The Kansas Jayhawks have given head football coach David Beaty and contract extension and a pay raise.
Has there ever been a more well-deserved pay raise for a 2-22 head coach? Probably not.
But, this extension and raise for Beaty was the obvious move for all parties involved in Lawrence.
Beaty signed a two-year contract extension, KU announced Monday, that runs through the 2021 season. The extension raises his guaranteed annual income to $1.6 million the first year, increasing by $100,000 in each year after that.
In a statement, Beaty said, “Our staff and players have worked diligently to lay a strong foundation for the years to come. While we have certainly made some progress, we still have work to do to get to where we ultimately want to be and we look forward to continuing to take on that challenge. I am excited about the future of this program and am very honored to be the man leading it.”
After going 0-12 in his first season in 2015, Beaty improved to 2-10 this season with wins over Rhode Island and then the shocker over Texas in November.
It’s a long and slow rebuild in Lawrence and Beaty has shown enough improvement to warrant the extension. When you are undergoing such as massive overhaul as Beaty is, the improvements can’t even be analyzed by wins and losses, but by simple things like improving competition level and depth.
This deal also confirms the University’s commitment to Beaty, which is imperative for coach as he continues to try and build this program on the recruiting trail. The Jayhawks are behind the 8-ball enough as is, there’s no reason to create any kind of question marks regarding the head coach and his staff.
As for some of the other details in Beaty’s contract, it includes a $100,000 bonus for each win against a Power 5 opponent and $50,000 for any other victory. He will receive $200,000 if Kansas reaches a bowl game.
If Beaty can ever turn KU into what it was under Mark Mangino, that’s an even nicer pay raise! Then again, if he ever gets to that level then his contract will likely need to be ripped up or he’ll be on his way out of town.
No one ever predicted or thought this would be a quick rebuild at Kansas. Charlie Weis already tried that rout and failed miserably. Slow and steady wins the race and that’s exactly what Beaty and his staff are doing.
Just give ’em time… and Rock Chalk.
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