Tony Hull promotion to associate head football coach smart, timely move by David Beaty


Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull encourages his players as they warm up during practice on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull encourages his players as they warm up during practice on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. by Nick Krug

Kansas head football coach David Beaty has assembled his best staff in preparation for this third season and he's in no mood to see it raided. So he acted swiftly in giving Tony Hull reason to want to stay put.

Beaty announced this morning on his Twitter account that Hull, who recently received verbal commitments from six high school juniors from Louisiana, has been promoted to associate head coach.

Hull, former head coach at Warren East High in New Orleans and a former industrial engineer at NASA, grew up in New Orleans East, the neighborhood hit hard by a tornado Tuesday. Hull was driving in New Orleans when it hit.

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The promotion comes at a good time because LSU is in the market for a running backs coach after head coach Ed Orgeron demoted Jabbar Juluke, a move that infuriated area high school coaches, especially considering it happened after signing day.

Hull would have been a logical successor to Juluke because his replacement will need to be someone popular with the coaches who are talking about organizing an LSU boycott.

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John Fitzgerald 1 year, 3 months ago

Good point, Tom. I'm sure Ed reached out to him or at least planned to and Beaty beat him to the punch. Hull has been absolutely huge for us. Now I'm excited to see what kind of recruits Meacham can bring in from Texas.

Kevin Robert Fest 1 year, 3 months ago

If LSU and Coach O is not hitting it off with local coaches maybe many more recruits with influence from Coach Hull would consider KU. With LA kids already playing for KU and influence from Hull hopefully more will consider starting something new with Kansas Football.

Cliff Leiker 1 year, 3 months ago

Tony has obviously proven his worth to the Jayhawk rebuilding efforts, as evidenced by his promotion to associate head coach. I'm not sure how much he is being paid, but I pray that he has been rewarded by us for his efforts. This pipeline to the fertile Louisiana high school system is probably the most important development in our rebuilding efforts. Despite Coach Beaty's relationship to the high schools in Texas we still had difficulty competing for high school athletes. This is not the case in Louisiana, where we a winning the recruiting battle against top 25 programs. This can only mean good new for the Kansas program and its future. RCJH.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 3 months ago

Things are moving so fast with KU football, it's making my head spin.

This move will help to solidify the commitments we've received. The LA kids will take note of this promotion, and it's sure to make them feel good about the program.

I agree with John and other previous posters that it would be great to parlay this early success to some success in Kansas, Missouri and Texas recruiting. If we could land a couple of Texas or Kansas commits early, this thing could firm-up into our best recruiting class ever.

Len Shaffer 1 year, 3 months ago

Good point, although I would argue that if we can keep all of the verbal commitments we have, it may ALREADY be our best recruiting class ever. I mean let's face it, there's not a whole lot of competition in that category.

Skyler Owen 1 year, 3 months ago

Just read on LSU message board kelvin joseph is taking a visit to Kansas....any truth to this or just rumors rivals has him listed as 4 star DB and #28 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class?

Joel Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

That LSU board seems very confident all these commits are a bunch of BS. Can I keep being excited about this (granted signing day is FAR away) or do you think we're really being toyed with?

Brock Wells 1 year, 3 months ago

YES!!!!!!!! We are lucky to have him and Coach Beaty! Can't wait for football season.... yes I just posted that :)

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

The notion that Coach Hull was promoted to keep him from being poached by LSU doesn't fit if you fact check timelines. Per Mickey Joseph, a native of Marrero, LA, and the starting QB for the 'huskers, in 1990, was hired by LSU as the new RB coach early Tuesday. I guess it's possible he was contacted earlier and it just took Coach and crew a while to complete the process.

It's great what he's doing, but a little odd to give him this title, like the DC, ahead of the OC.

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