Kansas football has only won 14 games over the past seven seasons. Head coach David Beaty has only won one conference game since the Jayhawks hired him.
But when it comes to year-to-year production, Beaty is focusing on building a mentality and culture before anything.
“Before we focus on benchmarks, we have to focus on how we get there,” Beaty said. “Our benchmarks are not going to be any different for us than other programs – we want to win championships, we want to play in bowl games.”
Results have been slow, but there are signs of light. The Jayhawks picked up their first conference win of the Beaty era against Texas. The Big 12 named defensive lineman Dorance Armstrong the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year.
“Our championship hopes and dreams are going to hinge on us realizing that it’s a byproduct of the work and what it means to be a good man every day,” Beaty said. “That really encompasses what it means to be committed to a program and doing the things necessary to win championships.”
While the results haven’t always been there, Beaty’s teams always play hard. From the outside, it appears that the mentality is reaching the players. There are fair expectations of success after going 0-12 in his first season.
“People want to talk about winning championships, but not many want to do what it takes,” Beaty said.