Kansas, Beaty at odds over $3M

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March 13, 2019 - 10:12 AM

In an October 2017 game, Kansas head coach David Beaty encourages his team from the sidelines against Kansas State at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. On Nov. 23, 2018, Beaty coached his final game for the Jayhawks, a 24-17 loss against visiting Texas. Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TNS

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas football coach David Beaty said Tuesday he was suing the school’s athletic department in federal court, alleging breach of contract and seeking $3 million he contends he is owed after he was fired in November. The Jayhawks said they are withholding the money pending an NCAA investigation into possible rules violations by the former coach.

Beaty was let go with three games left last season but finished out the year to end his tenure with a 6-42 record in four seasons. The woeful program did post a conference victory over TCU and end a 46-game road losing streak under Beaty, whose contract was extended two years through 2021 in late 2016.

Beaty’s attorney, Michael Lyons of Dallas, said the contract guaranteed payment if Beaty was terminated without cause and that the coach would be paid $3 million owed to him. Instead, the attorney said, Kansas officials discussed what it would take to avoid paying Beaty and contends he was told in December there were “allegations involving a member of the football staff and that Kansas athletics would not make the guaranteed payments” pending an investigation.

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