Tuesday, November 20, 2018

David Beaty wants new coach Les Miles to take KU football to ‘next level’

Kansas head coach David Beaty takes the field with he Jayhawks prior to kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas head coach David Beaty takes the field with he Jayhawks prior to kickoff on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.


As David Beaty closes out his final days as football coach at the University of Kansas, he couldn’t escape at least a few questions about the future of the program and his successor, Les Miles.

Asked during Monday’s Big 12 coaches media teleconference for his thoughts on KU hiring Miles and whether he had spoken with the incoming coach, Beaty said he didn’t anticipate crossing paths with his replacement.

“Obviously, it wouldn’t matter what I think,” Beaty began. “But I’ve heard nothing but terrific things about him. And I haven’t spoken with him and we probably won’t speak, but that’s OK. I’m going to be the coach here through the rest of this week, and then it’s going to be time for a changing of the guard. I hope and pray for Jayhawk nation that they will get behind him, that they will give him the things that he needs to be successful, the things to build on his own pedigree to where he can come here and take this thing to the next level. I know there’s a lot of excitement in Lawrence right now for him and the staff that he’s going to bring in.”

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While Beaty and his assistants prepare for Friday’s finale against Texas (11 a.m. kickoff, David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium) all week at Anderson Family Football Complex, Miles is working out of a temporary office at Wagnon Student-Athlete Center. Miles will remain in Lawrence through Wednesday, before heading out of town to spend Thanksgiving with his family. He isn’t expected to attend Friday’s KU game.

In the meantime, Beaty and his staff are tasked with plugging away and trying to put in a game plan that will give KU (3-8 overall, 1-7 Big 12) a chance of competing with No. 11 Texas (8-3, 6-2).

“And our job is to go win this game. To help those (players) that are going to still be here,” Beaty said, adding a victory to close the 2018 season would benefit recruiting for the next staff, as well. “So I think that’s how we can help.”

Although neither this season nor his four-year run as KU’s football coach met Beaty’s expectations, he stated he will leave the program behind feeling proud about certain aspects of his tenure.

“Only the ones who have been inside know where we started and where we’re at today,” Beaty said. “You know, it’s a production business. So at the end of the day, it’s about production and production is spelled out with W-I-N — you’ve got to win. We weren’t able to do that at a high enough level fast enough. And I get that. So it’s the way of the world and we understand it.”

Heading into his final game as KU’s football coach, Beaty is 6-41 overall and 2-33 against Big 12 opponents.

Even so, he pointed to players these past four years laying the foundation for KU football’s future — one that won’t include him.

“The one thing that I am very proud of are the men who have came through our program, that are in it now, the amount of kids that we graduated, the amount of kids that have represented this university with class, integrity and the things that they’ve done in the community. And the way that they continue to focus on getting a little bit better every day,” Beaty said. “Because rebuilding, that’s how you do it. There’s no — there’s only one way to rebuild, and it’s to endure. That’s it. It’s not going to be easy. But it’ll be worth it. But it’s going to be tough.”

When KU’s season officially ends on Black Friday, Beaty will find himself with some rare downtime as he figures out what comes next in his career.

The outgoing coach said he plans to spend some quality time with his wife, Raynee, and daughters, Averie and Alexa.

Then, he plans on finding his next job.

“Man, I’m a coach. I don’t know that I can do anything else, to be honest with you,” Beaty said. “I’m (48) years old. I’ve got a lot of ball coaching left in me. I’ve got to continue to work. I’ve got to continue to get better and continue to go help young men become better men.”

No Beaty press conference

Unlike every other game week Tuesday of his four seasons as KU’s football coach, Beaty did not have a press conference this week.

A KU spokesperson said the reasoning behind the change had to do with KU playing on a short week that included the Thanksgiving holiday and Beaty not having as much time as usual for game planning with his fellow coaches.

This unusual modification to the coach’s schedule was revealed on Sunday, the same day KU announced its athletic director, Jeff Long, had hired Miles to replace Beaty.

KU plays No. 11 Texas on Friday, the same day that No. 6 Oklahoma plays at No. 12 West Virginia. Longhorns coach Tom Herman, Sooners coach Lincoln Riley and Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen all had their press conferences this week.

Pooka’s 4th conference award

After producing 312 all-purpose yards for Kansas in Saturday’s loss at Oklahoma, freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. was named the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Williams set a new KU freshman rushing record with 252 yards and also ran for two touchdowns. His 16.8 yards per carry were the third-most in Big 12 history. Plus, the freshman running back from Louisiana threw a TD pass.

Oklahoma State’s Taylor Cornelius won Offensive Player of the Week after passing for 338 yards and five touchdowns and running for 106 yards in the Cowboys’ upset win over West Virginia.

Jayhawks invited to showcase game

The NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl announced two KU seniors have accepted invites to play in the the postseason showcase this year.

Both receiver Steven Sims Jr. and center Alex Fontana were among the participants revealed this week.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.


Marcus Balzer 2 years, 1 month ago

When coaching is done I believe, with a little bit of practice a job as an analyst might not be a bad gig for Beaty. Seems to have a natural personality and humor.

Cora Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

Benton Smith can't even cut Beatty a little slack about a meaningless press conference?

Aaron Paisley 2 years, 1 month ago

Still salty about being called out by Beaty last winter along with Keegan.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 1 month ago

Pure class from Coach as opposed to the whining about not having a press conference. Reminds me of TKs tiff last spring about not being invited to some fundraiser dinner.

Brett McCabe 2 years, 1 month ago

He is a reporter not a publicist. It’s his job to point out the truth.

Aaron Paisley 2 years, 1 month ago

Except its comments like this that got Benton and Keegan called out on signing day last year for their reporting style. It's not a professional way to cover your subject and part of why they had their access to the program restricted by Beaty.

Criticism is fine and Beaty deserves plenty of it, but how Benton and TK covered Beaty was unprofessional and oftentimes took unnecessary personal shots at Beaty.

Steven Haag 2 years, 1 month ago

It’s a “point” that he didn’t need to make. Not one person really lost sleep that he didn’t hold a weekly press conference. The fact that he didn’t...and the other coaches did.......what was the point in bringing it up, if not to throw a sucker punch on a man who is headed out the door👎🏻

Al Martin 2 years, 1 month ago

I would suspect that Long decided he shouldn't have one, because why put him though it and have to answer a pile of questions about his successor? Having one would be mean spirited, in my opinion.

Marcia Parsons 2 years, 1 month ago

I agree, Al. Needlessly cruel. And Benton's remarks were very unnecessary. I'm amazed he would do that. As for being "a reporter not a publicist", he had already "reported" that there wouldn't be a press conference. Saying that others were having one just sounded like a cheap shot.

Joe Ross 2 years, 1 month ago

I agree on this one. Yeah, it's an irregularity. So what? I mean it's totally understandable given the circumstances. Who would want to face a bunch of reporters asking about Les Miles while you're on your way out the door? Do we need to crucify a classy coach that way so we can squeeze a headline out?

Andy Godwin 2 years, 1 month ago

I had the chance to interact with coach Beaty on several occasions. He was always friendly, sincere, and humble. A very genuine person, who wears his emotions on his sleeves. He took over a mess and made it better, but not good enough to restore some glory to a down troadened program. As all coaches know at the end of day it is about having more wins than loses. I know most KU alumni wish him well and hope he and his family the best. He proudly represented our school and was classy to the end. Hopefully the team, especially the seniors, and coach Beaty go out with a win on Friday. Rock Chalk.

David Kelley-Wood 2 years, 1 month ago

Pretty classy of our outgoing coach. I hope he will find a good situation for himself and his family.

W Keith Swinehart II 2 years, 1 month ago

Beaty came in to a situation that was impossible to remedy in such a short time. He did a fine job in helping to bring back team enthusiasm, pride and effort. We wish him well; and, he will land on his feet. Thank you Coach Beaty.

Chris DeWeese 2 years, 1 month ago

The man's got recruiting coordinator written all over him. If he wants to keep coaching at the P5 level, he ought to do what he does best. If he still wants to be HC, I would think an FCS or JC team would be the best fit. Same for Clint Bowen.

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