Archive for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gill: WR coach Beaty will not return

Gill cleans house, will hire new assistants

Former Kansas receivers coach David Beaty, right, will return to the KU coaching staff in 2011.

Former Kansas receivers coach David Beaty, right, will return to the KU coaching staff in 2011.

December 16, 2009, 5:15 p.m. Updated December 17, 2009, 12:00 a.m.


Kansas University football coach Turner Gill confirmed Wednesday that KU wide receivers coach David Beaty will not become a part of his coaching staff.

“It was a very difficult decision on not hiring David Beaty,” Gill said. “I am carefully and specifically putting together the best staff for the University of Kansas football program.”

Beaty, who coached under former Kansas coach Mark Mangino for two seasons, was one of three Mangino assistants assigned to take over interim head coaching duties following Mangino’s resignation.

He becomes the last member of Mangino’s coaching staff to be cast aside by Gill.

At his introductory news conference Monday, Gill announced that Chuck Long would be his offensive coordinator and Carl Torbush would be his defensive coordinator.

That seemed to be the writing on the wall for former offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association National Assistant Coach of the Year Award this season, and former defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, who played defensive back at Kansas in the mid-1990s and just completed his ninth season with the program. Neither coach will join Gill’s staff.

Other assistant coaches who were let go included: linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Bill Miller, tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Brandon Blaney, cornerbacks coach Je’Ney Jackson, defensive line coach Tom Sims, offensive line coach/run-game coordinator John Reagan, running backs coach/special teams coordinator Louie Matsakis and strength and conditioning coach Chris Dawson.

In addition to naming Long and Torbush to his staff, Gill announced Monday the hiring of Aaron Stamn as tight ends/special teams coach. Stamn was on Gill’s staff at Buffalo.

Meier gets call from Mangino

KU senior receiver Kerry Meier said he received a phone call Monday from former KU football coach Mark Mangino.

“He just wanted to check in to see how I was doing,” Meier said. “He knew I was on the verge of graduating, and he just wished me the best of luck with school and finishing school out.”

Meier said before that conversation, he hadn’t talked much to Mangino since his Dec. 3 resignation.

“It was good just to hear his voice and talk to him,” Meier said. “He’s in good spirits. He’s a happy guy right now. He’s finally gotten a chance to sit down and sit back and relax and enjoy time with his family.”


KacieFaye 8 years, 5 months ago

Wow, they're really cleaning out the program and starting from scratch.

randysavage 8 years, 5 months ago

kept 'em around just long enough to teach the new staff the players' names....

LloydDobbler 8 years, 5 months ago

Seems a little harsh given that the team was in the Orange Bowl two years ago.

gsxr600 8 years, 5 months ago

New coach, new ways. Get used to it. While I do think Beaty was a good coach, sometimes you have to start with a clean slate.

Steve Jacob 8 years, 5 months ago

Usually a new coach keeps one token guy from the previous staff. I guess not.

kshusker 8 years, 5 months ago

Perhaps Coach Gill knew first hand how hard it was to be the token guy at Nebraska when Callahan kept him on staff. Callahan was the biggest error Nebraska ever made.

Evan Ridenour 8 years, 5 months ago

Wow, there are a lot of non-sports fans commenting in a sports article. This is almost universally how it works. This isn't Mangino's program anymore, it is Gill's and of course he is going to want to have the right people for his program in his employee.

cheerio 8 years, 5 months ago

Cannot believe they got rid of Dawson and his strength/conditioning staff. Gill will not be able to find a better replacement.

seth5792 8 years, 5 months ago

Do you all know anything about college football? Why in the hell would he keep anyone from Mangino's staff? While Beatty may have been worth it due to recruiting, it is Coach Gill's perogative to do what he wants. I hope you all are singing praises when he is do. So far every decision he has made since being hired is spot on.

No one hardly ever retains former assistants. It kind of defeats the purpose of a new start that a new coach brings.

Coach Gill if your first two hires are an indication of things to come, I can't wait to see what's coming.

dr_k 8 years, 5 months ago

Any announcement on Lew Perkins replacement yet?

TopJayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Got get 'em coach Gill. I like the sound of that. Don't pay any attention to the haters. Life just isn't worth living if you don't have someone to hate.
Coach and A.D. are doing all of you a public service.

onetime97 8 years, 5 months ago

Maybe he felt the assistant coaches should have shoulder some blame for not stepping up to defend or push maningo around to see how he would like it done to him.

Eitherway, KU Bball fans, getting rid of assistants at a small time football program is the norm.

hesshawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Hey Cheerio

I know a HS weightlifting coach that would agree completely with you. He told me Dawson was a great strength/conditioning coach and that KU will miss him.

rgh 8 years, 5 months ago

All of these coaches will land spots with other teams for next year. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you gave to the players and KU though!! We appreciate your efforts and gave us some great memories.

My father-in-law played for KU (along side Coach Fam on the line) and was not lucky enough to see the success having passed away in 2004. I don't he would have liked the way Perkins handled the situation either, but would have loved to have been able to go to Miami and Tempe the past two years.

Good luck to Gill and new staff so we can take more time away to see our Hawks participate in bowls again.

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