Monday, September 23, 2019

Alleged KU football violations involve misuse of Beaty staff member

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.


The Notice of Allegations the University of Kansas received from the NCAA on Monday finally revealed the alleged infractions committed by the KU football program when David Beaty was still the head coach.

The document outlines alleged misconduct by the football program, citing the use of a non-coaching staff member, then video coordinator Jeff Love, in a coaching role.

The NOA alleges Beaty didn’t demonstrate that he monitored the KU football staff, because he knew Love, from Dec. 2017 through mid-Oct. 2018, spent time with the quarterbacks on the team, both in position meetings and during practices.

It also alleges Beaty observed Love “alone” with the quarterbacks during a film session.


FILE — Jeff Love gets a live view from a drone on an iPad, which connects directly into the aircraft's flight controller during practice on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. Love now serves as a full-time assistant on the Kansas football staff, which had a spot open midseason once David Beaty fired Doug Meacham.

According to the allegations, Love’s film room instructions occurred “six to 10 times” and “included, but were not listed to, identifying quarterback reads, coverage reads and adjustments and defensive fronts and alignments.”

The NOA also alleges Love “occasionally” sent quarterbacks instructional video via text messages in August and September of 2018.

“Beaty failed to identify the red flags involving Love,” the NOA states.

KU Athletic Director Jeff Long’s statement Monday evening noted the athletic department appropriately self-reported the football violations.

Love was promoted to a full-time assistant by Beaty in Oct. of 2018 after Beaty fired then offensive coordinator Doug Meacham. Love was not retained at KU once Les Miles took over the program after the 2018 season and now works as an assistant high school coach in California.

Beaty, of course, remains in a legal battle with KU Athletics over his $3 million buyout, after Long fired him with three games remaining in the 2018 season.

When Beaty’s suit was filed earlier this year, KU said it was withholding payment pending the NCAA’s investigation into alleged violations.

A lawyer for Beaty, Michael Lyons, said in a statement Monday night that the former KU football coach received the NOA “earlier this week,” as well as instructions from the NCAA that the contents of the NOA remain confidential.

“Speaking only generally, we were pleased to see that the two football allegations do not allege Coach Beaty had any direct participation or involvement in them,” Lyons stated. “That critical absence is, of course, completely contrary to what the University of Kansas has previously represented to the court in its filings and in its public efforts to justify breaching its contract with Coach Beaty and attempting to walk back its previous statements that David Beaty was fired without cause back in November of 2018.”

The NCAA’s notice of allegations sent to KU noted Beaty had no prior Level I, II or major violations.

Lyons said Beaty’s NCAA counsel will address the alleged football violations through the NCAA infractions process.

“I know that Coach Beaty is eager to challenge the leveling and reliability and sufficiency of evidence in purported support of the underlying allegation levied against one of his former staff members, as well as the allegation seeking to hold him, as the former head coach, presumptively responsible for that staff member’s isolated misconduct,” Lyons said. “I also understand he has already submitted considerable objective, documentary evidence to the enforcement staff that undercuts the allegations that I believe KU has marshaled to the NCAA.”

Lyons also said it is the belief of Beaty’s law team that KU’s internal investigation of the football allegations was “engineered to attempt to avoid paying David under his contract as promised.”


Brett McCabe 2 years, 3 months ago

Beaty’s attorney always sounds as if he got his law degree online. Beaty hires attorney’s about as well as he hired offensive coordinators.

Dane Pratt 2 years, 3 months ago

On itself seems petty but it reinforces the lack of institutional control claim

Dirk Medema 2 years, 3 months ago

Wasn’t the lack of institutional control directed at BB not FB?

Also, isn’t a video coordinator supposed to coordinate getting video to coaches and players?

Jeff Coffman 2 years, 3 months ago

to coaches...I don't think they are allowed to give the cut-ups and directives to the players.

It is considered a level 2 violation. There is some rule about how many coaches can be used, it's considered a violation when the team tries to create more coaches.

Bville Hawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Will we have to vacate all of our football victories under Beaty???

Greg Ledom 2 years, 3 months ago

OK Bville, that made me laugh. Thanks!

Jeff Coffman 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm guessing that KU will start negotiating a reduced payout. If the original payout was about $3.2 MM, I'm guessing that about 1/4 of that will be negotiated out of the settlement. We likely won't know because it will under a non-disclosure and will be paid likely with donor money, so very difficult to track, but my guess is about $2.4-$2.7MM will be the final payout.

Greg Ledom 2 years, 3 months ago

I think you underestimate Long’s thinking on this. I doubt it’s half of what Beaty wants and wouldn’t be surprised at all if Long doesn’t pay any of it. If Beaty indeed broke contract via this violation and said contract states your buyout is voided...........well, don’t be surprised if Long voids it out completely. But your right, we will most likely never know.

Ray Winger 2 years, 3 months ago

You can't Fire someone that doesn't work there. Beaty was fired. From the date of his firing, he no longer was under employment, and could not be fired from a job he did not have.

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