FAQ regarding Kansas AD vacancy


In this file photo from Nov. 8, 2017, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod, right, and KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger watch the action from the sideline at a KU volleyball game.

In this file photo from Nov. 8, 2017, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod, right, and KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger watch the action from the sideline at a KU volleyball game. by Nick Krug

The best way to maintain a large pool of interested candidates for a Division I athletic director's job is to keep the names secret. Kansas has done a terrific job of that.

If leaks sprouted, too many candidates would incur the wrath of the trees they shake for money, all the while telling the trees they love their dream jobs.

So that takes care of that question. Other FAQ:

1 - What is your over/under on the naming of KU’s next AD? July 2.

The same people who either don’t know anything about the identities of the leading candidates or say they don’t know so as not to put themselves at risk of getting fired aren’t as tight-lipped about the timetable.

Before the days of the 24/7 news cycle, bad news was saved for Friday afternoons, a tradition that still seems to be in place. Since this presumably will be good news, why not on a Monday?

That week is the same week several point toward, so if it’s not Monday, then later that week. 2 - What’s your over/under on the new AD’s first day on the job?

July 30, a Monday.

3 - Might the new athletic director hire her or his own football coach right off the bat? No. Such things don’t happen in July. The new AD will get the lay of the land first. David Beaty will coach Kansas against Nicholls State, Central Michigan and Rutgers, a fairly easy nonconference schedule, compared to some seasons.

4 - Are there any out-of-work athletic directors who might be interested?

Louisville’s Tom Zurich.

4a - But wasn’t he fired because of the scandals at Louisville?

Yes, but he received a reported $7.2 million (plus tickets to football and basketball games and medical insurance) settlement in a wrongful termination lawsuit. That goes a long way toward putting him back as a candidate for a big job.

Face it, if the feds don’t share the information from their investigation into college basketball with the NCAA and the NCAA doesn’t launch one of its own, it’s the wild, wild West. Plus, the guy has a good track record for hiring football coaches.

5 - Any clue on Sheahon Zenger’s immediate plans?

My guess is that for the next year, his son Jake’s senior year, he will enjoy being a dad, and if he does anything in the way of work, it will be as an assistant football coach at his son’s high school. In the spring, he’ll watch from the stands as Jake closes games for for perennial baseball powerhouse Free State High.

After that, he’ll resume his career, but that's just a guess. A year off won't hurt his ability to land a job.


John Fitzgerald 1 year, 5 months ago

I'd hope a new AD is at least brought on by July 30th so they can prepare to evaluate Beaty during the August practices before the season begins. When you go 3-33 it's not just bad luck, something just isn't being done correctly. Also the new AD won't be as biased since they didn't hire Beaty. Regardless I still think there are reasons to have optimism this year and a new AD is one of them.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 5 months ago

I think Beaty has coached his last game at KU. New AD in July, interim coach named immediately, maybe even a trustee type coach like Baylor used. The search gets underway immediately, and the season actually has some excitement to it.

Jay Scott 1 year, 5 months ago

That comment was obviously false from the outset. You used the phrase "I think". It's become very obvious that you really never do.

You wish, you rant but you don't think.

We all know that you wish Beaty had coached his last game. No need to rant about it, even in a veiled manner.

It would be better if, for once, you really did think...

Mike Hart 1 year, 5 months ago

Attaboy, Jay. Brett also has ranted on and on about how he is done with KU football.. canceled all his tickets and donations, etc. Yet, he still beats the same old dead horse here. Just a lot of blah blah that perpetually rings hollow due to its stupefying repetition. Yes, Brett...we know you hate Beaty. You also said you were not going to watch a game this year, so again: See you in 2019

Whitney Tangeman 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't agree that Beaty will be fired before the 2018 season even begins. It's just too nonpolitically correct for an incoming AD and I don't think it would be an embraced executive move by all. However, I do see your point regarding the "marketing" of the upcoming season. A fresh coaching change would give some hope to the fanbase, whether false or not.

Sf Boggsz 1 year, 5 months ago

Zurich is in Switzerland. Jurich is in Louisville. That damn spell check can operate at the most inappropriate time.

Ludwig Supraphonic 1 year, 5 months ago

We made number three on the ESPN poll of easiest CBF nonconference schedules. We also got an assist for making Rutgers number four.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 5 months ago

If an AD is in place by July 30...I believe a loss in the first three games sends Beaty packing immediately after the loss, with an interim coach named (not Bowen this time around).

I would have given a lot more credit to Beaty if he had made an evaluation of Bowen early in last season, when he didn't...things just continued to spiral.

I wonder if Girod second guesses waiting so long, realizing now the fan interest overall for KU Football is still continuing to crumble.

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