University of Kansas

Most Kansas assistants booted

LAWRENCE — Change has begun quickly within the Kansas football program.

Sources said that KU's assistant coaches were asked to pack up their offices on Tuesday, a day after Turner Gill took over as coach. KU wide receivers coach David Beaty, a key to the Jayhawks' recruiting efforts in Texas, is the only assistant who is being considered as a potential member of Gill's staff.

The sources also said that KU's strength and conditioning staff, led by director Chris Dawson, will not be retained.

Gill will be parting ways with some successful assistants for Kansas. Offensive coordinator Ed Warinner was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association's top assistant this season. In three years running the KU offense, the Jayhawks put up the top three total yardage seasons in school history. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen, a former KU safety, rose all the way from graduate assistant in 1998 to running the defense the past two seasons.

Offensive line coach John Reagan, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Bill Miller, tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Brandon Blaney, cornerbacks coach Je'Ney Jackson, running backs/special teams coach Louie Matsakis and defensive line coach Tom Sims spent a combined 25 seasons at KU. Dawson spent seven years at KU.

Gill could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Recruiting update — Today is signing day for junior college football players.

Kansas will get a signature from Snow (Utah) College dual-threat quarterback Quin Mecham, according to Jon Kirby, who covers KU football recruiting for Rivals.com.

But Kirby said cornerback Dave Clark, a four-star player from Independence Community College who orally committed to KU last April, will open his recruitment up.

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