David Beaty has been the Kansas football coach for close to eight months, but he’s already gaining some allies in high places. Even Kauffman Stadium.
Beaty visited Kauffman last Sunday during KU Day at the K; he threw out a ceremonial first pitch and shared a few words with Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas. Beaty joked that he was trying to recruit Hosmer and Moustakas to play football at KU, but the relationship — acquaintance-ship? — actually goes back months earlier, Beaty says.
Last January, Hosmer, Moustakas and a slew of other Royals players called the KU athletic department, looking for tickets to the Kansas-K-State basketball game on Jan. 31 at Allen Fieldhouse. Beaty, who has tickets to each basketball game as part of his contract, offered up his seats to Hosmer and Co.
“They sat in my seats,” Beaty said, “And then during the game, I was able to say drop by and say hello.”
Hosmer, Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Jarrod Dyson enjoyed Kansas’ 68-57 victory.
“Great dudes,” Beaty said.
Then last Sunday, according to Beaty, Moustakas saw the first-year KU coach on the field at Kauffman Stadium and told him he wanted to be his next tight end. Beaty then looked to the side and saw Hosmer.
“OK, he looks like a guy we could use, too,” Beaty joked.
Beaty recounted the story on Friday evening while appearing at the 10th annual KU Kickoff at Corinth Square in Prairie Village. Beaty, athletic director Sheahon Zenger and first-year KU women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider each addressed a crowd of approximately 4,000 Kansas fans and alums.
In a five-minute address, Beaty asked the KU fans in attendance to fill Memorial Stadium as he begins what could be a lengthy rebuilding project. A former KU assistant in 2008 and 2009, Beaty spoke of experiencing capacity crowds at Memorial Stadium during the final years of Mark Mangino.
“You are the magic,” Beaty told the crowd. “Those coaches over there at Allen Fieldhouse, they do a great job recruiting those kids. But you guys seal the deal. When they come there and they experience that, I dare them to say no. We need that same commitment from you. We need you to you do it just like you did in the Orange Bowl year (and) the Insight Bowl year. We need that placed loaded and rocking. That’s what we need from you.”