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Lance Leipold Retains Emmett Jones, Announces Rest of New KU Football Staff

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Lance Leipold‘s staff at Kansas is going to be different, as it’ll be a blend of former holdovers from Les Miles and new faces brought with Leipold from Buffalo.

Most notably, Brian Borland comes in from Buffalo as the Jayhawks’ new defensive coordinator, while Andy Kotelnicki will take over the role of offensive coordinator. Borland worked with Leipold at both Buffalo the past six seasons, along with time at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater for 20 years prior. Similarly, Kotelnicki and Leipold have worked together since Wisconsin-Whitewater where they won six national championships.

Also following Leipold from Buffalo to Lawrence are offensive line coach Scott Fuchs, linebackers coach Chris Simpson and quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski.

 

Of the holdovers from KU, former interim head coach Emmett Jones will remain on staff as the Jayhawks’ receivers coach. Jones was instrumental in recruiting some of the top prospects to KU in recent seasons. Meantime, the other holdovers joining Jones include defensive line coach Kwahn Drake, cornerbacks coach Chevis Jackson, special teams coordinator Jake Schoonover and running backs coach Jonathan Wallace.

The staff put together a fun Twitter video today where they introduced themselves to the fan base.

“I am extremely proud of the staff we have assembled here at Kansas,” Leipold said in a statement. “It’s no secret how much I value continuity among a coaching staff, and I truly believe we’ve achieved that here. This is a great blend of coaches who know the philosophies and principles I want to bring to this program and coaches who know the ins and outs of Kansas football as well as our current personnel.”

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