Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Kansas has hired Texas A&M assistant David Beaty as its new head football coach.
The school announced Beaty's hiring on Friday, bringing in the former Jayhawks assistant as a permanent replacement for Charlie Weis, who was fired four games into his third season on Sept. 28.
It will be Beaty's first head coaching position at the college level. He was wide receivers coach at Texas A&M over the past three seasons and recruiting coordinator the last two.
He had two stints as an assistant at Kansas, coaching the wide receivers from 2008-09 and again in 2011, when he was also the co-offensive coordinator in Turner Gill's second and final season coaching the Jayhawks.
"David Beaty is well-respected in the football community and brings to KU great vision, passion and energy," Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. "He has a bright football mind and is known as one of the best recruiters in the nation."
Clint Bowen, who took over as interim coach after Weis was fired, will remain on the staff in his old position as defensive coordinator, Beaty said.
The Jayhawks finished 3-9 this season and have not posted a winning record since going 8-5 in 2008 under Mark Mangino, who led them to three consecutive bowl victories in his last five seasons at the helm.
Kansas was 6-22 under Weis, who took the job two years after he was fired by Notre Dame.
Beaty said he was "excited" to return to Kansas.
After coaching at the high school level in Texas between 1994 and 2005, Beaty, who is from Garland, Texas, secured his first college job as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach at Rice in 2006. He was the offensive coordinator at Rice for one season in between his two previous stints with Kansas.
In a statement, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Beaty "is a great recruiter, a great coach and a great man. He was one of the first people I hired at Texas A&M and he's been a huge part of what we've been able to accomplish here. He's earned this opportunity to be a head coach, and I believe he will do a tremendous job with the Jayhawks."
Beaty will be formally introduced at a news conference on Monday morning.