Mar 26, 2020 2:27 PM

Ball Wraps Up Career with Best Win Percentage in Tiger Wrestling History

Posted Mar 26, 2020 2:27 PM
Former Hoisington Cardinal Brandon Ball
Former Hoisington Cardinal Brandon Ball

HAYS, Kan. - Fort Hays State senior wrestler Brandon Ball wrapped up his career with the best winning percentage in program history, coming away victorious in 85.5 percent of his bouts.

The former Hoisington Cardinal wrapped up his illustrious career with an overall record of 130-22, including an incredible 44-3 record over the last two seasons. He was a four-time national qualifier, placing as high as fourth as a junior while earning a pair of All-America honors.

Ball was a three-time MIAA champion at 141 pounds, winning the conference tournament as a sophomore before earning the dual meet title each of the last two years. He also won a pair of regional titles, placing first in the West Super Regional as a redshirt-freshman before winning the Super Region 4 title as a junior.

He also excelled in the classroom, earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as a junior while being named a finalist for the MIAA's Ken B. Jones Award, an award annually given to the conference's student-athlete of the year. Ball received the MIAA Scholar-Athlete Award four times alongside three NWCA All-Academic Team recognitions.

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Mar 26, 2020 2:27 PM
Court filing: Kansas coach 'encouraged' NCAA rule violations

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Athletics Inc. contends in a newly unsealed court filing it has evidence former football coach David Beaty “allowed and encouraged NCAA violations” while at the University of Kansas.

The 66-page memo, which was filed by university attorneys in January and unsealed this past week, also said those alleged violations have “resulted in several hundred thousand” dollars in legal fees for Kansas Athletics.

The filing includes transcripts of interviews with players and members of the football staff the university says suggest that NCAA rule violations occurred under Beaty, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Beaty was fired in November 2018. In March 2019, he sued the university claiming he was still owed a $3 million buyout because he was terminated without cause. The university maintains it doesn’t have to pay the buyout because the alleged NCAA rule violations mean that it had cause to fire him.

“Beaty should not be rewarded for managing to avoid getting caught until after Kansas Athletics terminated him without cause,” according to the filing.

The NCAA alleged in a notice the university received in September that the football program used a non-coaching staff member in a coaching role from December 2017 through October 2018.