KU players stay loyal to Beaty after firing



November 8, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Kansas head coach David Beaty encourages his team from the sidelines against Kansas State at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kan., on Oct. 28, 2017. Beaty will be fired at the end of the season, KU athletic director Jeff Long announced Sunday. Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TNS

By the time the entire Kansas football roster was summoned for a Sunday meeting, most of the players already knew. They had read the news on social media. In fact, over the previous several hours, they had been exchanging text messages about reports that head coach David Beaty would be fired.

So the official announcement from athletic director Jeff Long offered little surprise. It did, however, provoke some emotion.

In their first meeting with reporters since Long dismissed Beaty — who will finish out the final three games of the season — KU players on Tuesday described a passionate reaction from their head coach as he embarks on his final days in Lawrence.

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