Saturday, December 27, 2014


Column: Beaty’s approach — If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em

Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, left, laughs with newly-hired Kansas head football coach David Beaty before Beaty is introduced to the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the JayhawksÕ game against Floriday on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Beaty is the 38th head coach in the programÕs history.

Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, left, laughs with newly-hired Kansas head football coach David Beaty before Beaty is introduced to the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during halftime of the JayhawksÕ game against Floriday on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. Beaty is the 38th head coach in the programÕs history.


As we wait for Kansas University football coach David Beaty to fill out his coaching staff, a quick glance at a lesson from Beaty’s past provides a hint for the direction in which he might be going.

Clint Bowen, Reggie Mitchell and Louie Matsakis have been retained from the previous staff. And, although nothing has been made official, sources have indicated Kevin Kane (linebackers) and Gene Wier (off-the-field staff position) have been added to the program.

Those looking to predict any future additions might do well to look at guys who have defeated teams Beaty has coached for in the past.

It was that concept that got Beaty hired at Texas A&M; three years ago. When Kevin Sumlin took over the A&M; program after a heck of a run at Houston, he sought to fill his staff with guys who had beaten him. Beaty, while serving as the offensive coordinator at Rice, was one of those guys, and he joined an staff of guys who had that in common.

“Not one man on his (Texas A&M;) staff came from any place other than a team that he lost to,” Beaty said of Sumlin. “And particularly a team that overachieved in an area. His guys on his staff are all guys that beat him somewhere.”

The concept is something near and dear to Beaty’s heart. Even though Beaty has been successful during most of his coaching stops, he’s an underdog at heart. And even though the chance to join Sumlin’s staff when he was in need of a job was enough of a blessing, jumping on board for the reasons he was asked made it that much better.

“I have respect for people that do something with less,” Beaty said. “And (Sumlin) was the first one to articulate that to me. That’s when I went, ‘You know what? That kind of follows what my thoughts are.’”

Because Beaty has coached at three schools under four head coaches during the past nine years, looking back at all of the guys who bettered him on the field is an extensive exercise. But you can bet Beaty has done it. And you can bet he found some of his future assistants during the process.

The rest of the crew, however, came into the picture years ago, back when Beaty and his coaching buddies first started dreaming of their first head-coaching jobs.

How many guys did Beaty have in place before he even interviewed for the KU job?

“Half of ’em,” Beaty said. “We’ve had conversations that went back and forth between us in that regard. You know, you have people that you respect and you have a relationship with. And, to me, that’s the big deal.”

For Beaty, that word — relationship — carries as much weight in putting together his staff as it does in recruiting, with the fan base or coaching the players on his roster.

“I’m not overly concerned with what they know,” Beaty said of his assistants. “I care about who they are. Because I can teach ’em what I want ’em to know. I can’t change who they are. And if they disrupt our chemistry, we’ve got no shot. That chemistry is so important.

“We’re together a lot. This job’s too hard to not laugh and smile and have fun and do the things that we need to do together and have each other’s back. It’s just too difficult to not have that type of environment if you can create it.”


Brett McCabe 7 years, 9 months ago

Why has there not been a public announcement on Kane or Weir?

Jonathan Briles 7 years, 9 months ago

I'm not sure, but I think Beaty is wanting to announce the whole staff together and is waiting to announce those two until he has the rest of the staff in place.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 9 months ago

Some of the new coaches are currently committed to coach in bowl games. I'm guessing the announcement won't come until 2015. It's 2 weeks before they get to recruit again.

Hopefully, someone has given all the players a conditioning program until we have a new S&C coach. That's the most crucial hire at this point IMO.

Harlan Hobbs 7 years, 9 months ago

I have a hunch that KU has found themselves a gem of a head coach. I'm just afraid that, if he succeeds like I think he will, many higher profile programs will come calling.

We definitely need a winning program again, but I want us to win the right way. In Coach Beaty, I think we have that recipe.

kellerman411 7 years, 9 months ago

Beaty is less proven than either of our last two head coaches and it's not even close. Turner Gill had already turned around a program as a head coach and Charlie Weis took ND to two BCS bowls before the wheels came off. I still remember when he had a fully loaded USC team whipped before Leinart got pushed over the goal line. The band was literally already on the field lol.

Don't misunderstand me, I love the optimism. For me though, I've learned my lesson with KU football.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 9 months ago

Harlan, I hope your hunch is correct. If he is able to turn it around you can bet your house others will come calling. Brett, here’s another scenario. Beaty gets us going in the right direction and Bowen transforms our defense into one that even Doug would approve of. Bowen is offered the HC position and we finally have the stability that has eluded us for so long and we all live happily ever after. It could happen. Even if Beaty leaves, as long as it’s for the right reasons we’ll be better off.

Kevin Randell 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, even if that happens, KU will be at a level where we can attract good quality coaches. Heck, Tulsa just hired Baylor's OC, the guy I was hoping we would keep an eye on. Everyone knows Tulsa is just a stepping stone job, so if Beaty bolts, then he may be available.

Dillon Davis 7 years, 9 months ago

Haha couldn't agree with you more Jason. I have more than learned my lesson when it comes to getting my hopes up for KU football.

Code_2008 7 years, 9 months ago

Whoever does proof-reading, the caption below the picture has some... interesting errors.

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