Kansas football took a big hit following their 8-4 season in 2023 as offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki was snatched away for the same position at Penn State.
Aspiring to be a head coach at some point, it was a great business move for Kotelnicki, but it left the Jayhawks in a bit of a precarious situation. The resurgence of the Kansas program has been built on the pillars of Kotelnicki’s offense, which has been among the nation’s elite for the past two seasons.
However, it appears that KU might’ve fallen into some great fortune given their unfortunate circumstances last week, as a two-time Broyles Award finalist is currently without a job and looking for employment.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Ross Dellenger, former Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes is set to take the same position at Kansas, giving them a solid rebound hire from losing one of the best play callers in the country.
Grimes’ offense was a pivotal part of Baylor’s turnaround in 2021, going from a 2-7 team in 2020 to 12-2 in 2021, with Big 12 and Sugar Bowl Championships to end the year.
Over those two seasons, Baylor went from 123rd to 10th in rushing and from 125th to 33rd in yards per play with Gerry Bohanan and Blake Shapen at quarterback. Now, with Jalon Daniels being the presumed starter in 2024, Grimes will have a dynamic playmaker to build around, and that’s an exciting prospect for the folks in Lawrence.