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Senior leadership lifts KU tennis to highest ranking in program history

Congratulations! Keep up the great work!

February 27, 2019 at 7:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Les Miles announces hiring of more KU football staffers

Thanks to Dirk Medema for a couple of long, thoughtful replies to my earlier post.

January 26, 2019 at 12:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dearmon leaves behind NAIA head coaching job to become KU's senior offensive consultant

Thanks for the long and thoughtful replies!

January 26, 2019 at 12:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Les Miles announces hiring of more KU football staffers

Last year we had 5 directors (Football Operations, Player Personnel & SA Services, Recruiting, Personnel, and Football Technology), 2 Assistant Directors (Recruiting/Special Teams Analyst and Player Personnel/Operations), 1 Senior Analyst, 2 Defensive Analysts, 1 Offensive Analyst, 1 Quality Control Specialist - Offense, 1 Quality Control Specialist - Defense, 2 Certified Athletic Trainers, 3 Assistants on Strength & Conditioning, 1 Equipment Manager, and 1 Administrative Assistant. That's 20 Support Staff personnel although they were obviously at very different levels.

For comparison, in 2017:

Florida State had 10 quality control staffers, a Director of Player Personnel, an Assistant Director of Player Personnel, a Coordinator of On-Campus Recruiting and a Recruiting Assistant, and 3 video coordinators. (17 total)

Clemson had a Director of Football Coaching Technology and a Assistant AD Player Development, a senior offensive analyst, an assistant for defensive player development, and a coordinator of football recruiting communications. (5 total)

N.C. State had 2 football operations staffers, 3 quality control assistants, 4 strength and conditioning coaches, 4 grad assistants, and 6 recruiting specialists (19 total)

Again, it is difficult to compare teams. For example, KU counts grad assistants under coaches while N.C. State counts them as support staff. Do identical titles hide completely different responsibilities? I wouldn't be surprised if Clemson has a lot of support staff personnel who weren't listed.

I got sarcasm but no answers to my questions of a couple of days ago.

How many off-field football analysts and consultants does KU have?
How many report to Long and how many to Miles?
How much is KU paying them?
How often do analysts and consultants become on-field coaches and vice versa?

(I found an article that says that the NCAA does not limit the number of analysts and consultants.)

January 26, 2019 at 8:47 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dearmon leaves behind NAIA head coaching job to become KU's senior offensive consultant

How many off-field football analysts and consultants does KU have? How many report to Long and how many to Miles? Does the NCAA limit the number? How much is KU paying them?

How many analysts and consultants do other teams have?

What do all of these analysts and consultants do? Do they have assigned areas of responsibility allowing the on-field coaches to focus on certain aspects of the job? Or, is there overlap, creating a potential for second guessing and internal disagreements?

How often do analysts and consultants become on-field coaches and vice versa?

It would help me (and possibly one or two others) understand what is changing if we knew what the analysts and consultants do.

January 24, 2019 at 5:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Les Miles: KU played 'catch-up' in recruiting once he took over

I know, I know. In the 150 seasons of college football, no other coach has ever faced such a bad situation. Beaty did such a great job improving KU under the circumstances that Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma are all competing for his services. Want to buy a slightly used bridge?

It's hard to tell just how much of a roster Beaty had because I see numbers all over the place. Is there an official list?

However many players were on scholarship, it is noteworthy that KU's defense only had 3 starters that weighed as much as Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.

I thought that Beaty got a low salary (and his assistants less) because he didn't have much experience. Is there anything that says authoritatively whether it was that or whether it was that KU was spending too much on coaches who were no longer coaching?

In any case, I think that Beaty did a great job of assembling his first set of assistants. After the season, one assistant got a promotion elsewhere and others lateraled to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and the Denver Broncos, teams not known as the last refuges for football incompetents. It seems that the budget didn't prevent hiring competent assistants although it may have hindered efforts to retain them.

My biggest issue is that I don't see how a shortage of scholarships relates to the problems I identified.

December 23, 2018 at 8:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Les Miles: KU played 'catch-up' in recruiting once he took over

Micky Baker, on four years, Beaty improved Total Offense from 115th to 110th and Scoring Offense from 115th to 104th. The offense he inherited was really, really bad and the offense he left was still really, really bad. He did better on Defense. Total Defense went from 106th to 83rd and Scoring Defense from 104th to 82nd. He inherited a defense that was really, really bad and left a defense that was just really bad. The improvement was all in 2018 because Total Defense ranked 127th, 109th, and 117th Beaty's first three years. The rankings for Scoring Defense were very similar. I don't know whether that was real improvement or luck.

December 23, 2018 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Les Miles: KU played 'catch-up' in recruiting once he took over

Micky Baker, can you do me a favor and explain why you think my comment was ludicrous? Throwing out an insult without explaining does not help anyone understand your position.

For example,
1. Why did Montel Cozart, Ryan Willis, and Jake Sternberger sit on the bench at KU but play substantial minutes at other schools?

2. Is it true that Beaty's in first three season, he didn't decide on a starting quarterback until a week or less before the opener? Also on decisiveness, can you answer Len Shaffer's question above?

3. Is it true that Beaty made negative comments about Carter Stanley after the Oklahoma State game?

4. Did Beaty ever say something like, "The fans don't see who does well in practice."?

5. You responded to this one. You said, "The offense scored more points." Then why do both KU and the NCAA say that the 'Hawks scored an average of 27.7 points under Meacham and an average of 20.0 points under Beaty? Why do the official sources say that the 'Hawks scored over 20 in 5 of Meacham's 6 games and only twice in Beaty's six games?

6. Did Beaty use the Air Raid offense his first three years? Was it successful?

7. Did Beaty reveal the number of scholarships, who was on scholarship, or who would play?.

8. Why do you think Beaty's play calling was good?

December 22, 2018 at 6:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Les Miles: KU played 'catch-up' in recruiting once he took over

Len Shaffer, excellent point.

Here are what I see as Beaty's problems.

1. Beaty can't evaluate talent. He benched Montel Cozart, Ryan Willis, and Jake Sternberger. All performed well after transferring. One person argued that the improved performance was because the players were on better teams. That doesn't explain why players who start on other teams (and are All Big 12) weren't good enough to play at KU.

2. Beaty is indecisive. He always had trouble deciding on a starting quarterback. Indeed, his first 2018 depth chart was almost a three-deep because there were so many positions where he couldn't decide who was first or second best. He also frequently burned a lot of time trying to decide on calls.

3. Beaty plays favorites. Look at his comments about Carter Stanley after the Oklahoma State game.

4. Beaty based his decisions on the starting QB on performance in practice, not on performance in the game. I can't find his exact words but they were something like, "The fans don't see who does well in practice."

5. Beaty can't delegate. in 2016, he took over play calling, OC duties, QB duties, and punt returns -- none of those areas improved after he took over. In 2018, he took over play calling, OC duties, and QB duties and again none of those areas improved.

6. Even though Beaty is often indecisive, he is stubborn when he should be flexible. He tried to force players into an offense incompatible with their skills instead of adjusting the offense to maximize their skills.

7. Beaty is secretive. He wouldn't reveal the number of scholarships, who was on scholarship, or who would play. Fans are still arguing over how many scholarship players he had when he started and how many he had when he left.

8. Beaty's play calling was terrible.

I can't see how those characteristics are related to the scholarships or culture that Beaty inherited when he started.

December 22, 2018 at 8:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Les Miles: KU played 'catch-up' in recruiting once he took over

Mike Hart, you make it sound as if expecting results within two years is unreasonable.

Defining "improvement" as "more victories than the year before the coach started," Pepper Rodgers improved in his first season, Mike Gottfried improved in his first season, Glen Mason improved in his second season, and Mark Mangino improved in his second season.

Let's look at it another way.

Of KU's 38 coaches, only nine have served for five or more years. Of the nine, six coaches increased the number of victories within 3 years. Two of the remaining three coaches took over teams that won 5 games in a 10 game season. Both of those coaches got 5 wins with fewer losses within 3 years. (The number of wins remained the same but the number of ties increased, so there were fewer losses.) The only coach not to improve the team's record in either victories or winning percentage was J. V. Sikes. He took over from a George Sauer team that was 8-1-2 and Sikes never did better than 7-3.

I only checked a few other schools but the pattern was consistent: improvement within three years or never. Therefore, it is reasonable to expect better play within two years and more victories within three. In 2018, Beaty's fourth year, he won three games, the same number as Weiss and Bowen combined for the year before Beaty was hired.

December 22, 2018 at 8:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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