Tom Sims has officially been hired as the defensive line coach of the Kansas football team, the university announced Thursday.
Sims replaces Kerry Locklin, who was hired Jan. 20 but recently took a job with the New York Jets.
“We are glad to have Tom on our coaching staff,” KU coach Mark Mangino said in a release. “He brings great experience as a coach and as a former NFL defensive lineman.”
Sims, a 12-year coaching veteran, spent the last four seasons as defensive line coach at Illinois. Last year, the Illini posted 32 sacks.
Sims also has coached at Minnesota, Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan. He played seven seasons as a defensive tackle in the NFL, which included two different stints with the Kansas City Chiefs (1990-92, 96).