Thursday, February 9, 2017

Promotion to associate head coach earns Tony Hull huge raise

Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull encourages his players as they warm up during practice on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull encourages his players as they warm up during practice on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.


The Kansas athletic department made another serious commitment to improving its football program Tuesday when it more than doubled the salary of running backs coach and standout recruiter Tony Hull, who also received a new title.

David Beaty announced on his Twitter account that he had promoted Hull to associate head coach, saying “Tony’s recruiting prowess speaks for itself, but he is more than just a dynamic recruiter. Tony is a great football coach and his positive impact on this team is felt on a daily basis.”

Hull, entering his second season on Beaty’s staff, left his position as head coach of Warren East High in New Orleans to fill the running backs job vacated when Reggie Mitchell left Kansas for Arkansas.

Hull earned $150,000 in his first season at Kansas and received a raise to $400,000, according to a source with knowledge of the salaries of Beaty’s assistants.

Hull’s promotion came in the wake of his banner recruiting week and was announced a day after LSU filled its running backs coach vacancy with Tommie Robinson, a former USC assistant from Los Angeles.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron demoted Jabbar Juluke as running backs coach, which reportedly upset area high school coaches. Juluke since has left LSU to take the same title at Texas Tech as Hull has at Kansas, associate head coach/running backs coach. Hull's recruiting success in Louisiana gave him strong qualifications to become Juluke's successor, but Orgeron didn't stay local with the hire.

Hull's raise comes after his huge recent recruiting haul, which led to the following headline on "Should LSU be concerned about a pipeline from Louisiana to Lawrence?"

Hull in the past five days has received six verbal commitments from high school juniors from the state of Louisiana, including two prospects ranked in the top 60 in the nation, five of the commitments happening after the recruits attended KU's basketball loss Saturday to Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse.

“It’s a pleasure in this business to reward people for a job well done,” Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said. “And the thing about Tony that I think it’s important for people to know is this isn’t just about recruiting.

“Tony has a way with players that’s important for this program. We’re talking about a former engineer at NASA. He’s an impressive guy who gave up that career for what he felt was a calling to go back and be a teacher and a coach and affect young people’s lives.”

Hull grew up in New Orleans East, an area hit hard by a tornado Tuesday. Hull tweeted that he was driving in New Orleans when the tornado hit and he posted photos of the neighborhood in the wake of the tornado. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.


Freddie Garza 4 years, 10 months ago

I can't recall a more exciting time for KU football since Mangino was coach. This recruiting class and coach Hull have the potential, along with coach Beatty, to finally turn this program around, make them competitive game in and game out.

Meanwhile, Texas has taken a big step backward. Baylor is on the verge of really feeling the repercussions of their digressions. Kansas football has a golden opportunity to take a step forward into relevance. I sense that we are at a pivotal moment which will dictate the arc of the program for the future.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 10 months ago

SO well deserved!!! And I had no idea he was a former engineer at NASA. Holy cow, talk about a renaissance man!

Kevin Robert Fest 4 years, 10 months ago

Well it seems that another big 12 school Texas Tech is following our lead by employinhg a coach with ties to High School coaches in the Louisiana area after being let go from LSU. I knew that this would happen and I said in an earlier post as such.

Coach Os arrogance at LSU after letting go an area coach for one that worked at USC his old stomping ground I think we'll have major repercussions. If the High School coaches don't trust the coaches or the recruiters or they have no ties to them or don't think they have their best interest they will look elsewhere. It looks especially bad after he let this coach go right after signing day.

Hopefully coach Hull can convince more kids from that area who have no ties to Coach O or recruiting coaches from LSU that its a good idea to come up to Kansas. If Mike Lee continues to impress and some of these kids that just committed earlier this week stay the course and show that Kansas is making strides hopefully more kids will start turning their heads to KU.

And a couple of wins wouldn't hurt either.

Larry Jackson 4 years, 10 months ago

Coach O is from Louisiana with very strong ties there. He graduated from Northwestern St. in Louisiana.

David A. Smith 4 years, 10 months ago

One of the coaching attributes we, as KU fans, have had to endure was that of poor decision making at crucial times. Whether it came in the form of poor play calls, or the inability to seize an opportunity, frustration in this area was always part of KU football conversations

Then, along came Beaty. While everyone whined and moaned through the 0-12 season....and even called for his head, he kept working. This attitude permeated the environment, until the Texas win this last season. And really, the fans weren't to blame for a lot of that mindset The plight of the KU football fan has always been this: loyalty is rewarded with poor oversight, poor play, poor governance....all on a backdrop of apathy/or jeers. But, Beaty kept pouring concrete with a smile on his face...knowing that things will fall into place faster than most will expect.

So, K-State fans, OU fans, LSU fans....keep laughing......

The concrete is drying,

Brett McCabe 4 years, 10 months ago

Beaty deserved criticism for the goofy play-calling, mismanagement of the QB situation and his decision to take over every coaching job on the staff. For most fans 0-12 was expected - the goofiness wasn't.

Virtually every complaint or concern that I had with this regime has been answered: new, legitimate O.C., new QBC, virtually no staff turnover, and a major upswing in the area Beaty was hired to influence: recruiting.

The switch has been flipped, things seem to be in order and now the program seems to be building the right way.

While some commenters complain about fair-weather fans (when was the fair weather, exactly, in the past six years?) I've long maintained that KU is lucky that the band and the cheerleaders even show up for games based on how badly this program has been mismanaged. But, show-up they did, along with a fairly large group of consistent supporters (me being one of them).

But the past is the past. Time to focus on what is happening now, and what is happening now is truly exciting.

Ken Schmidt 4 years, 10 months ago

Well said Brett. I don't always agree with you in my readings, but you are spot-on here. Now to keep the faith these players are not just using KU as a pawn and are sincere in their commitments.

David Williams 4 years, 10 months ago

I agree...the things that got me PO'd the most were the ineptness on the field. We know Beaty is a good recruiter, though you have to translate that into Ws on Saturdays. His coaching - especially on offense - was not doing that. Who calls a pooch kid in opposing territory when you are driving with the lead? Time outs prior to fourth downs only to punt? Come on. Now that Meacham and Hull are in place, I feel better about how Saturdays will be managed. Let's see what happens in a few months' time.

Michael Maris 4 years, 10 months ago

The key to all of this is to continue to stay hungry. That's what Coach Snyder still continues to do at K-State. Once, he lost his appetite. He backed away from the table. 3 years later, his appetite reappeared and he pulled his chair back up to the table.

Stay Hungry My Friends.

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks Tom for the proper usage of the word affect. Constantly reading blogs and message boards one becomes dismayed at the use of words improperly such as affect/effect, led/lead, dominate/dominant and so many more but you get the point.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 9 months ago

Well said, Jim. One that especially gets my goat is lose/loose.

Steve Corder 4 years, 10 months ago

I posted back in October that staff movement out of the program come December would be a gauge of the real stability of Beaty's program. Only Coach Likens left. My concern was dispelled by Christmas. With the 2017 class and this start for '18 no one has any reason to not be encouraged.

Kyle Rohde 4 years, 10 months ago

Remember how worried we all were about Reggie Mitchell leaving and recruiting falling off? Wow. Replacing him with Hull has been as good as when we lost a fantastic coach (Roy) and replaced him with an even better one (Bill).

Ken Schmidt 4 years, 10 months ago

Imagine, for a second, what things would be like if we could get Coach Mitchell back again and recruiting with Coach Hull. Always fun to consider even the most remote possibilities when all you have is to look up...

Ryan Woods 4 years, 10 months ago

Does $400K keep Hull at KU? According to USA today, that would make Hull the 175th highest paid assistant coach. If he were at an SEC school he would be the 53rd highest. Assuming he would prefer to move closer to home and work for an SEC school over Kansas, how long can we expect to keep him?

Ken Schmidt 4 years, 10 months ago

I venture that if they manage to move to 4-6 wins this season...especially over-achieving and reaching 6 wins, there is probably a larger raise for the whole staff a'comin. If that is an anticipated raise, and he is locked in this year with anything higher than what was given, it would be difficult to justify raising him again next year with the other coaches--it might create friction. In what they have done, if they do compete well and the coaches are given salary increases, he can also be included in this increase. They gave him what was needed to keep him happy for this year, have room to make sure he continues to be a valuable asset, and also maintain room to increase his salary in the future with this increased performance. Best of both worlds. He still has to continue to #earnit.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 10 months ago

Some have scoffed at Dr Z, but a bunch of reading between the lines tells me he's done a great job of laying out the finances and the plan for moving forward. Carrying the previous severance salary made limitations on funds available for salaries and facilities. Anyone worth keeping knows you have to provide both. They've all got to watch the investment in the facilities, the improvement in salaries, and undoubtedly have been given the vision of more as the program continues to develop. I've got confidence in Coach Beaty keeping all the players and coaches working to earn it, and if some leave of replacing them with upgrades. Have we taken a step backwards when any player or coach left the program?

David Robinett 4 years, 10 months ago

400 is a damn sight better than 150, and also at least double what he would have made at NASA or Lockheed. Short of being an executive there.

Eliott Reeder 4 years, 10 months ago

Indeed. I sure wouldn't scoff at a 250,000 raise right now... ;)

David Robinett 4 years, 10 months ago

I don't know Mr. Juluke, but my guess is that he is not as impressive or loved as is Coach Hull. So I am not worried about Texas Tech's imitation of us.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 10 months ago

Juluke made great contributions to LSUs elite. I'm happy to have Coach Hull but ignorant to be dismissive of Juluke. TT also got a good recruiter.

Kit Duncan 4 years, 9 months ago

Off topic but coach Hull tweeted from N.O. the other day after the tornado struck. This was linked in USA Today's e-edition on Wednesday.

None by Coach Tony Hull

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