It’s typical, of course, for Kansas football coaches to be asked about the difficulty of building a successful football program at a basketball school. Beaty wasn’t asked this question on Monday at Big 12 Media Days — not specifically — but he did segue into a riff on Bill Self and the KU basketball program.
“Jayhawks love their football,” Beaty said, answering a question about the program’s culture. “They really do. We’ve got great basketball, and we’ve got the finest coach in the country. He’s unbelievable at what he does, and what a great resource I’ve got right across the place, right across the campus there in Bill Self, and he has been phenomenal to us.
“We do not apologize for having one of the finest basketball programs in the country. Are you kidding me? Twelve straight (Big 12 titles)? [Editor’s note: KU has won 11 straight Big 12 titles]
“I don’t know if I could take 12 steps straight ahead much less win 12 championships in a row. That is very difficult. My hat’s off to him.”