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Lance Leipold Hired as Next Kansas Jayhawks Football Coach

NCAA Football: MAC Championship-Northern Illinois at Buffalo

Kansas has hired Buffalo’s Lance Leipold as its next football coach.

Leipold will replace Les Miles, who was fired in March following accusations of inappropriate behavior toward female students during his head-coaching tenure at LSU.

Leipold went 37-33 in six seasons as Buffalo coach, leading the Bulls to the MAC title game in 2018 and 2020 and picking up bowl wins each of the past two seasons. Also this past season, he helped lead the Bulls to the school’s first-ever national ranking this season Army coach Jeff Monken was also considered a finalist for the job.


Prior to Buffalo, Leipold has won plenty across the Midwest. He won six Division IIII national titles as the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he went 109-6 as a head coach.

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.

Kansas is coming off a winless season and has lost 13 consecutive games dating back to October of 2019.

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