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Ex-Jayhawks linebacker Kevin Kane to join staff of new Kansas football coach Beaty

Kevin Kane (45), shown tackling Kansas State quarterback Allan Evridge with several teammates in 2005 while playing linebacker for Kansas, will join the staff of new KU coach David Beaty.
Kevin Kane (45), shown tackling Kansas State quarterback Allan Evridge with several teammates in 2005 while playing linebacker for Kansas, will join the staff of new KU coach David Beaty. The Kansas City Star

Kevin Kane, a former Kansas linebacker and current assistant coach at Northern Illinois, is poised to join David Beaty’s staff at Kansas.

Kane, a graduate of Rockhurst High School, has spent the last four seasons at Northern Illinois after a three-year stint as a graduate assistant and quality-control coach at Wisconsin.

KU has yet to make any formal announcements on additions to Beaty’s staff, though Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey confirmed Kane’s move on Friday to the Daily Chronicle newspaper in DeKalb, Ill.

“We’re going to miss him like crazy,” Carey said while preparing for the Boca Raton Bowl in West Palm Beach, Fla. “He’s been an integral part of what we’ve done here.”

Kane, who will coach Northern Illinois in the bowl game, played linebacker at Kansas during 2002-05. He also worked as a graduate assistant at KU when the Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl after the 2007 season.

Former interim coach Clint Bowen has officially been announced as Beaty’s defensive coordinator, while running-backs coach Reggie Mitchell is expected to return as well. Mitchell has continued to recruit for Kansas during the last few weeks, though his place on the staff has not been officially announced.

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