Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Beaty: Kansas recruits as ‘a family’

Kansas head coach David Beaty pulls off his headset after an offensive series during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty pulls off his headset after an offensive series during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at Memorial Stadium.


Kansas University football coach David Beaty would rather not lose half of his assistant coaches during just his second year in charge of the Jayhawks.

But with four coaches already out the door and Beaty sweating the possible departure of a fifth — defensive-line coach Calvin Thibodeaux interviewed Monday at Oklahoma — there is one area of his program that Beaty is not worried about being negatively impacted by the heavy turnover on his staff: recruiting.

A big reason Beaty remains comfortable about his ability to bring quality players to Lawrence is the approach he has to signing future talent.

“We recruit every one of those kids as a staff, as a family,” Beaty said. “We don’t recruit individually.”

As is the case with most college programs, Beaty’s nine full-time assistants are responsible for recruiting different regions of the country, with the greatest emphasis on Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and areas nearby.

The assignments generally are handed out based on past success in a certain area, strong ties to a particular school or city and familiarity with the area and its football philosophy and history.

A coach might be the one to identify initially a player whom KU wants to target, but once he does, Beaty and several other assistants get in on the act of inspiring the young man to commit to Kansas.

“(Co-defensive coordinator) Kenny Perry didn’t sign four guys. We signed 15 guys,” Beaty said. “When we hired ’em, we talked to ’em about that. It’s not a premium on how many guys you sign or who signed who. We are about signing the right guys and we all do it together.”

On most websites that track recruiting, such as or, the name of the lead recruiter from each program pursuing the athlete often is attached to a prospect’s bio.

And that has proven to be true for KU, as well.

“Somebody’s name may go on it because he came from that (coach’s recruiting territory),” Beaty said. “But that’s not how it works. We recruit ’em together. So, from that standpoint, I really don’t see things changing.”


Ashwin Rao 6 years, 3 months ago

He is just trying to protect his ground... and reduce deflections from existing recruits... hope it works.

Jim Stauffer 6 years, 3 months ago

Before suggesting something is wrong, consider the fact he hired some very good young coaches. Kubiak had connections of the best kind in the NFL. Hyman was not retained. Mitchell is reaching for a ring or extreme success one last time. Kane took a promotion. Thibs may go home to the team and Coach he played for. None of these things scream something is wrong. Quite the opposite. They say loud and clear, something is right. They wanted our guys because they are good.

Beaty is a good man and coaches will want to coach here. We will be fine. We solved our problems, we hire David. The sole problem with this team has been Lew Perkins, Turner Gill and Charlie Weis. They are gone. We are in an excellent re-hab program. All will be well in time.

Dale Rogers 6 years, 3 months ago

You said it, they hired our guys because they are good. There are very few people in this world who refuse a promotion that moves their career another step forward. Would any of you?

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

Let's not ignore the influence of cash. I saw recently here that Zenger has structured contracts for assistant coaches in a way that makes Kansas the second most lucrative program in the Big 12 for assistant college football coaches. This is not a knock on Beaty's ability to evaluate staff. After all, Beaty still has the final say in filling out his roster of assistant coaches, no matter what they're paid. But cash certainly influences the process. I dont begrudge this at all; in fact, it gives me a sense of optimism that Beaty will be able to find suitable replacements for our dearly departed. Ive been supportive of Beaty, even through last years record-setting season (a nice way to put it) because of the obstacles he faced when coming into the job. The situation was not ideal. Especially when considering we play in a power conference. But let's be candid, here. It's not just the replacement of coaches (though it is that...partially). It's also integrating them into the team as seemlessly as possible. Undoubtedly, those who have departed had ideas and goals for how they were coaching the players they were coaching. That process had been interrupted and a new set of coaches with new and different ideas will be coming in. People always say that new head coaches coming in have challenges to face in installing new concepts with old players. To say that it would be any different for new coaches coming in under Beaty has a distinct ring of dishonesty to it. Even with suitable coaches, there will be extra challenges that have to be overcome. This is the only honest way of seeing it. It's not Beaty's fault. It doesn't mean Kansas is necessarily in a heap of trouble. But let's not pretend this is the ideal situation either.

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