News of David Beaty’s hire as the next head coach of Kansas football broke Friday morning. Since then, many have commented on the hire, including Beaty himself, who will be introduced to the media and public Monday morning.
Beaty also was introduced at halftime of Kansas’ basketball victory over Florida, Friday night and fired up the sellout crowd at Allen Fieldhouse.
“I will not sleep until I give you guys something to be proud of,” Beaty said.
In a statement released Friday evening, Beaty shared his excitement to be back at Kansas where he had worked in two previous stints. He also was quick to let fans and everyone know that Clint Bowen will essentially be his right hand man ushering in the new ear of Kansas football.
“I am very excited to be back at Kansas,” Beaty said. “I am especially excited that Clint Bowen has agreed to stay on as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Clint will be a huge part of our success going forward and I am fortunate to have him on my staff.”
Statements from administrators and football people alike poured in, as the Jayahwks have made Beaty the 38th head coach in program history.
“David Beaty is well-respected in the football community and brings to KU great vision, passion and energy,” Kansas Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger said. “He has a bright football mind and is known as one of the best recruiters in the nation.”
“I am pleased to welcome Coach Beaty back to the Jayhawk family,” Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said. “He is an outstanding fit for the University of Kansas and his work to build a competitive football program will advance our athletics department and the reputation of KU nationally.”
“David is a great recruiter, a great coach and a great man. He was one of the first people I hired at Texas A&M and he’s been a huge part of what we’ve been able to accomplish here. He’s earned this opportunity to be a head coach, and I believe he will do a tremendous job with the Jayhawks.” – Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin
“Coach Beaty is one of the most genuine people I've ever known, and he really cares about his players. On the field, he's a great coach with a lot of energy and he's fun to be around. He will always push you to be your best.” – Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans
“Coach Beaty is a players’ coach, but he knows when to be serious. He is not afraid to put his foot down and tell you what you are doing wrong. He won’t let you sit around and be mediocre. He wants greatness from you.”
“Coach Beaty developed me as a receiver, but he also developed me as a man. When he came to KU he took me under his wing and really helped me mature off the field. We have a great relationship and still communicate to this day.” – Former Kansas All-American receiver Dezmon Briscoe
“Coach Beaty was a great mentor and coach for me during my time at Rice. He was a very valuable asset to our program. He helped develop me as a patient route runner and receiver who could handle the pressure that was going to come from defenses keying on me. It was a breath of fresh air to learn the game from someone who really understands both the mental and physical aspects of coaching football.” Former Rice All-American Jarett Dillard