Kansas University defensive coordinator Bill Young confirmed to the Journal-World that he is in line to become defensive coordinator at Miami. The official announcement is awaiting the processing of paperwork.
"It's a new challenge," Young told the Journal-World. "Sometimes as a coach, you need that."
Young said it's not a done deal because of paperwork that needs to be completed. He said details of a contract have not been finalized.
He will replace Tim Walton, who was fired last month by Miami head coach Randy Shannon.
"It's a great opportunity to coach a program that has won several national titles," Young said.
Young spent six years at Kansas, leading some of the most successful defenses in school history. After KU ranked third nationally in run defense in 2005, Young became a popular figure in Lawrence. That continued in 2007, when the Jayhawks were top 10 nationally in run defense, pass defense and scoring defense.
Young, who's been in coaching for 39 years, speaks fondly of his tenure at Kansas.
"It was a wonderful time," Young said. "It's been a great six years."