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David Beaty recounts story of a KU coach who got physically ill at a recruit’s house

Kansas Jayhawks football coach David Beaty.
Kansas Jayhawks football coach David Beaty. along@kcstar.com

The Big 12 Conference recently asked some of the league’s football coaches to talk about their strange recruiting stories, and Kansas’ David Beaty stole the show.

Beaty recalled a time when he was at KU before becoming head coach (Beaty was wide receiver coach in 2008-09 and co-offensive coordinator in 2011), and a coach with a shellfish allergy at a shrimp dinner at a recruit’s house.

The coach in question is not mentioned, but this is a case of going above and beyond the call of duty.

This is what Beaty said in his segment:

“One of the top players that we were recruiting when I was at Kansas the first time, we went to their house and they made dinner for us. The coach that I was with was allergic to fish — any kind of shellfish — and we wanted this guy really bad. And he ate the fish and his windpipe closed up. I mean, we had to take him to the hospital after that. It was a bad deal, but we wanted that kid bad, so he had to do what he had to do. He ate the shrimp, every one of them. And I watched him start to turn red, I knew something was wrong.”

Wow.

No word on whether or not the Jayhawks got the kid.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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