David Beaty, 44, will be the next guy to try his hand at turning around the moribound Kansas football program. RCT had Beaty at #5 on our Top 10 "Most Likely Candidates List" a couple of weeks ago. Beaty will be formally introduced at a news conference on Monday at 9:30 AM Kansas time.
A little background on your new head coach: Originally from Garland, TX, Beaty was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Lindenwood College (St. Charles, MO). He began his coaching career in the Texas high school ranks as an assistant coach at Naaman Forest (1994-96) and Garland (1997-2000). He became a head coach North Dallas (2001) and Irving MacArthur (2002-05) before advancing to the college game as the Wide Receivers coach at Rice (2006-07). While at Irving MacArthur, Beaty went 33-11 and won two district titles.
Mark Mangino brought Beaty to Lawrence in 2008 to serve as the wide receivers coach. He spent two years in Lawrence and was not retained by Turner Gill. Beaty went back to Rice for one year (2010) where he served as offensive coordinator before returning to KU in 2011 (under Gill) and serving as co-offensive coordinator and WR coach. Once again, Beaty was not retained in the coaching change to Charlie Weis. He found his way to Texas A&M where he has been the WR coach and recruiting coordinator since 2012.
While at Kansas in his previous stint, Beaty coached both Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier. Briscoe set the single-season school record for receiving yards (1,407) in 2008 and Kerry Meier became the first and only Jayhawk receiver to catch over 100 passes in a single season when he brought in 102 in 2009.
At Texas A&M, Beaty is credited with tutoring Mike Evans and taking him from three-star recruit to NFL first-rounder. Regarding his success in recruiting, Beaty is credited with closing the deal on a handful of five-star recruits for the Aggies along with dozens of four-star recruits.
Beaty is an extremely highly regarding recruiter among his peers, especially within the state of Texas, and that is key for Kansas. He is also a noted offensive mind and, in theory, would be able to immediately boost the offense. He should be a boon for players such as Nigel King and Rodriguez Coleman.
Beaty will retain Clint Bowen on the staff at Kansas. Bowen will serve as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. At this time, it is unknown if anyone else on the current Kansas staff will be retained or who Beaty might be looking at to bring in with him to KU.
Overall, I like the hire. After all, he won over a committee on the phone - no in-person interview. His energy, enthusiasm, and confidence must be through the roof. His plan for Kansas must be well-thought out as well. Considering all of this - his age, his enthusiasm, his energy - he has the opportunity to put together a solid staff and really hit that recruiting trail hard.
Of course, I think it's unrealistic to think KU will start hauling in mostly four and five-star recruits, but Beaty has been here before; he's recruited to Kansas before. He knows what to look for and what it takes to succeed.
Best case scenario, Beaty is a big winner at Kansas by Year 3 and either A) gets a big raise and extension or B) relieves Mike Riley at Nebraska after Riley's third straight 9-4 campaign. Just kidding about that last one, but you get the idea. (Well, kinda kidding.)
From all reports, Beaty is a well-respected guy and is a likable person. Here's hoping he's the guy who can get it turned around - again.