Former Kansas head football coach David Beaty said he was grateful to “get my name back” after the NCAA let him know he was no longer under NCAA investigation.
The Kansas City Star reported that Beaty became emotional during a press conference on Thursday, one in which he and his attorney, Michael Lyons, announced that the NCAA’s Independent Accountability Review Process’ Complex Case Unit had let them know that they were withdrawing the violations levied against him in 2019.
“Today’s a great day because when you get your name back — and you only get one of those — getting your good name back … I’m very fortunate, because a lot of times it doesn’t happen,” Beaty said.
The original violations levied against Beaty were two Level II violations and were part of the group of violations that the NCAA brought against the athletic program in 2019, most of which were Level I violations levied against the basketball program and head coach Bill Self.
Those two Level II violations involved non-coaching staff members instructing players. The NCAA originally levied a violation for the non-coach’s involvement and one for Beaty not monitoring staff.
The ruling also impacts the former Kansas staffer named in the violations, Jeff Love, who received a similar letter to Beaty’s.
Beaty hasn’t coached since he was fired by Kansas near the end of the 2018 season, where he went 6-42 as head coach. He and the university’s athletic department fought over his buyout before a settlement was agreed to for $2.55 million.
He has done some consulting for teams since the violations surfaced. The Star also reported that Beaty was close to an analyst job with Texas but wasn’t hired. The story noted that former Kansas athletic director Jeff Long told Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte that Beaty was “involved with serious violations under investigation by the NCAA.”
The Level II violations Beaty and Love were accused of are not the most serious violations the NCAA can investigate. Level I violations are the most series, and those Level I violations against the basketball program are still pending.
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