Tuesday, September 4, 2018

David Beaty owns up to ‘Hawk Talk’ gaffe

Coach David Beaty watching the team during pregame workout on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

Coach David Beaty watching the team during pregame workout on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.


According to Kansas football coach David Beaty, he mistakenly described some of the circumstances surrounding his team’s final offensive play of an overtime home loss to Nicholls State while appearing on his weekly radio show, "Hawk Talk," Monday night.

Beaty brought up the blunder during his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon, a day after he said the Colonels’ defense was in cover-zero, and if the KU offensive line could have picked up the twist ran by Nicholls defensive lineman Sully Laiche, then quarterback Miles Kendrick could have run for a touchdown because there was “nobody left” in the secondary to beat Kendrick to the goal line.

“I know you guys think I'm perfect, but I'm not,” Beaty said, while bringing up his mistake. “That's a joke. I don't know if you got that or not. But I kind of messed that deal up pretty good.”

He also misidentified Evan Veron, who made two sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss in Nicholls’ road win, as the player who delivered the sack in overtime, on the 3rd and 6 play.

“He had a sack on the second-to-the-last play, I think, of the first half. I had (Veron) on the brain, and it was actually 55 (Laiche) that made the sack. And they were in actually cover-one, which is man,” Beaty clarified. “They weren't in cover-zero. So, yeah, I've proved I'm not perfect, which I'm sure you all didn't know that up until now.”

KU’s coach said the sequences looked “almost identical” on video, leading to his gaffe. Beaty also stated he figured out he misspoke shortly after the show ended.

“So I've watched a few thousand plays, but that's no excuse,” Beaty added.

Laiche tackled Kendrick for a 3-yard loss on the play, forcing KU to settle for a 41-yard Gabriel Rui field goal.

The Jayhawks (0-1) led briefly, 23-20, before Nicholls won the game on a 4-yard touchdown run by quarterback Chase Fourcade.


Dee Shaw 3 years, 11 months ago

It’s ok Coach. We have known this the day you got hired. Thanks for clarifying.

Andy Godwin 3 years, 11 months ago

The most telling aspect of that crucial play was that Colonels' head coach called a time out when he saw Kendrick enter the game to make sure his player understood the personnel. They adjusted (man coverage loading the box in case the QB was to run) and KU did not. Game over.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 11 months ago

He would be hysterically funny if he had Nick Saban's record ...

Lance Iamnot 3 years, 11 months ago

Apples do not fall from the tree. The gaffe prone Beaty sloppy speech in a talk show that he fumbled through is what people see animated in his team's play. Sloppy coach - sloppy team.

[''] 3 years, 11 months ago

No, Mr. 3-34, we thought you were perfect.

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