If anyone needed confirmation that David Beaty is the problem for Kansas football they now have it.
After he fired OC Doug Meacham it was thought maybe the offense would have a bit of a new look to it. But the more things have changed the more they’ve stayed the same.
Again it was Beaty’s misuse of timeouts that started the catastrophe. He took three timeouts on fourth down all of which he ended up punting the ball away. What’s the point of a timeout if you’re not using it to draw up a play? And what’s the risk of going for it when you have nothing to lose?
And then there was his odd decision to start Peyton Bender and stick with him even though the QB struggled time and time again. This game wasn’t any different with his poor feet work and thrown passes to phantom receivers. And for most it was hard to watch.
Finally, where we thought we’d see the most improvement was play calling. Out of all the reasons Beaty looked unprepared and incapable of running the offense this was the most glaringly obvious. Kansas threw the ball 41 times only completing 18 of them and for an average of 5.4 yards per pass play. They only ran 26 times and averaged a total of 4.9 yards per run play. Pooka saw the ball 16 times, Herbert saw it 8, and Dom only saw it twice. It seems obvious running the ball is our strength and each RB should have at least 15 carries.
The defense looked fantastic and put Kansas in great position in more than one occasion. All of which didn’t result in a single TD. And one of those gifts by the defense came inside the 10 yard line.
In all of this it really makes someone wonder what exactly is Jeff Long waiting for. Is this a show of extreme patience or is stubbornness starting to settle in?
I get that firing Beaty won’t immediately fix recruiting. Kansas will need a new head coach in place for that. But what Long also needs to focus on is fan support which includes the crowds at the games. I’d even be curious to see how much money Kansas is losing each game.
By firing Beaty Kansas could even save a few bucks. Even though they’d have a $3 million buyout owed to him they wouldn’t have to pay him for the remaining games. That could be used to go towards a new coaching candidate.
And then there’s the fact that the players simply deserve better. A lot of these guys are juniors and seniors and have been with Beaty his entire time here. They’ve fought through the bad, the worse and now the ugly. At what point do their interests become a priority?
I get that they love Coach Beaty, and that’s all great. But they need someone to step up and make the tough decision that they don’t have the ability to make. That person is Jeff Long.
At the end of the day it seems certain that Long will keep Beaty here the rest of the year. And as much as I understand it, it also doesn’t make any sense.
And per Twitter a lot of fans agree…
— Leo Buckley (@L3Buck) October 22, 2018
— Steve Doyel (@stevedoyel) October 21, 2018
You know what you need to do.
— Jayhawk World (@RockChalkWorld) October 20, 2018
— Geoffrey Monical (@GeoffreyMonical) October 21, 2018
This was the attendance at the #KUfball vs TCU game in 2016! Will there be less fans this year? We were given tickets to attend then, now you would have to pay me to attend! pic.twitter.com/FvqFpbK7Zh
— Brent Branham (@txjhawk44) October 21, 2018
Not to overreact but David Beaty should probably be thrown in jail #kufball
— Skinny Testaverde (@BrendanDzw) October 20, 2018
Dear AD @jefflongKU ,
Today, KU’s D couldn’t get off the field but they still put the offense in position to be competitive.
How come YOUR head coach didn’t put his team in a position to be competitive?
— The🍀Real🇮🇪Sully RCJH ❤️1️⃣🏀4️⃣💙 (@RealSullySays) October 21, 2018
— Ryan Vickery (@ryanavickery) October 20, 2018
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeGillespieJD) October 20, 2018
How many more 30+ point losses is #kufball going to have until something is done? Sheesh! Thankfully with basketball tipping off on Thursday there's officially now 0 interest in the football program from the fans perspective. pic.twitter.com/NIVXHO9XW7
— Matt Gasper (@MattGasperTV) October 20, 2018
Beaty proved today that Meacham wasn’t the problem. #KUfball
— JayhawkFan (@a_jayhawk) October 20, 2018
Time will tell when and if Beaty ever gets fired. But I’d say it needs to happen sooner rather than later or Long will start to lose support not only for the program but for him as well.