Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Report: Beaty one of Power Five’s lowest-paid football coaches

Kansas head coach David Beaty watches a West Virginia score during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty watches a West Virginia score during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.


According to USA Today, Kansas head coach David Beaty isn’t the lowest-paid man leading a Power Five football program, but he’s close.

The national publication on Wednesday published a list of FBS coaches salaries, topped by Alabama’s Nick Saban, at $11.1 million a year.

Though contract details were not available for nine head coaches, including four from major conferences, only two FBS coaches on the list — Cal’s Justin Wilcox ($1.6 million) and Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke ($1.16 million) — have deals in place that will pay them this year less than the $1,601,109 due Beaty, who ranks 65th on the list.

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Salaries were not available for Miami’s Mark Richt, USC’s Clay Helton, Syracuse’s Dino Babers and Baylor’s Matt Rhule.

The lowest-paid Big 12 coach on the list, Beaty earns roughly $500,000 less than both first-year Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley ($2.12 million) and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell ($2.1 million).

First-year Texas coach Tom Herman ($5.5 million) is the conference’s highest-paid coach.

Shortly after his second season in charge at KU, Beaty signed a contract extension and received a raise that nearly doubled his previous salary of $800,000 a year.

His contract, which runs through the 2021 season, includes a number of incentives and a $3 million buyout.

With five games remaining in his third year at Kansas, Beaty’s record stands at 3-28, with one Big 12 victory.

The Jayhawks are 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the Big 12 headed into this week’s Sunflower Showdown at Memorial Stadium versus rival Kansas State (3-4, 1-3).


David Kemp 4 years, 8 months ago

Considering we r the worst power 5 team, he is still overpaid

Joe Ross 4 years, 8 months ago

Yup. If he followed his own advice he would reject the buyout.

Daniel Kennamore 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm willing to bet if you change this number to '$ per win' he's one of the higher paid coaches.

Matthew Gaylor 4 years, 8 months ago

He gets at least $3.2m per FBS win, which I'm sure is one of the highest.

What's interesting is, his buyout is only 3m (less than what he's gotten per FBS win), which is low compared to what KU has had to pay previously $5.4m to get rid of Weis.

Austin Lopez 4 years, 8 months ago

This is what the outcome is when you try to be cheap ever heard of the saying “You pay for what you get.” If you wanna be cheap your not going to get a good product.

Bryce Landon 4 years, 8 months ago

After overpaying for Gill and Weis, the reason Beaty was hired was because we couldn't afford anyone else.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 8 months ago

You got that right!!! Weiss is the worst hire I think I've ever seen...had done nothing to earn that kind of bank and proved it...and quickly! That hire set this program back a decade...thanks, Zenger!

Robert Brock 4 years, 8 months ago

KU will soon be out of a P5 conference. Thanks, Zenger!

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 8 months ago

If I'm Girod I let got of Zenger ASAP. And then I'm looking for an AD that has a connection to one of the below coaches:

First, I'm starting with two names: Jim Harbaugh and Dave Doeren.

Yes, Harbaugh seems a bit, well a lot, far fetched but Michigan is not happy with him not beating Ohio State or Michigan State, so his time there could be limited. What they fail to remember is how bad they were before he got there. Yes, his offense is not good, but his defense is top in the nation even after losing 10 of the 11 starters from last year. And lets not forget what he did with Stanford and the 49ers. Every stop he's had has been successful. Also, his wife is from Kansas and she has family still living in Kansas.

As for Doeren, he's another stretch because of how well NC State is doing (number 14 in the nation) and the promise they have for the future. But, he is a Kansas guy and if he has any sort of love for KU then it's worth a shot to talk to him.

I throw a blank check at both of these guys and if they decline, I look at Willie Fritz, Troy Calhoun, Scott Frost (if Nebraska doesn't get to him), Mike Leach (wouldn't he love to get back in the Big 12 and take the worst team in FBS and stomp Texas Tech), or a top FCS Coach in Mike Houston, Chris Klieman, John Grass, or K.C. Keeler. Heck, even call up Bo Pelini. Wouldn't hurt.

At this point, we need someone who has HC experience. Enough of the up and coming Coordinator or unproven success as a HC. Everyone on this list has proven to be successful as a HC even if they may not all be at the FBS level.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 8 months ago

A big NO on Bo, he's just a first class jerk! Maybe we could have avoided all this mess had we hired Doeren to being with...that sure seems like a major step down for him now, but he does have the ties.

Dale Rogers 4 years, 8 months ago

Do you really think a big name coach would be willing to put his reputation on the line with this team? Seriously?

David Kemp 4 years, 8 months ago

Yes the bar is low for being successful that coach could have great longevity here

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 8 months ago

It doesn't hurt to at least try. And if you read my full post, which assuming by your confusion you skimmed it, you'd see that I call Harbaugh and Doeren 'far fetched' and a 'stretch'. Which if you don't already know, that means it's a long shot that we'd land them. But I think it's dumber not to try then to sit and wait for a HC to come to KU.

Matt Lindaman 4 years, 8 months ago

Chris Klieman already coached at KU--that era did not work out so well.

Chris Bailey 4 years, 8 months ago

@johnfitzgerald We had Harbaugh locked up if Lew had let him coach Stanford in the bowl game. We probably wouldn’t be having this conversation. But another FU from Lew.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 8 months ago

Really? I had no clue. Thanks for the information.

Chris Bailey 4 years, 8 months ago

Well I have a good friend that’s got some alum Friend with some $$$ that told him that. And he is 100% sure Harbaugh was locked up but Lew screwed the pooch.

Barry Weiss 4 years, 8 months ago

anyone here think a K-State blow-out win will bring a change at the top of our program?

Brett McCabe 4 years, 8 months ago

An embarrassing home loss following a nationally televised debacle should do it. If it doesn't, then Girod should just move along and let Neeli take care of us.

Lucas Town 4 years, 8 months ago

In 2015 K-State played with a backup QB in Joe Hubener all year. That was probably the worst K-State team Snyder has had since he came back in 2009 and they beat KU 45-14 in Lawrence. I would say this 2017 K-State team is much, much better. Would a similar defeat be enough to remove Beaty? I think its a push in that direction. If KU loses to Baylor, then I think its game over on this coaching staff.

Austin Bergstrom 4 years, 8 months ago

Baylor can score and will do so vs KU. Don't understand why everyone thinks we have a shot at beating Baylor? They are winless but have been in several games. Ku Hasn't been in a game since Labor Day.

Brad Watson 4 years, 8 months ago

Gene Chizik is the guy...He went undefeated at Auburn 14-0 and won a national title...he is very tough minded and he has another ring while at Texas...He is from Florida...he can recruit down there plus Texas....he is a real motivator....and most importantly....he is available and wants to coach least do a google search on the man and see how he measures up with others mentioned in here on a regular qualifications and resume are superior....he has won championships and i think he would like a big challenge ...he strikes me as that kind of a person.....whoever we hire....they must be capable of taking on the biggest challenge maybe ever in sports....thats how bad it is...just an opinion.

Richard Duran 4 years, 8 months ago

Yeah and he failed at Iowa St. and after Cam Newton left he was gone within 2 years. No thanks

Austin Lopez 4 years, 8 months ago

Let’s see if David Beaty has the balls to do what Steven Alfrod did at UCLA! For those who don’t know UCLA basketball team was underachieving in I believe Alfrod 3rd or 4th season and the fans wanted him gone. He had signed a extension the previous year before everyone started calling for his head the season after he signed the extension. After a disappointing season and the fan base calling for him to be gone UCLA coach Alfrod have the school back the extension he signed and didn’t get the pay upgrade but he sure did get it over the summer with a good season, thanks to Lonzo Ball. Beaty do the right thing and give Kansas back the extension you know you didn’t earn.

Larry Jackson 4 years, 8 months ago

Agree. Show what kind of character is behind all of the talk.

Robert Brown 4 years, 8 months ago

What Alford was void an one year extension to a contract that was already had 5-6 years left. Sure, it was noble, but more symbolic that anything else.

Austin Bergstrom 4 years, 8 months ago

Wonder if Bob Stoopes is getting the itch yet?

Jim Keen 4 years, 8 months ago

Bob Stoops? Fun to dream about that wild idea. But, can you imagine how many high school football players would drool over the chance to play for Bob Stoops?

Matthew Gaylor 4 years, 8 months ago

He isn't, and he wouldn't go to KU.

His son is a senior this year, and will soon be off to college. He left OU in part to be with his family, as well as medical history.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 8 months ago

Wonder if Zenger will ride home with his team on Saturday.

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