The planned visit of former Kansas Jayhawks head coach David Beaty to Austin to help the Texas Longhorns prepare for a rematch with the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday hasn’t even come to fruition — Texas head coach Tom Herman said that Beaty is stuck in Kansas City due to a blizzard.
But that didn’t stop Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley from expressing his dislike for such consulting work.
“Coach Beaty can do what he wants to do,” Riley said, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “I don’t like the precedent of it, bringing in somebody from the league from the same year. But it’s not against the rules. So that’s fine.”
Of course, Riley may end up doing something similar — his brother, Garrett, was the tight ends/fullbacks coach at Kansas until Beaty’s termination, and Riley wasn’t willing to comment on whether he would seek his brother’s advice.
In any case, Herman framed Beaty’s advice as commonplace in college football and focused on the type of self-scouting that can become difficult during the season when the focus leans heavily towards forming a game plan every week.
“Whenever you play an opponent, and then you don’t play that opponent again, and you have friends on that staff, you’re going to call ‘em and say, ‘Hey, what did you have on us?’ So we got done playing USC, we called the coaches at USC and said, ‘Hey, what did you have on us? Here is what we had on you,’” Herman said.
The two coaches have known each other since serving on David Bailiff’s staff at Rice in 2008, but Herman said he also talked to former Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen and former Kansas special teams coach Kenny Perry.
“It’s always nice to have a fresh set of eyes,” Herman said. “Talking about signals, they had some of the signals for us that we wanted to, ‘Hey, do we need to change signals?’ So a lot of it, really all of it was self-scout type stuff like here is what we had on you. It’s very common. It just so happened that we were playing this week and they weren’t.”
So, don’t worry, Lincoln, they probably weren’t even talking about you.