Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Beaty reaching out to students

KU football coach David Beaty instructs his players during spring football practice on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

KU football coach David Beaty instructs his players during spring football practice on Thursday, March 26, 2015.


As part of his ongoing quest to bring the Kansas University student body and the KU football team closer together, first-year head coach David Beaty plans to spend some time competing with those outside of the program.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Beaty will be on the lawn of Watson Library, taking on all comers in the yard-game challenge of their choice between cornhole (also known as bags), pop-a-shot and the quarterback challenge.

The event, dubbed “Coach Beaty’s Campus Challenge,” just scratches the surface of what Beaty hopes will become a regular and bigger outreach effort.

“I was working with (KU assistant athletic director for marketing and fan experience) Jen Allee about how we could get our student body integrated with our team and our new staff,” Beaty said. “And this was one of the things that (came from that). (We’re) really trying to get to know them and seeing if we can get them to want to stay a whole game.”

Beaty said getting the student body to feel ownership in and a connection with the program would go a long way toward helping the Jayhawks on Saturdays in the fall and in recruiting as well. Beaty said he has seen the way the students operate at Allen Fieldhouse.

And he remembers the student section at Memorial Stadium being packed and rocking when he was an assistant coach here. He believes that with a little effort and some improvement on the field, such an atmosphere again can exist.

“They are absolutely necessary,” Beaty said of the KU students. “It has so much to do with them. Kids are making decisions about where they’re going to school based off what they see and how they feel. And when they see that stadium rocking, it makes a huge difference.”

In addition to Thursday’s on-campus event, Beaty has invited the KU student body to attend practice from 4-6 p.m. later that day.


Michael Lorraine 5 years, 2 months ago

Did he know this was part of the job description when he applied?

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes, building and maintaining interest in the program among the students, alums, and donors is how you keep a job. Gill and Weis were never great with either, which is why there wasn't much defending them after a shorter than normal grace period. Beaty so far has done a good job of promoting the program on campus and is going on tour outside of Kansas/KC to different alumni events to continue to promote the program. Beaty gets that side of the job and I hope he shows enough progress to stay here long enough to get the full renovations of Memorial Stadium secured.

Patrick Bryant 5 years, 2 months ago

It's always a part of the job description - public relations. Some just choose to ignore it and get fired. Coach Beatty should also consult with Coach Kessinger (retired Bethany College FB Coach) - players and fans would run through a brick wall for that man and were paying (tuition) while doing it.

Erich Hartmann 5 years, 2 months ago

Bottom line: coaches got to have charisma. Its what gets recruits, its what gets your players to play more intense, and over time, if you win, it adds respect. Self is a great example. He has charisma to get top ranked athletes. Snyder does NOT have such charisma, thus cannot land 5star recruits.

If Beaty can get some wins, may build some momentum. But what he does on the recruiting trail the next 12-24mos, will largely define his legacy here, as those kids are the ones on the gridiron 2-5yrs from now (when the usual grace period starts to beg for true W/L results...).

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