Ready or not, here we are. At 11 Saturday morning, the David Beaty Era will surge into the Great Unknown with Kansas’ season opener against South Dakota State. After years of volatility and rising angst — three coaching changes in six years and 12 victories over the five seasons will do that — Beaty will take the controls and try to do what his predecessors couldn’t: Fix KU football.
Three days before the season opener, Kansas coach David Beaty announced the departure of another scholarship player. Sophomore cornerback Matthew Boateng was dismissed from the football program because of a team rules violation, Beaty announced Wednesday.
Clay Young, a graduate of Lansing High and former standout at Kansas City, Kan., Community College, will join the KU men’s basketball program as a walk-on for the 2015-16 season, Self announced on Wednesday.
Freshman receiver Steven Sims is expected to make an impact right away for new KU football coach David Beaty. But he’s not the only one. Tight end Jace Sternberger is expected to see snaps. Running back Taylor Martin could see time in the backfield rotation. Cornerback Tyrone Miller, Jr. is a candidate to start in the secondary.
The particulars of freshman big man Cheick Diallo’s eligibility case have remained elusive, but Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said Monday he remained “confident” Diallo would be cleared through the NCAA’s Eligibility Center. Self also said he was impressed by Diallo during preseason workouts.
Kansas sophomore Devonte Wilson uses his Instagram account to show off an assortment of his own crazy workouts, insane box jumps and “dude, look out!” leaps over stationary equipment in the weight room. One of the videos went viral and made him an Internet celebrity, but despite what some of those headlines said, he is not a KU running back or a member of the football team.
A week ago, Kansas’ Montell Cozart earned the title of starting quarterback. Now Cozart, a junior from Kansas City, has picked up another honor: Team captain. Cozart was one of three captains selected during a team vote over the weekend, KU coach David Beaty unveiled on Monday. Senior defensive end Ben Goodman and safety Fish Smithson were also chosen captains.
Hal Mumme, now coach at Division III Belhaven, revolutionized football with a spread offense called the Air Raid. Kansas coach David Beaty and offensive coordinator Rob Likens hope their version of the offense can help launch the Jayhawks as they try and rebuild the program.