Courtesy: KU Athletics
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Mrkonic Auditorium at the Anderson Family Football Complex filled up quickly Monday morning as the University of Kansas introduced a new era of football beginning with first-year head coach David Beaty.
“We were searching for someone whose offensive and defensive philosophies fit the Big 12 Conference,” Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger stated in his introduction of the program’s 38th head coach. “Many disciplines in academia today study leadership, and we often hear them refer to specific leaders and having ‘it,’ or the ‘it factor.’ I believe what we found in our next head coach at the University of Kansas is a man who has ‘it’ with a capital I.”
Beaty brings to the table a tireless working mentally that proves native to the blue-collar nature of the state of Kansas. He strives to instill a foundation that rests solely on the principles of hard work and earning every opportunity.
“We’re going to earn the support of our students, our fans, the high school coaches of this great state and the recruits of this great state,” Beaty said. “That’s going to be the message as we get going here and talking about the platform (we are going to use) which is hard work and earning everything we get.”
In Beaty’s eyes, it begins in the weight room and transitions to the field where opportunities are a byproduct of hard work.
“I’ve never believed that you talk your way into an opportunity,” Beaty said. “I think you work your way into it.”