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KU’s David Beaty and Clint Bowen are vacation buddies

KU football coach David Beaty spoke at Big 12 Media Days on Monday in Dallas.
KU football coach David Beaty spoke at Big 12 Media Days on Monday in Dallas. AP

Here’s something you may not know about new KU football coach David Beaty and co-defensive coordinator Clint Bowen: They’re vacation buddies. Beaty said his family recently enjoyed a beach trip to WaterColor, Fla., with the Bowen family.

“We’ve been, for all intents and purposes, close, best friends in our families,” Beaty said. “We go to Destin, Florida, every year. We just got back from WaterColor. What people don’t know about Clint is he wears me out on the beach with all the kids’ Olympics and all that. He’s the dad of the year. He does a great job with those guys. My girls love him. Our family certainly loves him.”

Bowen served as the Jayhawks’ interim coach last season after the dismissal of Charlie Weis in late September. He was also a finalist for the head coaching job, which eventually went to Beaty. But on Monday, Beaty re-iterated that it was a “no-brainer” to retain Bowen on his staff.

“As a matter of fact, we had already talked about it,” Beaty said. “The way we looked at it, we had two opportunities to be able to come back here and be a part of that great program.”

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