Friday, January 26, 2018

Report: Veteran assistant Bill Miller to join David Beaty’s KU football staff

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.


It appears Kansas football coach David Beaty has found the final assistant coach to round out his staff.

According to Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, Beaty is set to hire coaching veteran Bill Miller as a defensive assistant.

This will be the second stint at KU for Miller, who coached linebackers and was co-defensive coordinator on Mark Mangino’s staff, in 2009.

A college coach for close to four decades, Miller spent the past four years in charge of linebackers at Florida State.

From 2011-13, Miller served as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Minnesota.

Earlier in his career, Miller coordinated defenses at Oklahoma State (1989-94), Miami (1995-98), Michigan State (1999-2002) and Arizona State (2005-06). He was associate head coach at Florida from 2003-04.

Miller’s addition gives KU its full allotment of 10 on-field assistants, joining defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, linebackers coach Todd Bradford, running backs coach Tony Hull, cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry, offensive line coach A.J. Ricker, quarterbacks coach Garrett Riley, defensive line coach Jesse Williams and offensive assistant Justin Johnson.

FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported earlier this month Jeremy Springer would become KU’s next special teams coordinator. The university never announced such a hire, even after Beaty did not retain former Kansas special teams coordinator Joe DeForest. Springer went on to join Kevin Sumlin’s staff at Arizona as special teams coordinator. Feldman later reported Springer, who worked with Sumlin previously at Texas A & M, was set to join KU before the position at Arizona became available.

None by Bruce Feldman


Jeff Coffman 4 years, 6 months ago

What support or opinion helps you decide this is a good hire? All signs point otherwise. Every place he has gone the defense gets worse even the powerhouses.

Brad Avery 4 years, 6 months ago

Bill Miller was one of the great assistants on Mangino's staff. Welcome back, coach.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 6 months ago

He was on staff the last year when the defense fell apart. I think you are thinking Bill Young.

Mike Hart 4 years, 6 months ago

Ah ... Jeff Coffman and more of his throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks. Uh, Jeff: Bill Miller spent one year at KU as co-defensive coordinator and LB coach. KU football was ranked 9th in Big 12 in 2008, giving up 447 yards/game and giving up 36.6 ppg. In 2009, KU football was ranked 9th in the Big 12 also... giving up 419 yards/game and giving up 35.9 pts/game. So there was ZERO drop-off with Bill Miller's presence. In 2010, Bill Miller was gone.. and KU defense was DEAD LAST in Big 12.. giving up 491 yards/game and 42 pts/game... easily dead last. Meanwhile, he left KU and went to Minnesota from 2011-2013 where he was Assistant Head Coach and LB Coach. They were 3-9 before he got there. In his 3 years there, they went 3-9, 6-7 and 8-5... including a bowl game in 2013. This was improvement each year. At FSU, he was the LB coach and they had the same defensive coordinator each year. Team had 10+ wins in 3 of 4 seasons there, so he must have been doing something right.

Bryson Stricker 4 years, 6 months ago




[''] 4 years, 6 months ago

Not to be confused with the greatest Bill on that Mangino staff: Bill Young The best to have ever guided a KU Defense

Larry Knzas 4 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. If it was Coach Young, then I would be very pleased.

Robert Brock 4 years, 6 months ago

Zenger...must fire Zenger...going nowhere until KU fires Zenger...dreaming of firing Zenger.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 6 months ago

Good hire though IMO abit confusing as well. We are full of defensive assistants but are lacking a WR/TE coach. Is this another multitasking decision? I'm not nearly as rainbows and unicorns as Bryson but I think I have been positive and supportive. This to me is a headscratcher without any other info.

Stephen Burtin 4 years, 6 months ago

Bill Miller was on the staff in 2009 as the Co-Defensive Coordinator with Clint Bowen. That defense was not good enough to win games with Todd Reesing putting up a lot of points.

Positive: Maybe Mangino was controlling too much and that is why the defense failed...

Negative: Maybe not...

Miller is/was good enough to coach the LBs for Jimbo Fisher and win a National Title. If he is joining the staff in that regard then I am on board. If he comes in as the Co-DC again then all we can do is hope that the old dog has learned some new tricks.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 6 months ago

He was hired the year after the national championship at fsu...defense went downhill. Similar to ku, defense went downhill.

The pattern is beaty hires a coach that know how to win, the coach doesn't rah rah, heart doesn't retain him or parts ways, and heart reaches for a false answer, at least the pattern to date.

Mike Hart 4 years, 6 months ago

Yeah.. Florida State defense went from 64th in the nation Bill's first year as LB coach... to 18th... then 20th...and then 20th again. Atrocious, I guess. A clear downward spiral.

Mike Hart 4 years, 6 months ago

David Beaty has been a WR coach every place he has been since 2006.

Michael Sillman 4 years, 6 months ago

So, who’s going to handle special teams? It’s a critical job considering that some of last year’s losses were helped along by special team meltdowns.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 6 months ago

The guy has been at some pretty impressive stops. - -Hoping he can do something to help the un godly defense

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 6 months ago

Every stop the defense gets progressively worse. Why did Jimbo not retain him?

Mike Hart 4 years, 6 months ago

as pointed out above... absolutely not true. Neither at Florida State and certainly not at Minnesota.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 6 months ago

If Bowen is around it won't matter.

If Beaty is around it won't matter.

If zenger is around it won't matter.

If Girod is around it won't matter.

Bill Kackley 4 years, 6 months ago

You know you guys could be right about Beaty but lay off Bowen. He has been saddled with extremely young defenders by a coach who is all offense and bad offense has put a tremendous amount of pressure on the defense. Most games the failed offense or special teams have continued to give our apponents extremely good field position and the defense held off pretty good until being on the field for long periods of time or the opponents gaining field position in our territory due to 1. Offensive 3 and outs, 2. Poor punting, 3. Poor tackling by special teams wore them down.

Ray Winger 4 years, 6 months ago

Exactly! Thanks for stating the real truth. I also remember the performance improvement of the team, when Coach Bowen was the temporary HC.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 6 months ago

What about all the other years where Bowen's defense was crap? Bowen has always been a crappy DC.

Jeff Coffman 4 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe someone actually still thinks Bowen is good. The only good year that Bowen has had in his defensive days is 2007 with the Orange Bowl team. He was the right hand man to Bill Young. We know that Bill Young has gone on to great things, since then Bowen hasn't seen the ratings inside the 100 best defenses, whether he was here or at the other universities.

I believe Bowen is the center of the issues at KU. In fact, I think that if Beaty had fired him in the middle of the season last year, I would have support for Beaty this season. When he chose to retain them, I didn't think Beaty had a chance, but clearly with Girod around not caring about anything with regards to athletics, we might as well give Beaty an extension for pretending he might win a game next year.

Mike Hart 4 years, 6 months ago

Jeff, you missed your calling. You should be working on a suicide hotline with all your positivity. It's not typically fact-based... just rants.

Edward Daub 4 years, 6 months ago

Here is my opinion on what will happen. Beaty knows he has to win a few games in 2018 to save his job. He should know that the KU Defense needs a change at Defensive Coordinator!

Beaty will elect to move Bowen to special teams coach and let Miller take a shot at D.C.! Bowen will also be stripped of his "Safeties" Coach role. Of course, Beaty will have to get Zenger's permission first!

As for the Poem "Zenger at the Bat" , Strike 1 = Weis! Strike 2 = Beaty! Will Girod allow Zenger to step back in the batters box and Swing Again! Stay Tuned!

Jim Stauffer 4 years, 6 months ago

Boy the negative nancys are out in full. Just go ahead and attack and man of character. A man known in the business as a solid coach, knowledgeable. Had Beaty been able to acquire this staff the first year our record would be much better, recruiting would be better. The only concern is whether the posse has arrived too late.

Chris DeWeese 4 years, 6 months ago

The comments have nothing to do with the content of Miller's character. It's all about performance. Just because, for example, Zenger loves KU, it doesn't mean we should just blindly keep him around. His performance hasn't been that great, so logic would dictate letting him go and finding someone with a fresh perspective or a proven track record.

Mike Hart 4 years, 6 months ago

What does ANY of this have to do with Miller, Chris? The claims about Miller's lack of success have already been debunked above.

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