Some might thing a man’s is supposed to be nervous on the eve of head coaching debut. However, don’t add Kansas’ David Beaty to that list. The night before his Jayhawks opened their season with a 41-38 loss to South Dakota State, Beaty was as ready and at ease as one could be, as his dream job was about to officially become a reality.
“I slept great. I hate to say it, and I don't hate to say it, I'm not a nervous guy by nature,” Beaty said. “I think, I mean, I'm not into that. I'm a big believer in you get them prepared and what you prepared them for, they will do well. What you haven't done well at preparing them for, that's your fault. You didn't get them prepared well enough. Today, unfortunately I didn't get them prepared well enough to win the game.”
The day was a big one for the program, as many former players were in attendance, as Beaty has worked hard to build and restore relationships tying its past to a its present and future. The Jayhawks nearly added a remarkable comeback to the day, as they rallied from a 31-7 deficit to take the lead and then again in the final seconds.
Kansas had a chance to attempt a game tying field goal to send it into overtime, but quarterback Montell Cozart fumbled his only snap from center and when his knee hit the ground making the recovery, he wasn’t able to spike the ball to stop the clock and time expired. Still, the heart crushing loss wasn’t enough to deter the first year coach from looking at the big picture as they’ll ready themselves for a home date with Memphis next week.
“Well, I think it's obviously unbelievably disappointing right now,” Beaty said. “That was a very tough locker room to look into for my first day as a head football coach in Division 1 football. Those kids, they battled, and I'm really proud of them for that. They kept fighting, and that's been something that we've been stressing from the day we got here. And we got put in an adverse situation to a very good football team. Perception aside, they are really a good football team, and our guys came back, and I was proud of them for that.”
“But you know what? We also did a lot of things that we talk about all the time that we did not do,” Beaty continued. “We did not take care of. Being the smartest team in the country, we weren't that today. We've got to get better at that and that's me and my coaches' job.”