Sunday, November 4, 2018

KU not retaining football coach David Beaty

Beaty will remain in place for final 3 games of season

Kansas head coach David Beaty looks up at the video board during the fourth quarter, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas head coach David Beaty looks up at the video board during the fourth quarter, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.


Since the day of Jeff Long’s introductory press conference at the University of Kansas in July, the school’s athletic director made it clear his evaluation of the football program and fourth-year head coach David Beaty would truly begin once the season kicked off, on Sept. 1.

After nine games, that assessment is now complete.

Long announced Sunday, the day after KU’s touchdown-less, 27-3 home loss to Iowa State, Beaty will not be retained as head coach at the conclusion of the season.

"After a thorough evaluation of the program, I believe that new leadership is necessary for our football team to move forward and compete at the highest level of the Big 12 Conference," Long stated in a KU release. "I know that Coach Beaty cares deeply about his players, and I respect that. The student-athletes on this team have continued to play hard - and I am confident they will do that for the rest of the season."

Long informed Beaty of his decision Sunday and met with the football team directly afterward. "The search for a new head coach will begin immediately," he said.

Beaty's contract calls for him to be paid $3 million (payable in six equal payments) in the event of termination without cause; Long said Kansas will fulfill the terms of that contract.

Just a week before the coach’s most recent loss with the Jayhawks, Kansas reached its highest season win total under Beaty — three — by defeating TCU 27-26 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. On that Saturday, KU’s offense looked functional for the first time in conference play this season, a little more than two weeks after Beaty fired former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Doug Meacham and placed himself in those vacated roles.

But a regression was evident against a surging Iowa State team this weekend, as KU’s offense went 12 possessions and 83 plays without putting the ball across the goal line, a failure Beaty owned during his postgame press conference.

In that question-and-answer setting, though, while discussing his latest defeat as KU’s coach, Beaty (6-39 overall, 2-31 Big 12) exuded neither anger nor the look of a man worried that his job would soon be lost.

That calm wouldn’t last. In the hours following a loss in which Iowa State’s fans appeared to outnumber KU’s among the announced crowd of 15,543, rumors of Beaty’s imminent departure began swirling.

Through a spokesman, KU maintained Long’s evaluation of Beaty remained “ongoing” Saturday night, after Soren Petro of Sports Radio 810 WHB, in Kansas City, Mo., tweeted out he was “hearing” Beaty was out as head coach, and an announcement on the matter would follow over the course of the next day.

Sources reached by the Journal-World within the football program and athletic department had not been informed of any such move as late as Saturday night.

But by Sunday, it was official.

Not expected to turn the downtrodden KU football program around overnight when former AD Sheahon Zenger hired Beaty in December of 2014, the former Texas A & M receivers coach and recruiting coordinator never could manage to get the Jayhawks to turn a corner.

KU went winless in 2015, his first season in charge of a college football program. Year 2 brought his first victory, a rout over overmatched FCS opponent Rhode Island in the 2016 opener, and, after a nine-game losing streak, Beaty’s first Big 12 victory, in overtime against Texas.

Even though KU went 2-10 and Beaty entered the offseason 2-22 as the program’s head coach, those merits proved enough for Zenger to raise Beaty’s annual salary — starting at $1.6 million per year in 2017 — and extend his contract through 2021.

That show of faith didn’t help produce any on-the-field results, though. KU followed its 2017 season-opening win over Southeast Missouri State by losing its final 11 games. Eight of its nine conference matchups were lost by 22 or more points.

Still, at 3-33 through three seasons, with a single conference victory, Zenger retained Beaty.

By May of 2018, though, KU chancellor Douglas Girod fired Zenger, igniting speculation that a new AD at Kansas would mean a football coaching change if Beaty didn’t show drastic progress in Year 4.

After three seasons marred by staff turnover, an inability to recruit or develop a truly impactful quarterback and a routinely flat Air Raid offense, small on-field gains over the past couple of months neither saved Beaty’s job nor helped him on the recruiting front. With December’s early signing period getting closer by the day, KU’s 2019 recruiting class currently includes just one verbal commitment, from two-star Wentzville, Mo., running back Cole Mueller.

Embattled for much of this season and last, Beaty survived an overtime home loss to Nicholls State on the day Long had stated he would begin more thoroughly evaluating the head coach and his program. To the Jayhawks’ credit, they responded to their 2018-opening defeat at the hands of an FCS foe with back-to-back victories over Central Michigan and Rutgers. By beating CMU on the road, KU even put an end to the program’s 46-game road losing streak. The consecutive victories were KU’s first since 2011.

But reality hit hard once Big 12 play commenced. Four consecutive conference defeats followed the 2-1 nonconference start to this season. And a victory over TCU proved more of a respite from the norm than a launching point for a successful run to close the season.

So Kansas, with three games left on the season, will play out its schedule under Beaty, beginning with Saturday’s trip to Kansas State for the Sunflower Showdown.

After KU informed donors of the move and made the news official with a press release, Long tweeted out some of the details of what led to his decision.

According to Long, he met with Beaty Sunday to inform the fourth-year coach he wanted to take KU football in a “new direction.”

The first-year KU AD stated he and Beaty agreed it would be in the best interest of the current KU players, “especially our seniors,” to let Beaty complete the 2018 season as head coach.

Long said he met with KU’s players after informing Beaty and explained the “head coach qualities that would be the foundation of our search, the vision of our future and reinforced the commitment to breaking the cycle.”

Long added KU’s coaching search officially starts now.

“Our search will find an experienced head coach. A head coach that is a proven program builder and strong recruiter. A head coach that is an established leader of men, both on and off the field. A head coach who is committed to breaking the cycle for KU football,” Long tweeted, adding a Rock Chalk hashtag in conclusion.

On Sunday evening, KU issued a statement from its fourth-year head coach. Beaty thanked Long for giving him the chance to finish the season, as well as Girod for the chancellor's support, and said he was “saddened” to not be a part of the program’s future, but respected the decision.

“I am looking forward to every minute of these next three weeks with the finest young men in the country, at a university I truly love,” Beaty stated, before adding he was inspired by his players and he was proud of senior captains Jeremiah Booker, Joe Dineen Jr. and Daniel Wise.

None by Jeff Long

None by Jeff Long

None by Jeff Long

KU football records under David Beaty

2015: 0-12 overall, 0-9 Big 12

2016: 2-10, 1-8

2017: 1-11, 0-9

2018: 3-6, 1-5

Total: 6-39 overall, 2-31 Big 12


Chris Bailey 3 years, 6 months ago

Well we all knew it was coming just didn't know when. So now the speculation on the who will replace him? Bring us someone that can recruit AND coach AD Long! PLEASE!

Kirk Garrett 3 years, 6 months ago

It’s interesting that Long is specifying that the replacement must be a proven “head coach.” No assistants need apply.

Chris Bailey 3 years, 6 months ago

Why would you hire one of the assistants? The team isn't getting better with them either. The only member of the staff worth keeping is Tony Hull, period. I don't wanna hear this Bowen song and dance anymore. He is not head coach ready and we need someone that can win!

Kirk Garrett 3 years, 6 months ago

Not KU assistants. Assistants from any program.

Chris Bailey 3 years, 6 months ago

Oh my bad. Well I agree with that because Jim Leavitt would be a great get!

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

Jim Leavitt has head coaching experience though so even though he's currently a coordinator, he would still fit Long's criteria. That said, there's zero chance Leavitt comes to KU. He's the guy KSU administrators want to replace Snyder.

Chris Bailey 3 years, 6 months ago

Yeah I know and he even has a clause in his contract stating that if he is offered the head coaching job at KSU that he has no buyout to leave Oregan in his current capacity. That said Snyder wants his son so I don't know if that will happen. Still I wouldn't count him out although he did coach at KSU previously so that's against us.

Joe Ross 3 years, 6 months ago

Don't believe that. The search was on before today, you can bet. Les Miles was probably contacted weeks ago. My guess is that Miles knew Beaty was going to be fired before Beaty knew Beaty was going to be fired.

Frederick Heckel 3 years, 6 months ago

Beaty knew Beaty was going to be fired the second that Zenger was fired.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 6 months ago

Beaty was a dud from the word go. He over promised and totally under delivered. For Zenger to extend this guy after going 2-22 was only to save his job since he also hired and fired Weis. He couldn't do the same with Beaty so he keeps a coach in over his head to the detriment of the program. Four years of the same responses after a game "this is on me, we have to get better, we will fix this" indecision, micromanaging, bad time outs and total lack of progress with the program and less progress with development of players. Now scholarship issues (too many Jucos) and only 1 recruit for 2019. I guess when 1/2 of his staff left after the first season that was a tell tale sign. I don't blame Beaty, he stunk, but the KU administration hired Weis, then Beaty, it was bad decision after horrible decision. Doeren wanted the job but gave the impression he was too willing to have it so administration goes with Beaty. Then they ask for more donations. What a joke. At least there's hope now, KU has no choice but to get it right or be left out if the Big 12 folds and they have no where to play because no other conference needs another doormat.

Chris Bailey 3 years, 6 months ago

Best assessment I've heard in a long time! I couldn't agree or like this more!

Brian Wilson 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree except on scholarship and player issues.

The number of Juco players won't matter when you are installing a new system with a new coach next year.. I don't think Juco transfers are lower life football players or something. They are not all athletically challenged. and, their are plenty of ex-Juco players in the NFL believe it or not.

Aaron Rodgers – QB – Butte College – Green Bay Packers, Cam Newton – QB – Blinn College – Carolina Panthers, LaGarrette Blount – RB – East Mississippi – New England Patriots, Marcel Reece – FB – El Camino – Oakland Raiders, Steve Smith – WR – Santa Monica – Carolina Panthers, Julian Edelman – WR – San Mateo – New England Patriots, Cordarelle Patterson – WR – Hutchinson Community College – Minnesota Vikings, Antonio Brown – WR – North Carolina Tech Prep Christian – Pittsburgh Steelers, Carl Nicks – OL – Hartnell – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bryant McKinnie – OL – Lackawanna – Miami Dolphins, Glover Quin – S – SW Mississippi – Houston Texans.

So, about recruiting. With a new coach coming in there will be a bunch of players wanting to come in as well. We have 18 scholarships to give and that's plenty. You only get an average of 21 to give away in any one year anyway. If we sign a bunch of "2 Star" prospects we have plenty of time to develop them and plenty of talent on the team right now if we can keep them. Some current players (Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen) will redshirt this year and the numbers will flow down the ranks and be fine. That is the difference between when Beaty was hired and where we are at right now. Beaty only had 23 Juniors and Seniors combined when he got here. A new coach right now is looking at having over 50.

Al Martin 3 years, 6 months ago

Plus, there are blueshirts, which count against the following year's recruiting class. The new coach can bring in a few more than 18 if he wants to (one can argue that blueshirting isn't a good longterm practice).

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

@Kevin why are people like you so paranoid over KU being left out if realignment occurs? 1st, we dont even know if it will happen and 2nd, KU will land in a P5 conference...hell, the BIG10 let Indiana, Rutgers, Minnesota and Illinois stay and none of them are any good at least KU can bring a legendary BBAL program with them..they will be fine..the FB can improve, but there arent too manybcash cow top notch BBALL programs floating around

Chris Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

Benton, you think Beaty and the KU Football team are going win out for the remainder of the season now that it's official that he's gone at the end of the season??

Dale Stringer 3 years, 6 months ago

The last 70 seconds of the ISU game was uncalled for. Two defensive time outs and down by 24 points - What For???

To me that was very unsportsmanlike.

Jack Hoff 3 years, 6 months ago

The sad part is that Beaty has been made out to be a villian by much of the fan base. No doubt he shoulders the blame for not winning games but I hope people do recognize that he does care about the university, the kids and had the best intentions. Not as a moron or retard or all these other things fans like to throw out. The job was too big for him but there are alot of experienced coaches out there who would have had a tough time with turning KU Football around as well. All the best to Beaty and his family. Hopeful Long can bring in the right guy to build the program and energize the fanbase.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 6 months ago

Pretty laughable that Jeff Long would talk about bringing in a coach who would be "a leader of men". Just like he brought in that paragon of virtue Bobby Petrino to be a "leader of men" at Arkansas.

Also pretty laughable that Jeff Long would talk about bringing in "a proven program builder and strong recruiter". John L. Smith wasn't any of those things at Michigan State, but Long brought him to Arkansas, and that ended badly. And Bret Bielema wasn't either of those things either for the Razorbacks.

And yet those of you who still root for the clown show that is KU football expect a guy who failed to find the right coach for Arkansas to bring in the man who will turn it around.

No thanks. I'm not shoveling Long's bull****. I'm sticking with the Iowa Hawkeyes during football season.


Sam Meyer 3 years, 6 months ago

You're an Iowa fan, we get it...whatever. Why do you continue to waste your time on a KU website? Go enjoy your Sunday doing something besides trying to troll KU fans.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 6 months ago

You know Bryce your like the guy who breaks up with his girlfriend, but then proceeds to tell her how he's better off without her. Always follows her on Facebook after the breakup and then let's her know when he has a new girlfriend. It's sad, infantile and a totally DB move. You moved on, so move on, no one needs or cares about your IOWA updates. God you are so sad. You're a joke.

Joe Ross 3 years, 6 months ago

The reason you're not liked is obvious. You come to a Jayhawk site with an Iowa logo and expect that we should embrace it?

"What a fool believes, no wise man has the power to reason away."

Look up "persona non grata". You'll find your picture there.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

Bryce, the opposite of love is indifference. Your persistent comments claiming your lack of interest only demonstrates your love of KU football. Say it with me.

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!! (and screw Iowa)

Glen Miller 3 years, 6 months ago

What's pretty laughable is that you actually think any of us give a care what you think. You just like to read your own comments, troll on....... Only a really low self esteemed person goes on another teams page to talk trash. Do you still live at home with your mom too?

Randy Bombardier 3 years, 6 months ago

This is the right move. Let him finish the season is for the players. This will allow new coach to start immediately on his staff and recruiting, neither of which have been done well for the last 5 or 6 years. Gills team would most likely be at .500 by now. My hope is that four years from now we will be there and have the sense to be happy with that.

Ed Noyes 3 years, 6 months ago

Gill's players were not attending class and flunking out of school, at least those that were not on the way to jail. Say what you want about Charlie, he did clean out the riff raff.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

A lot of those issues were with the Mangino players rebelling against Gill. Once those guys were out, it wouldn't have been a big issue.

Brad Avery 3 years, 6 months ago

Why is Beaty staying for the last three games? Does not make a whole lot of sense.

Joe Joseph 3 years, 6 months ago

My guess is Long suspects his new hire will clean house. Or, at least come close to doing so. If he names an interim, and said interim has some relative success over the last few games, Long will then face pressure from fans to keep the interim as HC. He clearly doesn't want to do that. Nor does he want to feel any pressure/backlash from the fan base (or what's left of it).

Andy Tweedy 3 years, 6 months ago

I was thinking something like that today...what if Long let Bowen run out the season and they beat K-State and Texas...disastrous!

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

There would be nobody to run the offense since Beaty fired the OC and took on those responsibilities himself.

W Keith Swinehart II 3 years, 6 months ago

Sad but no surprise. It was a very difficult situation for Beaty coming in as a new inexperienced Coach following multiple AD and Head Coach turnovers, minimal fan and local media support. So on to the search for a new Head Coach.

It will take a confident, talented and dedicated person to fill the coaching role, plus some faith and luck during the hiring and the player recruiting process. It can be done, witness Kansas State and Iowa State, but it's no slam dunk. I've been a KU football fan for 60 years, since Jack Mitchell in 1958, and we've had winning spurts, but never a legitimate football "program."

I wish new AD Long and the Kansas University the best of luck. I will be happy if he can develop a loyal fan base and supportive sports news reporting.

Rock Chalk.

Marc Frey 3 years, 6 months ago

We better get this right this time. I am not up on the realignment timing, but we are in danger of being left out. We need football to succeed.

Robert Brock 3 years, 6 months ago

KU has been sending the message that it doesn’t care about football for several years. Start sending a different message - or accept getting thrown out of P5 conference consideration.

Craig Carson 3 years, 6 months ago

why are people like you so paranoid about realignment? The BIG10 has Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota..none of which are good at BBALL...if they let them stay then they would HAPPILY take KU..the FB can improve, but there arent too many cash cow BBALL programs with a nationwide following floating around..they will be fine IF the BIG12 breaks apart..every BIG12 team will find a P5 conference to go to

Ardy Dehdasht 3 years, 6 months ago

Who thinks that the the position has been already offered to Les Miles (and accepted by him) and this move is to allow Les Miles to recruit with no NCAA limitations (Bob Huggins) and to buy him a month or two until his hiring is official.

Micky Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

You think Les Miles is going to come to Kansas?

Michael Maris 3 years, 6 months ago

"A head coach that is a proven program builder and strong recruiter."

Les Miles did NOT rebuild LSU program, when he took over for the departed Nick Saban. So, we can look at Les Mile's tenure at Okie State (always 2nd fiddle in the State). And, Miles record is not something to get ecstatic about. OU was in the early stages of the Big Game Bob Stoops era. Texas was in the early stages of Mack Brown era as well. So, I don't know what I think about the potentials of Les Miles taking over the Jayhawks football program. Other than, keep Coach Hull on the staff and keep the recruiting pipeline from Louisiana in place. The football coaches in Louisiana are still familiar with Coach Miles. And, they've proven that they trust Coach Hull with their potential recruits. Maybe, QB Lance LeGendre will put Kansas back in the mix for his services. We can only hope.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

OSU was consistently near the bottom of the B12 south when Miles took over. They'd have 1 or 2 good years here and there, but nothing sustainable. Les Miles laid that foundation for Oklahoma State football today that Mike Gundy has ran with after Miles took the LSU job.

Miles may not have built LSU, but he maintained it at a very high level winning a national title and playing for a second. He won 9+ games in 9 of his 11 full seasons there including 7 seasons of 10+ wins. Miles was also the first coach in LSU history with consecutive 10+ win seasons, not even Saban did that there.

If Miles is the choice, I don't think we should expect to see him duplicate what he did at LSU, but replicating what he did at OSU is a realistic option because OSU has many of the same obstacles that KU does in regards to football.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

Kevin - The extension of Beaty's contract had nothing to do with performance or saving jobs or anything like it. It was about the fact that Beaty took the job for a fraction of what any other coach would accept ($800k IIRC) and my guess is a promise that it would be brought into an appropriate ballpark once we were out from under the last bad contract.

It also felt weird agreeing with your comment about Iowa fans but thank you and Boiler Up!

Ryan Shelton 3 years, 6 months ago

Here's my takeaway from the last ten years of failed hires: When KU fired Mangino, the cry was, "Hire somebody who is nicer!" When KU fired Gill, the cry was, "Hire somebody who is meaner!" When KU fired Weis, the cry was, "Hire somebody who doesn't take the easy way!" Now that KU has fired Beaty, what is the fan base's cry? How will this firing/hiring be remembered 3-5 years from now?

Kirk Garrett 3 years, 6 months ago

I hope this time, the legacy will be, “that’s when KU got serious about committing to football.”

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

If you are hiring by what the fan base shouts, then you should return your $1.5 million check. Why do KU fans always find excuses for incompetence in football administration?

Len Shaffer 3 years, 6 months ago

Micky Baker, where are you with your usual Beaty defense??? And BTW, since you've twice falsely accused me of rooting against KU, see Bryce Landon for someone who ACTUALLY roots against KU.

Micky Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

Dude, I just got home. I was in Lawrence over the weekend. I went to the game on Saturday. So when the new head coach doesn't have success right away, and it won't happen right away, you'll understand why I think it's dumb to fire Beaty right now. It isn't that I was defending Beaty, but there is nobody worth his salt that will want to come to KU unless he's given the time to turn it around. When I say, given time, set a deadline, stick to it and don't listen to the emotional criticism from the fans. At the the game there were some fans actually yelling at other over the performance on the field. It was when Robinson dropped the ball that would have been a TD catch. Then when Robinson fumbled the ball in the 2nd quarter when KU was driving. Then when KU got inside the 10 twice and couldn't punch it in. I'm telling you, the lack of personnel is a big deal on the offensive line. Not that there aren't plenty of guys, but the lack of actual athletic ability up front on the offensive side of the ball. Quite frankly, it will be difficult for someone to recruit if the fans aren't patient and the program listens to them. There are a lot of positions that need filled. I hope the next coach proves me wrong, but I don't see that happening given that the fans aren't even on board because so many got spoiled by one great season. There were so many people around the stadium partying, but they didn't go to the game. If you ask me, the students mostly likely pay the $155 fee just for basketball tickets so it doesn't cost them any more to go to the home football games. Since there is a new coach, home opener next year there better be a full student section or we aren't going to get the recruits we need.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

In 4 years, a kid from graduate from college but a millionaire can't create a competitive football team?

Micky Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

If we weren't left in such a hole after Gill and then Weis, they could. It was a much deeper hole than even Glen Mason inherited when he was hired. People are going to complain and I guarantee the next head coach will have to use transfers for the 2019 recruiting class. Fans are going to complain about it, but he won't have a choice but that won't matter to those who aren't thinking rationally. Of course, my opinion is just that but I'm not getting all bent out of shape and emotional. The players deserve for the fans to go to the games, win or lose. I don't live that close to Lawrence, but I did take a day off work to drive up to Lawrence this past weekend for the game. I live 400 miles away.

Micky Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

Also, the person you mentioned doesn't deserve a response. He doesn't deserve the attention. I was all over him in previous seasons. He's a lost cause.

Tony Bandle 3 years, 6 months ago

I think Jeff Long just had his first [and probably not his last] mic drop!!

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

Unfortunately, it was because he was stumbling around, finding ways to blame this mess on KU fans.

Micky Baker 3 years, 6 months ago

It is partially the fault of KU fans who don't understand... you're either there or you aren't. The students who aren't athletes get the support they need from a lot of people, the players don't from the students though.

Dane Pratt 3 years, 6 months ago

The fans are part of the problem. It's the players and coaches who do all the work, all the fans have to do is show up. How hard is that?

Larry D. Leonard 3 years, 6 months ago

Just make Tony Hull interim head coach to see what happens and go from there...having Coach Beatty be head coach for the last three games makes no sense. Especially if the AD is going to name a new head coach "sooner rather than later..."

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