The head football coach at the Texas high school where David Beaty once coached and played announced Monday that he was joining Beaty in Lawrence.
Jeff Jordan, who has spent the past 15 years leading the Garland High football program, will join the KU football staff as the director of personnel.
“I am incredibly excited about the next phase of my life,” Jordan wrote in a letter to the Garland community. “I am going to be the Director of Personnel for the University of Kansas football team, coached by my good friend (and fellow Owl) David Beaty. This job will take all of the things I have learned in 29 years of coaching high school football along with 28 years of working in the Dallas Cowboys Scouting Department and put it all together.”
It remains to be seen what Jordan’s exact role will be at Kansas. But it figures to include a heavy dose of dealing with the current roster off the field and looking under every rock to find future talent to add to the rebuilding program.
Jordan hinted at this notion in his letter.
“We are about to build a unique personnel department and talent-evaluation system that I believe is going to revolutionize college football,” he wrote.
“There are very few people in the world that I would leave GHS for and Dave is one of them. ... I believe in his vision for Kansas football and what we can accomplish.”
In related news, Nolan Jones, a veteran of the business side of college football who spent the 2015 season as the director of football operations at Kent State, officially has joined the KU program.
Jones, who also has worked at Michigan, Northwestern, Southern Miss, Kentucky, Princeton and Eastern Kentucky, replaces Kevin Green, who left football last season to pursue another career after joining the Jayhawks under former KU coach Charlie Weis.
The additions of Jones and Jordan bring the significant new-face count in the KU football offices this offseason to four, with Beaty also bringing in linebackers coach Todd Bradford to replace the departed Kevin Kane, and outside wide receivers coach Jason Phillips from SMU to join Klint Kubiak in coaching KU’s wideouts.