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Kansas Hires Mike DeBord as Jayhawks’ Next Offensive Coordinator

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Kansas football has gone the veteran route with the hiring of Mike DeBord as the team’s next offensive coordinator.

Most recently, DeBord worked as an offensive analyst for Michigan in 2020. But his career, which spans three decades, includes several stops, including as offensive coordinator.

Prior to Michigan, he was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Fleet in the AAF in 2019, which was preceded by two years as the OC at Indiana. His other stops as offensive coordinator included at Tennessee (2015-16), Michigan (2006-07 and 1997-99) and Fort Hays State (1985-86).

DeBord has also been at head coach at Central Michigan from 2000 to 2003, where he went 12-34. His experience also includes at the NFL ranks, where he worked as the tight ends coach for the Chicago Bears from 2010 to 2012 and as a tight ends and assistant offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks from 2008 to 2009.


DeBord is replacing Brent Dearmon who left for the same job at Middle Tennessee. Dearmon had lots of promise after he took over the job in the middle of the 2019 season, but the 2020 campaign was a struggle offensively.

The Jayhawks were dead last in points per game in the Big 12 (15.8) as well as passing yards per game (154.3). And they finished ninth in the conference in rushing offense (104.9). 

Kansas head coach Les Miles and DeBord have known each other since they were both assistant coaches at Michigan in the early 1990s. And now Miles has DeBord on board for what will be one of the biggest challenges of his coaching career.

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