It has been long argued that the only reason Kansas Jayhawk head coach David Beaty is around is due to his recruiting. Under Beaty’s tenure, the Jayhawks have successfully recruited 4-star cornerback Corione Harris, and 4-star running back Anthony Williams, both of whom will enter the 2018 season as freshmen, and current starting quarterback Peyton Bender.
Unfortunately for Beaty, 2019 has been very different. Giving the team a lot of hope, 4-star dual-threat quarterback Lance LeGendre announced he would commit to the team back in February. Months later and with one more season of high school football, LeGendre would decommit from the University and open his recruitment once again.
Since LeGendre’s announcement on August 1st, Kansas has only two players slated to join the team in 2019, which is not a positive sign for Beaty. Beaty, who has amassed a record of 3-33, has been on the hot seat for quite some time and the Jayhawks are once again projected to finish last in the Big 12.
With a lack of recruiting and another atrocious season, new Athletic Director Jeff Long may decide to once and for all depart from Beaty and move on.
Beaty has focused his recruiting practices on high-end players, as shown in his capturing of two four-star recruits for 2018. With the departure of LeGendre and lack of lower-end recruits, Beaty’s methods of recruiting have seemed to turn against him.
Heading into the 2018 season, Kansas is projected to once again finish winless in the Big 12. The only thing keeping Beaty around has seemed to be hope, hope that he can turn around the Kansas football program.
Lack of production is holding Beaty back and if he continues his current ways, the Jayhawks will likely have a new coach heading into the 2019 season.