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Report: Kansas will fire David Beaty on Sunday

Report: Kansas will fire David Beaty on Sunday
Posted at 10:32 PM, Nov 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-03 23:34:05-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — University of Kansas football coach David Beaty will be fired Sunday afternoon, according to a report that surfaced after the Jayhawks' 27-3 loss against Iowa State in Memorial Stadium.

Soren Petro of Sports Radio 810 WHB, a frequent guest on 41 Action News' "Sunday Soundoff," first reported Beaty's fate on Twitter.

"This should not come as a surprise...but I'm hearing David Beaty is out as Head Coach at Kansas," Petro said through his tweet. Look for an announcement in the 24 hours,” Petro tweeted from his verified account.

Beaty was hired in 2015 and went 2-22 during his first two seasons before signing a two-year contract extension in December 2016.

He originally came to KU after nine seasons as a position coach, including 2011 with the Jayhawks and 2012-14 with Texas A&M.

Kansas (3-6, 1-5 Big 12) dropped to 6-39 under Beaty, including a 2-31 record conference record, with a 27-3 loss against No. 24 Iowa State on Saturday in Lawrence.

Despite an upset the week before against TCU, the announced crowd for the Jayhawks’ latest loss was a meager 15,543, which is roughly 800 fewer than most men’s basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas, which hired former Arkansas athletic director and College Football Playoff chair Jeff Long as athletic director in July, did not confirm nor deny that Beaty would be fired.

“As Jeff has said, the evaluation of the football program began Sept. 1 and is ongoing,” KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said in a statement to 41 Action News.

A source familiar with the KU athletic department told 41 Action News the decision already has been made that Beaty will not return in 2019, but the source was unclear when an announcement would be made.

After the loss the Cyclones, Beaty accepted blame for the defeat.

"I feel like we played good enough to win defensively,” he said. “Now, offensively, and it starts with me, not enough production. It's not OK to move the ball up and down the field but you got to get in the end zone. I don't care what the issue is, we just gotta get in the end zone.”

KSHB Sports Director Mick Shaffer contributed to this report.