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David Beaty Says Kansas' Allegations Of His Lack Of Cooperation With NCAA Are 'Verifiably False'

Tom Herman and David Beaty embrace after Texas-Kansas game.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS - NOVEMBER 23: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns and head coach David Beaty of the Kansas Jayhawks greet each other after their game at Memorial Stadium on November 23, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. Texas won 24-17. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

At the time of his firing from Kansas, it seemed like David Beaty would move on without too much drama. The former Jayhawks head football coach was 6-43 in his time with the Jayhawks.

Instead, the situation has turned ugly, with both sides making allegations about their agreement. Beaty is suing Kansas for breach of contract, saying that the school is trying to duck the $3 million buyout it contractually owes him.

In turn, Kansas has cited an NCAA probe into the school as a violation of the deal. It states that concerns of NCAA infractions against Beaty's staff came up in exit interviews.

From the school's statement, emphasis is mine:

Here are the facts. Beaty was informed he would not be retained by KU on November 4, 2018, but would be able to coach the remaining games. Immediately following the end of the season, Kansas Athletics staff conducted standard exit interviews of all football coaches and staff, and through that process we learned of possible NCAA violations allegedly committed by Beaty. KU contacted the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference and began an investigation into the matter. Beaty refused to cooperate with the KU review and, ultimately, the NCAA took the lead in the still-ongoing investigation.

Due to the nature of the allegations, which, if true, would be in violation of the terms of Beaty’s contract, the university has withheld payment of money owed to Beaty pending the outcome of the NCAA investigation. In a show of good faith, the university has placed the full amount owed in escrow.

In a statement to SB Nation, David Beaty calls the assertion that he refused cooperation with the NCAA "verifiably false."

From writer Steven Godfrey:

Since Beaty filed the lawsuit, the school has accused Beaty of not cooperating with an investigation, saying his filing “is full of false claims and factual misstatements.”

Beaty says he has cooperated — both with Kansas’ efforts and a subsequent NCAA review — and that KU’s claim he refused to cooperate is “verifiably false.”

Per the lawsuit, Beaty claims to have sat down with NCAA staff on February 27, and was fully cooperative in the matter.

“Coach Beaty answered the investigators questions fully,” the lawsuit claims. In addition, the suit states that Kansas continues to refuse to pay Beaty any of his $3 million buyout, citing the need to wait for “the investigation” to conclude.

“The investigation could potentially last for months before it concludes,” the lawsuit read. “Kansas Athletics continues to move the goal posts to avoid its contractual obligations that it acknowledged publicly, privately, orally, and in writing many times before using as a self-initiated investigation as a shield to delay or attempt to avoid them.”

When the lawsuit first arose, Beaty alleged that Kansas openly discussed finding dirt on the coach in order to get out from under the buyout, going as far as to use "a dead hooker in his closet" as an example.

Beaty is now working on staff at Texas as a consultant. Kansas made a big splash by hiring former LSU coach Les Miles, one of the few active national championship-winning head coaches in the sport.

[SB Nation]