KU football interim HC countdown: No. 6, Tony Hull


Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong, left, listens to associate head coach Tony Hull during preseason practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong, left, listens to associate head coach Tony Hull during preseason practice on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. by Mike Yoder

A former engineer for NASA and then a high school football coach in New Orleans, his hometown, Kansas associate head coach/running backs Tony Hull does more than instruct ball carriers for David Beaty's football program. He heads up The Boot Experiment, Beaty's plan to develop a Louisiana pipeline of recruits who choose Kansas as a place to continue their educations and football careers.

That enormous task requires more than convincing recruits to sign national letters of intent. It also involves making sure the players don't grow homesick and make as smoothly as can be expected a significant cultural transition. To that end, Hull even arranges Cajun team barbecues. He also stays in close contact with the Louisiana players' families and high school coaches. Players share with potential recruits all that Hull does for them and that leads to more recruits from The Boot choosing Kansas as a destination.

It's possible Hull could be the choice as the interim head coach, should Beaty be relieved of his duties and given the $3 million parachute stipulated in his contract. But why put more on Hull's plate when heading The Boot Experiment, one that very well could extend into the next head coach's reign, is a responsibility that requires so much time and energy?


Aaron Paisley 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I'd still love to see Tony Hull be the next offensive coordinator for Kansas, especially if Les Miles ends up being the next head coach.

Joe Ross 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't know what Hull's background is (if he has experience coordinating an entire offense or not), but he has the intellect to get up the steep part of a learning curve rather quickly. I do likely the combination, though. "IF" Miles comes here, and "IF" Hull is retained, that would be an awesome duo to recruit Louisiana, and potentially areas of the south with other names of states.

Aaron Paisley 8 months, 2 weeks ago

He's a former high school school coach that won a state title in Louisiana I believe, or at least reached a title game. The man can scheme an offense even of he hasn't done it at the college level.

Chris DeWeese 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Something tells me Tony has the intellect to tackle interim head coach responsibilities, along with recruiting the boot.

Edward Daub 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree Chris! Plus, he is already the "Associate Head Coach"! Good Common "Horse" Sense would indicate Hull should be #1!

Sendish and Riley will be Ranked Higher? Very Surprising!

Jay Hawkinson 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I think the logic of giving Hull the interim tag is not that he would be the best in that role. It's that it would delay him from looking at other opportunities long enough for the next head coach to have a chance at retaining him.

Steven Haag 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Tony has zero, null, zilch experience at this level. That being said, I don’t think he could do any worse than what we have now.

Joe Ross 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Might be a good point. But look at Clint Bowen's stint as interim head coach. While we didn't always see results in the win column when he took over for Weis, the change on the field was noticeable!

Jeff Coffman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

1-7...Bowen should be out the door before Beaty. Remember he has recruited every player on defense and has yet to crack the Top 100 in defense. He did a horrible job as interim and you don't give a poor performer more responsibility.

Joe Ross 8 months, 2 weeks ago

You didn't get the part about it not showing in the win column, I take it, but the change being noticeable on the field.

Among those games were a 33-14 showing AT West Virginia, a 27-20 loss to Oklahoma State, a 34-21 loss AT Texas Tech, a 34-14 win vs. Iowa State, and a 34-30 loss vs. TCU. It was HUUUGE impmrovement, so as long as you're spitting out numbers for the record, take a look at the numbers for the scores of many of those games. They were respectable finishes under Bowen. A guy who comes in mid-season with no head coaching experience whatsoever.

Again, very respectable.

Doug Cramer 8 months, 2 weeks ago

No it wasn’t Joe.

Don’t know how this guy gets 20 lives in the world of college football coaching. He should have been given the boot after his 2nd year with Mangino.

Joe Ross 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes it WAS, Doug.

Sorry to disagree with you. It WAS a huge improvement over Weis that season. We had beaten lowly SEMO (FCS) by a paltry 6 points. Next Duke drubbed us 41-3, when Duke itself was just coming out of cellar dweller status and was not exactly a football powerhouse. Then the Chippewas of Central Michigan came to our own field and added insult to injury, leaving Lawrence with a very respectable 24-10 showing. After that we were blanked by Texas 23-0 on our own field. The same Texas team, mind you, that was in decline under Charlie Strong, which we would beat 2 years later.

Kenny George 8 months, 2 weeks ago

This link should be required reading for all LJW sports department and also all posters of this message board...great insight by Kevin Flaherty as to how KU football program got to where it currently is...

Jeff Coffman 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I like the article, but I think the person forgot one detail. Weis banished 20 players from the roster and maybe there was an overconfidence in being able to replace and or coach up a team; however, if I remember correctly Gill had created a passive team that many were not going to meet minimum academic requirements. So although I agree Weis dug a hole, some of that was directly related to Gill.

Beaty though it also calls out, but enough, he has mortgaged the future, but according to the numbers has not improved the scholarship count, even after 4 recruiting classes. Beaty hasn't recruited well and this article basically assigns that as his strength.

Jason Venable 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Did you actually read the article?

"Heading into his third season, then-Kansas coach Charlie Weis told me at Big 12 Media Days that he sincerely underestimated the impact that his initial disciplinary methods would have — he booted “more than 20” players off the team after taking over — decimating the roster numbers. That was the reason behind Weis’s giant junior college push, one that didn’t just fail from an on-field standpoint, but also served to further destroy Beaty’s inherited team when those players graduated or washed out."

Chris Spangenburg 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Although this win will more than likely have no impact on how long HCDB is or isn't our coach, it shows just how unprofessional and disrespectful this series of articles are. Shame on Keegan while our coaching staff is still out there fighting for us ...

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