Kansas Jayhawks Officially Announce New Football Coach

What had been speculated for almost a week became official on Monday as the David Bety was formally introduced as the new head football coach of the Kansas Jayhawks.

David Beaty, former receiver coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M, becomes the 38th head football coach at Kansas. He replaces Charlie Weis, who was relieved of his duties four games into his third season as the Jayhawks’ coach.

Former Kansas player and assistant Clint Bowen filled in for Weis on an interim basis and coached the last eight games of the 2014 season.

Nov 15, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks wide receiver Tony Pierson (3) carries the ball against the TCU Horned Frogs in he first half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Beaty announced at the press conference introducing him as the Jayhawks’ new head coach that Bowen would remain on the coaching staff as an assistant.

In an interview with the Associated Press and reported on ESPN.com, Beaty outlined his game plan for the struggling Kansas football program. He told the AP that he wants to establish a strong walk-on program, which is something that coach Bill Snyder has done with great success at Kansas State.

Beaty said he wants to do a better job of recruiting in the Jayhawks’ home state and try to keep the top football talent from going outside of the state to play college football, and he also wants to surround himself with the best coaching staff he can assemble.

“We’re going to earn the support of our students, our fans, the high school coaches of this great state and the recruits,” Beaty said in his introductory press conference. “That’s going to be the message as we get going here and talking about the platform (we are going to put in place), which is hard work and earning everything we get.”

Beaty takes over a football program that has won only two conference games in the last four season. He is the third head coach of the Jayhawks in the last four years.