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Kansas agrees to $2.55M settlement with David Beaty

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Kansas

The University of Kansas announced it had reached a settlement with former football coach David Beaty. Beaty filed a lawsuit against the school alleging athletic department officials were trying to circumvent terms of his contract.

The school will pay $2.55 million to their former football coach, ending a legal battle that has continued since Beaty was fired near the end of the 2018 season.


His contract called for a $3 million buyout, but the school refused to pay it after discovering potential NCAA infractions during routine end-of-season interviews with Beaty’s coaching staff.

The school reported the discoveries to the NCAA and was given a Level II violation.

Beaty went just 6-42 in his four seasons as head coach of the Jayhaws. He filed his lawsuit in March 2019 in an attempt to get the full sum of his contract. The settlement will be paid from the money placed in escrow the year after he was fired.

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