KU's Beaty out at the end of the season

Nov, 3, 2018; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; during a Big 12 matchup between the Kansas Jayhawks and Iowa State Cyclones at David Booth Memorial Stadium ©Kelly Ross
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- On Sunday, University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long announced head football coach David Beaty will not be retained at the conclusion of the 2018 season.

"After a thorough evaluation of the program, I believe that new leadership is necessary for our football team to move forward and compete at the highest level of the Big 12 Conference," Long said.

Beaty amassed a 6-39 record, including two Big 12 Conference wins throughout his three-plus seasons as head coach, and will continue to coach the team until the regular season concludes on Nov. 23 against Texas.

"I know that Coach Beaty cares deeply about his players, and I respect that. The student-athletes on this team have continued to play hard - and I am confident they will do that for the rest of the season," Long added.

In December of 2014, Beaty signed a five-year contract which was then extended two years to run through 2021 in December of 2016. The contract calls for Beaty to be paid $3 million in the event of termination without cause.

In a press release, Long said Kansas will fulfill the terms of that contract.

Beaty was informed of the decision on Sunday and met with the football team directly following.

According to Long, "the search for a new head coach will begin immediately."