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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tom Keegan: Corione Harris signing, 2016 Texas upset David Beaty’s two shining moments

Kansas safety Mike Lee (11) intercepts a pass during overtime on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas safety Mike Lee (11) intercepts a pass during overtime on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Memorial Stadium.

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The first Kansas football victory against Texas since 1938 changed the perception of the program in the eyes of many.

Fans and coaches understandably celebrated. The athletic director reached deep into the department's safe. The upset doubled the second-year head coach’s victory total and salary and earned him a contract extension.

The 2-10 finish in 2016 gave David Beaty a 2-22 record as head coach of Kansas.

Based on the 1-11 season that followed, the upset on a day that Texas committed six turnovers amounted to a fresh coat of paint disguising rotted wood.

If Kansas had lost that game, Beaty would not have received either a pay raise or extension. He might not have been retained with a 2-34 record — although, if winning were the issue, 3-33 would have given him the boot, too.

In some ways, the opening day of the early signing period Wednesday reminded me of the Texas upset in that the signing of cornerback Corione Harris from Landry-Walker High in Louisiana changed what otherwise would have been a perception of the class that could be summed up in two words: complete desperation.

Top 100 high school prospects simply do not sign with Kansas, just as the Jayhawks don’t beat the Longhorns on the football field. So landing such a big fish understandably picked up a lot of spirits. But in 2020 and 2021, when most of the players from this recruiting class are gone, how will history view today?

One day into the three-day signing period, KU’s class is made up of nine junior college players, four high school prospects and one graduate transfer. Other than Harris, juco defensive end Azur Kamara appears to be the most heavily recruited player the Jayhawks landed. Linebackers coach Todd Bradford was the lead recruiter for Kamara.

Nobody should have anything against junior college players, as in the people, it’s just that most successful programs are built with classes of recruits working side by side for four and five years of bonding. The longer a player is in a program, the more invested in it he grows, the more it means to him, the closer he grows with teammates, the better he understands expectations and teaching methods, and the more solidarity there is within the program. Plus, the more Kansas players, the better, because the Jayhawk mascot has meant a lot to many of them for as long as they can remember.

Clearly, Beaty took a quick-fix approach to this recruiting class, as would any 3-33 coach trying to hang onto his job. Beaty never really has taken the all-out, slow-build high school approach he said he would in recruiting, bringing on 29 transfers in his first three classes and 10-and-counting in this one, but this is his first juco-dominated class.

No telling how many prospects from the Kansas City area and throughout the state of Kansas the Jayhawks might have corralled had they put an emphasis on in-state high school recruiting.

KU did sign one player from a Kansas high school: offensive lineman Mac Copeland, of Wichita; and one from Overland, Mo.: offensive lineman Nick Williams.

Quarterback Jace Ruder, the state’s top-ranked prospect, per Rivals, signed with North Carolina. Defensive end Miles Emery, of Blue Valley North, No. 2 in the state, verbally committed to KU, but plans to delay signing a letter until February. Kansas State landed the No. 3 and 4 recruits in the state: defensive tackle Jaylen Pickle, of Cimarron High, and cornerback Ekow Boye-Doe, from Lawrence High. Copeland is ranked No. 5 in the state.

Ronnie Bell, a wide receiver from Park Hill High (Missouri) who in November signed a basketball letter of intent with Missouri State, changed his mind and is bound for Michigan on a football scholarship. He said it was the only football offer he received.

Kansas has four or five more scholarships to use and will continue to evaluate quarterbacks and offensive linemen who would be ready to play right away.

Interestingly, Beaty does not intend to hold an end-of-season press conference, which he used last year to discuss midyear signings.

He probably isn’t in the mood to defend recruiting so many players from junior colleges, weeks after using recruiting so many high school payers as a defense for not turning the program around yet.

Sure, it's exciting that Kansas landed the sixth-ranked high school player from the prospect-rich state of Louisiana, even if he was the only one of six verbally committed Louisiana recruits to stay loyal to the Jayhawks.

But one recruit does not a program change anymore than one victory, however thrilling, turns a losing program into a winning one.

Comments

Joe Norgay 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Great article, Tom. It's important to have perspective when people are keen to wrap themselves up in fantasy and dreams when it comes to recruits. It's great that we landed Harris but we've all seen what Beaty hasn't been able to do with talent.. win. But, it's important to have bodies there for hopefully the next headcoach mid-season next year or the following year.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Is it really the quick fix approach Tom? If I'm not mistaken, didn't KU have about 13 players committed around the beginning if the season with only 2 or 3 being JuCo?

This comes across more as Beaty scrambling to find what he can to fill the void of the HS decommits and there not being an adequate number of HS players out there who were P5 caliber prospects to replace them. This leads to JuCo players so Beaty has players to sign rather than signing a 4-5 man class.

This was desperation by Beaty, not a quick fix situation to me based in how recruiting played out from February to now.

Mike Hart 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Yep.. spot on, Aaron. But your analysis doesn't fit the story line being promoted here, so perspective will remain from what we see ...just today on this class... and not the history on how it unfolded... and how we got to replacing decommited high school prospects with 3 star jucos.
Forget the fact that Beaty and Co DID recruit excellent high school prospects. It's Not Beaty's fault Devonta Jason decommitted.. Clayton Tune flaked..and on and on with the other decommits. People want to say he can't recruit.. but here again we have nut jobs like Norgay saying Beaty can't do anything with "talent". Which is it? He either can't RECRUIT talent... or can't coach it up... can't have it both ways. Beaty has lost his opportunity to be viewed objectively by many people here. I actually thought by Keegan's article, he was actually going to throttle back on the Beaty criticism.. but no, he takes a positive as an additional opportunity to compound the negative. On this KuSports.com message board... the glass will always be viewed half-empty when it comes to Beaty. And with Self.. and all the off court problems with his players... it will be ignored and you will only hear the sound of crickets. Someone remind me please the last time we had a recruiting class under any football coach with all 3 stars... and the only 2 star offset by a 4 star player? That's this "desperation" class many here are describing.

Lynn Stuart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Mike it is Beaty's fault the players decommited, it all boils down to wins and losses.you are right Beaty has hurt himself and the damage can not be fixed, I love the jayhawks and always will, loved them since 1969,when we actually start to win then the players will stick with their commitments.

Kevin Robert Fest 9 months, 4 weeks ago

des·per·a·tion ˌdespəˈrāSH(ə)n/ noun a state of despair, typically one that results in rash or extreme behavior.

Or see David Beaty.

Somehow your argument of Beaty being desperate you are trying to make what he is doing sound justifiable. If Beatty was so proud of the signings today don't you think he would have held a press conference about it? No he knows he's going to get skewered by the media about having a heavy Juco class and comparing him to what Weis did he just doesn't want to hear about it because he knows the Titanic is sinking and he's just having the band play on.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Or maybe he still has the big picture in view and won't be commenting more until it's over. He's got more work to do. He's working to build, not tear it down like some.

Aaron Paisley 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Did I say anything about Beaty being proud of this class? If you want to use the term justify, then so be it. Either way, still doesn't paint a pretty picture, but since anyone who disagrees with TK in your mind must be a Beaty lover, then I don'treally care.

I'm more calling out Tom for painting a false picture of how this recruiting class came together. The end result of a JuCo heavy class may be similar to Weis, but Beaty did not go into this class with goal of it being a JuCo heavy which is vastly different than the Weis approach which was a quick fix plan of going extremely heavy on JuCo recruiting to win now.

Beaty arrived at this point out of necessity because his class fell apart largely because of the on field results. KU's recruiting class back in August was had a high number of HS players in it which backs up Beaty's stated goal of bringing in mostly HS players to continue to build a foundation of talent. When the season started and players began to decommit, Beaty had a choice to make about the 2018 class. He could go after 1-2 star HS kids that were better suited as walk ons at KU or he could go down the JuCo path to get players who could contribute.

That sounds like desperation to me.

Bville Hawk 9 months, 4 weeks ago

You say "He either can't RECRUIT talent... or can't coach it up... can't have it both ways."

Even though it sounds good, I think you logic doesn't stand up. Both premises can be true at the same time and, at least in my opinion, they are.

Lawrence McGlinn 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Agreed. A historically bad 3-year run shows he and staff can't do either.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 4 weeks ago

But he has gone from a program with 55 scholarship players to one with 80, as well as a program with zero all conference players to a program with 5 on some lists. That sounds like he is recruiting and developing players.

Someone will comment on the record, and as others have commented here (against Beaty), football takes many more than just a few elite players to turn it around - not that anyone wants to admit this and stop piling on.

Mike Hart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Baloney. I realize you CAN recruit talent.. .and that you CAN be inept at coaching it up. But people are one here saying (1) He can't recruit and hasn't recruited talent. Then, they later come back and say that in fact he DOES has talent on the team... and simply can't coach it up. So my point is... You can't criticize Beaty and say that he can't recruit talent. Then come back and say that he DOES have talent... but can't coach it up. It's really not that hard to comprehend. Either he does or doesn't have talent that he recruited. People want to slam him every which way to Sunday.

Kevin Robert Fest 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Okay I'm sorry I know that these kids have not played a down yet but should we continually be excited about having the 9th or 10th best recruiting class under Beaty?. This is the 10th ranked recruiting class in the Big 12 and it's mostly junior college players not a good sign. Even Baylor with all of their recent problems with a new coach from Temple with no ties to Texas and a loss to Liberty still managed to out recruit Beaty and get the #4 class in the Big 12. Beaty and staff are starting their 4th year at KU and with Beatys ties to Texas still can't bring in Texas players Baylor has. Not one player from LA is coming because of Beaty is because of Hull let's get that straight.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Hull is here because of Beaty, so let's get that straight.

KU's class is ranked higher than KSU, so it is not 10th. Additionally, the only reason ISU has a higher total score (ranking) is because they have significantly more players. On a per player score basis, KU is ahead of both at 8th.

There's plenty to complain about without making ignorant statements. In spite of all the negative, there is also positive things to comment on unless you're committed to being negative.

Kevin Robert Fest 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Lol yes Hull is here because of Beaty because he flew down to LA and practicallyrics begged him to join his staff. Regardless without Hull would any of the LA recruits even look at KU if it wasn't for Hull. If Beaty could put a better product on the field or a better competitive product on the field then more of these LA kids might have come. But the product on the field is so terrible that of course most of the LA kids decommitted and went somewhere else Hull is doing his part Beaty sadly is not. That just doesn't apply to the LA kids if Beaty would put a better product on the field a lot of the other decommits probably would have stayed with their commitments. It starts with the head coach at any program and ours is not getting the job done. We had a top 10 ranked program in February now over the course of the Season you wouldn't expect that the whole together but if you could at least show some progress or have a competitive product on the field showing that the program is on the upswing we weren't close to that so look what happened.

Mike Hart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Kevin: Texas is a recruiting hotbed. It shouldn't be hard to understand why a Texas kid would want to go to a Texas School (Baylor).. .especially one that has smelled success in the last 2-3 years.

Buck Bukaty 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Please don't jinx the young man by christening him as your annual Bromance of a new student-athlete that doesn't pan out.

Dale Rogers 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I wonder how many of the prospects who flipped read some of these very negative articles and posts and figured Beaty will not be around for their time in college and decided to forget Kansas. Probably not the only factor but could be just enough to put them over the top.

Kevin Robert Fest 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Lol yes dont look at Beatys record over the last 3 years. How many recruits change their mind after the TCU game I think it was two or three. You have to be kidding me with your comments to think that anyone would not want to come to Kansas based on what's said on a message board and not what they see on the field

Lawrence McGlinn 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't want to use the word stupid, but,,,That is the lamest argument. If you don't like negative comments, don't come to the comments section on a football team that is 3-33. As I have said before, if recruits are discouraged by the comments from passionate, frustrated fans they aren't the right stuff to rebuild the program.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Or maybe they realize the benefit that intelligent passionate fans can provide (see AFH) and that ignorant drivel isn't the right stuff and makes it more difficult to overcome.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Zero...I believe they saw a program where the coach was unsuccessful in developing the talent on the team and especially at their respective position. They saw an athletic director who didn't do an evaluation of the coach, and a chancellor that sat around and hasn't realized there is an athletic program at KU and definitely doesn't care what Zenger does. Who would want to come to ku and the player knows he needs to be coached up to make his dream of the NFL his future and the teacher is Beaty?

Andy Tweedy 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I personally think this article was just an example of piling on, I'm not sure why Tom thinks we need to read the same story every 3 or 4 days. I think Beaty's approach seems desperate, whether it truly is or not, but the reality is we don't know 1) if it was or 2) if it will work out at all. I'm skeptical like a lot of you, but I'm also smart enough to know I could be completely wrong and keeping Beaty will turn out in the long run. I sure do hope I'm wrong and that happens, cuz I can't take many more seasons like this last one!

Kevin Robert Fest 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Personally I believe that Tom does this because when Beaty came to town he was talking about being the anti Weis not taking shortcuts and doing it the right way and now he's doing it exactly how Weis did it. Which is basically a slap in the face because every time Beaty gets in front of a microphone he comes up with a bunch of excuses as to why he is not winning he continually talks about not having enough scholarship players or enough players on the team when he first got here. Niw he is basically doing what Weis did.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 4 weeks ago

So would you add the two wins against DII teams as shining moments for Beaty as well? What I find amazing is we have had a 4* recruit in every year at KU for a while until Beaty came, and Beaty doesn't get one in three classes, and all of sudden he gets one in year 4 and all of sudden people think he is a good recruiter.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 4 weeks ago

You really want to hold up the previous 4* recruits as positive examples? Put a name next to those stars, and let others laugh at how ignorantly different than Weis & Gill this recruiting has been.

Name the 4*'s. It will be hilarious.

If TK stays true to the recent pattern, he write about how history shows that Harris will be a failure.

Equally ludicrous.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 3 weeks ago

What I was pointing out is a single 4* doesn't actually make a program, the ability to coach those athletes is what makes them successful: Gill - 2011 Darrian Miller and Brock Bergund

2012 None

Weis - 2013 - Marguel Combs (JUCO - Never Played) 2014 Kyron Watson, Jacob Bragg, Traveohn Wrench, and Corey Avery 2015 - None

Beaty 2016 - Miacheal lee 2017 - Octavisus Matthews (JUCO actually the highest rated player) 2018 - Corrione Harris

Again re-iterating we usually get 0-2 a year, our team will win based on a coach that can develop.

Mike Hart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Jeff, nice try: Jacob Bragg - 3 star center, Kyron Watson - 3 star LB, Traveohn Wrench - academically ineligible so went to junior college, Michael Lee (4 star, Beaty recruit who was a stud even as a freshman), Corey Avery - 3 star RB. Thank you for mentioning Octavius Matthews.. .a 4 star RB, Beaty recruit and top rated Juco player. Only, he developed a heart problem that ended his football career before it even started at KU. That's Beaty's fault too, right? LOL. As for Marquel Combs... he was a Weis juco 4 star who couldn't crack KU's lineup. So you can't ding Beaty for Weis juco.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 3 weeks ago

http://www.espn.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/school/_/id/2305/class/2014

Check the links...I didn't pick the stars, I also didn't say whether any of the players ended up playing, just that they signed. I remember the Hype around Brock, half of the 4 stars never play a game for KU...that's why what I have always said, is how do you coach up the talent, once it arrives.

Mike Hart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Jeff Coffman: Once again, you spew information which is not factually correct. We have had EXACTLY 3... 4 star recruits in the last 12 years for KU football. Beaty had three, 4 star recruits (oral commitments) in the spring of this year... only one of which remains (Corione Harris). You say we have had a 4 star recruit every year at KU for awhile. 100% crap. He is also a top 100 player, something we have never had, at least not in the 21st century.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 3 weeks ago

http://www.espn.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/school/_/id/2305/class/2014

I don't make up the stars or the ratings. I'm not even saying that any of them end up playing for KU. I'm saying that we have had 0-4 4 star recruits usually 1 or 2 for the past 10 years. The success isn't bringing in one or multiple four star recruits, it is what you do with them when they arrive. I included the link for 2014 for reference, but there is a drop down link that you can switch the year...you'll see that most of the years we have a four star recruit, I may have said all, and I should have said most, sorry for the mistake on that part.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Girod first, do you really want the person that can't build a volleyball court that is fully funded, the guy that signed off on extensions to Beaty and Zenger and the guy that touts the tennis program and volleyball program without a single mention to basketball or football as the guy responsible for picking our next AD? He signed off thinking that Zenger was doing a great job.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Goodness you are ignorant.

VB hasn't had time to get all the pre-construction steps completed since they got the ball rolling earlier this year (it takes time to design building) so they are going to delay the building so they can be ready to start at the end of the season so they can also be certain to have it complete for the next season. That's smart and a contrast to your comment.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Then why in his annual presser he make the statement about volleyball and three days later we pulled it? Was it a PR move, does he really not know what is going on in the sports world at KU? I can go on, but Girod is the one that announced it and had to back off. What else is going to happen with sports under Girod?

John Brazelton 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Tom or Benton, last season we had 8 to 10 preferred walk-ons, primarily from Kansas. How many of those walk-ons are still with the program? Shouldn't we expect a similar number of preferred walk-ons this season as well. Two or three seasons from now, there should be scholarships available for the ones that pan out to make up for JUCOs that graduate after two years. Unfortunately, Kansas players aren't able to obtain the same type of football experience available in other states like Texas.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 4 weeks ago

you have to be able to coach up the talent...please name one player that improved over a three year period with Beaty as the coach? The walk-ons will only be good if you can coach them up.

Dirk Medema 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Do you read?

This space has had repeated articles about the players that have received all-conference recognition. The DB's from last year mostly fit that description as well though they obviously don't fit the 3 year window you force upon the scenario. I guess technically, Tornedon doesn't either, because he's only been here 2 years.

{Bubble burst}

John Fitzgerald 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I think this is what he's referring to as proof that Beaty isn't able to coach up talent:

-67th in Passing

-124th in Rushing

-109th in Points For

-129th in Points Against

-108th in Defense Efficiency

-121st in Offense Efficiency

-124th in Special Teams

-127th in Turnover Margin

Player awards are great, but until I see some wins I'll chalk that up to that player working harder than anyone else. And as a coach you're going to have a few players that really don't need that much coaching up, they take in everything thrown at them and they work their tails off. Beaty will get credit when we can put some W's in the win column because a true testament to how good a coach is will solely be judged on that stat.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't forget that the number of awards has gone down since Beaty has taken over. The year he took over we had many more on the all big XII teams.

Mike Hart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh... perhaps Brandon Stewart, Daniel Wise, Fish Smithson, Michael Lee, Dorance Armstrong, Joe Dineen, Mesa Ribordy, Tevin Shaw. What's more: we lost 2 starting senior CB to the NFL draft after 2015: JaCorey Shepherd and Dexter McDonald. We then lost safeties Brandon Stewart and Fish Smithson in 2016. People are wondering why are defensive secondary is getting torched in 2017. We have fresh and sophs starting there. We now bring in a 4 star cover corner.. and a 3 star cover corner... and a 3 star safety for 2018. There is optimism for defensive secondary... I would say holes are being filled.

Ashwin Rao 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Love reading the comments to all these football posts by Keegan. I am not going to comment on whether or not the coach ought to be fired, but I do believe that a job of a leader is to manage expectations, and give his stakeholders a level of confidence that things are going in the right direction. I would encourage the coach to have that press conference to give us his vision.

9 months, 3 weeks ago

He should be fired solely on his inability to have this press conference. He's making $1M+ and can't be "straight" with the fan base? Losing is one thing. Hiding from responsibilities after he and others have touted his Excellent ability at "doing things the right way" is despicable. Next. RCJH

Mike Hart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Clownshoes: What is he going to say at the press conference when there are still several commits holding off until February (ie Pooka Williams and Emery most notably). You guys are looking under every rock to criticize the man. This is the most talent we have brought in on a recruiting class.. .in years. You won't find a KU class that is more solid top to bottom than this one. Don't take my word for it... take Jon Kirby's word for it who has been following KU football recruiting since at least 1999. You keep wanting to assess this year's recruiting class based on last year's on-field performance. One has nothing to do with the other.

Jeff Suther 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I share the disappointment with the teams lack of wins, the non-con games were especially embarrassing this year. But what I think we need to remember is Beaty inherited what was probably the worst situation you could possibly get as a coach. Is it fair for us to then only want him to recruit HS players and be winning after 3 years. What did Beaty have to sell after the mess Weis left him? But we expect him to win with the players he was able to get that would be Juniors now?

Also think to big of a deal is made of recruiting JC players, especially if they have 3 years remaining. It’s more about the person to me. If they are finding the JC guys that were overlooked or just didn’t quite have the grades but are big 12 quality talent let’s bring them in. Again, we can’t expect them to go get the high quality HS players, to much competition on the recruiting trail.

Dillon Davis 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Um the reason that Beaty inherited a scholarship problem is because Weis did exactly what he's doing! Bringing in a bunch of JUCOs for a short term fix.

Mike Hart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Dillon: He DID recruit HS players.. and they decommitted. So he has a choice: Recruit best available players (HS or juco)... or do nothing just so he can say he didn't commit juco players. Weis immediately went the juco route. Beaty had an amazing class of HS recruits.. which over time... reneged. Had they not, we wouldn't have as many Jucos. Not only did Weis recruit jucos, but he recruited bad apple kids, many of whom didn't ever make it to the field or got dismissed for acting up off the field (armed robbery comes to mind). Boo hoo hoo, Beaty has all 3 star recruits and at least one 4 star recruit coming in. Poor Kansas....

Dale Rogers 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Jeff is correct and that's exactly why Beaty said it will take five years when he first got here and why he's being given at least 4. If year 4 doesn't show significant progress I'll bet he won't get year 5. We all like to bitch but none of us could do better.

Michael Maris 9 months, 3 weeks ago

It's clearly evident, the Power $$$$$$$ People behind Kansas Athletics truly only care about Jayhawk Basketball. Otherwise, Kansas would be hiring Head Coaches who would be winning 8 more games a season year in and year out. If Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA, etc..... an have successful cimpetitive Football and Basketball programs. Kansas is fully capable as well.

John Fitzgerald 9 months, 3 weeks ago

At the end of the day we're just going to have wait and see what happens. Will the JUCO route work for Beaty? Or will it set the program back again like it did when Weis was here? No one will know until the season starts but I really hope it works out.

Dillon Davis 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Jon Kirby over at the Slant wrote this yesterday...clearly he is team Beaty...: https://kansas.rivals.com/news/beaty-lands-haul-of-juco-talent-shutting-down-the-junior-college-myth

The article basically talks about how recruiting JUCOs isn't the problem, it's about recruiting the right ones...smh. What successful program has ever won because they loaded up on JUCOs?? NONE. You add a few here and there to each class but the classes need to be predominantly high school players.

The only reason Beaty is allowed to do this is because he and Zenger both know that they need to win, NOW. If you want to be mad at anyone it's Girod because he didn't pull the trigger on Zenger and Beaty. Zenger is going to support Beaty because their fates are tied together. Any bad football move made from here on is squarely on Chancellor Girod.

Great article Tom. Thanks for keeping perspective.

Jeff Coffman 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Girod is loading up with bad moves on the sports front. The Volleyball court was announced and two days later he had to back off of it. The $70/year that they need to get, they only have $20 for this year. Girod is the problem now. Don't forget he signed off on the extension to Zenger and Beaty on the offseason, without a blink of an eye.

9 months, 3 weeks ago

Agreed. Girod is now to blame. Zenger and DB just want jobs. the WHOLE juco article misses the point: its not about jucos and whether they are good or not. its about the fact that DB was going to DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY and look to have 4/5 year seniors contributing. Hes not. Going Juco route. worthless. Lets Go Nicholls $t and put these jokers out of their misery! rcjh

Mike Hart 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Pathetic. Rooting for Nichols State just so you can say "I was right".

Jim Stauffer 9 months, 3 weeks ago

"No telling how many prospects from the Kansas City area and throughout the state of Kansas the Jayhawks might have corralled had they put an emphasis on in-state high school recruiting."

This is the biggest package of baloney I have ever heard. The failure to sign HS players from the Metro was not due to a lack of effort. I agree is was due to our poor record the last three years, but it is totally without class to pile on Beaty by saying he was lazy and chose jucos over High School.

Tom would have been all over Beaty for being a fool and a dope if he had rejected the juco route and signed 6 high schoolers and no one else.

Tom's hatred for the Head Coach and AD are spilling onto every page he writes. I truly hope Beaty succeeds, but if he doesn't (and I think we will know by Dec. 1 2018) the next guy will have a lot more to work with than he did.

Tom can say anything he wants about Beaty (and a lot of it will obviously not be true) but he cannot say Beaty and his staff cannot recruit. They are flat out good at it.

Now let's see if they can coach these kids to a few wins next year.

Cary Ediger 9 months, 3 weeks ago

10+ articles from Tom now on how he wants David Beaty fired.

You can stop now Tom.

Jerry Ryan 9 months, 3 weeks ago

This is a realty uneducated and negative fan base.

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