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David Beaty’s Federal Lawsuit Against KU Moves Ahead

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Kansas

David Beaty received some good news on Thursday when a federal judge denied a motion to dismiss his lawsuit filed against Kansas Athletics Inc.

Beaty was fired late in the 2018 season and is suing Kansas Athletics, claiming they owe him $3 million, per the signed extension from 2016. But KU believes they don’t have to pay Beaty, saying he was fired for cause, as he may have violated NCAA rules and that an investigation must first be completed. Beaty has denied any knowledge of alleged NCAA violations.


A lot of the allegations as to whether or not this should be a federal case hinge on Beaty’s whereabouts. KU Associate General Counsel Eric Aufdengarten made the case the lawsuit didn’t belong in federal court, citing the fact that Beaty lives in Austin, Texas, but he still has a residence in Lawrence, KS, where his wife and daughter live.

Lawsuits can be brought in federal court when the parties live in different states, and the judge sided with Beaty’s argument, also telling Aufdengarten, “Frankly, it doesn’t make sense to me why you’re making such a big deal about this.”

Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, a spokeswoman for KU, responded to the ruling in an email to the Journal-World Thursday evening.

“As we have said all along, former Head Football Coach David Beaty’s court filings contain factual misstatements and false claims, and we look forward to resolving this matter,” she wrote.

Beaty was fired after going 6-42 as head coach with the Jayhawks, and per his lawyer, Beaty does analysis work for University of Texas football.

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