At 10th annual KU Kickoff, new football coach calls for shows of support from fans

Football coach David Beaty called for a return to the program's glory years in the mid-2000s.
Football coach David Beaty called for a return to the program’s glory years in the mid-2000s.

Corinth Square was yet again transformed into Lawrence East on Friday as hundreds of KU fans gathered for the tenth annual KU Kickoff.

This year’s pep rally featured the debut appearances by two new Jayhawk coaches, women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider and football coach David Beaty. Beaty asked the Jayhawk fans to stick with the program, which endured two-plus seasons of even more awful football than usual under the leadership of Charlie Weis, and show support for his team.

“It’s a process, not an event,” he said of his team’s preparations, “but we need you guys to stay with us too. We’re going to have a lot of fun and we’re going to have some great times.”

After speeches by Beaty, Schneider and Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, the Lawrence-based band Coversmith provided the soundtrack for the rest of the evening.

The KU band and cheerleaders pumped up the crowd at Corinth Square Friday.
The KU band and cheerleaders pumped up the crowd at Corinth Square Friday.
Big Jay delighted the kids in attendance.
Big Jay delighted the kids in attendance.
Coversmith rocked the crowd with covers of classic rock hits.
Coversmith rocked the crowd with covers of classic rock hits.