Thursday, January 11, 2018

Report: Texas A&M quality control staffer to join KU football, oversee special teams

Kansas head coach David Beaty yells at a player during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty yells at a player during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.


With a new NCAA rule allowing college football staffs to add a 10th full-time assistant coach going into effect this week, it appears University of Kansas head coach David Beaty has found his next hire.

FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported Thursday night the Jayhawks plan to bring on Jeremy Springer, a Texas A & M quality control aide for special teams and tight ends.

According to Feldman, Springer will work as KU’s special teams coordinator.

That position had been manned the past two seasons at KU by Joe DeForest. Before DeForest joined Beaty’s staff in early 2016, he coached safeties and coordinated the West Virginia defense, in 2012. DeForest then coached safeties at WVU from 2013-15, while also coordinating special teams for the Mountaineers.

A shift in responsibilities for DeForest moving forward, while remaining at Kansas, could be a possibility. KU hasn’t announced any such move for DeForest, nor Springer as its newest assistant coach on Beaty’s fourth staff at Kansas.

Springer is the twin brother of former KU linebacker Justin Springer.

Jeremy Springer played college football at UTEP, from 2009 to 2011.

None by Bruce Feldman


Joe Ross 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm just so angry that Beaty's back that it's hard to listen to anything about football. I can never remember not watching a Kansas sport out of anger, but this upcoming season in football might be a first for me. I don't know. The ineptitude overseeing the program...

Simply unbelievable.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 5 months ago

it sure is getting hard! I wouldn't say I'm angry with anybody, just beyond frustrated!

Mike Hart 4 years, 5 months ago

Ok, Joe. Feel free to take a year off and re-charge your batteries. See you in 2019.

Brad Farha 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm still going to every game, but I understand what you are saying.

Robert Brock 4 years, 5 months ago

Hy-Vee will be selling KU tickets at 5 bucks apiece. That should swell the attendance to nearly twelve thousand. Free beer could send it over fifteen thousand.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 5 months ago

i'm glad to see that Coach Beaty has now recycled every coordinator position. i'm hoping he will soon identify why we lose so much.

I'm also pleased (sarcasm) that he identified that Special Teams was the issue last year, compared to defense or offense. Was it 21 yards against TCU last year, special teams was the key to that issue!

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 5 months ago

I'm going to do some research on this guy and then give a comment tomorrow.

[''] 4 years, 5 months ago

Moving deck chairs on the 3-33 Titanic...

Drew Matthews 4 years, 5 months ago

Hahaha! Have not laughed this hard all day.

John Brazelton 4 years, 5 months ago

One again, players win games on the field more than coaches. With 20+ senior, junior and sophomore classes this season, KU should have the senior leadership that is needed to improve on the field performance. Our current players are tired of continual losing and if KU is going to make improvement in our win and loss record, these will be the guys who will do it.

DiscGolfer Jason 4 years, 5 months ago

This assistant has to know he's going to be out of a job after next season is over, right?

Ryan Shelton 4 years, 5 months ago

On the contrary. All he will have to do is win two games and he will get a raise.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 5 months ago

"David Beaty's head coaching philosophy: Build a team with player's that want to wear Kansas on the front of their jersey instead of play for the name on the back. (unlike many of Charlie Weis' players). (See Daniel Wise, guaranteed draft pick, coming back after 1-11 season saying "UNFINISHED BUSINESS")

Use his connection's in Texas to get us LEADERS not just football players from the state of Texas. (Booker, Sims, Dorance & Hakeen).

Surround himself with coaches that are better than him and hopefully presume the role that the coach 75 miles west down the road does of just managing coaches rather than the game. (because he isn't good at coaching the game himself). (Meacham, Hull, Williams, Riley & Bradford).

The biggest problem we have run into is that David Beaty was LEFT from Previous HC with maybe four players that were capable of BIG XII Football. (Fish Smithson, We'll say Joe Dineen but I don't think he was capable pre-development, We'll say Daniel Wise but none of you had any idea he would be this good and Michael Cummings who unluckily tore his ACL in a Spring Game.

Like I've been saying for months when you continually roast Beaty up a cliff about JUCO's. Yes, some highly touted kids who had committed bailed on said commitments thus leaving us with nothing. 4 and 5* freshman are the ONLY Freshman who should be playing consistently in a P5 conference. The rest should be redshirted unless they are GEMS. We CLEARLY needed players who could make an impact NOW. David Beaty went after HS kids who could make an impact NOW and ended up losing those commitments because he is not that good at coaching football games and the talent just isn't experienced or there yet for us and we went 1-11.

By what you say repeatedly, you would prefer us to have gotten the 2-3* HS kids that would have done nothing for us next year or even the year after and even 80% probably the year after that. Beaty needed players defensively who could come in and make an impact NOW. So he had to go to JUCO players who are of a higher caliber than the HS prospects we could have gotten, but have the key component of experience.

This is his process and the entire staff's understanding. I assure you Tom, these guys know what they're doing WAY more than you do. I appreciate your coverage of Kansas Football but I am personally sick of your tirade and I'm glad to see you turning towards finding optimism for next year. I fully expect David Beaty to be fired and wouldn't be surprised if Sheahon Zenger is as well. But quite frankly, Sheahon Zenger can't evaluate how good someone is going to be on Saturday's when he interviews them, he can only see how good they'll be Sunday-Friday and David Beaty is DAMN GOOD at that seeing as you drank the we are gonna be good Kool-Aid last year."

Applies well here. I imagine he is bringing him on for another connection to the Texas area. It would be nice to see us get an analytical breakdown on this guy's impact at A&M.

Brian Hosfelt 4 years, 5 months ago

Bryson if you think bringing in all these jucos now makes us better this next season because they are older, why don't we do it every year...hell sign 25 every year...then all we have is JR and Alabama won the national championship with 2 true freshman to end the game!

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 5 months ago

I mean, if you landed the right 25 JUCO players every year.. It would be a solid strategy. But no coaching staff would enjoy that immediate turnover and it would be hard to implement an offense with people coming from diverse offensive backgrounds.

Alabama did have two true freshman win them the national title.

I'll save you some research Brian. Tua 5, Devonta Smith 4.

Want to know a fun fact? We have a 4* receiver that we switched to Safety that would have been playing in that game.

Alabama also puts like no focus on recruiting quarterbacks so they are an outlier in terms of young players playing. They got the best dual threat.

Mike Hart 4 years, 5 months ago

Brian: Um yes.. .but Alabama's freshman QB was the #3 QB prospect in the nation and the #54 overall player in the country coming out of high school. Freshman WR Ruggs who caught a TD pass was 4-star WR and top 20 at his position in the country. So when KU has these 4 and 5 star offensive position players on their roster... you can BET they will be starting. That's obviously a dubious exercise to compare KU and Alabama roster and recruiting strategy side-by-side... and criticize KU juco route, since Alabama routinely gets crème de la crème ....

Brian Hosfelt 4 years, 5 months ago

that 4* would of been a JR in that game...a kid Saben didn't want to why is it that at Kansas he cant get on the field?

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 5 months ago

That is the biggest question mark in my life right now. Until I get a reasonable answer or he is on the field for every snap. I will yell "BEATY PUT CHARLOT IN" every time it gets quiet until he is in the game.

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