Thursday, April 5, 2018

Charles Baldwin officially no longer with KU football

Former Alabama OL left program months ago

Kansas junior offensive tackle Charles Baldwin stands during a drill in preseason practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

Kansas junior offensive tackle Charles Baldwin stands during a drill in preseason practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.


Although Charles Baldwin’s name still appears on the Kansas football roster, the offensive lineman who spent one spring semester at Alabama two years ago actually hasn’t been with the Jayhawks in months.

Baldwin, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound tackle first disappeared from KU’s depth chart two weeks into the 2017 season. He soon after left the program completely, fourth-year head coach David Beaty revealed Thursday, during his first press conference of the spring.

Baldwin, though listed on the team’s two-deep at right tackle ahead of the 2017 season opener, never appeared in a game for Kansas after sitting out the 2016 season as a transfer.

Beaty said the offensive lineman, rated a five-star prospect at ASA College (N.Y.) before briefly joining Alabama, is still at KU. Baldwin plans to complete his undergraduate degree and then seek a transfer.

“Charles has done everything that I've asked him to do to this point to be able to get that done,” Beaty said.

Baldwin was conspicuously absent from the sidelines during KU’s final five home games this past season.

KU’s head coach confirmed Baldwin left the team early this past fall and hasn’t been involved with any type of practices or workouts since.

“We haven't really been around each other in a number of months, but we do keep in contact,” Beaty said of the estranged O-lineman.

“He's actually done a terrific job of managing his side of it. We wish him well. Looks like he's going to be on track to graduate,” Beaty said, “and if he can get that done and he can get to the place he needs to get to.”


Buck Bukaty 1 year, 2 months ago

Gosh, I can't imagine another Div 1 program where OL playing time would be there for the taking. Being ignorant of the specifics of the situation, I still can't help but be shaking my head.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 2 months ago

Can't blame Beaty for this one. Sounds like the kid left on his own. Will we ever know what really happened?

Joe Norgay 1 year, 2 months ago


Jesus. Christ. How much more evidence of incompetence do we need before someone does something?! Anything?!

I swear to god it’s as if Beaty or Zenger have something on the powers at be at KU to blackmail them with to still keep their jobs. It’s the only practical explanation. Their continued tenure here is beyond comprehension.

What in God’s name is going on with KU?

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 2 months ago

Watch out Joe Salacious B Crumb ie Bryson will be coming for you.

[''] 1 year, 2 months ago

There is not a single coach in America on any level (HS, College or Pro) entering his 4th season with 3 total wins. Nowhere.

Barry Weiss 1 year, 2 months ago

weirdness just continues to come out of this team. Transparency is not high on Beaty's way of doing things. Well, it's his team.

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm going to see what rumors come of this thread. Should be fun lol.

Joe Norgay could honestly not be further off with his accusations in regards to this situation.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 2 months ago

Ok guys KU football Yoda has spoken nothing to see hear anymore. After all he cares about CFB more than all of us.

Thanks Bryson

make sure to change your underoos.

Gerry Butler 1 year, 2 months ago

ya, and you make sure you change your Depends there sparky - -now time for you to take your nap

Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 2 months ago

He’s still listed on the roster; please, for the love of all that is good and proper, remove a player from the website active roster list, that hasn’t been officially in the program for months.

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 2 months ago

Did you guys ever possibly think HCDB is doing him a great service? If Charles would have been officially kicked off and removed from roster, he would have no chance at playing elsewhere and taking his talent to the next level.

It was MORE than clear during the press conference yesterday that this is what is happening. Coach Beaty told Charles what he had to do to get this pardon from him and Charles fulfilled his side of the requirement so he’s getting something 99% of coaches in america would never do for their players.

Coach Beaty is a great man, doing great things for these young men outside of football. The fact that you all will sit here and berate the man personally is absolutely ridiculous. Safe bet that most of you aren’t Jayhawks, but those of you who are, I’m embarrassed.

Rock Chalk.

[''] 1 year, 2 months ago

"Coach Beaty is a great man, doing great things...." types Beaty's agent....

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