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Kansas wide receiver coach Eric Kiesau participates in drills during a KU football practice Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas wide receiver coach Eric Kiesau participates in drills during a KU football practice Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Memorial Stadium. by Mike Yoder

During our KU Sports Hour football podcast Monday, Matt Tait asked me to throw out a guess off the top of my head as to the number of assistant football coaches Kansas has had in the eight seasons since Mark Mangino was forced to resign.

I guessed 35. Pretty close. The correct answer is 38, including three men who were assistants under Mangino. David Beaty was Turner Gill's wide receivers coach in 2011. Clint Bowen was hired as special teams coach by Charlie Weis in 2012 and took over as defensive coordinator in Weis' following seasons and has remained in the position under Beaty. In 2014, John Reagan was Charlie Weis' offensive line coach and his offensive coordinator, the latter a responsibility Reagan lost a couple of weeks into Bowen's time as interim head coach after Weis was fired four games into the season.

KU has had a great deal of staff turnover in recent seasons at certain positions. For example, six different men have served as the program's offensive coordinator in the past five seasons. KU has had five wide receiver coaches in five seasons and four defensive line coaches in the past four seasons.

Kansas went 50-48 in eight seasons under Mangino and with three games left in the eighth post-Mangino season has a 15-78 record.

If Kansas makes a change at head coach, it will be interesting to see if the next head coach is someone who has had the majority of his staff together for a number of years, which would save the step of a coaching staff meshing and assistants growing familiar with the head coach's way of conducting business.

Position
2010 (Turner Gill)
2011 (Turner Gill)
2012 (Charlie Weis)
2013 (Charlie Weis)
2014 (Charlie Weis)
Clint Bowen
interim

2015 (David Beaty)
2016 (David Beaty)
2017 (David Beaty)
Offensive coordinator
Chuck Long
Chuck Long
Charlie Weis
Charlie Weis
John Reagan
then Eric Kiesau
Rob Likens
David Beaty
Doug Meacham
Defensive coordinator
Carl Torbush
Vic Shealy
Dave Campo
Clint Bowen
Clint Bowen
Clint Bowen
Clint Bowen
Clint Bowen
Special teams
Aaron Stamn
Aaron Stamn
Clint Bowen
None None Gary Hyman
Joe DeForest
Joe DeForest
Offensive line
J.B. Grimes
J.B. Grimes
Tim Grunhard
Tim Grunhard
John Reagan
Zach Yenser
Zach Yenser
Zach Yenser
Defensive line
Buddy Wyatt
Buddy Wyatt
Buddy Wyatt
Buddy Wyatt
Buddy Wyatt
Calvin Thibodeaux
Michael Slater
Jesse Williams
Running backs
Reggie Mitchell
Reggie Mitchell
Reggie Mitchell
Reggie Mitchell
Reggie Mitchell
Reggie Mitchell
Tony Hull
Tony Hull
Linebackers
Carl Torbush
Vantz Singletary
DeMontie Cross
Clint Bowen
Clint Bowen
Kevin Kane
Todd Bradford
Todd Bradford
Wide receivers
Darrell Wyatt
David Beaty
Rob Ianello
Rob Ianello
Eric Kiesau
Klint Kubiak
Jason Phillips
Dough Meacham
Defensive backs
Vic Shealy
Robert Wimberly
Clint Bowen
Dave Campo
Dave Campo
Kenny Perry
Kenny Perry
Kenny Perry
Tight ends
Jeff Blasko
Jeff Blasko
Jeff Blasko
Quarterbacks Ron Powlus
Ron Powlus
Garrett Riley
Asst. D-Backs
Scott Vestal

Comments

Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Bring in Jeff Monken and you will have instant stability and the foundation of a good football program.

John Fitzgerald 2 weeks, 3 days ago

I'm great with that hire. He's a proven HC and would bring an offense the Big 12 isn't used to.

Dillon Davis 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Thank you for suggesting someone realistic. I'm tired of hearing Mangino's name brought up. He's not Bill Snyder, he's not coming back and I wouldn't expect him to. Monken, Doeren, Frost, those are names I want to be hearing. Not saying we have the pick of the bunch because we don't, but if people are seriously hoping Mangino will come save us I think they're wasting their time.

Ryan Woods 2 weeks, 3 days ago

I'm not sure his offense would fit in the big 12 or KU's personnel. 266 passing yards to date.

Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 3 days ago

The offense is designed to take advantage of lower-level personnel. It would be a great fit since we have a good core of RB's, a maturing offensive line and a few capable receivers. It's the easiest conversion in offensive schemes out there. Plus, it gives us a long-term solution to recruiting.

John Fitzgerald 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Starting with 2012, all of this coaching carousel crap goes on Zenger. I'd be curious to know his rap sheet in all the other areas. Such as, how are his other hires in Athletics doing? And what else has he done that would make him appear as a strong AD? There has to be something that keeps him where he's at.

Drew Matthews 2 weeks, 3 days ago

He also hired our women's basketball coach (who has had an atrocious record).

Gordon Penny 2 weeks, 3 days ago

The women's basketball hire was kind of a crazy hire. To me, it seems kind of like the Terry Allen hire.

Jack Hoff 2 weeks, 1 day ago

A guy who won a National Chmapionship with Kansas kids at Emporia State and was rebuilding a lackluster SFA program is a crazy hire? Hmmm

[''] 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Shhhh...Don't say that. Waylon will start wailing. : )

Michael Sillman 2 weeks, 3 days ago

One thing missing from Keegan's article are the comparative coaching turnover numbers during Mangino's eight seasons. That would be interesting to see as well as the numbers under Snyder at K State.

Marcia Parsons 2 weeks, 3 days ago

Zenger has done a lot of facility development--Rock Chalk Park, refurbished Allen FH, baseball field, and the ongoing football stadium. Most of the sports have done well. Basketball, track and volley ball especially. Football is the only thing that has really had a bad showing. I don't know if the decision makers will think that's enough to condemn him.

Bryson Stricker 2 weeks, 2 days ago

I wish you didn't write this article the way you did Tom. I love never agreeing with you but I wish you would have at least shown the statistics of other Big 12 teams as well as the Mangino Era. Now you've gotten the headline only readers all running amuck when these numbers are not bad.

Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Where are your numbers to prove that they aren't bad? As outlined below, they are more than double the turnover ratio of the Mangino era.

All staffs have turnover, no doubt. But this is grossly excessive. Shows impatience by the HC and empowerment of the HC by the AD. And also dissatisfaction among some of the coaches who left. It's no way to build consistency in a program. He hand-picked Likens, dumped him, hired himself, dumped himself and hired Meachem. Given our offensive performance this year - last in the conference - I'm guessing he'll hire Charlie Weis to run the offense next year.

The ship is sinking Bryson. Denial, hope and trust won't keep it afloat.

Jack Hoff 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Why don’t you offer ur resume. You seem to know what offense best fits our personnel. You talk about it everyday.

George Johnston 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Michael Sillman, good comment. The Media Guide lists 22 assistants under Mangino, so that's about half the turnover compared to what we have seen since. Seven of nine coaches from 2002 carried over to 2003 and all nine coaches from 2003 were still working with Mangino in 2004. Blaney 2002-9 Bowen 2002-9 Conatser 2002 Dixon 2002-4 Doeren 2002-5 Henderson 2002-4 Jones 2002 Quartaro 2002-6 Young 2002-7 Collins 2003-6 Warinner 2003-4, 2007-9

Between 2004 ,and 2005, there was a turnover of three assistants. Beck 2005-7 Mosley 2005-6 Reagan 2005-9

There was one new coach in 2006. Mallory 2006

In 2007, there were 3 new assistants, not counting Warinner, who returned. Jackson 2007-9 Matsakis 2007-9 Tovar 2007-8

There were 2 new assistants in 2008 and 2 more in 2009. Beaty 2008-9 Clements 2008 Miller 2009 Sims 2009

That's an average turnover of 2 assistants per year.

Brett McCabe 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Less than half the average post-Mangino. Not good.

I remember vividly listening to Soren Petro after the end of Beaty's opening 0-12 season, commenting on the staff turnover. Petro stated that he had heard that coaches who had come to work for Beaty were abandoning ship after one year on board. Not a good look.

John Brazelton 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Another article written by Tom Keegan just to TRASH to KU football program. Tom is just hoping that Beaty will be fired so he can look like a big shot. (Small fish in a small pond)

Chris Spangenburg 2 weeks, 2 days ago

Oh .. so you think that 0-12, 2-10, and 1-11 seasons don't merit criticism? The AD and his football coaching hires are the ones trashing KU in case you haven't noticed in national media. Perfectly acceptable article with nothing but facts presented. Perhaps you should demand a little more of our athletic director, and worry less about the facts the media puts out ...

Jack Hoff 2 weeks, 1 day ago

In fairness to John this is a pretty random topic to talk about. It’s not like his assistants are quitting. Keegan just woke up today and felt like talking about previous departures from assistant coaches. Much more relevant things he could of brought up to trash the program.

Jack Hoff 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Whether he’s right or wrong. You can tell Keegan doesn’t like Beaty. His writing is definitely subjective. Not saying it’s right or wrong just saying it is what it is.

Tom Keegan 2 weeks ago

Actually, I like David Beaty. Good guy in my opinion (subjective). My use of facts (objective) does not paint a pretty picture of the state of the football program under his leadership.

David Lara 2 weeks ago

From this table it looks as though Meacham's twin brother was brought on as WR coach so Doug could focus on the OC duties.

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