Nick Saban and Alabama football helped start the trend of big programs adding former head coaches as analysts, as they look to rehab their careers. Now, Texas is doing the same.
Former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora was the last coach to reportedly join up with Tom Herman and the Longhorns. He will reportedly be an offensive analyst for the team.
Former Kansas coach David Beaty is also being considered in a similar role, per a new report. Beaty was fired during the season, and replaced by national championship winner Les Miles.
Beaty is a Texas native, and before taking over at Kansas, was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M.
"In addition to Fedora, Horns247 has learned former Kansas head coach David Beaty could join the Longhorns' staff as an analyst as well. However, as Horns247 columnist Chip Brown reported last week, Beaty is currently undergoing a contract situation with Kansas that could hold up his availability."
Beaty's hire at Kansas was a bit out of the box, and done largely for his recruiting prowess at Texas A&M.
As an analyst, he will not be able to go out and recruit for the Longhorns. Herman does appear to value his input in this role as well.
After he was fired by Kansas, David Beaty joined Texas to help prepare for Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game.
That move was not warmly embraced by Sooners coach Lincoln Riley. From TheKansas City Star:
“Coach Beaty can do what he wants to do,” Riley said. “I don’t like the precedent of it, of being able to bring in somebody from a league in the same year. I don’t think that’s good for the conference. But it’s not against the rules, and if they want to do it, that’s fine.”
Herman defended it at the time, calling it a "pretty standard move."