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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Strength coach, defensive line coach leaving Kansas football program

Kansas head football coach David Beaty and Je'Ney Jackson, director of strength and conditioning have a laugh as the team waits under the Memorial Stadium stands as a lightning storm passes during spring practice on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Kansas head football coach David Beaty and Je'Ney Jackson, director of strength and conditioning have a laugh as the team waits under the Memorial Stadium stands as a lightning storm passes during spring practice on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

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Kansas football coach David Beaty’s 2017 coaching staff isn’t quite fully assembled after all.

Highly regarded strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson is leaving the coaching field, according to multiple sources from inside the athletic department, for a job in the medical industry.

The same sources said that Beaty also will make a switch at defensive line coach, where in 2016 Michael Slater was the school’s third at that position in three seasons. His successor will be the fourth in four years.

Jackson had been with the Kansas football program as an assistant in the strength department (2005-06) and assistant football coach (2007-09) under Mark Mangino. He then spent a year instructing cornerbacks at Southern Mississippi before leaving to head the strength and conditioning program for Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean’s program for four-and-a-half years.

Shortly after being hired to head the Kansas football program, Beaty brought Jackson back to KU and put him in charge of strength and conditioning. Beaty consistently gave Jackson rave reviews for putting in long, productive hours.

Comments

John Fitzgerald 3 months, 1 week ago

Well dang... All this great stuff about KU Football and then 2 quick jabs with Jackson leaving and losing a 4 Star commit. It's all good though, I have faith in Beaty to bring in another solid Strength Coach and also replace the recruit we lost. Still super pumped for football season even though it's half a year away.

Chris DeWeese 3 months, 1 week ago

What's up with Michael Slater? Sounds like this might not have been his decision to leave.

Lance Cheney 3 months, 1 week ago

I noticed he didn't get a raise when the other assistants did. I'm guessing these events are related.

John Brazelton 3 months, 1 week ago

If you notice, Slater was the only assistant coach not to get a pay raise. I thought that was a telling sign that something was wrong with his position.

Randy Bombardier 3 months, 1 week ago

Bummer. But speculation could be correct. Perhaps sights have already been set on another addition and if so this may work out for the better. Hope so.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

We have some former players that are part of the S&C staff - yes? Wonder if we'll promote from within for continuity.

Coach had a GA or something (Garrett) waiting in the wings for one of the O openings. I wouldn't be surprised if he has known all along who he wants.

Jay Hawkinson 3 months, 1 week ago

The Jackson news stings. I'd imagine he's looking for a better work-life balance. Can't blame him. Honestly, it's surprising more people don't leave coaching.

The D-line seemed pretty good. Armstrong is certainly developing. Maybe Slater wasn't pulling his weight in recruiting?

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