October 14, 2017
Kansas head coach David Beaty talks with his players in the huddle during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.
Two years ago, Iowa State’s football program endured its fourth consecutive season with three or fewer victories. Then the Cyclones took off in 2017. Eternal optimist David Beaty would like to see his Kansas football program mimic ISU’s escape from the doldrums this fall. By Benton Smith
According to David Beaty, he didn’t expect Monday to have University of Kansas chancellor Douglas Girod declare support for him as the football coach, while doing the same for athletic director Sheahon Zenger and the current direction of the program. Beaty unsurprisingly said at his weekly press conference Tuesday Girod’s endorsement “means a ton” to the him, his staff and the players. By Benton Smith
Nearing the conclusion of his third year, head coach David Beaty said following the Jayhawks’ home loss to Baylor the Bears were in “nowhere near” as bad a situation in the first year under coach Matt Rhule as KU was two seasons earlier, when he took over. According to Beaty, the team he coached in 2015 season was down “30-plus scholarships.” So how many scholarship players is Kansas up to right now? The Jayhawks’ head coach declined to answer that question Monday. By Benton Smith
In its early years, long-running T.V. variety series Saturday Night Live branded its cast members as “the not ready for prime time players.” Those who follow the Kansas football program closely might say the same of the Jayhawks, particularly after back-to-back debacles — against Texas Tech and at Iowa State. Third-year head coach David Beaty would disagree. By Benton Smith