Tom Keegan: David Beaty still firing away

Kansas coach David Beaty hands the ball off to junior running back James Sullivan as they run through drills during practice on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.

David Beaty almost found the right solution to the Kansas football program’s main problem. In fact, he only missed by one letter. Beaty hired himself again as offensive coordinator. He should have fired himself as head coach.

Oh well, the ‘f’ is only two keys to the left of the ‘h.’ Understandable mistake. Unforgivable, to be sure, but understandable.

If Beaty worked for athletic directors as intolerant of him as he is of assistant coaches and quarterbacks, Sheahon Zenger would have fired him when Beaty’s team fell behind FCS school South Dakota State, 31-7, in his first game as a head coach. If Jeff Long’s trigger finger were as itchy as Beaty’s, he would have him when he lost to FCS foe Nicholls State in this season’s opener.

Good thing Beaty doesn’t have the power to appoint himself athletic director, because if he did, he wouldn’t last as coach past his third timeout of the first half of his next game — one of those timeouts burned to decide whether to punt, go for it or kick a field goal; another used to get the right number of players on the field; and the third to let one of the coaches of a special teams unit know he’ll handle it from here.

In his two-paragraph release to announce Meacham’s dismissal, Beaty fingered the lack of progress of the offense for the move.

Sure, the offense isn’t very good and should have made better use of three early interceptions of West Virginia’s Will Grier in the red zone last Saturday. But, statistically, it’s the best offense Beaty has had at Kansas, ranking eighth in scoring in Big 12 games, as opposed to the other three that ranked last.

We’ll take Beaty’s word that it was something else. A personality conflict? A disagreement over the curious quarterback shuffle? A public show of disrespect for the head coach? Something. The timing is just so strange. For one thing, who gets fired on Wednesday? For another, what head coach reshuffles the deck of assistant coaches so compulsively?

Beaty has so little faith in his own decisions, the opposite trait of most head coaches.

Clint Bowen and Kenny Perry are the only assistants who have been with Beaty all four seasons. Perry switched from cornerbacks to special teams coordinator after last season and Bowen has been defensive coordinator the entire time.

Beaty doesn’t seem to have changed during his time as a head coach in that he just can’t stop changing. Assistant coaches, quarterbacks, recruiting philosophies, media policies, which ears are on the headsets in the press box.

Offensive coordinators: Rob Likens, Beaty, Doug Meacham (one-and-a-half years), Beaty (half year).

Quarterbacks: Likens, Beaty, Garrett Riley, Meacham (half year), Beaty (half year).

Wide receivers: Klint Kubiak, Jason Phillips, Meacham, Justin “Juice” Johnson.

Offensive line: Zach Yenser (three years), A.J. Ricker.

Defensive line: Calvin Thibodeaux, Michael Slater, Jesse Williams (in second year).

Linebackers: Kevin Kane, Todd Bradford (two years), Bill Miller.

Special teams: Gary Hyman, Joe DeForest (two years), Perry.

Beaty started by recruiting high school players. At the moment, the coaching staff is on the road visiting junior colleges. The recruiting Class of 2018 included 14 recruits from junior colleges, five on four-year transfers.

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Bryson Stricker

David Beaty almost found the right solution to the Kansas football program’s main problem. In fact, he only missed by one letter. Beaty hired himself again as offensive coordinator. He should have fired himself as head coach.

I.
AM.
DED.

lmao

5 days, 16 hours ago

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Joe Norgay

Of course, of course Bryson Stricker is here to defend Beaty. He's probably sad that if Beaty gets fired he'll have to take down all the posters BryBry has of Beaty on his bedroom ceiling.

Seek psychological help my dude.

5 days, 14 hours ago

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Jacob Zutterman

LOL

5 days, 9 hours ago

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Bryson Stricker

when did I defend him?

What Tom said was savage as hell and hilarious. I responded laughing.

4 days, 21 hours ago

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Jayson Hawk

Whats "DED" is Kansas Football under Beaty.

5 days, 6 hours ago

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John Fitzgerald

Rob Likens is laughing his arse off right now as he sits on a 21st Offensive Efficiency ranking at ASU. Meacham will do just fine finding a job and success like Likens.

Also, I think the firing went something like this...

*Meacham wants Stanley to start all year but Beaty adamantly disagrees and takes matters into his own hands*

*Beaty continues sticking his fingers into the offenses cookie jar influencing Meacham's play calling*

*Meacham sticks up for himself and tells Beaty he's an idiot.*

*Beaty cries and then Meacham tells him he wants to be fired and paid or he'll go open mic on him*

*Beaty fires him and the rest is history.*

5 days, 16 hours ago

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Bryson Stricker

Meacham thinks Carter Stanley is god awful.

5 days, 15 hours ago

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John Fitzgerald

That's right forgot you guys were best friends.

5 days, 15 hours ago

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Bryson Stricker

Carter Stanley would have never played a snap at KU if Meacham had his way. He wanted Bender and then this year wanted Bender or Kendrick. He chose Kendrick when out recruiting.

Carter only played last year because Bender was hurt. That is the sad fact of the matter and furthermore prove Meacham thought he was terrible (because he is) but sadly a terrible QB is a better option for KU instead of a below average one w/ decent arm talent because the better QB can't overcome adversity.

4 days, 21 hours ago

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Jeremy Morris

I'm not sure about that. We certainly have evidence that Beaty doesn't seem to like Carter. He is incapable of giving the guy a compliment during pressers or interviews, yet goes out of his way to give Bender grace.

5 days, 13 hours ago

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Robert Brock

Beaty needs to find a different career. The fast-food industry may be his calling.

5 days, 15 hours ago

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Dirk Medema

So tacky.

5 days, 14 hours ago

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Kevin Robert Fest

Someone please tell me what Beaty will come up with that Meacham couldn't to turn the offense around. Plain and simple Beaty's mentality is "If lm going down lm going to go down calling the plays not letting someone else do it"

Thankfully he'll still get fired.

5 days, 14 hours ago

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Kevin Robert Fest

Unless he installs Army's offense that can give teams like OU fits, It's not happening.

5 days, 14 hours ago

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Jay Hawkinson

The man is simply not head coach material. Not smart enough. Too insecure and unwilling to delegate. Too indecisive on gameday, too decisive during the week.

5 days, 14 hours ago

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Michael Maris

Your statement is spot on.

5 days, 12 hours ago

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Len Shaffer

Yep. Said perfectly, Jay.

5 days, 9 hours ago

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Clarence Haynes

Indecisive

5 days, 10 hours ago

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Mike Hart

HI, Tom. Do you or does anyone at the LJW have enough of a rapport with Beaty that can pick up the phone and ask the question as to what was reason(s) for firing Meacham. Butting heads? Otherwise, we are just left to speculate .. which as per normal leads to more Beaty bashing. Would like someone to push Beaty to speak on it. Could be pressure from administration and guy AD has hired and tagged to follow the program

5 days, 13 hours ago

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Jeff Coffman

I think in one of the articles it referenced that Beaty doesn't do press conference on bye weeks, so this would be an example of him avoiding the press when Beaty decides to do something that is inconsistent with the plan.

I doubt that Beaty is doing anything beyond what is contractually obligated because many people worry about his job and rightfully so, but Beaty has historically not answered any "hard" questions. He doesn't like to be second guessed, unfortunately in the sporting world that is what the press, talk shows, and writers focus on.

5 days, 6 hours ago

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Brett McCabe

It's a Clown Show. In the most literal meaning of that phrase.

Jeff Long, unless you have a tiny little car you want to drive around, or some big floppy shoes, maybe you should get control of this thing.

It's literally getting to be embarrassing. And I mean that....literally.

5 days, 10 hours ago

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Jacob Zutterman

What do you suggest he does?

5 days, 9 hours ago

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Brett McCabe

Hmmmmm.....what could an employer do when he has an incompetent employee, wasting resources, making bad decisions and driving bad results? What possible actions could the employer take? Gosh, I guess just sit around because there is no other alternative.

5 days, 8 hours ago

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Len Shaffer

If only it were Jeff Long that was firing away ...

5 days, 9 hours ago

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Randy Bombardier

We can speculate but what if Kevin is correct and he is going in an entirely new direction?
That would be the only thing I could tolerate about this move. Otherwise, I don't see any good coming from this.

5 days, 8 hours ago

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Ashwin Rao

I figured it out. Beaty found out that Jeff will replace him with Meacham, so he got rid of the competition! :) (Just kidding, OK?)

5 days, 8 hours ago

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Jeff Coffman

Is it now $4MM in Offensive Coordinator costs under Beaty?

5 days, 6 hours ago

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Doug Cramer

Beaty is a complete disaster.

Bring back Mangino !

4 days, 22 hours ago

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Brett McCabe

Doug, just for kicks, would Mangino take the job? Could he get the recruiting up to speed, having been out for so long? Could he attract a staff? If Long were to look at Mangino he would do so knowing that this would be his one and only shot at getting it right.

4 days, 21 hours ago

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Jeff Coffman

Does Mangino have the connections to build a staff, that is the bigger question, I just think being out of the coaching, you lose your connections and you might have to pick your second or third options for offensive coordinator or even your QB coach, etc., it sets you back.

4 days, 19 hours ago

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Doug Cramer

Mangino has the formula to get us back to being competitive. He's already done it, and he can do it again. He actually may be one of the very few people that can do it.

4 days, 13 hours ago

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Don Johnson

You have to remember that when Beatty was hired, KU was paying millions to previously fired bad coaching choices. Beatty was our last AD's bargain basement hire because he could afford to pay an experienced coach.

4 days, 15 hours ago

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