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Report: Four Finalists Emerge in Kansas Coaching Search

NCAA Football: Texas at Kansas

The Kansas Jayhawks have been without a head football coach for weeks since letting Les Miles go following the recent resurfacing his conduct as the head coach at LSU.

Well according to a new report from ESPN‘s Adam Rittenberg, the Jayhawks have closed in on four names: Buffalo’s Lance Leipold, Army’s Jeff Monken, Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz and Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko.


When the HCS staff put together its picks for who Kansas should hire, Jeff Monken’s name did make the list, citing his triple option attack as one that would give KU a unique look that other Big 12 teams would not be used to, and would allow them to pull off more upsets against stacked competition.

Lance Leipold is a name that has surfaced, with even Leipold reported showing interest in wanting to take over the massive rebuild in Lawrence. Elko has done impressive work as the Texas A&M coordinator since 2018, as the Aggies ranked 9th in the nation in total defense and second in rushing defense, but has no ties to the Big 12 Conference. Meantime, Skip Holtz has been the coach at Louisiana Tech since 2013 and has yet to win a conference title, but was named the 2016 Conference USA coach of the year.

Emmett Jones has been the team’s interim head coach since Miles was fired and has been running spring practice. Regardless of the outcome, Jones is someone who deserves to maintain a spot on the staff as he brought in a bunch of the new recruits, especially those from Texas.

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