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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

David Beaty says he was KU-bound, even if not named head coach

Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, left, laughs with newly-hired Kansas head football coach David Beaty before Beaty 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.

Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, left, laughs with newly-hired Kansas head football coach David Beaty before Beaty 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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David Beaty and Clint Bowen haven’t just run up and down the same practice fields in their intermittent years of service for Kansas University’s football program. The two coaches have darted back and forth on the same Florida beaches on family vacations together.

Beaty says Bowen wears him out in all the “kids Olympics” that go on during those summer excursions, and the first-year KU head coach calls his assistant head coach and defensive coordinator “dad of the year” to Bowen’s boys, Banks and Baylor. The head Jayhawk says his daughters, Alexa and Averie, love Bowen.

So when Beaty claims he would’ve been at KU this season, even if he hadn’t been hired as head coach, the statement carries some weight.

“Clint and I are as close of friends as I’ve got,” Beaty said Tuesday, when asked about their relationship and whether he would have left his position as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A & M to work on Bowen’s staff had his football and vacation buddy taken over at KU after serving eight games as interim head coach in 2014.

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“If he would’ve got the job, I would’ve came if he offered me the job. I’m assuming he would’ve offered me the job to come with him,” Beaty said, grinning. “But he’s one of my best friends and I trust him with everything.”

Last season, Beaty would call up Bowen and pick his brain about packages the Aggies used. The receivers coach wanted to know what his defensive-minded pal would do against certain passing looks. Eventually, their conversations had more career and life ramifications, as the two found themselves in the running to become Charlie Weis’s replacement at Kansas.

Bowen said the two were friends even before Beaty first worked at KU, for Mark Mangino in 2008. So their relationship didn’t take a hit late last year, and they continued their regular conversations amid athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s search.

“I was glad it was either going to be me or him,” Bowen said Tuesday. “When it came out to be him, it really didn’t matter who, because the bottom line is we needed someone in our program who would operate this program in a way that builds the Jayhawk nation, builds a support for our program, our players and allows people to be a part of it. Be a part of what we all have known is special. You know, he’s worked his tail off this year, traveling all over the state and the nation, spreading the word. That’s good. That’s inviting. It’ll help our program.”

According to Beaty, they both saw the opening — one way or the other — as a chance for KU to have a coach “who really loves” the university. “That’s what both of us were looking for.”

Kansas has won just 12 games and lost 48 since 2009, when both Bowen and Beaty worked for Mangino in his final season. The program has been in a constant rebuilding process since, so Bowen is glad Beaty can bring the kind of passion necessary to implement an effective overhaul.

“It’s gonna take a lot of energy and a lot of work to get this thing going,” Bowen said, “and the process has gotten started. We’re already on our way doing that. And he brings that every day, and we have a coaching staff that brings it every day.”

Comments

Jim Stauffer 2 years, 4 months ago

I have been a fan for 35 years. The only coach I know who loved the University was Fam. Think about that. One Coach in 35 years that truly loved the University. Terry Allen was probably the closest thing during that time and he was over matched.

Seems to me this Beaty-Bowen team might be just what the Doctor ordered

Bill French 2 years, 4 months ago

LOVE THE BEATY-BOWEN TEAM. IT WILL TAKE TIME, WE ALL NEED TO BE PATIENT AND SHOW THE TEAM OUR FULL SUPPORT. ROCK CHALK FROM TULSA !!

Jonathan Allison 2 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like they have a really close friendship.

I know that I have wondered at times about the Bowen dynamic on this team. At first it almost seemed like Zenger forced Beatty to retain Bowen because of the love that the fan base had for Bowen last year, and out of respect to Bowen's contributions to the team as interim HC.

I also wondered if Bowen could stay satisfied working as DC when he probably felt like he should have been the HC.

If these two truly are as good of friends as they say, then perhaps they will do great things together here. With each one getting the credit that he deserves. Two heads (head coaches) are better than one, right?

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