Former Kansas head coach David Beaty is close to joining the Texas staff in an analyst role, according to a report Tuesday from Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods. Talks are so far along, according to Richardson, that Beaty has recently moved to Austin.

Frankly, this move has been expected ever since Kansas announced that would not be retained for a fifth season back in November. Texas made waves ahead of the Big 12 Championship when it was reported that Beaty would consult the Texas staff on the ‘Horns tendencies heading into their rematch with Oklahoma. However, Beaty (and his legal team) has been locked in a legal battle with the KU administration over Beaty’s buyout, preventing him from taking another job.

Texas head coach Tom Herman worked with Beaty on David Bailiff’s Rice staff in 2007; Herman was the Owls’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and Beaty the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. Beaty is regarded as a best-in-class wide receivers coach — he was selected by his peers as FootballScoop’s Wide Receivers Coach of the Year at Texas A&M in 2012 — and, as a former Texas high school football coach, he’s well-respected on the recruiting trail in the Lone Star State as well.

Texas does not have an opening on its 10-man, on-the-field staff — in fact, the only change Herman has made through two seasons was to hire Herb Hand away from Auburn as UT’s 10th assistant — but Beaty would seem to be a natural fit should a slot come available on offense.

Beaty would not be the first former head coach with Texas ties to join Herman’s support staff this offseason, either. Texas hired former North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, a College Station native, earlier this year.

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