Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Dearmon leaves behind NAIA head coaching job to become KU’s senior offensive consultant

KU football senior offensive consultant Brent Dearmon

KU football senior offensive consultant Brent Dearmon


As Kansas football coach Les Miles continues to add to his program’s support staff, he announced Wednesday the hiring of a senior offensive consultant, Brent Dearmon, who left a head coaching position to work at KU.

This past year, Dearmon’s first in charge at NAIA Bethel University, the Wildcats went undefeated in the regular season and finished with a 10-1 record, behind a powerful offense, which averaged 55 points and 540.3 yards per game.

"I couldn't be more excited that we were able to add Brent Dearmon to our staff as our senior offensive consultant," Miles stated in a release. "His experiences as the head football coach at Bethel University and as an assistant coach will serve our program well here at Kansas.  He's a solid man with a bright future ahead of him and we look to working with him as a member of our staff when he arrives in Lawrence."

Bethel achieved a program record-high No. 3 ranking during Dearmon’s one year as head coach, and with 55 points per game, the team had the highest scoring offense in all of college football.

Before taking over the NAIA program in Tennessee, Dearmon worked for three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Division II Arkansas Tech.

A quarterback coached by Dearmon made the all-conference team in each of his three seasons at Arkansas Tech.

Dearmon got his first big break in the coaching industry by working at Auburn for two years as an analyst of Gus Malzahn’s staff, analyzing running backs in 2013 and receivers in 2014.

His first job on a college staff came in 2007, when he was a student assistant at Bethel.

In his playing days, Dearmon was a four-year starter at QB for Bethel. He is the program’s all-time leader in career passing yards (7,045) and touchdowns (77).

"It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to come back home to Bethel and help rebuild the program,” Dearmon stated in a release from the Bethel athletics department. “This place will always be very a special place to me and my family.”

After working as a student assistant at Bethel, Dearmon became a high school coach. When he was offensive coordinator at Vigor High (Ala.), the program won a state title in 2008. He later became the head coach at Rain High School, in Alabama.


Buck Bukaty 3 years, 6 months ago

Welcome aboard, Mr. Dearmon and family!

For what it’s worth, go with it or not, I would recommend that you immediately have your Video Coordinator request film of two former NFL Quarterbacks for benefit of our new Juco transfer strong-arm QB, Mr. MacVittie (or any future strong-arm QB), and the other QBs on the team. This would be an exercise for study of how-to and how not-to play the position of Quarterback.

For one, Gary Hogeboom was at one time groomed by the Dallas Cowboys as their QB of the future and received a fair shake at earning/retaining the position. Mr. Hogeboom (my next door neighbor for a period), tall and lean, in my opinion had one of the all-time strongest arms in the NFL. He could throw a sideline rope about shoulder high which I would think bruised a Receiver’s hands. Think about it, though, what happened when a Receiver was going over the middle and his QB threw the same rope at equal strength. Bruised hands were not the primary problem (think, Oskie!). He never took anything off of it.

Secondly, to me Dan Fouts of the then San Diego Chargers had the best touch (he knew when to take something off of it) of most any NFL QB of all time. If you teach a strong-arm QB when and when not to take something off of it, I think such QB would likely have good prospects for a promising NFL career, meaning his KU career had been off the charts!

Good luck to your future!

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 6 months ago

Nothing worked under any of our coaches the last ten years. Les is thinking outside of the box and whether it works or crashes and burns, lets face it non of us have seen this type of thinking here at KU. Offensive consultant to the offensive coordinator? He also has many other coaches that will never see the field to help with the program. We've seen the same old thing. lm at least encouraged for the first time in a long time. lm not expecting miracles but its certainly better then expecting the same disaster under Beaty the last few years.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 6 months ago

This guy looks to me like someone who could step into the OC role should that be needed. He also looks, based on his experience and successes, as a future head coach. He's a "rising star" getting his Div I P5 opportunity. We may not be able to keep him long but, if he stays, he may just be the next HC of KU if and when Les Miles decides to hang it up. Just an opinion but obviously I am impressed with what I have read about this guy. But, the rubber meets the road in a few months so we'll see...

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

It is encouraging to see the FB coaching staff get the support they need; that has become a standard with our peer programs. It is a shame that former regimes never were afforded the same opportunity, even though the comment when Long came onboard was that he was going to provide the resources. Guessing it would not have been enough to change the outcome in the final year, or maybe even ever (The timeout usage in particular is still peculiar.), but it would have been nice for our coaches to have a fair chance.

Dale - While I would agree that this looks like a good addition to the staff with a bright future, it would seem a bit premature to jump to HC, and really even to OC. It would seem to be a big jump from NAIA to P5, though we have seen position coaches being groomed and elevated from these analyst positions.

Interestingly, our blink and you missed him OC also spent time with Malzahn. Also interesting, Auburn, after struggling offensively with alleged infighting between Malzahn and our former OC during the past season, lit things up again in the bowl game when it was just Malzahn leading the O.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

By fair chance do you mean that grown men, who apply for millionaire jobs should not be held responsible but should, instead, blame their issues on a lack of support? Or should they have investigated the support levels? Especially when they came from the hallowed grounds of College Station and the S.E.C.? And reviewed the opportunity before accepting it? And not written checks that their accounts couldn't cash? Talk is cheap. And that's all we got for four straight years.

The previous regime made more boneheaded decisions every 24 hours than I've made in a lifetime. And I've made a cargo ship full. Please just stop.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

That's funny Brett. It's Beaty's fault because he was paid for the position he was filling, even though he was still one of the lowest paid HC's. Remember when he was paid a fraction of what many coordinators are paid? Yes, he knew some of that going in, but that's also why he got the pay raise after year 2. It wasn't performance based. It was position based and even doubling his salary only got him barely in sight of the others. But it's his fault that we didn't give him the same tools? By that logic, you could tell a race car driver to go race with a smaller engine than the competition, but it's your fault if you don't win because I pay your salary. Or hey soldier, go fight this war with a bow and arrow, but don't worry, you'll win because I pay your salary. Sounds to me like your jealous.

It's not a question of whether there were mistakes (we can agree on that), but it would still have been nice to see the competition with similar resources.

David Robinett 3 years, 6 months ago

The common denominator of all these offensive coaches is high scoring and record-setting offenses. It will be welcome.

Doug Roberts 3 years, 6 months ago

Kinda seems like an offensive coordinator in waiting. This I like.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 6 months ago

That is one tremendous track record, albeit at lower levels. What's most impressive is how consistently good the offenses have been everywhere he's gone. Seems like a great addition.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

Echoing the positive comments from above. Coach Miles and Jeff Long are getting serious about football.

Drove by the new indoor practice facility over the weekend....about 85% completed. Thanks to David Booth and others for investing in this program.

Ray Winger 3 years, 6 months ago

Should give honest evaluation, and avoid being politically correct or suckup to protect his position or lash back to those who may have slighted him. Kings of Past, have had 'Court Jesters' whose real job was to mingle with court and tell the king the truth. KU has Legislative liaison officer, whose real job is to tell the Chancellor the Truth (beyond what political types put forth).

Michael Sillman 3 years, 6 months ago

Since I haven’t seen an announcement to the contrary, I assume that Miles has retained Zac Woodfin as the strength and conditioning coach. Per the Spring game announcement, the offseason workouts have started.

George Johnston 3 years, 6 months ago

How many off-field football analysts and consultants does KU have? How many report to Long and how many to Miles? Does the NCAA limit the number? How much is KU paying them?

How many analysts and consultants do other teams have?

What do all of these analysts and consultants do? Do they have assigned areas of responsibility allowing the on-field coaches to focus on certain aspects of the job? Or, is there overlap, creating a potential for second guessing and internal disagreements?

How often do analysts and consultants become on-field coaches and vice versa?

It would help me (and possibly one or two others) understand what is changing if we knew what the analysts and consultants do.

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 6 months ago

Nah, George, they have no assigned responsibilities except keeping the coffee warm. Of course they will assign them specifically. They are not the focus of the attention of the fans and media. They work in the background doing prep work for both our team's performance but also analyzing the teams coming up on the schedule to help us put together a better, more considered game plan for each team we face. This guy will obviously have input on our offense and our QB. Every team but KU has had guys like this providing these services and now we are joining the P5 FB programs of the land.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 6 months ago

When Long was hired it was reported KU had by far the fewest support staff for the coaches of any Big 12 team and that Long was promised he could rectify that situation. It was also noted that because of the dearth of support, the assistant coaches were forced to do much of this work, taking away from their time for their primary duties. So, if these positions are filled by those who can perform them well, then this should have a positive effect on team performance simply because the coaches will have the time to better do their primary jobs. Only time will tell but it makes sense. KU is not jumping ahead of other teams in terms of support staff, we are simply trying to catch up.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

Good questions George. Some pissy comments might be because many of the answers are out in cyberspace already in a boatload of articles about coaching regimes and programs. The arms race used to be about facilities, until they started running out of facilities to build and glitter to apply.

There was a great article a few years ago on e--- about the transformation in the arms race when Saban returned to college football from his failed attempt at the NFL in Miami. Apparently the crucial piece of experience that he brought with him to Bama wasn't X's and O's or Jimmie's and Joe's or facilities. It was the support staff. The NFL teams have an army of personnel supporting the coaches from scouts, to medical, to equipment, to butchers and bakers and candlestick makers, or something like that.

CFB only allows 10 coaches. The NCAA allows and restricts them to teach on the field for a limited amount of time and recruit new players for limited amounts of time. The sabanization of CFB transforms their responsibilities to focus on those 2 aspects, while the support staff handles the rest. And the support staff covers a spectrum of positions from water boys, to equipment managers, to recruiting coordinators, to hospitality coordinators, to videographers, and on and on.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

As with any organization, there will be a chain of command with the football program going through Miles to Long who has his own hierarchy. Generally, you monitor those below and report to those above. There may be lateral interaction to facilitate communication and build consensus, but in well run organizations direction and decisions still come from above. My guess is that was part of Beaty's downfall. He commented in one of his later interviews about trying to build consensus on the coaching staff, and that can be great during the week as your planning and training, but in competition there needs to be that leader taking charge.

I'm not sure of the totals, but am recalling a comment (from Long?) that we were in last and about a dozen staff behind the next closets program in the Big12. Not sure who all went into those. At a public institution, all the salaries are public record, but it is by position and generally not personal. Sometimes.

A common route to get into or move up in the coaching ranks is through a non-coaching position. Lots of times it seems to be a transitional position for established coaches. Coach Self has done that a lot.

I've often though it would be fascinating to be able to shadow Coach Self for a while. IMO there is so much more than coaching that goes into his success. In some ways it reminds me of grad school and finding there was so much more than the classes and a whole different relationship with professors. Similarly, in moving into management, or occasionally getting glimpses of successful businesses and the people leading them reveals so much more than what is otherwise visible at street level.

I do definitely agree with you that it would be interesting to know more about the rest of the program. Unfortunately, I'm afraid we might be left with "Salaries increase by 15%!" shock junk reporting. It seems to me that some of the junk commentaries in the past have led to a defense against the journo's by KUAD. There is a wonderful amount of coverage of the program. Hopefully, it can be collaborative in the future for the good of the students, athletes, staff, and entire community.

Hope this helps.

George Johnston 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the long and thoughtful replies!

Mike Bennett 3 years, 6 months ago

There is no limit on analysts. There is a limit on the number of coaches that can have access to players and recruit. My understanding is analysts analyze a position(s) and provide input to the OC. The OC then decides to adopt or not adopt the analysts recommendation. The coaches are supposed to take what the analysts tell them and implement/teach it on the field. Analysts are not supposed to have contact with the players on the field, other than to say hello, They can watch film with players. They break down tape of upcoming games and game plan so the coaches can start implementing a game plan on Sunday. During games they give tips on what to the coaches. Most the Big schools have more than you can imagine. Mack Brown once said he wanted to cap it in the 38-50 range.

Chris DeWeese 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree. I think what they spend most of their time doing is analyzing player/game stats and watching film. They then report their findings to the coaches so they can game plan. During Beaty's regime, apparently this was lacking or nonexistent.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 6 months ago

I don't know but would bet at least some of those analysts are studying techniques and tactics of successful teams and reporting the results to the coaches. I'd also bet at least some of them are watching for potential recruits, particularly those meeting criteria specified by coaches as holes we need to fill.

Brad Avery 3 years, 6 months ago

Really smart move. Developing young talent on your coaching staff is almost as important as recruiting. Hopefully analogous to the then Redskin coach Mike Shanahan hiring an unknown kid named Sean McVay to be the Redskins assistant tight ends circa 2010. McVay became the 'Skins OC during Kirk Cousins's best season and was one of three young coaches to move on from that staff to become head coaches in the NFL. Sean, of course, will be coaching his team in the Super Bowl. Fascinating story in the Athletic

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 6 months ago

None of this means anything if Les tries to instill an offense that doesn't have the talent he needs. We saw Beaty try to run an offense without the proper talent to run that particular offense. Instead of tailoring the offense to the talent level or tweaking the offense to suit the talent available. Beaty shoved his offensive idea down eveyones throat even when it was clear the talent wasnt there. Beatys short coming was he was in charge and wanted to things HIS way. Les's short coming in the past was his offensive acumen. He is showing a willingness to change to a modern philosophy with consultants for input. Maybe Les has an offensive idea right now, finds out in the spring game it may not work to his expectations with the current talent. So he and the coaches make little adjustments to help. Then when more talent is recruited the offense can be fully integrated. lll give him credit he won a National Championship and coming from a powerhouse at LSU to KUFB he might be inclined to just do what got him a NC but no he's adapting and that's a positive for this program.

Brad Avery 3 years, 6 months ago

What I find exciting about the hire is that it indicates Miles wants to methodically build a program rather than indulge himself in the HC fantasy game that Beaty did. The rewards for such steps are down the road awhile, and it will obviously not produce a great improvement in the program next season. But if there were a single virtue necessary to be associated with KU football, it's patience. I hope to see small changes next season , e.g. better fundamentals, better effort, a quarterback who can go through his progressions, receivers who catch the ball first and run second. More wins will be a bonus.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 6 months ago

I think his "offensive acumen" was excellent in the past up until the offenses moved on and he didn't. He has said in his two-year hiatus he studied other teams and sees how he needs to change. I think his choices of assistants and staff on the offensive side of the ball speak clearly to his desire to get it right. As you noted, he has to have the talent. Let's hope this staff is able to adjust their thinking to match the available talent, while looking to recruit those who can perform to the offensive style they'd like to reach. Like Bill Self does on the basketball side.

[''] 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm way more excited about this hire than the OC hire. Make this guy the OC! Fresh, young mindset as opposed to old school.

Jim Stauffer 3 years, 6 months ago

Why don't you fill us in on what you know about the two men that enables you to reverse the positions to which they have been hired. Man, the knowledge you have and you just waste it with blind comments on here. Give Les a call. He is bound to appreciate your input.

Dale Rogers 3 years, 6 months ago

LOL, that's a comment apropos to many commenters on this and other similar sites!

[''] 3 years, 6 months ago

PS -- Matt, how much is KU paying these "analysts" respectively?

Michael Sillman 3 years, 6 months ago

So does your name include the parentheses or is it just the apostrophe?

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

Technically, they're brackets. Parenthesis are rounded. Just call him Bracketman. Not sure if he's related to Pizzaboy, or is it Pizza-pizzaboy.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

Funny. Haven't heard that since junior high, well except for a nephew that was 3 or 4, but they grew up. Maybe there's hope for you too.

Dirk Medema 3 years, 6 months ago

Michael, Maybe his name is "Francis". He has ended several comments that way.

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