LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas football head coach David Beaty announced the promotion of Cassius Sendish from graduate assistant to a full-time coaching position on the Jayhawks staff Wednesday. Sendish, who spent the 2017 season working closely with defensive coordinator, Clint Bowen, in the KU secondary, will mentor the Kansas safeties.
Sendish replaces the departed Todd Bradford on the KU staff. Bradford, who spent two seasons on Beaty’s staff, is returning to a position in the private sector back near his family in Utah.
“We’ve known for some time that this was a possibility,” said Beaty. “A few weeks ago Todd came to me letting me know that after much thought and consideration, he felt like the opportunity that came his way back in the oil industry was just too good to pass up.
“Knowing this could be a possibility, we began the process of interviewing a number of candidates, including Cassius Sendish. Upon hearing Todd’s final decision and the completion of those interviews, it was clear that Cassius was the right man at the right time. I know that our players and entire staff have a ton of respect for him and we are excited for him to step into this role.”
Sendish spent the 2016 season on the KU staff, working with director of football technology, Jeff Love, in the football video department breaking down game and practice film for the coaches and players.
As a double major, Sendish is a 2015 graduate of KU with bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and communications studies. He was a two-year letter winner for the Jayhawks on the gridiron, starting all 24 games he played during his KU career. He served as a team captain in 2014 on his way to earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors and a spot on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team. Sendish concluded his Jayhawk career with 137 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss, five pass breakups, 1.0 sack and one fumble recovery he returned 30 yards for a touchdown.
“I am honored and proud to represent the University of Kansas football program,” said Sendish. “I hold this place near and dear to my heart and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work at my alma mater. I can’t thank Coach Beaty and the rest of the football staff enough for allowing me to come aboard and be a part of something special.”
While it’s an exciting day for Sendish, it is a tough one for Bradford-who made the agonizing decision to step away.
“I am so grateful to David and Kansas for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the program,” said Bradford. “I enjoyed working alongside the entire defensive staff. It was a tough decision to make to walk away from a place that I love so much.
“It’s impressive to see the support that both Dr. Zenger and Chancellor Girod are providing the program. It is clear that they realize that David and the staff are on the right path and are doing everything they can to continue to get better. They are able to see the improvement that is happening every day in the program. Great things are coming at Kansas and I am just sad that I won’t be there when it happens.”
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