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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Appreciative of chancellor’s endorsement, Beaty says KU football in ‘middle’ of his plan

Kansas head coach David Beaty talks with his players in the huddle during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas head coach David Beaty talks with his players in the huddle during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

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According to David Beaty, he didn’t expect to have University of Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod declare support for him as the football coach on Monday, while doing the same for athletic director Sheahon Zenger and the current direction of the program.

Beaty unsurprisingly said at his weekly press conference Tuesday, Girod’s endorsement “means a ton” to him, his staff and the players.

“What it does is it certainly helps the future of KU football,” the third-year KU coach said. “It helps us in recruiting. Those are the things that help stabilize you when it comes to the message that you are talking about when you’re talking to kids when you’re out there on the road.”

While Girod admitted the football program is facing “challenges” on the field, his message on KU football and the $350 million “Raise The Chant” campaign stated the first-year chancellor wants to empower Zenger and Beaty by giving them “the tools they need to fulfill their vision.”

Beaty, who enters this week’s home finale versus No. 3 Oklahoma (2:30 p.m. kickoff, ESPN) with a 3-31 record in nearly three seasons leading the Jayhawks, praised Girod for his vision and leadership.

“And he’s been like that from the very time I met him,” Beaty added. “He understands where we’re at, he understands how we’re building it and it’s like he said, I love the phrase, ‘We’re the ones doing the work. You’re the ones doing the work.’ And understanding that is a perspective that not everybody gets to enjoy. He gets that.”

Given KU went 0-12 in Beaty’s first season, 2-10 in his second and the team currently stands at 1-9, one might assume the coach at some point earlier this year or prior to signing a contract extension in December of 2016 felt some uncertainty about his long-term future with KU. He claimed that wasn’t the case.

“I have never since I have been here felt unstable, uncertain. Not one time,” Beaty stated. “I just keep going back to when I got here, we talked about the plan and how you build that program. And I talked at length about if you want this thing done overnight, I’m not your guy, because we’re trying to make it last forever. We’re trying to build something. That timeline is what it is; it just is what it is. We’d like it to be faster than it is and our fans certainly deserve it. But the truth of the matter is, it’s going to take some time.”

A former receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A & M, Beaty said when he took the job at KU, he and his staff inherited “a very great opportunity, but a situation that you have to address some things to be able to get where you need to go.”

The head coach, whose job appears secure with Girod’s backing, said KU is in “the middle” of that rebuilding process. The Jayhawks are 1-30 against FBS teams since Beaty took over.

“And at no time, through any of those days,” Beaty said, “has Dr. Zenger been anything other than unbelievably supportive — same thing with our new chancellor, same thing with our former chancellor (Bernadette Gray-Little). The vision, the vision that they have, I just really appreciate.”

Of late, Beaty often has referenced his plan for the program. Asked whether that is on schedule or behind schedule, the coach answered, “We’re in the process,” again asserting KU football is “right in the middle” of his strategy.

“And I think one of the major things for us was culture, and making sure that we get the right guys on our team, right? That they’re representing our university in the public right again,” Beaty said. “That we’re back there again. That they’re representing our university right in the classroom. That they’re representing our university right on the field, with a never-quit mentality. Because those things were all things that really needed to be fixed, right? So there’s a lot of things that had to be addressed.”

With just two games remaining in a season that has not lived up to internal expectations, Beaty went on to say he’s proud of the Jayhawks for their contributions in shifting the culture and playing hard, “regardless of what distractions may be ... because they believe.”

Junior defensive tackle and captain Daniel Wise said Girod’s message meant a lot to the players in the KU locker room.

“Just to hear his support, support from someone who is not in the facilities, I mean, it doesn’t surprise me at all,” Wise said. “He is a great guy, always been supportive of what we do and what we’re trying to get accomplished. So we’d tell him we appreciate what he’s doing and his support.”

Likewise, junior linebacker Keith Loneker Jr. said it was encouraging to see Girod shares the mindset of KU’s coaches and players.

“That, at least for me and I’m sure for everybody else, was great to hear,” Loneker said. “Because if you know your boss' boss is on the same ship as you, then everything’s going to flow right.”

Beaty admitted KU football is a “work in progress,” before saying the coaches and players will “continue to do what we’re doing with regard to our plan and how we’re building this thing.”

As the team’s Memorial Stadium finale for 2017 looms, Beaty said eight seniors will be honored, and referenced other programs benefiting from the presence of far more upperclassmen on their rosters. Ideally, he added, he’d like to have 25 to 28 seniors any given season.

“When we get there, that will be a goal that we’ve reached,” Beaty said, noting teams need 46 to 50 juniors and seniors involved.

The current Kansas football roster includes 30 juniors and 14 seniors.

“There’s some things there that we’re proud of, but we’re just not there,” Beaty reiterated. “We’re right in the middle of it.”

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Matthew Gaylor 1 week ago

Beaty said. “That we’re back there again. That they’re representing our university right in the classroom. That they’re representing our university right on the field, with a never-quit mentality, because those things were all things that really needed to be fixed, right? So there’s a lot of things that had to be addressed.”

I don't know, 2 shutout losses in back to back weeks 1 to ISU 1 to TCU, that doesn't sound like never quit mentality. Also, 1 FBS win in the last 3 years, which occurred in OT after Texas turned the ball over 6 times, is not what I'd say "representing our university right on the field" unless KU is wanting to be the worst P5 program in the country, which they are. So if that's what KU is trying to be, then mission accomplished.

Michael Leiker 1 week ago

Notice how representing the university on the field is 3rd on his list...this athletic department is bass ackwards when it comes to football. All there is to it.

Brett McCabe 1 week ago

What's stunning to me is how, right down the hall, is a coach who actually knows how to do it right, and by do it right I mean win. It's as if Bill Self doesn't even exist as a role model for these guys.

Asking KU fans to believe in a guy who's never really done anything as a coach, or an AD who has yet to hire a single successful coach, is asking a lot. If the big money donors are this stupid, they must have inherited their wealth.

Keegan has laid out, in great detail, Beaty and Zenger's version of doing it right:

First, give $10 million to a guy and have him utterly destroy the program.

Second, hire a coach with no rebuild experience, virtually no coordinator experience, virtually no head-coaching experience and literally nothing to show for his football career. Just tell everyone he's the right guy. Some of these numbskulls will buy it.

Third, have said coach create a turnstile in his staff offices with twice the turnover of the Mangino era, select three OC's in three years and run-off his two starting QB's.

Fourth, have the coach utilize 29 scholarships for JUCO an transfer guys who will flush through the program almost without a ripple, while creating another depth problem. All while stating he's building through high school recruiting.

Fifth, have your coach assemble the 10th, 9th and 9th rated recruiting classes, in succession. Because, you know, the way to build things is to have the weakest roster in the conference.

Sixth, have your coach publicly talk about bowl games in year three and specifically state that the program must show progress in year three. Then have him walk that way, way, way back when he contributes to a historically bad three years of Kansas football.

Seventh, just for good measure, open the game at Texas with an onside kick that effectively cost you the game. Literally the dumbest football play call in history.

I agree with Major Milktoast (Girod). This is exactly how you build things the right way. It's such a joy to be a KU fan, so that we can simply trust in the clearly evident brilliance displayed in the athletics office and the football offices. Go Zenger! EMAW! Wait, I mean RCJHK!

John Brazelton 1 week ago

If Beaty is terminated at some point in the future, at least the next coach won't have to start in hole scholarship wise. Almost every coach moves on to greener pastures, is fired or resigns first before it can happen. Very few like Bob Stoops get to leave on their own terms.

Brett McCabe 1 week ago

Not if he keeps giving out JUCO and Transfer scholarships. You might want to try and read some of the columns posted on this site, that show that Beaty is Charlie-light. He's not building the scholarship base the right way, he gambled on a 7-game home season and lost. But Zenger created a poison pill with Bernadette that makes these two menaces to KU football virtually impossible to terminate.

Bryson Stricker 1 week ago

Brett..................................... giving out a juco scholarship to a one year juco player is not bad.. A LOT of players on the best teams in the country are one year JUCO players.. He has barely offered ANY 2 year juco players in his tenure here. You're twisting the logic to sound a certain way.

Also, to establish a program for the long run, SOMEBODY has to play now. I'd rather a guy with one year juco experience playing right now, allowing a decent freshman to redshirt and gain experience and keep eligibility than throwing 17 year old Mike Lee out there and letting him run loose. That is stupid, illogical and not how you build a football program, AT ALL.

can't wait to be personally attacked by a fan who like all of us don't know how to build a football program

Matthew Gaylor 1 week ago

I'd agree if they fired Beaty this year. Right now, the current KU recruiting class isn't great. Sure, we have a 5* WR who everyone has said is likely flipping. That leaves KU with 10 commits if that happens with an offseason to get some more. Knowing that, I'm not sure how KU is getting 15 more players, unless they go the JUCO route or get a bunch of 2 star nobodies.

So if you make the move this year, you get an actual coach with experience taking over a team who will mature and actually be taught skills, technique, and will be forced to be discipline. You'd also only miss on this year's recruiting class, rather than 2 of them in a row.

David Kemp 6 days, 18 hours ago

Likely his cornerback friend at school will flip with him taking us to 9

Charlie Gaughn 1 week ago

I hate to break it to you Dave, but if it weren't for this ridiculous $350M+ spending initiative, you and Zenger would be out the door in a heartbeat. Nobody from the top down ever imagined that this program would take the giant leap backward that it has this year. In fact, I think there was truly a belief that the team could reach bowl eligibility. Otherwise this "Chant" thing never would've been rolled out. Now you've got Booth and several others that have jumped on the bus and they don't want to look silly. So it's going to be business as usual until the funds are raised and we renovate the stadium into "Bill Snyder Family Stadium" East. It's going to look silly with only 15,000 fans there but maybe we can buy a bunch of manikins to make it look full.

I, as is the case with the vast majority of KU fans, can't compete with the few really big donors to the athletic department. However, my long standing commitment to the academic side of the University would be missed. I have all but quit donating to athletics and my next step is to terminate all donations of any kind to the University until Zenger (at a minimum) is gone. I would encourage everyone that wants a change in the AD/HC position to do the same and let Girod and the Dean of the school you contribute to know why. There's already enough friction between academics and athletics that a mass exodus of donors will initiate change.

I have lived and breathed KU football since the mid 60's and I can honestly say I've never been more disgusted with the program, and those in charge, than I am right now.

Dennis Mahorney 1 week ago

Live how he down plays how atrocious his team is. How we are in the "middle" of a process now. He needs 46- 50 Juniors and Seniors to make this work... The 44 that we have now are not enough to keep us from getting our doors blown off. Two more will make all the difference....

Mike Hart 4 days, 1 hour ago

The 44 that we have... are not all recruits who came to Kansas as freshmen. A lot are transfers and juco sourced. We have SIX seniors... total... and only 2 of them are holdovers from Charlie Weiss. THAT....was the state of the program! Beaty's point... is that you bring kids in.. and grow them in the system for 3-4 years (with some redshirts). But he hasn't had that chance, because he was hired in Dec 2014... and 2015 recruiting season was almost done. He's had 2 full years to recruit (players who on the roster now)... and look how many freshmen and sophomores we have starting. His point.. is he needs 4 years. We have never given anyone 4 years since Mangino. We just keep firing and then wondering why it takes so long to rebuild? Look at our class... he have and a couple of * recruits coming in next year, despite our dismal performance... and our apathetic fan base. Beaty is back next year. Support this team in 2018... if we don't make strides, then he WILL be gone, no matter what you advocate right now. He's not going anywhere, so support the team... especially on this Senior Day

Henry Joseph Hofmeister 1 week ago

well, despite all the naysayers, i support beatty. he isn't bill snyder, maybe he isn't lucky in recruiting yet. but. we know the tools are there. it's just a matter of keeping the high recruits for a few years. WE CANNOT DO THAT PAYING COACHES TO LEAVE EVERY COUPLE YEARS. It would be nice for seniors to play with the same coach, have not only the coaching leadership but able to show their leadership under one coach with confidence rather than constantly changing. Truthfully, would you come here knowing how often we change coaches? football isn't one and done basketball guys. these players are looking for a program not just a nice school and facility. a program is built by keeping coach and assistants so that they can better the players, not just let them play all willy nilly.

David Kemp 1 week ago

No they’re not. They want to win and be coached up to win. He you make the right hire you won’t be changing coaches and Beaty has set the bar sooooo looow that success will still be measured in mediocrity.

John Strayer 1 week ago

Coaching stability is a good thing. But that only works if you have good coach hires. Stability with a coach that can't get the job done is not a solution.

Additionally, coaching stability with a bad coach is the only stability KU football will experience. If KU ever manages to get a good coach, they'll leave for a better job, because KU football isn't a destination job...unless you suck and no one else want's you.

Someone else mentioned that lower level football programs handle coach changes with success, because they have no other choice...good coaches leave and need to be replaced. They just happen to replace them with another good coach.

Not at KU...KU fire's good (or decent) coaches then hires coaches no one else wants.

Mike Hart 4 days, 1 hour ago

Kudos to Henry Joseph Hofmeister. Finally, someone who gets it!

Barry Weiss 1 week ago

where are the Texas recruits he was suppose to deliver? Haven't we already lost some recruits that initially said they would come here? This thing is a mess. Thank goodness the University of Kansas has a legit basketball program who puts out a great product on national TV. Our football program, on the other hand, gets bashed left and right by the media. I just think in the third year, there should have been SOME progress. Beaty even said that himself before this season, yet the results we've seen this year are a big step backwards. Something is wrong here. Who is accountable?

David Kemp 6 days, 18 hours ago

Nobody is accountable and until boosters put the screws on nothing will happen

Mike Hart 4 days, 1 hour ago

If you ask me... our football program gets bashed the most right here on "fan" responses to articles. If I'm a verbal commit, and I come here and ready this drivel from people who call for coach's head (as if Beaty had the same level playing field coming here than any other coach, after what Weiss did to this team)... I might re-think my commitment too. All the "fans" pissing on the coach and asking for his head. Go figure a kid thinks" Gee, do I really want to go there?".

Chuck Wagstaff 6 days, 23 hours ago

He could have two undefeated national champions in a row, and he would still have a .500 record. #notholdingmybreath

Ross Hartley 3 days, 3 hours ago

I find it difficult to read this thread. KU put a product on the field yesterday with one of the best teams in America, and those guys played their hearts out. That is one of the things coaching is all about. The talent level wasn't even close but that was a team with decades of success. We put a team on on the field that resulted from a Mangino not able to keep up the talent level, a young untested coach that was horrible at just about everything, and an old fat unfit blunderbus that thought he could just walk in and do no hard recruiting work. At least our current team shows up. Finally, who do we hire? Not another single school I can think of has had the K-State luck. Nobody on these threads ever answers that question. We better have a coach recognized before we fire yet another coach.

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