Monday, December 29, 2014

Source: Klint Kubiak expected to join KU football staff


Another name has surfaced in the search for the identity of the rest of Kansas University football coach David Beaty's staff.

A source with knowledge of the make-up of Beaty's staff told the Journal-World on Monday that Klint Kubiak, the son of former Denver Broncos back-up quarterback and Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, is expected to join the Jayhawks' staff.

The source did not specify Kubiak's title, but wide receivers coach seems logical given Kubiak's resume.

After spending three seasons as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M; — Gary Kubiak's alma mater — the younger Kubiak was hired in 2013 by the Minnesota Vikings as an assistant wide receivers coach and quality control coach. He spent the past two years in that role, including this season under the direction of Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Kubiak, 27, played safety at Colorado State from 2005-09 and was named a team captain for the Rams in 2009. He also was invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

"He has a unique style of going about his business," said former Colorado State coach Steve Fairchild after Kubiak was hired by A&M; in 2010. "Great work ethic, great character. He's got that passion for football in his blood."

After college, Kubiak earned an invite to the Washington Redskins rookie mini-camp in May of 2010, but injuries that plagued him throughout his CSU career kept him from making the roster. The abrupt end to his playing career sparked a coaching career that has been on a rapid rise ever since.

"I just think for me it was always about football," said Kubiak in 2010, before going on to earn a Master's degree in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M.; "I just love football. I had some bad luck, but no matter what happened, whether I was rehabbing or playing, I just loved being part of the game."

During his short but impressive career thus far, Kubiak has worked under head coaches Mike Sherman (Texas A&M;), Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M;), Leslie Frazier (Minnesota Vikings) and Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings) and also spent time with Turner, and, of course, Beaty.

Although none of the new hires have been made official, Kubiak's addition would bring the number of bodies on Beaty's staff up to six, with Clint Bowen, Reggie Mitchell and Louie Matsakis staying on from the old regime and Kevin Kane, Gene Wier and Kubiak joining them.


Waylon Cook 7 years ago

Anytime you bring a guy with ANY NFL experience it helps with recruiting guys who WANT to play in the NFL.

Staff truly looks pretty solid. Guys with passion have been missed lately.

Aaron Paisley 7 years ago

Because that really helped Weis and Gill out. NFL connections mean nothing if the coaches Beaty hires can't develop the talent currently on KU's roster and who they recruit.

Jonathan Briles 7 years ago

I'm not saying that Kubiak is not a good hire, but it doesn't really fit the criteria of what Beaty said he wanted to bring in. He said he wanted guys who could both recruit and teach kids. Kubiak is pretty inexperienced so I doubt he is an all star teacher and has been in the NFL and never been a main recruiter. I don't know that he can do either of the things Beaty talked about his staff doing. He apparently has a lot of energy and passion and thats definitely something we need right now, but I'm still not sold on this addition. Who knows though maybe he is a brilliant young mind and a great people person who is a great recruiter. Time will tell. Still really excited and interested to see who the rest of the staff is.

Aaron Paisley 7 years ago

If he is going to be the WR coach as speculated, that's a position Beaty could take a slight risk at with a true young, up and comer because that's also Beaty's background as a position coach. The Kubiak name is very well known in the Denver and Houston areas because of his dad and those are a couple of areas KU doesn't currently have a coach with strong connections to and there is enough talent in those two areas that they need to be important areas for KU to recruit from.

Robert Brown 7 years ago

The Kubiak name is not all that well received in most of Houston.

Aaron Paisley 7 years ago

Thank you Captain Obvious. As a Houstonian for the last 25 years, I know what Gary Kubiak's legacy in Houston and the Kubiak name isn't tarnished to the point where Klint won't be able to make solid connections here. Dave Campo had not been part of a good Cowboys team since the mid-90's teams and his head coaching tenure was an absolute disaster. Campo still landed KU a lot of good players from the DFW area for KU. The Kubiak name is a big enough name in Houston to open doors for Klint that might not be open for other coaches.

Robert Brown 7 years ago

You can cease the personal attacks. Everyone has a right to post without someone disparaging their comments. The original poster implied that Kubiak might help get recruits in Houston and I dsagree. Kline Kubiak didn't even grow up in Houston. He grew up in Colorado.

Aaron Paisley 7 years ago

First of all, I'm the one said Klint Kubiak would be good in Denver and Houston, and no I was not the original poster. Second, because Klint grew up in Denver, that's why I said the Kubiak name would be known in Houston and not Klint specifically.

Greg Ledom 7 years ago

So Beaty forgot what he was looking for in filling his staff and the needs he's looking for and just hired him having totally forgot what he was trying to accomplish. Sorry JB, your assessment holds no water. I can't say whether the hire is good or bad, but I'm willing to let it play out and see. RCJH!!

Andy Tweedy 7 years ago

If he's got half the offensive mind his dad has, this is good news! The Ravens offense was absolutely killing it this year until they lost half the line, their TE and had to line up a banged up RB...and they STILL made the playoffs. Daddy knows how to move the ball, I'm sure the younger version has picked up some things!

Michael Sillman 7 years ago

A young coach with a high profile name and NFL connections can't hurt.

Beaty will need a combination of young blood that can relate directly to players and grizzled veterans like Wier who can crack the whip when needed.

I'm still anxious to see the pick for OC that will provide that exciting style of play referred to by Beaty.

More excitement will be needed to fill the stands while we wait for more wins.

Greg Ledom 7 years ago

MS - Agree with all except Wier cracking the whip. He's an off the field High School recruiting relationship/coordinator guy. He won't be cracking any whips. He may kiss some ass however on a fairly regular basis......

Greg Ledom 7 years ago

I guess we'll find out now won't we.......

Jim Stauffer 7 years ago

It all starts with energy and effort and trust. These are the three things Beaty is getting in every coach.

Kevin Randell 7 years ago

The Minnesota Vikings and KFFL are reporting he is leaving the team to join KU. I am really curious to see who our OC is going to be? Matt any rumors as to who it might be?

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