Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Upbeat Beaty Awakens Scribes on Rainy Day

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Upbeat Beaty Awakens Scribes on Rainy Day

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Musings at the mid-week:

- David Beaty came in the room Tuesday and shouted out a wakeup call to media assembled for his weekly news conference.

- Gotta admit he got my attention.

- How many 0-10 coaches do that in good fun?

- Those who know this year's finish does not dictate the ouster of a football coach.

- Even with the door that revolves at Kansas.

- Beaty recognized the sleepy, wet conditions outside and figured everyone might need to be revived -- then expressed he was grateful for the much-needed rain.

- Moments earlier I kidded about the meeting room thermostat still being set at arctic readings preferred by former KU coach Mark Mangino.

- To which I later laughed at the lock boxes still covering the thermostat. Mangino ordered those to prevent pranks by players.

- A win for KU is possible with the Jayhawks at home for their last two games.

- Beaty and his staff, however, seem to be taking extra precautions not to let the team get too giddy over the near-upset of TCU.

- Before arriving at KU on Tuesday, I flipped the press guide open to an iconic picture of Todd Reesing throwing a key pass in the snow to beat Missouri in 2008.

- Then I noticed that same picture hanging in two spots in the football complex.

- Former C-J photographer Jeff Jacobsen was the shooter. He's told me it's one of his all-time favorite sports photos.

- With good reason. Mine too.

- Beaty shared details of a pre-game chat he had this season with Bob Stoops.

- The OU coach related how, as a first-year coach, you had to show love for your players and realize the situation they're in is not their fault.

- Good one for Beaty to remember, he admits, when going through dark times.

- When the upset bid was unfolding Saturday at TCU, I cracked on Twitter that Ronda Rousey might be next.

- Actually, that was the biggest upset of the day, though the odds on her to lose were slimmer than the 46 points laid by TCU.

- Wow. With KU in one of college basketball's biggest early- season galas on Tuesday, the Champions Classic, here I am reflecting on football. …

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