Sure, when the Texas Longhorns travel to Lawrence to end the regular season the day after Thanksgiving, it will be against a Kansas Jayhawks team playing for its head coach for the last time, as athletics director Jeff Long announced on Sunday that David Beaty will be fired at the end of the season.
But the matchup to end the regular season isn’t why Beaty’s looming termination matters to the Longhorns — it’s because Texas needs help in the area of Beaty’s expertise.
Beaty was born in Garland and went to Garland High School before playing football at Lindenwood College in Missouri. Once his playing days were done, Beaty returned to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and spent several years as an assistant at Naaman Forest and then his alma mater before taking over the head coaching job at North Dallas. After only a season at North Dallas, Beaty moved on to Irving Macarthur.
Then it was on to the college ranks — two stints at Rice in between two stints at Kansas before Beaty became the wide receivers coach and then recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M under Kevin Sumlin.
During that period from 2012 to 2014, Beaty emerged as one of the nation’s top recruiters, flipping wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones from Texas and landing cornerback Nick Harvey over the Horns. He also recruited speedster Speedy Noil out of New Orleans.
Mostly, though, Beaty did his best work as a primary recruiter in the Metroplex, where he leveraged his longtime ties to secure signatures from star defensive ends like Myles Garrett (Arlington Martin) and Daeshon Hall (Lancaster).
And those deep ties could make Beaty extremely appealing as a potential addition to the Longhorns staff — the staff has recruited well nationally this season and leveraged its Houston ties to piece together a 2018 class heavy in prospects from the Bayou City, but it has struggled to make progress in the Metroplex.
At schools like Allen and Dallas Bishop Dunne, Texas has lost out on top prospects and will continue to do so unless the relationships improve. Oklahoma and Texas A&M have swept the board with many of the best recruits from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, while LSU came in and landed Marcus Flower Mound linebacker Marcel Brooks and Notre Dame landed the pledge of Fort Worth Nolan Catholic defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah.
Calling the situation with the 2019 Texas recruiting class in the Metroplex a disaster is perhaps a little bit too strong, but it’s certainly been close to a disaster.
If Beaty decides that he wants to be an offensive coordinator somewhere or even hold a title like co-offensive coordinator or recruiting coordinator, Texas isn’t a likely landing spot. However, if the titles aren’t an issue, Beaty could resurrect his reputation as an ace recruiter and position himself for a bigger role somewhere else after a year or two.
All while helping Texas on the recruiting trail in its greatest area of need.
Of course, the Longhorns still have 10 assistant coaches on staff, but the two-year contracts of running backs coach Stan Drayton, wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer, wide receivers coach Corby Meekins, and tight ends coach Derek Warehime will all expire after this season.
At that point, head coach Tom Herman will have some decisions to make.