Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Beaty takes reins: Jayhawks introduce 38th coach

Kansas University's new head football coach, David Beaty, speaks at an introductory press conference Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the Anderson Family Football Complex. Beaty, the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M, was hired by KU Friday.

Kansas University's new head football coach, David Beaty, speaks at an introductory press conference Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the Anderson Family Football Complex. Beaty, the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M, was hired by KU Friday.


New KU football coach David Beaty introduces his plan for program

At his introductory press conference on Dec. 8, 2014, new Kansas University football coach David Beaty talks about his plan to make KU a successful program.

In true Texan style, newly named Kansas University football coach David Beaty has an arsenal of catchy clichés and funny phrases that help explain who he is as a football coach, a father and a man.

But Beaty used few of them Monday morning at Mrkonic Auditorium in the Anderson Family Football Complex during the news conference at which he officially was introduced as KU’s 38th football coach.

Instead, Beaty showed why the KU search committee that played a big role in his hiring directed KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger to, “End the search and go get David Beaty.”

“We were looking for someone who carried himself confidently, yet with a humble nature,” Zenger said Monday, “someone who valued substance over style, someone who would undersell and overproduce, and, finally, just work hard.”

Beaty, a former Texas high school coach who comes to Kansas after a three-year run as an assistant at Texas A&M; and six years at KU and Rice, never had interviewed for a college head-coaching gig before last week.

He prepared for the interview by skipping sleep, studying the KU program and sifting through two decades of lessons and experiences. For Beaty, it was nirvana. But even though he was confident he could do the job and desperately wanted a crack at it, he had his own message for the committee because of his deep love for KU.

“My goal and my comment was, ‘Choose the right guy,’” Beaty said.

Zenger and company believe they did just that, and on Monday Beaty touched on the elements he thought were important in KU’s latest attempt to rebuild.

He talked about bringing in a top-notch staff that could recruit well and develop players. He talked about creating a walk-on program that would add depth and talent to a depleted roster and said the program would be built on high school players he could develop.

“Something we can build to last,” he said.

He called Kansas athletes a top priority and said his staff’s greatest recruiting efforts would take place in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and “in our backyard.”

He spoke of an offense that would be both innovative and fun to watch, a defense that would attack and put opponents in tough spots and special teams that would carry as much importance as the other two aspects of the game.

Through it all, one theme continued to surface: the importance of hard work and genuine relationships.

“We have some really good friends out there that want to see us do well here,” he said. “And I’m looking forward to calling on those relationships.”

While those connections figure to come on the recruiting trail, Beaty’s endeavors with his new team already have begun. His first team meeting came Friday in the weight room. And he’s in the process of getting to know each of his new players personally.

KU football players Michael Cummings, Jake Love react to David Beaty's arrival

Current Kansas football juniors, quarterback Michael Cummings and linebacker Jake Love, talk about their new coach, David Beaty, and what his arrival means for the program.

Several current Jayhawks already have taken a liking to the things that motivate their new coach.

“He is a genuine guy,” quarterback Michael Cummings said. “He’s honest. He is going to tell you how it is and shoot you straight. You may not like it at the time, but nine times out of 10 it is going to be the thing you need to hear.”

Added linebacker Jake Love: “Change is always exciting. You can either get better or worse from it, and I think we have a lot of guys here that want to win and do whatever it takes, and I think coach Beaty is going to lead us that way.”

One of the big reasons Beaty believes he can get Kansas rolling again is his love of the program. He was here under Mark Mangino from 2008-09 and spent a year coaching at Kansas under Turner Gill in 2011. During each of those stints, he and his family made strong friendships that continued after he left.

Beaty said he expected that comfort and familiarity, along with an understanding of the culture of Kansas football, to give him a head-start in his new job. It was also one of the reasons he chose to accept KU’s offer so quickly.

“It took us no time because we absolutely love this place,” Beaty said. “One of the things I love is that hard work and humility is a minimum expectation. And that is something we identify with.”

In the end, it was KU’s ability to identify with those same things in Beaty that made Zenger and the committee deem him “the right fit” for the program.

“As one committee member so aptly put it,” Zenger said. “‘I would fight with some coaches. I would fight for David Beaty.’”

Beaty on Monday made no promises about how many games KU would win on his watch, transforming the culture or pulling the program out of the rut it has been in for the past several seasons. He merely promised to work a lot, sleep a little and do all he could to bring pride and passion back to Kansas football.

But he did offer one note of caution while doing it.

“It’s a process, not an event,” Beaty said. “Let it take hold.”

Contract talk

Zenger said the five-year contract Beaty signed to take over the Kansas program included an annual base salary of $800,000, with incentives that could exceed $1.5 million.

In addition, Zenger said Beaty would have at his disposal a pool of $2.1-2.4 million to pay his coaching staff, which includes nine full-time assistant coaches.

As of Monday, the only known members of Beaty’s staff were defensive coordinator/assistant coach Clint Bowen and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell.

Snell passes

Former KU fullback Arnold Snell, who played for the Jayhawks from 1986-88, died Saturday morning. Snell served as a team captain during his three seasons as a Jayhawk and rushed for 1,762 career yards, which ranks 15th on the KU career rushing list.

Services will take place Saturday at Greater Penecostal Temple in Kansas City, Kansas.


kellerman411 7 years, 6 months ago

Here is the biggest reason Beaty has a good chance at success. There is about to be a large talent vacuum in the state of Kansas when Bill Snyder throws in the towel. Many were expecting that to be this season but it looks like father time is going to give it another year. That might actually be an advantage to KU as it will give Beaty and company a chance to get organized and have a head start on whoever replaces Snyder.

The talent produced by the state of Kansas has been underrated for years. That's why K-State's recruiting classes are consistently ranked in the 40-50 range by Rivals yet they're right there slugging it out with the big boys every year. It's not just high school either, the juco system here is phenomenal.

I really hope that Beaty can deliver on some of his Texas recruiting ties but locking up the in-state talent should be number one priority.

Lloyd Kinnison 7 years, 6 months ago

I was impressed by Beaty's press conference. First, his family was present and supporting him. His emphasis on recruitment of student athletics from Kansas was important. Still he said that KU must attract talent from outside of Kansas. Basically, he was able to get my attention and support. These traits were not exhibited by the past two hires.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 6 months ago

Glad there was no mention of a national title. When Gill talked about it in his press conference it made me cringe. Should have been the first red flag.

Waylon Cook 7 years, 6 months ago

"recruit, recruit, recruit" That didn't make you think there was big things coming? lol

Calvin Miller 7 years, 6 months ago

"recruit, recruit, recruit" made me realize that this new coach has no clue. College football teams that have been at the bottom of their conferences are rebuilt on developing players and knowing how to manage a team. Beaty has minimal experience in developing players as primarily a WR coach. Recruiting will only improve once players are shown that a coach knows how to develop the existing talent. This occurs over and over in FBS football---Mullen at MSU, Freeze at Ole Miss, Briles at Baylor, and Patterson at TCU to name a few.

Terry N Tom Denner 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm glad that KU has landed themselves a Coach that will have an impact on the surrounding areas instead of looking for washed up has-beens of other teams mistakes. Now that is settled Mr. BIG 12 COMMISH needs to get his butt off the toilet and get the BIG 12 - 2 or 4 more teams for the conference. NO I do not want to see BYU as one of them either. We "the Big 12" have Texas and that's bad enough. Cinny, Boise St, Colorado St, and Memphis will do.

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

If expansion is all about the amount of TV sets that are being added to the conference portfolio, then you tell me how many TV sets does Boise State actually bring to the table? I mean the whole state is only around 1.6 million.

I'll take Cincinnati (West Viriginia's conference rival), Northern Illinois (Iowa State's new Conference rival). Colorado State's fine (back in the Denver Market). But, you really need to give CSU a Conference Partner then. And, who would that be? Memphis? I don't think that would work at all.

Cody Riedy 7 years, 6 months ago

If it's TV markets alone we consider, then BYU (if they'll give up independent status) and Cincinnati are the clear choices. If it's TV markets plus regional partnerships, I'm not sure there's too much of a difference, unless the BXII decides it's go west (BYU/CSU) or east (Cincy/Memphis(?)/N.Ill) but not both. There might be credible reasons to consider N. Ill. as a football program, but I don't know where they stand academically and in other sports (i.e. men's basketball). Also, fair or not, I don' think they're perceived as a legit D-1 school even if technically they are. That is, I think people would look at N.Ill the same as if we took in a school like Wichita State, i.e. taking in a mid-major (to use a basketball term). Fair or not, I'm not sure N. Ill, even if sadly they'd probably beat KU every year, would bring legitimacy to the BXII as a P5 conference.

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

NIU has one of the TOP Business / Accounting Programs in the Nation.

Ron Prichard 7 years, 6 months ago

Which has absolutely zero value when talking about conference alignment in this day and age.

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

I mean really, 1.6 million TV sets vs. over 5 million in Northern Illinois TV market.

Cincy, Denver and Memphis would be fine to add. I mean, U. of Colorado is probably regretting (now) that they left the Big XII. They compete basketball wise, but their Football Program is in the same shape as U. of Kansas is in.

And, they supposedly have a lot better access to the California kids by moving to the PAC. But as we can see, that's not progressed their program into more wins. So, Colorado State would probably LOVE to have even more access to Texas kids now.

Cody Riedy 7 years, 6 months ago

One of the articles I read from a local media outlet in Colorado said that while the Denver market is big, so far at least, Colorado State only draws a small part of that market. I'd guess that N. Illinois is the same in relation to Chicago. I have a friend who is from the East and a Big Ten fan; he said it was dumb for the Big 10 to take schools like Maryland and Rutgers because even though they might be in big markets, generally, people in say New York, aren't watching college sports the way people out here in the Midwest without pro teams are watching college sports.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 6 months ago

It doesn't matter if they're watching football though. Most people in those areas do care about college basketball and still subscribe to the sports package.

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

If Colorado State and NIU were to get invitations to the Big XII, I'm betting their fan base becomes a LOT more interested and starts attending their games. I mean really, NIU conference games in the MAC are on Tuesdays and Wednesday nights for TV purposes. You don't think that having the majority of their Conference games on Saturday's won't help fill out the stands as well still get the TV viewers. I know a few NIU alums. And, the one thing that they absolutely hate are the Weeknight (Tuesday / Wednesday) games. They can't drive over on Saturdays and tailgate like the majority of College Football fanbase does. They want to, but they have to work the next day. So, they stay home and watch their games on TV. NIU fan base is rabid and ready for an invite to the Big XII. There's even a facebook page dedicated to NIU to the Big XII.

And, if NIU was to get invited to the Big XII, I think their basketball program would automatically upgrade in talent. Chicago Public High League in their backyard.

I bet Pat Fitzgerald would even have to consider leaving Northwestern to coach at NIU. A lot easier to recruit football talent to NIU than it is Northwestern.

And, Rockford, Illinois isn't that far from DeKalb, Illinois either. There are a LOT of people in Northern Illinois. That's a LOT of TV Sets that would be subscribing to watch the NIU games. The owner of the company that I work at, he lives in Mundelein, Illinois. And, he says it's 1:15 minutes for him to get to NIU Campus. And, he's an NIU Alumni.

Ron Prichard 7 years, 6 months ago

TV markets is the biggest factor. I'm a little unclear why you would pick Boise State over BYU. That doesn't make any sense from a national perspective, which is what the Big 12 is looking at. Cincy I get. Colorado State maybe, just because of the Denver market. Memphis I'm not sure about.

The Big 12 really screwed up not getting Louisville when they had the chance. If they had added Louisville and Cincy, those schools would have provided a corridor of eastern schools with WVU. Would have made a lot of sense and have boosted the national presence. Now, we're considering lesser schools (from a perceived, national athletic standpoint), and that concerns me.

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

It's sad (to say the least). But, it is what it is today, due to the lack of leadership and ability to stand up to Texas and their bullying tactics that they've continued to do for decades. ESPN has already said that they love the Central Time zone (due to it being the most friendly TV viewing market in the United States. Just not a lot of TV sets in Central Time zone vs. the Eastern Time Zone. But, had the settler's made it to the Central Time zone back in the 1700's and 1800's, we wouldn't even be worrying about all this right now.

Randy Bombardier 7 years, 6 months ago

Cmon guys. I'm on pins and needles waiting to find out who our staff is going to be. No news?

Matt Tait 7 years, 6 months ago

Beaty said yesterday that it could be slow going in announcing the staff. Makes me think a lot of guys are still working for teams headed to bowl games. Patience. Unlike the coaching search when guys are campaigning and there are all kinds of leads to follow, these things generally don't leak because both sides want to be respectful of the places they're currently working. We might hear a name or two by the end of the week, but don't count on it.

Cody Riedy 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm also curious what happens with some of the assistants who weren't retained if you ever have news on that front to pass along.

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 6 months ago

Odds that Warinner ends up being OC here? Not necessarily a step down considering he's an assistant OC/O-Line coach right now. Also, him, Beaty, and Bowen have ties. And maybe we could pay him more than OSU with the amount available for assistant coaches.

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

Evidently, people didn't see what I talked about last week in regards to Ed Warriner (or just blew me off on my comments). I personally know an individual who's deeply connected to the Ohio State Alumni Base. And, I was informed last week that Warriner wasn't going to Kansas at all.

Calvin Miller 7 years, 6 months ago

Warinner wasn't going to KU because he wasn't offered the job. And he wanted the job. There was no problem with the salary, and he agreed that Bowen would stay on staff.
Zenger had planned all along to hire Beaty---the "search committee" was a charade. Fuente sniffed this out early and is the reason he backed out as a candidate.

Chase Topliff 7 years, 6 months ago

<p> is reporting that "...Beaty largely has his staff identified and is not seeking new candidates at this time."


Brent Shipley 7 years, 6 months ago

Khalil and Carlos Davis just decommitted from Nebraska. Lets get these twin D linemen from KC signed!

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

That's what I said as well (yesterday). Get the Kansas City (KS & Missouri sides) that have committed to Nebraska and will certainly be looking for new playing venues.

I would have to think that meeting Coach Beaty and the enthusiasm & excitement he brings to the table has to be impressive to these kids.

Brandon Mahon 7 years, 6 months ago

Beaty already has 4 guys coming up this weekend for a visit...

Brandon Martin- Under armor invitee WR from TX Arico Evans- Athlete from TX Chase Harrell- Committed to Houston WR 6'4 Shaq Richmond- CB from Arlington TX

and a guy name Chason Virgil's mom actually asked Beaty to follow her on twitter and he did. This guy was graduating in december so he could go down and start working at Miss State, and they pulled his scholarship. This is another kid that I am hoping we could jump on. Beaty's ties are already showing and he is already gaining a lot of respect from KS and MO coaches by personally visiting them all.

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

That's the news that Kansas Football NEEDS. Bring'em in Coach Beaty, Bowen and Mitchell. Bring'em IN.

Cody Riedy 7 years, 6 months ago

By the way, I know that Beaty is a beautiful genuine soul and full of goodness and sunshine and all that, but how sincere is he really about Bowen and has it ever been verified whether or not the HC Job/Bowen was a package deal?

I like Bowen, but some of the things Beaty said about Bowen sounded more like what he wanted than what we've seen (of course, that might be for a lack of personnel not philosophy); I also noticed at one point Beaty crossed his arms (usually interpreted as a kind of defensive, or closing off emotional posture) while talking about Bowen. It's very likely nothing, but for a moment, the body language seemed to me to express something different than what he was saying.

Lance Cheney 7 years, 6 months ago

That's funny you mention that. I was thinking the same thing when he was asked about Bowen. His entire body language changed, and I noticed the arm-crossing as well. After answering the question, he quickly went to the next one, and didn't give a chance for a follow-up question. I was trying to use my amateur (actually less than that) body language interpretation skills to figure out what he was really thinking!

John Fitzgerald 7 years, 6 months ago

A lot of us saw the same thing. Bowen isn't a horrible DC so it wasn't a bad deal for Beaty. But I'm sure there's an agreement if Bowen isn't to Beaty's standards he can demote him or relieve him of his duties. But Bowen had to be at least part of the original plan.

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 6 months ago

It obviously wasn't a deal killer for Beaty.

Calvin Miller 7 years, 6 months ago

The HC job ONLY with Bowen as the DC was a package deal. Zenger took a huge risk with this hire---if successful, it will be the first time that a position coach has been promoted to a HC position at another school and develops a winning program.

Mike Reid 7 years, 6 months ago

If the Big 12 expands, I think Houston, with the 10th largest TV market, should be considered. After Houston, I like Colorado State.

Cody Riedy 7 years, 6 months ago

If Houston got elevated to the status of a B12 team, would that just push teams like KU another peg down on the list of schools that interest Texas recruits? Isn't our conference Texas heavy enough already? I get your point, but I'd rather expand our geographic reach rather than deepen our Texas anchor. Also, though not necessarily relevant to football, I think schools like Cincy, maybe Colorado State or even N. Illinois, would add a little more character to our conference, make it a little more cosmopolitan so to speak.

Lance Cheney 7 years, 6 months ago

Beaty has a $2.1-2.4 million budget to pay his staff. How does that compare to other programs? Is that a lot, or not very much? Just for comparison, does anyone know what Alabama's is? Or KSU?

Chase Topliff 7 years, 6 months ago

Kirby Smart, Bama DC, makes $1.35 million this year. Kiffin is making about $680,000 this year.

Randy Bombardier 7 years, 6 months ago

K-state's is 1,000 head of cattle, 200 sheep and a dozen goats.

Michael Maris 7 years, 6 months ago

I think that the KU AD should raise that amount to around $3,000,000.00 a season for assistant coaches. They could pay the OC & DC around $450,000.00 a season and the other 7 Assistant Coaches $300,000.00 a season.

Lloyd Kinnison 7 years, 6 months ago

I agree with the talent that has selected KSU prior to our new coach. It is time to support the Coach for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Stop the "what ifs" and this is the "costs" gentlemen writers and begin supporting our new coach and program. Let us help him and his staff recruit the "new KU Jayhawks". Your negativity is not positive and "is getting old". Get on this new program and stop the "what ifs" that will not ever be.

Brandon Mahon 7 years, 6 months ago

I think are first looks at new teams for expansion should be Cincy (ohio is a huge market and great for recruiting.. they bring football and basketball) NIU (good program and chicago market) Memphis(football and basketball) if we want to look east maybe UCF or Uconn.

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