As the Jayhawks stumble through another awful football season, it doesn’t appear as if head coach David Beaty is in any danger of losing his job. You can also say the same for athletic director Sheahon Zenger.
KU chancellor Doug Girod threw his weight behind both men late on Monday afternoon in a statement released on Twitter.
KU chancellor Doug Girod: “I want to reiterate my confidence in Sheahon (Zenger) and Coach David Beaty.”
His full statement: pic.twitter.com/l1fCRbwQfU
— Matt Galloway (@themattgalloway) November 13, 2017
In the statement, Girod writes: “Nobody denies the challenges we are having on the field, but I maintain my belief that Sheahon and Coach Beaty have the right long-term vision and are doing things the right way. Our focus now is empowering them with the tools they need to fulfill their vision.”
Calling them simply “challenges on the field”, might be the most polite way to put it. Kansas is 3-31 in their last 34 football games, with the only Big 12 win coming against Texas last season.
Meantime, Sheahon Zenger has drawn the ire of many KU fans. He gets zero credit for any of Bill Self’s success since he did not hire him. Zenger’s job was to rebuild the football program and that has not happened under his direction. But there are improvements being made to facilities, with KU planning on building a new indoor practice facility that will cost $26 million.
Here’s the thing: it’s an incredibly slow process to rebuild Kansas football. Fans who think otherwise are being delusional. At this point, I think Beaty deserves for time. Mostly because of this: who is Kansas going to get that will do a better job off the bat? Consistency and staying the course is more important and valuable than simply just deciding to turn over the staff again and cause more turmoil inside the program.
He is trying to do this the right way by bringing in high school players and not just going the JUCO route. We saw that fail miserably under Charlie Weis and know how that can entirely decimate the program.
I’m willing to see this thing through with Beaty, at least for another season or two. Wins do not necessarily need to come next season, but they certainly can’t be looking at 30-point blowouts week in, week out. That has to, at minimum, be the expectations for 2018. Then, re-evaluate again.