Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sims officially announced as new KU defensive line coach


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).


JBurtin 10 years, 3 months ago

Good hire, I'm glad that the Locklin thing played out quickly enough that it didn't have a major effect on the program. Each of the schools on this guy's list have had sudden spurts of relative success in the last few years. My bet is that his influence had something to do with it.

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