Welcome back to another edition of Burning Questions!
A lot of great questions this week so let’s get started…
Why have "we" (KU) been unable to recruit a Qb who produces similar results to the true sophomore at Baylor who is 2-0 against us?
— Brown Bear (@2theBrownBear) September 24, 2018
This really is a great question and a hard one to answer.
But here are a few things I think previous coaches have failed at especially Beaty:
1.) Coaching – Kansas hasn’t had a decent coach since Mark Mangino was ran out of town. It’s not just finding the right guy it’s being able to use that guy correctly and being able to make him better. It doesn’t take a genius but it does take someone who understands the game and someone who understands people.
2.) Support – You also need to give the QB an offensive line. Put Todd Reesing behind our OL the last eight years and he’d struggle. Not a lot, but enough to notice. And then you have to provide him with a quality wide receiver core so he has players to throw to. Kansas absolutely has talent at this position but aside from Stevens Sims they’ve drastically under performed.
3.) Freedom – If you find a QB capable of running an offense, which is what you need to be successful, you need to give him the freedom to run it. Coaches may think they know everything but it’s hard for them to always make accurate decisions when they’re not out there playing. If a player sees a defensive coverage he thinks he can take advantage of he should be able to call an audible or even choose a specific play to expose them.
4.) Trust – This correlates with number three. When a coach picks a starting QB he needs to trust him and stick with him. He has no option but to trust him. Give him the keys to the offense and let him drive while trusting that every decision he makes is going to be the right one. It won’t always be the right one. But at least trust him enough that you stand behind him.
5.) Recruiting – Find a freshman QB and mold him and develop him into the player you want him to be. Kansas has relied too heavily on transfers instead of bringing in a true freshman and developing them. Find the right guy and invest in him.
Obviously these aren’t the only things holding Kansas back from having a decent QB but I think they’re the main cause. If the next coach can come in and recruit the right true freshman QB, coach him up, provide him support on the OL and at WR, give him freedom and then trust him with that freedom I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work out.
Why does Beaty stick with Bender?
— Andrew Link (@nikesccr03) September 25, 2018
The only thing I can think of is Bender is great in practice. But even if he’s great in practice the coach needs to see this same play in live game action. Bender hasn’t been consistent with this but Beaty continues to trot him out there thinking one day it’ll all work out.
If it doesn’t work out in the first few games, as in the first few games of last year, then it won’t just work itself out. Bender simply doesn’t have the supporting cast to run the offense Beaty is asking him to run.
I also think Beaty feels bad because he brought Bender here and now he’s a senior. He wants Bender to succeed so much that he’s too stubborn to give up on him and try someone else.
If only he had stuck with Carter Stanley and invested time in developing him I think we’d be much further than we are. Stanley looks the best when he’s out there, there’s no doubt in my mind. But Beaty hit the panic button too soon and gave up on him.
Will the next HC be in place by Saturday, lol.
— Thomas Gallegos (@tommygallegos) September 25, 2018
I’m not sure we’ll have a new coach by Saturday but I think it’s possible Beaty will no longer be the head coach by Monday.
Jeff Long has said multiple times he doesn’t like changing coaches mid year. And I get it. It creates a lot of extra work for him and if the team isn’t lost they certainly would be lost by then. But when you look at the play on the field, the fans in the stands and the putrid recruiting class it’s hard to imagine that Long wouldn’t make the change.
Either way I trust in Long and I’m guessing he’s already poking around to see who’d be interested in taking the job. He won’t fire Beaty without having a plan in place so if he does then expect big things moving forward.
Assuming the HC will last the season, do you see changes in the coaching coordinator positions?
— Steve (@steveg690) September 24, 2018
If Beaty stays on for the entire year I don’t see him changing any staff around. He’s already shown enough inconsistency and turnover at his coordinator positions so to continue to do so would be asinine.
If anything does change it would take firing Beaty and then a coordinator would take over as interim. And then we might see a bit of a shakeup depending on who the interim was and what they’re plan of attack is. Other than that, though, I don’t see much changing.
Last 1 for this weeksorry I am full of ammunition…
Considering (KU fball Coach) only BIG12 victory was against Texas, whose coach was on the H🔥T seat, and seeing how NO remaining opponents have coaches in a similar situation, is it safe to say "It's basketball season!"?
— Brown Bear (@2theBrownBear) September 24, 2018
This is tough to say because I absolutely love college football but I do think a lot of Kansas fans are done with football and 100% ready for basketball.
I mean talk about opposite sides of the spectrum.
One sport you’re so dominate at it’s almost laughable. Fourteen conference titles in a row? It’s absolutely nuts.
And then there’s football, sitting at the bottom of the Big 12 as if it’s built itself a forever home. The one positive thing is they’ve shown consistency. But the wrong type of consistency.
So, I don’t blame fans at all. Basketball is much more exciting as a Kansas fan and the way football has played the last eight years it should be.
It also goes without saying that the basketball team is loaded this year. Self has had some incredibly exciting years but if he plays his cards right this could be his most exciting.
Welp, that’s it folks! Once again thanks for the questions!