The Kansas Jayhawks find themselves back to the drawing board to figure out how to turn around the worst Power 5 football program in the country.
It’s been a tumultuous couple of weeks for the program, who “mutually parted ways” with head coach Les Miles after reports surfaced from his time at LSU involving his alleged inappropriate behavior with some women working for the program. And one day later, the program let go athletic director Jeff long.
Since then, the program has named Emmett Jones its interim head coach. He was instrumental in recruiting some of the key prospects who are on the roster.
But the question is, who will be the next head coach? We know that whoever is hired as athletic director will be making the selection.
But one name that keeps coming up is current Buffalo head caoch Lance Leipold, who according to CBS Sports, has “significant interest” in the Kansas job.
CBS Sports reports in full, “Leipold is known to have significant interest in Kansas after six seasons at Buffalo (37-33). While there might be better ways to jump to the Power Five, he has won at a distant MAC outpost and has Midwest ties. Leipold has won six Division III national championships, and the Bulls have advanced to two of the last three MAC Championship Games.”
Leipold isn’t exactly an up-and-comer as he’s 56 years old. However he wins wherever he has been. He has Midwest ties as he played at Wisconsin-Whitewater and then he won seven Division III national titles as the head coach of his alma mater from 2007 to 2014.
Since then, he took the Buffalo job where he has gone 37-33 and was named the MAC Coach of the Year two times (2018, 2020). Certainly, the MAC has treated the Big 12 well as of late, just ask Iowa State how hiring Matt Campbell from Toledo worked out.
Buffalo was 7-17 in his first two seasons, but the last three seasons have gone 10-4, 8-5 and 6-1.
It’s not clear what KU thinks of Leipold at this point, but we’ve got to give him credit for actually wanting the job. And anyone who does turn this mess around should have a statue in Lawrence.
The Heartland College Sports staff also listed its choices to replace Les Miles, which you can read here.
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