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Monday, December 12, 2016

David Beaty lands contract extension, raise

Kansas head coach David Beaty is flanked by fullback Michael Zunica (44) and offensive line coach Zach Yenser following the Jayhawks' 24-21 overtime upset of Texas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty is flanked by fullback Michael Zunica (44) and offensive line coach Zach Yenser following the Jayhawks' 24-21 overtime upset of Texas on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

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Less than a month after earning his first conference victory, second-year Kansas football coach David Beaty learned the university would like to keep him around.

Beaty signed a two-year contract extension, KU announced Monday, that runs through the 2021 season.

The new deal also increases Beaty’s annual salary. In 2017, his base contract will pay him a guaranteed $1.6 million, an amount scheduled to increase by $100,000 on a yearly basis as long as he coaches the Jayhawks.

"This shows our appreciation for Coach Beaty,” KU athletic director Sheahan Zenger stated in a release, “his staff and our players. I have enjoyed watching their progress during this season. We want to capitalize on the momentum we all saw as the season came to a close. This reflects our belief in Coach Beaty's leadership, and the energy and enthusiasm that we see every day from him and his players."

Previously paid $800,000 a year on his initial contract with Kansas, which Beaty signed when the university hired him in 2014, Beaty’s base salary has now doubled. The extension includes incentive-based payments for conference championships, bowl wins and coach-of-the-year awards.

"I am appreciative of Dr. Zenger and our administration's show of support," Beaty said in a statement. "He and his staff have gone above and beyond to give us everything we need to build our program. Our staff and players have worked diligently to lay a strong foundation for the years to come. While we have certainly made some progress, we still have work to do to get to where we ultimately want to be and we look forward to continuing to take on that challenge. I am excited about the future of this program and am very honored to be the man leading it."

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After a winless debut season in 2015, Beaty experienced his first victory as a college head coach in the 2016 season opener, against FCS foe Rhode Island. His Jayhawks went through a nine-game losing streak after that, before upsetting Texas in KU’s home finale, 24-21, in overtime — marking Beaty’s first victory in Big 12 play, as well as his first win over an FBS foe.

Two years into a contract now slated to keep Beaty in place through seven seasons, his record stands at 2-22.

— Check out the finer details of Beaty's new contract: Incentives, details of termination or buyout in place

Comments

David A. Smith 2 years, 11 months ago

Congratulations, Coach Beaty! This is very well deserved!

Brett McCabe 2 years, 11 months ago

Eating my hat as I type.

Never thought an extension would come until the 3rd season. Seems reasonable, doesn't it?

My guess is that it has a lot to do with the conclusion of the Weis payments.

Still, Beaty's a good guy, he's working hard. Happy to see him get paid. Time to earn it.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

The team showed remarkable improvement from a year ago, but as bad as it was when he took over that won't translate into wins until maybe year 4. After signing day in February, it will be the classes of 2018 through 2021 that will be on the program's radar... I suspect this one reason for the extension beyond the clearly more competitive nature of the team this season, particularly at home. But even that last game at K-State was quite competitive and you eliminate those two turnovers, we had K-State on the ropes in Manhattan with a roster short 25 scholarship players.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 11 months ago

I think that you are right, and there are a good number of statistics that point to significant improvement of the team overall - of course, there was nowhere to go but up.

The 2017 recruiting class has potential, especially when you add in Mike Lee, and the two Alabama transfers....so the roster looks like it will continue to improve.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

Rivals also shows a 4-star running back with a verbal commitment out of Frisco, TX. It hasn't been reported here yet though. The dude had break away speed and when he puts his foot in the ground, well he looked quite natural and good at it.

John Fitzgerald 2 years, 11 months ago

Just saw a tweet JayhawkSlant retweeted and it looks like Beaty was an option to be on Hermans staff at Texas. Glad we took care of him before discussions got too heavy.

Brian Wilson 2 years, 11 months ago

I’m not sure how that would work. Someone can correct me here please…..but I think the NCAA requires that in order to even interview Beaty while under contract another school would have to be offering a position that is either a promotion or at the very least at the same level, and going from Coach to assistant would not even qualify, but to make it even harder they would have to have permission from the school (KU) that has the contract.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

John didn't say interview. At that level, there are agents and others to contact to discuss possibilities. Or maybe they just contacted KU. It wouldn't take a brain surgeon to connect the dots if UT asked to talk to any coach on our staff.

Joe Ross 2 years, 11 months ago

Contract extensions are actually important in recruiting. Recruits want to know that the coach they signed on to play for will still be around.

Nick Kramer 2 years, 11 months ago

I suspect this is correct, that recruits want to have that reassurance and I suspect that coaches always tell them they will be there to see them graduate. To test the reality, I looked up the number of FBS head coaches who were at their current school prior to 2012. It appears the answer is 20 of 128. So, a recruit who redshirts has about a 16% of graduating with the same coach. Our big 12 competitors - 5 out of 10 (And one is Snyder; is he telling recruits 5 more years?) Even with only 2 wins, I like Coach Beatty and have no problem with providing a raise to a competitive wage for each year of the contract. I do, however, question the need for an extension. Why shouldn't coaches have to actually fulfill the contract they signed? KU had to (see Weis, Gill).

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

The extension is significant because it shows a commitment by the school to the coaches the player will be committing to.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

I can see John and Joe's comments coming into play. There are OC's making more than $800k. I can also see others using it against us as showing a lack of commitment.

All that being said there's still lots of growth needed on his part for the team to be as successful as desired. Confident Coach will continue as he has been all along.

David Williams 2 years, 11 months ago

To me this seems completely ridiculous. Going 2-22 over two seasons deserves a raise??? One of those wins was literally given to them by Texas, and the other was by a very bad FCS program. Really?

Cannot believe that Herman was interested in him as OC after the performance shown by KU over the past two years. Wonder if Beaty called Herman and said, "any way you could get me out of here?" (Yes, that is a cynical comment.) Naturally Zenger panicked b/c NO ONE would come to KU to work for him under a lame-duck Chancellor. Both Zenger and Beaty will be gone from KU within two years. I cannot take the institution seriously.

David Kemp 2 years, 11 months ago

Gotta agree. We are now on the hook for more money more years if this doesn't work out. All I can say is he just opened the door to have his performance judged even more critically.

David Williams 2 years, 11 months ago

Actually, if no one would work for Zenger under a lame-duck Chancellor, then the easy decision would be to promote Bowen to HC. Zenger clearly panicked, no doubt about it...if Beaty leaves Zenger's toast, even under BGL....

David A. Smith 2 years, 11 months ago

How many games did you go to this year? How a person could not see a huge difference in performance is beyond me..

Dale Rogers 2 years, 11 months ago

Agree. Only those with no clue as to what it takes to overcome a very difficult situation could look only at the win/loss record and declare a lack of progress.

Brad Farha 2 years, 11 months ago

Agreed -- the team on the field was much better in year 2. I look forward to seeing what happens in year 3.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

Ridiculous is choosing to start over again before we have even recovered from the previous 2 regimes. Beaty was hired in part to recruit a D1 roster, and we're still 2 years away from having a complete roster again.

Ridiculous is grading performance on W/L against a FBS (85 scholarships) schedule with an FCS roster (65). We're still 2 years away from beginning to be a whole program again.

Ridiculous is paying the head coach of an FBS program less than what a coordinator makes at other schools. In reality though, it shows the shrewdness of our AD, the commitment and confidence of our coach.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

At least 2 years away. We're losing 25 from the roster this year due to graduation.

John Miller 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree. If not for a awful Long Island team and a game handed to you by Texas would Beaty be given a extension? We were big boyed by Iowa State and Kansas State. KU football has a long way to go to be competitive

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

What? We weren't dominated by either of them.

Brad Farha 2 years, 11 months ago

I disagree John. We had a very good chance of winning the game against Iowa state. Yes, they were much better than us in the 2nd half and that's why they won, but it was very close. And the game against K-State was very competitive -- even more so considering it was a road game.

Lucas Town 2 years, 11 months ago

K-State took Ertz out of the game and went ultra conservative. Until that happened K-State was up 27-3 and we had no answer.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

So you're saying their defense just gave up? Or something like that?

Lucas Town 2 years, 11 months ago

I wouldn't say their defense gave up. I am saying that if Ertz plays the whole game and they score say, 2 more touchdowns, did we have them on the ropes with a score of 48-19? I say no and the game is not competitive. I think I am in the same boat as some others who say this extension should have waited one more year. I like Beatty and think he should be given at least 5-7 years to keep doing what he is doing. We beat a 2-9 Rhode Island team and the most dysfunctional Texas team anyone has seen in over a generation. The Iowa State loss was very tough to take because I feel our program should be ahead of theirs development wise. We are gradually getting more competitive, but I am not looking at how we finished and thinking things will be drastically different next year. We are still 2-3 years away from any kind of post season. The wait will be worth it though. RCJH!!!

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

Also, in the Texas game, they didn't just hand us the win. We forced the turnovers and put the pressure on the Longhorns. It happens to us in basketball from time to time. The team that is supposed to win does actually get beat. I'm sure you don't think we just gave those postseason games away do you? Our team had pressure put on them and it caused mistakes because the other team made plays.

Olympia Wilson 2 years, 11 months ago

Did not see this coming. 2-22, and a winning percentage of 08% = 1.6 Million. This should of waited till next year. What if next season we go 2-10 or 3-9, do we keep him?

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

Absolutely we keep him. This picture isn't as black and white as you think it is.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes. 2-10 or 3-9 after we get back to 85 will warm a seat, but as long as Coach continues to build he's safe. Switching coaches every 2-3 years doesn't build a winning program.

Gavin Fritton 2 years, 11 months ago

Benton, is there any word whether Coach Beaty is going to hire or has been encouraged to hire a full-time OC who will be in charge of playcalling? I would hope that was part of the discussion before an extension was agreed to.

David Williams 2 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for bringing this up! I would hope that would be a stipulation...although you have to remember we are dealing with Zenger here....

Benton Smith 2 years, 11 months ago

Beaty has a press conference on Wednesday. OC will be a hot topic and we'll update you accordingly. Thanks!

Michael Sillman 2 years, 11 months ago

KU saved a ton of money while test driving Beaty for 2 years. No one has a crystal ball but I think Beaty showed that he can recruit and he can keep players fired up to play hard. His assistant coach picks appear to be top notch. I think Zenger was smart to be proactive with an endorsement that reassures recruits. Zenger is hooked to the Beaty wagon no matter what so he might as well go all in.

David Robinett 2 years, 11 months ago

Urban Meyer would not have done much better with the same starting point. It was the right move.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

After Florida State had a couple of top recruiting classes, they still went 1-11 or 0-12 I think one of those seasons with those guys... now we're not going to win a NC like they did with the guys we got, but we can get to a bowl in 2 seasons by recruiting based on our needs and getting guys that have interest in is here even if we don't necessarily have a spot that needs filled desperately. Fill the spots with the best talent available and who will come to Kansas.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't really have a problem with this. Our defense is far in a way improved from two seasons ago including 2 guys on the First Big 12 All Defensive Team. The offense still needs work no doubt, but there is a way to solve that and it doesn't necessarily include recruiting anyone else than we already have provided all the QBs sign the letter of intent. Put the best QB for this offense on the field on day one and stop playing spin the bottle with it. Next season, we don't need to score 40 points or more per game on average to win a few more.

We need a guy that will go out there and give is a 60% completion percentage, something like a 2:1 TD to INT ratio, and someone who will not hesitate to put their foot in the ground and take an easy 5 or 6 yard gain, or more instead of trying for the home run. We need a guy who is willing to fight for a first down when we only need 3 or 4 yards on 3rd down, or a guy that will just make the decision to get it to the guy that can pick up 5 or 6 yards easily on first down. It sounds complicated, but it isn't. We just need a guy with work ethics that studies the opponents and is willing to be coached and be accountable. Cozart wasn't that guy, and shouldn't be mentioned for the 2 deep possibilities next season. Willis may not be there either, but they can certainly help the guys see things from observing on the sideline and help the QB who is playing recognize it before taking the snap.

Len Shaffer 2 years, 11 months ago

One of the best things about this move is that if Beaty does work out, it's likely he'll be committed to KU for years to come. Now that may have been true anyway, given how much he loves KU, but there's something to be said for making a coach feel appreciated.

He may not work out, and if so that will cost us a little money (so what else is new?), but if he does turn out to be a good coach, he could end up leading KU for a long time. It would be nice to have some stability for a change ...

Michael Bennett 2 years, 11 months ago

What a waste of money. 2-22 gets a raise. He wasn't going anywhere. No way anyone was going to sign him away. 1 win over an FCS school and 1 over a below 500 team that fired its coach. Hope it wasn't guaranteed and didn't change the buyout.

Bryce Landon 2 years, 11 months ago

Little too soon for a raise. I fully understand last year's 0-12 debacle. That wasn't on Beaty, that was on Weis and Gill running the program so deep into the ground that Beaty had nothing to work with.

But this year's team should have gone 3-9 at the very least. There is no reason they could not have beaten Ohio, TCU, or Iowa State. Yes, we beat Texas, and that's great; but we should have been able to beat one of those other three teams.

Beaty hasn't earned this extension, and certainly not a raise. But now that he has it, he had better do no worse than 4-8 next season.

Jay Hawkinson 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't have a problem with this. The product on the field is where it should be at this point, given what he inherited. A legitimately solid defense, an offense that is lacking but started to show signs of life late in the season, and special teams that are mostly improved (except for punt returns). The recruiting is ahead of where anyone could've realistically expected - the current class is shaping up to be mostly 3 star recruits, with two 4 stars if you count Lee. I might've kept the buyout where it was, but this is mostly about signaling to recruits that they plan to keep him around for a while.

Now, if we could just get a couple other programs in the conference to slip up we'd be in good position. I was hopeful that Campbell would be Iowa St's Turner Gill, but so far he seems promising. Rhule at Baylor seems like a questionable hire though. And Snyder allegedly wants his son to replace him, which is an arrangement that doesn't have a great track record (see: Pat Knight).

Ben Kliewer 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree with everyone saying this is ridiculous! The smart move would be to continue firing coaches and losing players until somebody wins back-to-back bowl games their first two seasons!

;)

But in all seriousness, having watched for the last decade-and-a-half, this was the first time in a long time that I saw any kind of consistency in this team looking like they actually knew how to play the game of football instead of looking like a Jr. High team running out onto the field to face the likes of OU and K-State.

Any other year in the last eight we would have lost that game to Rhode Island and never even sniffed that "gimme" against Texas. Have you folks been watching the same program as I have? Because you act as if those teams just came in a laid the game at KU's feet. Regardless of UT's mistakes, or Rhode Island's athletic prowess, the Jayhawk players still played and the coaches still coached. If they hadn't done that, and if they hadn't worked hard to improve beyond years past, they wouldn't have gotten those two wins that you so casually throw away because they weren't good enough for you. Way to take the hard work of these young men and coaches and just trash it to try and make some sort of ill-conceived point about why a coach doesn't deserve a raise. A raise which, mind you, brings Coach B's salary UP to just a fraction of what other coaches make.

Lucas Town 2 years, 11 months ago

We should have beat Texas in 2012. They needed a lengthy drive to score a touchdown with just few ticks on the clock to beat us in Lawrence that year.

Doug Wallace 2 years, 11 months ago

Well glad you are here for a while longer.

Keep up the good work and lets hope for more wins and more success!

Rock Chalk!

Humpy Helsel 2 years, 11 months ago

First, I;m shocked anyone wants the job given the history, both short-term and long, and the cold, hard fact we are a "basketball school." The program is down so low with what he inherited, and given the numbers required to turn a program around, he may in fact be doing a great job. But who should really know? The AD, that is who. He is supposedly a football guy. He is around the program every day. I am sure Zenger is quite aware he just signed his own fate as KU's AD for the future. If this looks silly in 3 years hindsight, it is "out with old, in with the new." As they say at the casino, Zenger just went "all in." And oh, yeah. We are "all in" with both of them, like it or not.

Randy Bombardier 2 years, 11 months ago

Makes sense to me. Its a five year job at minimum to show what you can do. I definitely saw improvement this year. In many games we were competitive until our miscues or offensive struggles buried us. The future hangs on the offensive line.

Micky Baker 2 years, 11 months ago

The offensive line and QB decision making. I can play backseat OC all day, but it does seem obvious to me that the QBs are not being coached to take the easy yards the defense gives until they stop giving up the short passes, then we would have more one on one coverage for the speedsters down the field.

The O-line is a big deal unless the QB just throws the ball to the hot receiver or the plays are called to have all the receivers run shorter routes. It also comes down to situations. 2 and short(4 or less) we can run longer routes as long as the QB has awareness and gets rid of the ball and not just focus on the deep posts and fly patterns.

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