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Lance Leipold Addresses Michigan State and Other Coaching Rumors

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The Kansas Jayhawks find themselves ranked No. 16 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings in Year 3 under Lance Leipold. It’s one of the most incredible turnarounds of this century. So naturally, Leipold is getting attention for other openings across the college football landscape.

In fact, rumors started circulating on social media on Wednesday afternoon that Leipold had interviewed with Michigan State this week. Well on, Wednesday night, Leipold was asked about this during his weekly radio interview, Hawk Talk, and denied he had any interest in coaching anywhere else.


Leipold said, “One thing that happens during this time of year, there’s a lot of speculation and things are happening that are not accurate. As I said, Travis Goff and Chancellor GIrod have treated Kelly and I extremely well and our family and it is our plan and expectation that we want to be here, and this is going to be the last job we have.”

That’s about as emphatic as it gets for Lance Leipold. He is 59 years old and he has a son playing high school football in Lawrence, two things that may help keep him with the Jayhawks, as much as anything else.

Leipold is 15-19 in his third season at KU, while also going 8-16 in league play. To put this in perspective, Kansas won six conference games from 2009 through 2020, and then Leipold took over.

Kansas hosts Texas Tech this Saturday as the Jayhawks technically only find themselves one game back of first place in the Big 12 with three games to play. They will need some help, since their two losses are to the first-place teams in Texas and Oklahoma State, but still, it’s absolutely incredibly what Lance Leipold has done in Lawrence.

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