, it’s an important job that requires 100 percent backing from the head coach. If there is any way to coax Chris Dawson from K-State, that would qualify as a major coup.

Given that Beaty has held a position of authority as a college assistant coach for just one year, the hire is a risky one. But since his contract — probably in the range of an annual salary of $800,000 guaranteed with incentives that could bring it to $1.5 million — is low by Big 12 standards, Zenger’s gambling at the $2 table, where nice guys hang out, not at the $25 table, where slick guys know how to laugh all the way to the bank.

Vince Lombardi reincarnated with Art Briles as his OC and Nick Saban as his DC couldn’t squeeze a winning 2015 season starting so far behind the pack, but just as the Kansas basketball game that ended with the home team winning, 71-65, wasn’t determined by the first half, Beaty won’t be judged by the first half of his presumed five-year contract. It’s all about whether he and his staff can recruit and develop enough talent to entertain big crowds by the time the second half rolls around.

Supporters of the football program would be well-advised to remember the basketball game played the night Beaty was introduced to the crowd. Kansas went on runs of 17-0 and 33-7 in the second half. Rewards that come after struggles mean more. Should Beaty win Big 12 football games by those margins in the second half of his contract, they’ll build a statue of him outside the Anderson Family Football Complex.

In Beaty, Zenger has hired an honest man who will give an honest effort. You have to like his chances of assembling the most energetic staff since the one on which he worked for Mangino.

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By the Numbers: Kansas beats Florida, 71-65

By the Numbers: Kansas beats Florida, 71-65

Comments

Logan Johnson 4 years, 6 months ago

GTFO. Still in aw.... I can't believe this decision.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 6 months ago

Not who I wanted but okay, I'm sold. RCJH!

Gregor Southard 4 years, 6 months ago

I just finished watching the dvr of the KU/Florida game after a 17 hour work day so cut me some slack on the following... Beatty seems like a potentially good hire. The comparisons between tonight's BB game and the following Football season seem foolish, though well intentioned. Keeping Bowen on the staff would be counter productive given his track record. He'll get another job, and I'll root for him. However, we need coaches who can actually coach fundamentals if we're ever to rise out of being a laughing stock in the conference.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 6 months ago

I guess you didn't notice the improvement in our defense the past couple of years.

Gregor Southard 4 years, 6 months ago

No, Dale, I didn't notice any improvement. Even if there was some, still getting blown out by 30-40 points a game several times a year doesn't cut it.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 6 months ago

I agree our defense needs significantly more improvement than its had, but those lopsided scores are also caused by special teams and offense, two factors Bowen didn't have control over as DC. I was hoping to see a new DC though. But it is what it is and I do really like Bowen. Just hope it works out.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

Improved?? You must be kidding. The defense ranks 106/125 teams in FBS. Texas A & M's defense ranks 101/125 teams. Six spots better. And Texas A & M fired their DC for incompetency. What does KU do? They keep the DC AND give him title of associate head coach. And fans wonder why KU football is such a craphole.

Doug Cramer 4 years, 6 months ago

Dale - what improvement ? Statistically our defense has not improved...it's actually regressed.

Gregor is right...Bowen has a long ways to go in terms of being a quality defensive coordinator.

Ethan Berger 4 years, 6 months ago

stats don't tell the whole story. Over the past couple of years our offense has been horrible and our defense slowly wears down.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

So Zenger hires a new HC with one year of OC responsibiliities---and Rice was 4-8 that year. Not too impressive.

Jerry Walker 4 years, 6 months ago

For starters, your contention that Zenger had decided to hire Beaty even before he fired Weis and that the coaching search was all a scam.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 6 months ago

I don't see how you do it Tom. You and Tait have to deal with some of the most ignorant fans ever. I really like your opinion pieces though. Why? Because they're opinions, and typically good ones at that.

Mark Bowers 4 years, 6 months ago

They get paid John and get to feel like big shots because of the very small market they exist in. It's fun to see how easy Toms feelings get hurt by someone simply posting this is a weird article.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 6 months ago

Well someone is awfully bitter. I honestly don't think Tom's feelings were hurt. I think he was just confused by the comment, as was I.

Brad Farha 4 years, 6 months ago

Agreed -- I just thought Tom was calling out the B.S. comment.

Micky Baker 4 years, 6 months ago

Tom was asking why. If someone says the article is weird and doesn't explain why, it's a fair question right? I certainly would give my reasons if I had been the one who posted it. I'm not sure why it was "weird".

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for this excellent and informative article. I don't understand the 'influence' that Bowen has over Zenger. From my sources, Bowen told Zenger that Warinner yelled at players during practices and was "mean." If he thinks that Warinner's coaching style was abusive, then he's never been at a practice at a winning program-----come to think of it, he HASN"T ever been part of a successful program except with MM and Warinner. The readers need to watch a BIll Self practice sometime when he is unhappy with player effort if they think that winning coaches don't yell at athletes.

Jonathan Briles 4 years, 6 months ago

I don't know what was weird about it. It is just an opinion piece talking about the potential of our new coach. I liked it.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

The opinion part was about the potential of the new HC. The factual part was about the charade of the hiring process.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 6 months ago

Treating everybody the same, with respect and courtesy will make him a coach under whom quality assistants will want to work.

That will be HUGE for the long-term success of the program. It will be interesting to see who is on the initial staff he hires (retained/replaced). It is convenient that his assistant HC has plenty of experience with the existing staff, and can give the quick meta.

Rick McGowwan 4 years, 6 months ago

I will always believe the stories/rumors I heard from people involved that Warriner was offered the job on Friday, but ultimately declined based on two reasons, and in this order, 1) Zenger was too involved with staff decisions, and 2) base contract dollars.

Number 2 Could have been overcome, but not #1. Bowen was going to be included in any HC offer made by Zenger and, as an AD, that is way too much meddling.

I'm behind Beaty, because as a Jayhawk, I have to be.--and I really want to believe in this hire. But, I have no doubt that we let Warriner walk away and didn't go hard after current coaches (Fritz, Fuente) in an attempt to keep Bowen and others involved as coordinators. After Warriner declined Zenger recognized he wouldn't have any candidates left if Beaty was offered the TAM OC position, and cancelled all interviews and offered the job to the last non-Bowen man standing.

Hopefully in the end Zenger out smarts all of us with this strategy, but I would have preferred zero holdovers on the staff based on what we have witnessed the past 5 years. KU is the only place where fans would argue so passionately to keep people involved in the 12-48 mess we have been treated to since MM left.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 6 months ago

Why would Zenger insist Bowen be part of the next coaching staff?

Rick McGowwan 4 years, 6 months ago

Are you not aware that Zenger made several public comments about Bowen being retained?

Mike Barnhart 4 years, 6 months ago

The 2015 roster is as thin as a super model. Bowen has been the face of the program for the last two months and we need his recruits. Not retaining Bowen might have also led to existing defections.

HOWEVER, Bowen probably has a very short leash. If the D still blows a year from now, look for Bowen to accept a HC job in the MIAA.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 6 months ago

There are politics involved in decisions like this. If the high dollar donors were pressuring Zenger to keep Bowen or withhold donations from KU, money talks. Right or wrong, that is the reality of college athletics.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 6 months ago

I believe you. Hope your wrong and the reason Bowen is on staff is because Beaty wanted him.

Doug Cramer 4 years, 6 months ago

Rick - afraid there is a lot of truth to what you are saying...regarding the agenda to keep Bowen on board...and the fan base's desires for that.

As Aaron mentioned...this could have been a political decision.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

Well ,duh!!! Zenger hired Weis. Now he hires a position coach to be a HC in order to keep his 'infomant' as part of the football team.

Joe Joseph 4 years, 6 months ago

An interesting thesis, Rick, that I hope is not true. I was holding out for Warinner.

I'll jump on board with Beaty, however, and wish him the best of luck. He will need it...

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 6 months ago

The problem with that theory is Zenger would in effect be making the noose for his own hanging. Politics aside he has the most important reason for this hire to work, self preservation. Two failed head coaching hires and his next job will be alongside Turner Gill at Liberty.

Michael Lorraine 4 years, 6 months ago

I know. It was my failed attempt at making a witty remark. Gill is the only fired KU head coach I know of who is still working. I was thinking of saying Walmart but thought it was a bit extreme.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

You believe that Beaty can win at KU? I don't. He won't make it past year 3 at the most. When has a position coach EVER became a successful (winning) HC in a power 5 conference.
I'll help---never. several have tried but all have been fired by year 3.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 6 months ago

Great post Rick. And I agree with you 100%. Nothing more needs to be said.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

I know Warinner. He wanted the job, said he would keep Bowen on staff, and wasn't negotiating the salary.
There were no in-person interviews. The entire process was fixed. The AD is no better than Perkins. Again--Warinner did not decline the job---it wasn't offered. Zenger had chosen his new coach because Beaty is the one coach who wouldn't fire his buddy Bowen. Get ready for more years of KU football suckage.

Micky Baker 4 years, 6 months ago

You see, I don't believe you that Warriner wanted this job. Not when he's at a program that might be handed one of the four play-off spots.

Rick McGowwan 4 years, 6 months ago

That would be even worse. The whole cancelling of the in-person interviews was really fishy. If he'd zeroed in on Beaty, then why put everyone through the process? Especially someone like Warriner? I mean, why burn that bridge Zenger?

Doug Cramer 4 years, 6 months ago

Agree with everything Tom says here.

Excited to see if Beaty can bring in some much needed talent in the trenches.

Welcome back to Lawrence Coach. Hopefully your move back will last much longer than the previous two stints.

Bill French 4 years, 6 months ago

Welcome back COACH BEATY !

Critical time for KU football. It is TIME for the entire University to get behind our football program. This starts with the Chancellor.

Football schools are successful because the entire University and Alumni are all united to have a successful football program. Glad that Coach Bowen is a big part of the new staff.

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK GO KU ! !

Rodney Crain 4 years, 6 months ago

No idea why this column appears in the Basketball section instead of the Front page and Football section.

The references to the basketball game are a stretch on many levels Tom. The Comparisons drawn have no connections. A nationally ranked and talented young KU team struggled against a weakened unranked opponent on one of the best home court advantages in the country on national TV. The basketball program overall is light years beyond where our football program is right now, and even where it has been in the past. Comparing the two beyond they are both sports does not resonate.

I think the Beaty hire, while keeping Bowen, makes sense. Being friends is a huge plus and allows them to work together to get this fixed. It is smart with regards to transition, costs, and long term potential too. Beaty helps address recruiting, he is respected and is the type of personable coach we need to right the ship. Add to that he knows what he is getting into and you have the possibility that after a few years he can compete and possibly win a title or two and some bowl games.

Lance Cheney 4 years, 6 months ago

It's simply a metaphor saying that you can't give up on the football program just because there's no immediate success. If the basketball team had given up last night because they struggled early in the game, then it would've been ugly. He's not saying the football team has the same success as the basketball team. And he's not saying the football team can beat the basketball team in basketball. I don't get why people are taking the comparison so literally.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 6 months ago

Lance what are you talking about??? Football team beating the basketball team, how in world did you get there??? Have another cup of coffee and think about what you are writing please.

Where do I take what he says literally? Mercy you are about as far off as you can be. He is saying if Beaty can flip a half and win a game they will build statues to him, they only build statues to champions. Like a Phog Allen or Vince Lombardi.

To recap - -I get a, Self wishes Beaty luck and supports him and his staff article, but why is this column on the basketball page? -The comparison is a stretch, a serious stretch. I understand TK takes the path less traveled but he is off in the woods on that line of thinking.
-Beaty and Bowen are a good hire considering where we are with Football. This is a strategy that could work for us.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 6 months ago

Lately that does not mean anything. Lots of small articles.

Lance Cheney 4 years, 6 months ago

"He is saying if Beaty can flip a half and win a game they will build statues to him..."

The "game" is a metaphor for the next 5 football seasons. I'm sure you understand that. And I'm guessing (hoping) the building of statues is hyperbole that we would kill (again, figuratively, not literally) for a dominating season of football. And the part about the football team beating the basketball team was sarcasm on my part.

I think the hire was pretty good; I could've went either way between Bowen/Beaty/Warinner, but you can't help but love Clint. We won't know if it was a good hire until next season, so no point in people burning the city down right now.

Rodney Crain 4 years, 6 months ago

No idea what you mean by burning the city down, where do you get that point?

How about you do not reply to me anymore and I won't reply to you? This is pointless.

Lance Cheney 4 years, 6 months ago

Jesus... Again, I didn't mean people are actually setting the town of Lawrence on fire. I used it as slang for this: Everybody is mad that we didn't hire Clint Bowen, and as a result of their disappointment, they are saying David Beaty (the guy we hired instead of Clint Bowen) is a bad hire and that we are screwed. I say there is no point in calling him a bad hire when we haven't even seen the on-field product yet. No reason for people to jump to extremes until we've seen what his teams do. Let's wait and see how it plays out, then we can judge the prudence of this hire.

Matt Bowers 4 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe we tied the official introduction of the new head football coach to a basketball story. WTF is going on? Why is there no audio of what HCDB said and only quotes, while there are two audio clips from the basketball game? This is an effing joke.

That said. I am okay with the hire of DB and will support him and his staff. Hopefully he does have enough energy to get the program turned around and bring excitement back to football. Welcome home HCDB!

Rock Chalk

Robert Brock 4 years, 6 months ago

This hiring was about KU throwing in the towel on football. 2 or 3 wins per year and a rattle-trap football stadium will see the Hawks find a lesser conference when the GOR expires.

Thanks, Zenger!

AJ Cleland 4 years, 6 months ago

Brett I usually agree with most of your opinions. However in this case I can't. Two words: offensive line.

And we all know Doug is happy Bowen didn't get the HC job. I can see some merits in the hire, but I certainly don't agree with nor like it.

PS- The BOWEN4HC fb page has been taken down.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 6 months ago

Everything about this hire is best for Kansas Football.

I would have been happy with any of the final 3 but believe Beaty was the best because of his strong ties to Texas HS football.

I have long felt a quality coach would be capable of coaching up a group of 2&3 star Texas HS players to competent for the Big 12 title after a couple of years.

Next year will be brutal. Noway we can compete in the Big12 with the returning talent.

Robert Brock 4 years, 6 months ago

KU will continue recruiting Texas leftovers while conceding Kansas and Kansas City to K-State and Missouri.

Get ready to join Conference USA!

Doug Fogleman 4 years, 6 months ago

I agree with the Texas leftovers statement. After Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Alabama and LSU get done with their recruiting the talent pool is pretty thin. I feel that we let K-State have all the in state talent.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

You didn't read the article. There was no final three!! It was Beaty from early october. The remainder of the time was just formulating a charade to convince the fans that a committee made the choice, That way, when it fails, Zenger can defer the blame to the "committee."

Clara Westphal 4 years, 6 months ago

How long will it be before Beaty decides to bounce somewhere else? He has been to KU and back again two times already.

David Kemp 4 years, 6 months ago

Uh he is a head coach now. He can't bounce from here. It's sink or swim once your a HC.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 6 months ago

Beaty went to Rice AFTER Mangino was fired and to Texas A&M AFTER Turner Gill was fired. Beaty did not voluntarily leave KU on either occasion, he was forced to go elsewhere after previous coaches were fired and Beaty was not retained.

Bob Bailey 4 years, 6 months ago

Maybe we should wait and see what Beaty does with DC. There is a wide open road to failure. Hope he doesn't take it!.

Chase Topliff 4 years, 6 months ago

He is a proven recruiter. KU needed that.

As to his coaching. He helped mold Dezmon Briscoe, an un-ranked HS receiver, into a hell of a receiver and an NFL draft pick. He helped mold Kerry Meier, a former QB, into a hell of a receiver and an NFL player. He helped mold Mike Evans, a three star recruit, into an hell of a receiver and the #7 pick in last years draft!!!

I think this guy can develop players. Now he just needs to fill a staff that can do the same thing!!!

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

Wrong. Briscoe was at KU for 2 years before Beaty arrived. Meier was switched to WR at the start of 2007---it was Warinner's recommendation to MM because he knew that Meier was too good of an athlete to keep on the sideline as a backup QB.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 6 months ago

Wow, a lot of opinion on this occasion of the new hire of a football coach.

Given the record of many losing years in the football program, why would you want to go back and dust off a former element of that heritage?

There are a lot of problems with the football problem starting with the fog orgy for the basketball team that occurs before the football season has hardly started. I do not recall any such occasion in preparation for the football season.

There is a long history of failure in the football program, mostly in the selection of a "new" coach. It seems to me that this choice may also be flawed. Why would anyone want to come to KU given the history of the program? Especially since he was part of the painful past.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 6 months ago

Let's just establish now that David Beaty and his staff will not be targeting the same caliber of players in Texas that Beaty was going after at Texas A&M. Winning a recruiting batter over Texas and Nebraska to land Corey Avery is an anomaly in recruiting for KU.

Beaty needs to bring in some assistants that have ties to various parts of Texas because Beaty won't be out on the road very much because of the NCAA rules. Keeping local talent local also absolutely has to be a priority, but as Keegan said in he walk on article, Kansas only produces about 15 D1 players a year. Even if KU landed all of those players, it's not enough to support a program. This is why Texas and Oklahoma recruiting are just as important as local recruiting.

A coach besides Beaty with strong D/FW ties is a must. Dave Campo is that guy if Beaty is smart because Campo's name and history with the Dallas Cowboys and Campo has landed KU all of their current D/FW players. Campo is also an elite secondary coach and Beaty will have a very hard time finding a better recruiter and secondary coach than Campo.

The Houston area needs its own specialist. San Antonio and Austin could be combined with a coach. OKC and Tulsa could each get their own coach, and KC and the Kansas area its own coach. That's 6 assistant coaches dedicated to a specific territory which leaves 3 more coaches that can be sent in to close the deal for KU.

Outside of Kansas and KC, KU will never be able to realistically land top players from the regions they recruit. KU needs to focus on signing kids that can play that maybe don't have the ideal measurables that cause UT, Oklahoma, A&M to pass on those players.

Brandon Mahon 4 years, 6 months ago

Please leave Beck off the list and staff

Micky Baker 4 years, 6 months ago

Personally, I think we're going to be pleasantly surprised on the types of recruits that we're going to get out of Texas, particularly the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He doesn't just have ties to the area. He's from the area and coached at four different high schools in the area. There is some merit to the idea that we shouldn't put all of our eggs in one basket, meaning we shouldn't target only 4 star players in high school. If they do show an interest in Kansas, offer them if they would fill the right needs for Kansas. It doesn't matter what other teams need. It matters what we need.

I'll also say this. A 3-star player in Texas is a level above most 3-star players in Kansas. Not all these kids are filled out when they graduate high school, meaning they're not done growing yet. The Dallas/Fort Worth area has 3x as many kids as the whole state of Kansas has.

We do have to land more of the in-state recruits from Wichita and Kansas City and not write off the kids just because they play at place like Scott City or Ulysses or some small little 3a or 4a schools. These would mostly be players in the trenches or as linebackers(ala Ian Rudzik) who may very well be as good as Ben Heeney but even bigger and faster than Ben Heeney. We're not going to be able to fill our roster with kids from Kansas.

We have gotten 4 star guys from Texas. James Sims was one of them from the DFW area. I don't think Beaty is going to try to build this thing through JUCOs either. There are good gets like Mann. If we didn't have him this year, we would have been even worse on offense. He'll be good for us next season as well.

We have 12 more scholarships to offer this year. We might have a couple of extra because of kids that were offered scholarships and who weren't here. There is no doubt that it is the Offensive and Defensive lines that are the priorities, but we still need to recruit WR, RB, DB, QB, and DB. It's going to be a difficult year next year, and we aren't going to be able to measure Beaty's success or failure next season if wins and losses are the only thing we look at. Intensity,attention to detail, and discipline are going to be the 3 biggies next year. Cut down or eliminate the stupid mistakes.

One last thing. It's not going to help being pretentious that it hurts us fans more than the players when we don't have success right away. You have the right to be pretentious, but you don't have a right to not be called out on it.

Randy Bombardier 4 years, 6 months ago

I love the canny speculation. If you're right this tells me volumes about our AD. Whether Beaty is successful or not, I no longer have confidence in this man.

Calvin Miller 4 years, 6 months ago

@Randy---the next change iin football staff will take about 2 years. AD will probably be looking for a new job then also. The Athletic Dept will not be able to tolerate any further decline in season ticket sales, which are already falsely elevated by WEF donors who buy football tickets for WEF points but don;'t attend the games.

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