Thursday, October 14, 2021

Former KU football coach David Beaty cleared in NCAA investigation

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.


Officially cleared by the NCAA of any wrongdoing during his tenure as the head football coach at the University of Kansas, an at times emotional David Beaty on Thursday said he’s eager to finally return to the profession he loves.

Beaty spoke to reporters via video press conference from Dallas, along with his lawyer, Michael Lyons, to announce the IARP sent the former KU football coach and his attorneys a letter that stated he is no longer involved in the NCAA’s case against the KU athletic department.

“Today’s a great day, because when you get your name back, man, you only get one of those. So getting your good name back, I’m very fortunate, because a lot of times it doesn’t happen,” Beaty said.

The low-level violation that Beaty was accused of — using more coaches than permitted under NCAA rules — was a part of the university’s larger infractions case centered primarily on the men’s basketball program. The NCAA’s case against KU, which includes allegations of five Level 1 infractions in men’s basketball, a charge of head coach responsibility and a tag of lack of institutional control, was accepted by the IARP on July 1, 2020, and remains ongoing.

Said Lyons: “What David wants to make crystal clear after three years of an ensuing debacle, there is no finding that David has violated any NCAA rule. There’s not even an allegation that David has violated an NCAA rule. This is vindication for David Beaty."

Reached for comment by the Journal-World, Dan Beckler, a spokesman for KU Athletics, said the department wouldn't comment on the matter with KU's IARP case still in progress.

Lyons said since Beaty’s firing in 2018, the former head coach has been unable to get a job in football “because of what Kansas set in motion.” Now “free from this saga,” as Lyons put it, Beaty hopes to soon rejoin the coaching ranks.

Beaty thanked members of what he described as the coaching fraternity, including former Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, whom he called “a great confidant of mine,” for helping him get through the past few years.

During that time, Beaty said he has done some consulting in college football, and was offered “a lot of opportunities,” but those didn’t pan out. He said he wants to “get back on the sidelines and help young men become better men one day at a time.”

He nearly joined former Texas head coach Tom Herman’s staff, Beaty stated previously during a deposition that was part of his lawsuit, but that didn’t come to fruition as the NCAA at the time was investigating the allegations tied to his time at KU.

The Notice of Allegations KU received from the NCAA in September of 2019 listed alleged misconduct by the football program, citing the use of a non-coaching staff member, then video coordinator Jeff Love, in a coaching role.

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

Back in June of 2020, after a 15-month legal battle, KU and Beaty reached a $2.55 million settlement in Beaty's lawsuit over his disputed firing.

Beaty was fired in November of 2018. He sued KU in March of 2019, accusing KU and then-Athletic Director Jeff Long of improperly firing him for cause and “concocting” alleged NCAA violations in order to withhold a $3 million buyout included in his contract. The settlement in 2020 ended up being close to half a million dollars less than the original buyout that Beaty sought.

Despite the lengthy court battle and NCAA investigation, Beaty said he and his family remain “so grateful for our time at the great University of Kansas. Man, the Jayhawks have been some of the finest people we’ve ever come across in our lifetime.”

The once embattled KU coach said the KU fans he has met since being fired have “been nothing but classy and terrific to our family.”

“And we know what we’re getting into when we get into this business. Sometimes things don’t work out,” he said. “But it’s very rarely about the people of the school. Sometimes it has to do with maybe the leadership.”

Beaty’s time at KU began when former KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger hired him in December of 2014. Beaty went 6-42 as the Jayhawks’ head football coach over the course of four seasons (2015-18).

KU’s 3-9 mark in his final season was its best under Beaty, who had three years remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2016 when the deal was terminated by Long.

Two weeks after firing Beaty, Long hired Les Miles, the former head coach at LSU and Oklahoma State, as Beaty’s replacement. By March of 2021, both Miles and Long were out at KU, once sexual harassment allegations from years past involving the former LSU football coach came to light.

When Long’s involvement in what transpired with Beaty came up during the press conference, Lyons said, “I’m not going to make this about Mr. Long. I would say, I’ll answer that with a question: Is Jeff Long the athletic director at Kansas?”

During his downtime the past few years, Beaty said some consulting opportunities allowed him to be around high level programs and “stay up with the times” about where the best recruits are located, and he thinks that will serve him well moving forward.

“I’m excited about getting back on the sidelines and doing what I love. It’s a privilege, not a right. I just can’t wait to do it again,” Beaty said, trying to restrain his emotions.


Dale Rogers 1 month, 3 weeks ago

He wasn't fired because of NCAA allegations. He was fired because of ineptitude, including inability to recognize potential and develop players accordingly.

Dirk Medema 1 month, 3 weeks ago

He developed players as is evident by the number of players receiving post season awards (he inherited none).

Some people have criticized the rankings of his recruiting classes, though that is just more evidence of his recognizing potential even after the standard recruiting cycle is over. Hakeem was one of those guys that weren’t included in a class/rankings but obviously a huge potential identified and developed.

He just didnt develop his own game day leadership. We were close to being bowl eligible his last season with better leadership. His leadership the rest of the week was such that the players never quit, even when he was a lame duck coach the last month of the year.

David Kelley-Wood 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I'm happy for him and wish him well. Channeling Janis Ian (Photographs), I liked him then, I like him still.

Brett McCabe 1 month, 3 weeks ago

What happens when one numbskull picks a fight with another numbskull? One numbskull wins.

Beaty never developed anything because, at the foundation, he is a goof. Not a great person, like some have claimed. Great people don’t mortgage the future of a program in their last year in order to try to save their jobs. That’s what any idiot off the street does.

He couldn’t recruit. He couldn’t develop. He couldn’t coach when the game was actually happening. He couldn’t get promoted from a position coach until he met the dumbest AD in the history of athletics. His one win came against Jeff Long.

He is the worst P5 football coach in the history of college football. It’s not even close. And we paid him millions of dollars because, well, we are stupid.

Let us all hope that we never have to hear this imbecile’s name again in any context. Ever.

And David, you don’t offer condolences to the people that hired you during your press conference. Foreshadowing 101.

Bryce Landon 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Beaty was the guy who pushed me to my breaking point when it came to KU football and drove me to find another team to cheer for. And my new team is 6-0, ranked #2, and gearing up for a home game against Purdue this weekend. ON IOWA!

Rodney Crain 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Iowa should be undefeated for the B10 Championship. If they win that game, CFP rank #2. Assuming GA goes undefeated.
If IA loses than you have to see who, and by how much. If there are 3 undefeated teams, and AL at 1 loss, after the SEC championship game. (MI, OK, CINN they go) AL will go, especially if they are the SEC champs.
Your team should control their own destiny.

Brett McCabe 1 month, 3 weeks ago

It wasn’t Charlie Weiss? You have an affinity for Bobba Fett’s incompetent brother? Numbskulls abound when it comes to KU football.

Iowa, worst football helmets other than the KCFT. Uni’s ripped off from the Steelers. Black and gold like another team whose name will not be mentioned. The breeding ground of Snyder disease. Of course Bryce loves them, he is a numbskull.

His second favorite team? Anyone playing against Ted Lasso.

Rodney Crain 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Iowa has had their team colors back to the 1880's, the Steelers first season was 1933.

Missouri Football did not start till 1890. Their baseball team was formed in 1868 but thier first recorded season was in 1891.

My friend Stuart, an MU alum still living in Columbia, gave me this info. He has great seats for FB and BB, saw the last game KU played there as part of the B12.

Just want to try out facts for a while. It appears they are getting a bad rap lately.

Armen Kurdian 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Beaty was fired because he was terrible and the team showed almost no improvement. But the school tried to make it about something else so they would not have to pay him, and trumping up those allegations was flat unethical.

Edward Daub 1 month, 3 weeks ago

And the Beat Goes On.

And the Beat Goes On..

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