Monday, January 13, 2003

KU assistant football coach to join LSU staff


Kansas defensive ends coach Travis Jones will be annouced as the new defensive line coach for Louisiana State University today, according to the LSU sports information department. Jones will replace Lance Thompson as defensive line coach for the Tigers.

"Travis is a hard-working young coach and a great person," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said in a statement. "We wish him and his family well."

Jones, the KU defensive line coach in 2001, was a carryover from Terry Allen's staff. He had worked for three seasons as linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at Appalachian State University. His departure leaves two spots open on Mark Mangino's coaching staff. Former offensive line coach Ken Conaster, who resigned in early September, has yet to be replaced.

Salary figures were not announced, but all LSU assistant football coaches reportedly make at least $100,000 a year. Jones earned $88,5000 a year at Kansas.

Thompson will stay with the Tigers as head coach Nick Saban is shuffling his staff during the offseason after special teams coach Michael Haywood took the running backs coaching position at Texas.

For more on this story, see the 6Sports report at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband's cable Channel 6 and pick up a copy of Tuesday's Journal-World.

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