Kansas will hire David Beaty to be the program’s 38th coach. Beaty is expected to be in Lawrence on Friday and could be announced as early as Friday evening or over the next couple of days.
Beaty comes to Kansas from Texas A&M where he has served as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He previously served as Kansas’ wide receivers coach during the 2008 and 2009 seasons under former coach Mark Mangino, where he helped guide the Jayhawks passing attack to record setting numbers with receivers such Dezmon Briscoe and Kerry Meier.
He was also instrumental in helping to land former running back James Sims. In 2011, he returned to Kansas and served as co-offensive coordinator. He is widley respected in the state of Texas, where he was once a successful high school coach and athletic director and has earned the reputation as one of the state’s finest recruiters.
Beaty then joined Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, where he helped coach a high-flying offense led by quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans in 2012. He also became the program's recruiting coordinator and has used his ties within the state to help the Aggies dominate a state once dominated by Texas, helping A&M to a very successful entry to always tough Southeastern Conference.
The hiring of Beaty will bring the end of weeks of speculation following the firing of Charlie Weis on September 28. In recent weeks, it appeared Kansas had zeroed in on Beaty, Ohio State offensive line coach and former Kansas assistant Ed Warriner, as well as interim coach Clint Bowen, who could very likely remain on Beaty staff in a significant role.
The hiring of Beaty is a huge victory for Kansas, as it returns a coach that very much loved his previous time in Lawrence, who is widely respected and has been tabbed by some as one of college football’s rising stars. In some circles, he has drawn comparisons to Baylor’s Art Briles in terms of reputation, philosophy and knowledge of the game.