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Kansas Football is Good at One Thing: Getting Other Coaches Fired

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It’s been a rough go of it for Kansas Jayhawks football since 2006. Yes, in 2007 the Jayhawks went 12-1 and went to the Orange Bowl. But, the program hasn’t had a winning season since 2008 and hasn’t won at least five games since 2009. In fact, the Jayhawks have won a total of 21 games since 2010.  

But, the Jayhawks have been good at one thing in the past 15 years — getting head coaches fired during the season. article ran through the odd particulars, as it tried to determine which schools get opposing coaches fired at mid-season the most. The data compiled for the past 15 years showed the Jayhawks to be a clear leader. 

Ryan Nanni compiled 72 different mid-season head coach firings since the start of the 2006 season. Kansas was one of three programs that got three different head coaches ‘fired.’  


‘Fired,’ in this definition, means that the opposing coach was fired, or told he wasn’t coming back, after the loss to Kansas. 

Using this definition, Kansas got the following coaches ‘fired’: 

Dan Hawkins of Colorado (2010), thanks to the Jayhawks’ 52-45 win over Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010. The Buffs blew a 28-point fourth quarter lead in the loss. Colorado fired him a few days later; 

Ron Prince of Kansas State (2008), thanks to the Jayhawks’ 52-21 win over Kansas State on Nov. 1, 2008. He was told Nov. 5 he would not return; 

And Dan McCarney of Iowa State (2006), thanks to the Jayhawks’ 41-10 win over Iowa State on Nov. 4, 2006. McCarney resigned four days after the loss, effective at the end of that season. 

The other two teams to send three head coaches home after beating their team was Louisiana Tech and Air Force. Nanni’s research also revealed that Vanderbilt’s 2012 team sent two coaches home — Kentucky’s Joker Phillips and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley.  

The research also revealed the Big 12 coaches that had been dismissed before the end of the season. And guess what, Kansas? The Jayhawks figure prominently there, too

Former Jayhawks coach David Beaty was told he would not be coming back with three games remaining in the 2018 season after a loss to Iowa State (no doubt revenge for McCarney). Former Kansas boss Charlie Weis was out after four games in 2014 after a loss to Texas.  


Plus, former Iowa State boss Paul Rhoads got the axe with one game remaining in 2015 after a loss to Kansas State. He did coach in that season’s finale. 

But, when it comes to getting head coaches fired midseason, few programs compare to the Kansas Jayhawks.  

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