Saturday, November 3, 2018

KU’s response to report on Beaty’s job: Evaluation of football program still ‘ongoing’

Kansas head coach David Beaty watches as Iowa State gets deep into Kansas territory during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty watches as Iowa State gets deep into Kansas territory during the second quarter, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.


The corner of Twitter that keeps up with the Kansas football program caught fire with speculation in the hours following the Jayhawks’ 27-3 home loss to Iowa State on Saturday.

It all began when Soren Petro, of Sports Radio 810 WHB, in Kansas City, Mo., tweeted that he was “hearing” David Beaty was out as KU’s head coach and that the athletic department would announce as much in the next 24 hours.

Reached by the Journal-World and other media outlets for a response on the matter from athletic director Jeff Long, KU spokesperson Jim Marchiony stated Saturday night, “As Jeff has said, the evaluation of the football program began September 1 and is ongoing.”

Petro also posted to Twitter that he expected Beaty — now 3-6 on the season and 6-39 in his three-plus years at KU — would “finish the season on the sideline.”

The 810 host went on in a separate post to double down on his initial tweet, adding he had “more confirmation,” and that KU would make an announcement Sunday “around” noon.

The Journal-World reached out to sources within the football program and athletic department, none of whom could confirm knowledge of any pending announcement.

None by Soren Petro


Cora Smith 3 years, 8 months ago

After the way the Journal World has treated some of the KU people, why would you think they would tell you anything?

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 8 months ago

How did they treat them. By reporting that the football program stinks?

Adam Bengtson 3 years, 8 months ago

Why does this society do this with every single coach in this position? Is there really any doubt that the man will not be coaching next year?

We act like there is a secret

Brad Avery 3 years, 8 months ago

Much of the fanbase have already conducted their "evaluation" of the football program and decided not to show up at the games. Isn't that enough? Why continue the ruse?

Dirk Medema 3 years, 8 months ago

Kevin thinks that something like 20 articles about replacing the coach - most of them even before the season begins, is somehow good and respectful treatment. As a society, and internet community in particular, we have completely lost sight of respect.

A while ago, LJW made a decision to have all commenters be identified by their actual name in an effort to remove the cloak that facilitates some of the disrespectful comments. Unfortunately they have not followed through and some of the most disrespectful commenters are obviously cloaked with anonymous names.

He is gone is true but for now it is just TK - the ringleader of disrespect. He was offended that he didn't get some preferential treatment earlier this year and apparently couldn't put his actions together with KUs response. I think Coach Self was only half joking, or maybe none at all, when he said KU wouldn't miss him. Unfortunately the ignorant haters will remain and continue to vacillate with the wind/wins-losses.

It was noble of Coach Beaty to take responsibility for the loss away from the players and he deserves credit for that character throughout his time. Maybe the Xs and Os wouldn't have been good enough to win but it was the execution that really undid this one from the start. At one point Benton posted that we had as many drops as caught passes. That doesn't sound to me like a coaching problem.

At the end of the day though it is about Ws and there have not been enough. I'm still hopeful for one more, but unfortunately realize that even the chances of that are better than the probability of reading respectful comments. And thank you to those of you that do maintain civility in spite of the negativity.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

Ahhhhh, the morning lecture on civility. Condescension knows no bounds.

A couple of corrections......WR drops aren't coaching? From a former WR coach?

Suddenly a coach taking responsibility for his team's performance (after 3.5 years on the job, no less) makes him noble? Boy, I'd be interested in your definitions of courage, bravery and integrity. Seems like the bar is set pretty low.

Beaty took the job in the current social media climate. Everyone was a grown up when they signed up. No one should have been surprised.

The football program at the University of Kansas is among the five worst in the country. It didn't get there overnight. It didn't get there because of the fans or the commenters. It got there because the program has been mismanaged by millionaires for a decade. You don't get the money, the fame and the benefits without taking the responsibility. And the heat.

Layne Pierce 3 years, 8 months ago

The fact is that coach beatty did not maximize the talent he had, he did not bring in more talent, he failed to improve the players who could have been developed. These are all things that a Kansas coach has to be able to do.

Personally I wish him the best. Frankly he is only symptomatic of the ADs who did not really care.

Football fans are humans. Years and years of incompetence, and a lousy product on the field, are going to take their toll. In the end if staying away is not a way of voting, then what other choice do ordinary KU fans have?

A coach who has discipline, I don't mean is abusive, but who makes everyone accountable for what they do on the field, is what we need.

A coach who can develop players through time. That is what we need.

A coach who truly pays attention to the details, and demands that everyone else do the same. That is what we need.

A coach who organizes his offensive and defensive schemes according to the skills of his players, not the other way around. That is what we need.

You can trot out a list of names, and that is find, but leave out the necessary qualities, and we will be right back where we started.


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