Tuesday, March 24, 2020

In filing, KU reveals some evidence against former coach Beaty, says it’s spent ‘several hundred thousand’ in court battle

Kansas football coach David Beaty offers instructions to his offense, including LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1), during Saturday's game against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.

Kansas football coach David Beaty offers instructions to his offense, including LaQuvionte Gonzalez (1), during Saturday's game against Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.


Kansas Athletics Inc. says it has evidence that former football coach David Beaty broke NCAA rules while at KU, and that it has spent “several hundred thousand” dollars in the court battles tied to Beaty’s lawsuit against the university, according to recently released court documents.

In a 66-page memo, which was filed by KU’s lawyers on Jan. 31 but was only unsealed by a judge this past week, KU argues that Beaty “allowed and encouraged NCAA violations” and that those alleged violations “resulted in several hundred thousand in legal fees for Kansas Athletics.” The memo includes transcripts of interviews with players and members of the KU football staff — interviews that KU says suggest that NCAA rule violations occurred under Beaty.

Beaty was fired in November 2018. In March 2019, he filed the lawsuit against KU, alleging he was still owed a $3 million buyout because he was terminated without cause. The university maintains that it doesn't have to pay the buyout because the alleged NCAA rule violations would mean that it had cause to fire Beaty.

“Beaty should not be rewarded,” the memo from KU argued, “for managing to avoid getting caught until after Kansas Athletics terminated him without cause.”

In the Notice of Allegations that KU received from the NCAA in September 2019, it is alleged that the football program used a noncoaching staff member in a coaching role from December 2017 through October 2018. Jeff Love, the team’s video coordinator, allegedly met with and instructed quarterbacks.

Beaty’s lawyers denied that he participated in or had “direct knowledge” of the alleged violations, but KU’s law team said in the memo that “substantial and credible evidence” exists that suggests otherwise.

The memo includes transcripts of interviews KU conducted with not only a former assistant video coordinator who worked under Love, but also four of the program’s quarterbacks from that period of time — Carter Stanley, Peyton Bender, Miles Kendrick and Miles Fallin.

Each of the QBs attested to meeting with Love and learning about how to study opposing teams' defenses. Fallin, Kendrick and Bender told KU that Beaty had some sort of participation during those sessions with Love.

Additionally, a transcript of an interview conducted with former KU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, the one-time Beaty assistant, describes a falling out with Beaty that led to KU’s head coach instructing Love to attend Meacham’s meetings with quarterbacks.

Meacham said none of the QBs informed him of meeting with Love.

KU claims in the memo that it has the legal right to determine after the fact that Beaty should have been terminated “for cause” and that the alleged NCAA violations that transpired under his watch provide KU with the grounds to not pay his buyout.

Additionally, the memo says that KU Athletics Director Jeff Long sent a letter to Beaty dated Nov. 21, 2019 — a year after Long fired Beaty — informing him that KU had determined he had been terminated “with cause.” The memo says that the letter informed Beaty of his right to appeal that within five days, and “Beaty chose not to take advantage of that right.”

KU self-reported its alleged football violations from the Beaty era, as well as a similar one that occurred under his replacement, Les Miles, that was added to an amended version of the NOA.


Dane Pratt 1 year, 6 months ago

So we prove in a courtroom that we violated NCAA regulations thereby sealing our fate with the NCAA. If we win this case and save ourselves 3mil we won't be left with much of an argument against the NCAA rules committee. Is there something in this lawsuit I'm missing because it makes zero sense to me.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

Dane - The rules violations are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, so it would cost far less than $3M. Maybe some recruiting restrictions, which allows them to blame Beaty for not progressing more.

Dane Pratt 1 year, 6 months ago

Not as serious as the basketball charges but it's still a violation. Why are we giving the NCAA the rope to hang ourselves with.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 6 months ago

A 5 day appeal window is pretty amazing.

Gary Wirsig 1 year, 6 months ago

So the video coordinator is dinged because he helped team members learn how to effectively study video. I suppose that is technically a violation - I haven't read the bylaws, but to an uninitiated observer, this seems pretty nit-picky. And apparently this is the worst violation - if there were worse violations we would be reading about them in this article.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 6 months ago

If I am reading through this, Beaty had a fall out with Meacham and didn't want to fire Meacham. He went around that used a non-coach as a coach. This created and was promoted by Beaty. The after effect is technically this was a NCAA violation. it appears that Les Miles inherited this situation and continued it, but once informed ended the practice and reported this to the NCAA. Yes this is a Level II violation; however, this might be all they needed to fire with cause. You get into the situation where they want now how they treated other coaches because it appears that KU actually has a case. I find it interesting how this is unraveling, but it is interesting to see the two sides and just evaluate. I actually think this could strengthen their basketball case because once discovered there were recourses for the coach, just like when players were identified during the payments made to recruits. Again KU responded with benching every player that was reported to have received payments. All in all, this helps the NCAA case as well.

I ultimately think this is just KU not wanting to pay a guy that did a lackluster job at KU at winning football games, but they have a case and they are using every avenue to win that case.

David Robinett 1 year, 6 months ago

I love KU, but they suck for not just paying out the contract.

They admit in their own court documents that they fired him without cause. Doesn't matter if they only found a small violation later.

Just a bad look for a school trying to improve its football image.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 6 months ago

Agree...this si KU whining after the fact...and the facts are...

According to this article, even Head Coach Les Miles continued with the violation when he got here. If Miles didn't know don't you suppose Beatty didn't know it was a violation even though he was promoting it.

Finally, as a KU graduate from the RTVF Dept, (Radio, TV, and Film) , I don't see why it's a violation to begin with. I understand a limit to the number of coaches during on field practices and games. But if Dad gives pointers to his son on the sidelines are you telling me its a violation. If so IMO, the NCAA can KMA. It should be completely ok to send a player to the sideline, or over to the video department to learn how to use and evaluate video. camera angles, forward - reverse, frame speed, all need to have some instruction for an indiviual to use properly with respect to analysing football plays especially if they are going to study on their own. Aren't these players students? Don't they need to learn their position and how to analyze performance? Is the NCAA really restricting students from learning from people that can teach them something? These guys aren't coaching up front on the field, this is classroom stuff...who else would do the breakdown and evaluation comparing field position on specific plays, player speed based upon that position, how long it takes ito get to the QB from what spot on the field, and then prove it on tape, etc....this is not something that a coach on the field should even be doing. Ridiculous that the cameramen and video personnell would be dis-allowed from meeting with the me its the very definition of their job.

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