Monday, July 16, 2018


Tom Keegan: Can Jayhawks turn saving coach’s job into motivational fuel?

Kansas head coach David Beaty runs off the field following the Jayhawks' 38-9 loss to Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. Before Saturday's game, Baylor was winless on the season.

Kansas head coach David Beaty runs off the field following the Jayhawks' 38-9 loss to Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. Before Saturday's game, Baylor was winless on the season.


It’s time to shelve all other building projects to put all efforts on an expansion that won’t take long and just might supply the motivation fuel the Kansas football team will need to overachieve in 2018.

The program is badly in need of an expanded bulletin board because the hits are coming fast and furious.

Picked for last in the Big 12 by every media outlet that covers college football comes as no surprise, given that the school has won just one conference game in the past three seasons combined. Never mind that KU returns as many starters as any team in the conference. Just about nobody outside the swanky Kansas locker room believes in this football team anymore.

The Jayhawks went winless in the Big 12 by an average margin of 32 points in 2017, and no easy tangible path is visible for improving enough from that deep a hole to justify picking them for anything but another 10th-place finish.

The new, expanded bulletin board will need room for more than just the annual last-place picks. Those alone are not enough to move the emotional needle, but something else has the potential to drive this team to compete with the sort of passion it hasn’t shown in a long time.

David Beaty is coaching to save his job, and only a group of experienced players competing out of their minds to win one for their coach will enable him to earn a fifth season at the helm of a program that hasn’t won as many as four games in a season since 2009.

If trying to save their coach’s job ranks high among the players’ motivational factors, they have no shortage of material to pin to the bulletin board.

For example, recently ranked the 130 FBS coaches from 1 through 130. No need to put the entire list on the board, just No. 130. That’s right, Beaty finished behind all other 129 football coaches. If that doesn’t fire up a team that believes in its coach, nothing will.

Pointing out that Liberty is not a “full-fledged FBS member until 2019,” Dennis Dodd, of, gave all 129 coaches a hot-seat ranking. Six coaches earned a “5” rating, which is defined as “Win or be fired.” Beaty is one of them.

If Beaty’s fourth team uses his shaky job status as motivational fuel, it will be easy to spot right off the bat in the season opener on Sept. 1 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. If the team doesn’t play with fire from the opening kickoff through the final gun in that game, it never will.


Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 10 months ago

Dripping with sarcasm.

Oh my God Tom is putting the same stats about this horrible team in every article I can't take it anymore!!! Tom I know we've only won one conference game in the last 3 seasons, I know that we've lost by an average of 32 points last season. Now he has to go and point out that Beaty has been ranked as the 130th fbs coach or worst coach in the country!!!!

Why would the administration give this guy another chance if at the start of this season he is predictably ranked as the worst coach in America. His team is never prepared properly, he cannot do in game adjustments, he cannot do half time adjustments, his team looks like a comedy show out there week after week after week but people on this board are gonna defend this guy. Then chastise the rest of us who want this guy out of here

If Long hasn't taken notice of this which I'm sure he has, this is just another reason in an endless list to just start over now. Why Give this guy 2,3,4 games to show again hes not a head coach at the FBS level. Long refers to Beaty as " I know hes a coach," because as far as that goes as goes that's the only nice he can say. Beaty wasn't even at the press conference as Long told him to stay on vacations because in just a few weeks the he will be on permanent vacation anyway.

The crybabies on this site are going say Tom is a hater, not a realist but a hater. Because poor Tom can only write what he has to work with and that's a 3 and 33 team, 1 conference win in 3 years and the same information that is written over and over again in his articles because there's nothing else to write about!!!! Take solace Tom and just a few months you'll have something to write about such as Beatys firing, who the interm coach will be and who will be the list of candidates to fill the position.

John Fitzgerald 1 year, 10 months ago

It’s obvious the players really like Beaty and want to win for him. Maybe it’s because he’s such a nice guy and they like having a friend and a push over for a coach. Either way they can have all the passion and motivation in the world but if they’re not prepared it won’t matter. That part will be on the coaches.

[''] 1 year, 10 months ago

Terry Allen was a GREAT, nice guy too. Turner Gill too. And you won't meet a nicer guy than Bob Valestante. Doesn't make them good Big 12 HCs. At. ALL.

Ryan Ferree 1 year, 10 months ago

SO ready to get this football season started, nobody believes in the team and rightfully so.. But i LOVE my Jayhawks and i LOVE Kansas Football!

Jay Scott 1 year, 10 months ago

Would a 5 win season in Lawrence create an even bigger mind explosion than the 2016 Election?

Marcus Balzer 1 year, 10 months ago

If the Jayhawks can win five games in 2018 that will be the biggest shocker in Lawrence since Quantrill's Raid.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 10 months ago

Last year, Beaty said 6 wins, don't lower expectations because he keeps losing.

Without 6 wins, he should be fired, but put me on record as one that thinks he shouldn't coach another game at KU.

As a note, a loss in any of the first three games, should send him packing if he is chosen to keep his job at the start of the year.

Steven Haag 1 year, 10 months ago

Kevin, Jay didnt say we would win 5. Actually, he asked a question. You don’t answer a question with a question. Does the sun ever shine at your place?

Bryson Stricker 1 year, 10 months ago

I am fully convinced that Kevin is more upset about people being upset at Tom's campaign against HCDB than the people who are upset at Tom about his campaign. Dude just went on a four paragraph rant mocking commenters that haven't even commented LMFAO.

This is a good spin and actually well written article Tom. Goes to show you can address the negative without a clear agenda.

Owens Smithson 1 year, 10 months ago

OK, yes, got the clarification. Beaty said he had 39 scholarship players when he took over and 28 in spring ball.

Yet we had a full spring game in 2015. Odd.

Don't get mad at me and start giving out my personal information or threatening me.

Joe Ross 1 year, 10 months ago

If the players are motivated to play hard in an attempt to save the coach's job, but the coach couldn't inspire them to play just as hard using other means of motivation, then the coach's job should NOT be saved.


Jay Scott 1 year, 10 months ago

More troubling? That someone would post this kind of nonsense or that someone would give it a thumbs up?

Most troubling/likely? Only one person was involved.

Bill Kackley 1 year, 10 months ago

I think they can win 4, hope they do, tired of reading Tommy's little negative nillies. Just because some idiotic poll stated it is last doesn't make true. I hope the players are smart enough not to read the crap on this site.

Randy Bombardier 1 year, 10 months ago

Irrelevant. Strongs players didn't save his job. They never do.

Jay Scott 1 year, 10 months ago


No coach on the hot seat has EVER kept his job because players performed well?

Just when you're sure that you've seen the most absurd comment ever..... Joe thanks you for getting him off the hook......this time.

Brad Watson 1 year, 10 months ago

I have liked all of our coaches over the years...with Pepper being my favorite...unfortunately Coach Beaty has lost all his confidence....and at this stage...he could be given Alabamas' roster and struggle to win 8 games...that is why change needs to be made right away....the form of cancer he has is contagious.... confidence cancer spreads quickly. and is a death sentence for the team and everyone involved with and those who support the's .time to operate before its too late.....get GENE CHIIZIK on the phone.

Randy Bombardier 1 year, 10 months ago

Jay Scott, looks like I will have to spell it out for you. IF, players needed that kind of motivation, we have a problem. If coach is so beloved where were they before? So they are only now turning on the juice thst was there all along? And if it was, why wasn't this effort or this skill present before? All this to say, if your players are only now putting forth their best showing either that wasn't there AND it wasn't expected, or the coach does not know how to get that kind of showing out of them and it only shows up when they want it too. Either way points to a program and/or culture that does not value excellence.

Chris Condren 1 year, 10 months ago

The article reminds me of the Waterboy finding his “Tackling Fuel”.

Robert Brock 1 year, 10 months ago

There is NO possibility of saving Beaty’s job. Period.

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