Big 12 Head Football Coaches Ranked: No. 10 – 6

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Sep 21, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receivers coach David Beaty against the SMU Mustangs in the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10: David Beaty, Kansas

Beaty comes in last on this list simply because he has never been the head coach of a college program before. With this hire, Kansas has decided to follow the latest trend in college coaching; find a coach with strong ties to Texas high school football, and hope he can bring talent from the Lone Star state north of the Red River.

From 1994 – 2005, Beaty was a high school coach in the Dallas area, including stints as the head coach of North Dallas High School (2001), and MacArthur High School in Irving (2002 – 2005). Since 2006, Beaty has been a college football assistant with Rice (2006-07, 2010), Kansas (2008-2009, 2011), and Texas A&M (2012-12).

Beaty was the Jayhawks offensive coordinator in 2011, and he returns to Lawrence trying to salvage the worst football program in the Big 12.

Since the end of the Mark Mangino era in 2009, Kansas has gone 11 – 41 (2 – 34 in Big 12 play).

The Jayhawks are hoping that Beaty can be the next Art Briles who turned Baylor from the laughing stock of the conference into a national contender. However, the task facing Beaty is even tougher because he will have to get the vast majority of his recruits from out of state, rather than being in the heart of Texas like Briles is where one can throw one rock and hit four future college football players at the same time.

Beaty does have one thing going for him; after the disastrous tenures of Turner Gill and Charlie Weiss, the bar at KU is so low Mangingo could jump over it, but only if he uses the Fosbury Flop.