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Friday, January 15, 2016

Beaty: New KU linebackers coach Todd Bradford definitely fits the mold

Kansas University football coach David Beaty gives a directive to his players from across the field during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

Kansas University football coach David Beaty gives a directive to his players from across the field during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

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Kansas University coach David Beaty, in a news release Friday, offered up his thoughts on newly hired linebacker coach Todd Bradford.

From the sound of things, Bradford is a guy whom Beaty could have hired when he was first forming his staff after being tapped as the next head coach as Kansas in December of 2014.

“I have made it a point to hire coaches who are not just talented in one area," Beaty said in the release. "I want our staff to consist of men who can get after it in recruiting and at the same time develop the players in our program and Todd definitely fits that mold.”

Out of coaching since 2011, when he served as the defensive coordinator at Maryland, Bradford returns to his longtime profession to replace Kevin Kane who left KU for the DC job at Northern Illinois, with a ton of experience in a variety of systems.

But it's his familiarity with the Big 12 Conference and wide-open style of offenses that have to be defended that may make Bradford the best fit for Kansas.

Before his one year at Maryland, Bradford was the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Southern Miss for three seasons and that followed up a stint as the linebackers coach for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State from 2005-07.

“Not only does Todd's track record speak for itself in regards to recruiting and development of players,” Beaty said. “But he has done it within the landscape of the Big 12. He knows what it takes to help a team become successful in this league.”

In addition to his vast knowledge of different styles of defense, Bradford, in his 25 years of coaching at the collegiate level, has coached or recruited 36 players who went on to have careers in the National Football League.

While at Maryland, Bradford, 52, primary recruiting territory made him responsible for northern New Jersey and five boroughs in New York City. His official bio with the Terps listed Texas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and northern Virginia as his secondary recruiting areas.

A CLOSER LOOK AT TODD BRADFORD:

Date of Birth: April 15, 1963

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Alma Mater: Southern Utah, `86

Family: He and wife, Sondra, have a son, Kody, and three daughters, Ashlee, Hailee and Whitnee.

Coaching Experience:

University of Maryland

2011-pr.: Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

University of Southern Mississippi

2008-10: Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

Oklahoma State

2005-07: Assistant Coach – Linebackers

BYU

2003-04: Assistant Coach - Offensive Co-Coordinator/Wide Receivers

Middle Tennessee State

2002: Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs /Kickoff Coverage

Wisconsin

2000-01: Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs

Louisiana Tech

1999: Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs

1997-98: Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Backs

Eastern Michigan

1995-96: Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs

Lehigh

1994: Assistant Coach - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

New Hampshire

1988-93: Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs /Recruiting Coordinator

Southern Utah

1987: Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs/Special Teams and Recruiting Coordinator

Comments

Brett McCabe 6 years, 6 months ago

I like the look of this hire. I think that the staff could use a bit of seasoning, and Bradford presents an opportunity for some stability at the position for a couple of years. He likely recruited Texas while he was at La Tech, and to some degree at Okie State. And I really like the look of his defenses while at So. Miss.

Welcome Coach Bradford!

Bob Bailey 6 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like a backward step. Our Defense has been lousy for at least 5 years and not getting better. Even a poor fan can see when they line up, that our Defenders are out of position and their assignment is useless. It will not stop till we get an expert for DC.

Michael Maris 6 years, 6 months ago

When you were in School, did you play the Bass, Snare or Timpani drum?

Brett McCabe 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't think that it's quite that easy. Using a basketball analogy: you don't full-court press when you've got a bunch of slow guys on the court. Offensive and defensive schemes have to be realistic for the talent on the field. Who knows what our offense and defense will look like in another two years when we have a full scholarship base and some consistency on the staff?

We'll be running 65 scholarship guys out on the field again this year, so it's going to take at least two more years before a staff evaluation can really be put in place.

The best we can do right now is look for improvement - which we should get, in a clearly visible and measurable way. That doesn't mean a bunch of wins, but it does mean that the team is competing more and winning a little.

Bob Bailey 6 years, 6 months ago

Sounds like a backward step to me. Defense has been lousy for at least 5 years. Any TV watcher can know instantly that our guys are out of position. Not even a 5 star recruit can play like that!

Mike Tackett 6 years, 6 months ago

We got it the first time. Walk away from the TV.....with your hands up.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 6 months ago

Bradford was let go after 1 yr at Maryland in large part because they were embarrassed in their last game. Their record for the entire year was bad, though they apparently were riddled by injury. On top of the really short audition, there was also the fact that he was filling in from the LB Assistant position after the DC changed schools late in the game. Even in 1 year, they apparently already had a nice recruiting class.

As Brett mentions, his time at Southern Miss, a bigger sample size, produced some nice results.

Now let's get some jimmies and joes (and Amani's and Isaiah's too). Some bad news is that Isaiah Loudermilk apparently has committed to Wiscy.

Jerry Walker 6 years, 6 months ago

I don't know anything about Bradford but it's hard to get excited about a coach with this resume.

Citing his experience in the Big 12...a brief stop at Okie State about 10yrs ago...appears to be digging pretty deep for a positive spin. And what's the slim on his being out of coaching for 4 yrs?

Bob Bailey 6 years, 6 months ago

Mlke, As a matter of fact, 7 instruments. Also Phi Beta Kappa, and grad of the best US law school. You have to pay attention.

Tom Pritchard 6 years, 6 months ago

Also Bob seems to me that you always try to have the last word..Truly a character flaw.:-)

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