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Thursday, December 8, 2011

New day, new faces: Rumors, uncertainty abound in KU coaching search’s 11th day

A Trio of offensive coordinators — Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, left, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Dirk Koetter, middle, and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, right — are believed to still be in the running for Kansas University’s head coaching position.

A Trio of offensive coordinators — Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, left, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Dirk Koetter, middle, and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, right — are believed to still be in the running for Kansas University’s head coaching position.

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The Kansas University football program’s search to hire a new head coach, now entering Day 11, seems to be mirroring the path of the program during the past few decades.

Names come and go, expectations rise and fall, and fans, alums and other members of the KU community are left scratching their heads and wondering what it’s all about.

Wednesday proved to be another wild day in KU’s quest to replace Turner Gill, who was fired on Nov. 27 after going 5-19 in two seasons. Like so many days before it, the craziness didn’t come from anything KU did.

Radio reports Wednesday afternoon indicated that Kansas had reached an agreement with Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Message board posts containing all kinds of reactions followed, and the search was sent into a momentary frenzy. A call to a KU official around 2:30 p.m. revealed that, at that time, no hire had been made and that the reports were not accurate. Calls made again, late Wednesday night, produced the same answer.

Back to the drawing board. Back to the search.

What began 10 days ago with former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach as the top target now has taken a wild turn. Although sources and information from people who may be involved in discussions with KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger have helped narrow things down — mostly through eliminating unlikely candidates — Zenger himself has not said a word about the search publicly. Signs exist that point to the new coach being in attendance at Saturday’s men’s basketball game against No. 2 Ohio State in Allen Fieldhouse. Such an introduction would figure to be a great way for the coach and fan base to become acquainted. Of course, with the way coaching searches have gone during the past 10 days, little can be counted on until the hire is officially announced.

After Leach came off the board by announcing he was headed to Washington State, the attention turned to Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora, who reportedly has agreed to a deal to become the next coach at North Carolina. Although nothing was confirmed by KU, it seemed logical to conclude that Leach and Fedora were among KU’s top candidates, if not the school’s top two choices.

With those two out of the running, the search has turned into a wild goose chase of sorts. With no one at KU sharing any information about candidates, Zenger’s whereabouts or the school’s progress, speculation has run wild and all kinds of names have been thrown around.

New names continue to pop up all the time. Old ones are eliminated and then tossed back into the mix. There now are but a few logical options and a whole bunch of unknowns. One candidate, whose name gained some credibility on Wednesday, is Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst. Chryst, who helped put UW running back Montee Ball into the Heisman Trophy race and had UW quarterback Russell Wilson a few votes shy of joining him, reportedly has interviewed with Kansas about the job. That’s according to a source close to Chryst, who told the Wisconsin State Journal that an interview took place. Whether Chryst is a strong candidate remains to be seen, but his connections to Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, who has ties to Kansas State and, therefore, Zenger, at least make that a possibility.

Former KU offensive lineman Brad Thorson spent two years (2006-07) with Chryst as a member of the Badgers before transferring to KU. Thorson said Wednesday that Chryst was a brutally honest man who was well liked by all of the Wisconsin players.

“He comes off as very laid back,” Thorson said. “But when you start to spend time around the football program, you quickly learn that he was putting in a lot more time than the rest of the coaching staff. Not to prove anything, that’s just what he loved to do.”

Thorson said Chryst’s offenses always emphasized time of possession and ball security and focused mostly on a potent ground attack.

“He was never really tempted by running the spread,” Thorson said. “His concept of playing football is he’s still fine with three yards and a cloud of dust. And he believes that that’s going to turn into the 10-, 20- and 30-yard runs.”

Though Chryst appears to be an up-and-comer, he never has run his own program and is not known as a strong recruiter. The newspaper report also indicated that Chryst interviewed recently with Illinois.

Those facts, along with continued uncertainty about the specifics of KU’s search, keep coaches such as Malzahn, Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter, and several others in the running to be hired.

Hatch earns All-Big 12 spot

The Big 12 Conference released its postseason honors on Wednesday, and KU, which finished the season 2-10 and 0-9 in conference play, saw six players land on the list, which was selected by the coaches.

Senior center Jeremiah Hatch was KU’s top honoree, earning a second-team nod for his solid season. Joining Hatch on the list as honorable mention selections were: senior tight end Tim Biere, sophomore punter/place-kicker Ron Doherty, senior linebacker Steven Johnson, junior safety Bradley McDougald, junior defensive end Toben Opurum, and junior offensive lineman Duane Zlatnik.

Hatch became the first Jayhawk to earn first- or second-team honors from the league’s coaches since WR Dezmon Briscoe was named to the first team and WR Kerry Meier was tabbed second team following the 2009 season.

All six Jayhawks received the honor for the first time in their careers.

Comments

Dirk Medema 2 years, 8 months ago

Interesting that a confirmation/official announcment has not followed the report regarding Fedora to UNC. Could it be that maybe they have a keegs pulling a Bubba?

Also, 6 all-conf sounds fairly good considering.

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nckujayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

The hire has to be approved by the board of regents which will meet at 9:00am eastern today. Expect an announcement and presser sometime after that.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

6 guys would have been good in the Big 12... Not as impressive as the Big 12-2-2+2.

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KU_Alumn_2000 2 years, 8 months ago

Maybe Shottenhiemer will get the nod. That would be sweet! I've got to think Zenger has a surprise up his sleeve.....hopefully :-/

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dylans 2 years, 8 months ago

Keep Jayhawk One in the air until all the available coaching candidates are taken up. When the dust settles, throw up your hands and hire Doeren to the disgust of Jayhawk Nation.

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Dan Pawlowski 2 years, 8 months ago

Schottenhiemer would make 3 yards and a cloud of dust look exciting.

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Jayhawk57 2 years, 8 months ago

Becoming clear that this is a tough spot to fill and not tops on many coaches list or we would have more traction with a candidate. Glen Mason is very interested in this position and would be a great hire. He should be added to our list of candidates to watch. He knows how to win at KU and can turn this ship around!

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Billy Derringer 2 years, 8 months ago

well if you bring back Mason you might as well just bring back Mangino, an yes it seems this job hasnt looked to appealing to new coaches, its a damm shame the fans are ready we just need the right leader on the field, o an can we please get ride of the damm track. put the us closer to the field an make it a true home field adv.

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Kevin Long 2 years, 8 months ago

The track does have to go!! Nobody else has that anymore!

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Michael Pannacciulli 2 years, 8 months ago

The track is concern number 214 right now...

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rob4lb 2 years, 8 months ago

Never understood the obsession with the track. How is it even relevant?

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741hawk 2 years, 8 months ago

If you don't understand it's relevance, go to games in stadiums where they have no track and a REAL home field advantage, ie. OU, OSU, Oregon, etc. -- every other BCS stadium EXCEPT KU and DUKE. I don't mind the association in basketball, but in football it's embarasing.

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Dan Pawlowski 2 years, 8 months ago

I have great memories of watching the Kansas relays on nice April days during my time at KU. It would be a shame to lose that. A great product on the field would make the track irrelevant. I think worrying about the track now would be the equivalent of waving a white flag.

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nuleafjhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Don't expect an announcement for a while. There's still 16 shopping days until Christmas. After SZ gets the important stuff out of the way, then he can start looking for a coach.

Good grief folks - what's the big hurry? We don't have a game for another nine months...

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kennethterry92 2 years, 8 months ago

What's the big hurry you ask? Maybe because of recruiting purposes. Recruits might want to know who their coach is going to be before they decide to sign with us or not.

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nuleafjhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

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mikewils 2 years, 8 months ago

Recruiting dead period begins on Dec 19.

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texashawk10 2 years, 8 months ago

Jim Leavitt won't be available until about Groundhog Day, just sayin'.

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nuleafjhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

texashawk10,

This has nothing to do with the subject, but could you please tell me what your avatar says? I can see it must be a couple of convicts from Missouri (could be said of all Missouri fans), but I can't make out the writing.

Thanks!

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deepind 2 years, 8 months ago

I think it says.... MISSOURI A legacy of academia since

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jhox 2 years, 8 months ago

No Steven Johnson on the coaches list...unbelievable. He's the one guy who showed up and played hard every week, and either led or was near the top in the conference in tackles.

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NoteToSelf 2 years, 8 months ago

+1

I couldn't agree more about Steven Johnson being left off the All Big 12 list. If he had been in a Texas or Oklahoma jersey he would have been First Team. The kid is a stud linebacker with a big heart. Hope he gets a shot to play on Sundays. Steven would be a monster on an NFL kickoff team.

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vd 2 years, 8 months ago

Johnson wouldn't have started at OU or Texas.

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MDHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

The benches at OU and UT are lined with kids who could be impact players elsewhere, but will amount to little because of their choice to join those teams. Does that make Johnson a lesser player because he found somewhere he could fit in and make an impact? Of course not...I certainly agree he got jipped on this one. High level recruits don't always make high quality players, low level recruits sometimes are of higher quality even enjoy longer careers in the pros...I certainly wish him the best of luck in the future.

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Not to take away Johnson's efforts these past two seasons, but when your defense is on the field all the time it's pretty easy to rack up that many tackles at linebacker if you have any heart at all.

That said, he was one bright spot for us this year.

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manginodrh00lz 2 years, 8 months ago

There's 1:20 of my time I'm not getting back.

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RockCaCO3 2 years, 8 months ago

Then my work here is done, because you've shYtballed more than 1:20 of my time.

And dude, seriously? YOu watched the whole video? Wanted to see how it ended, huh?

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kuhawks28 2 years, 8 months ago

How about Ed Warriner? Since we keep asking girls to the dance from the order of hot to significantly less hot, he may be okay? He was the O-Coordinator for the last three or four years. I'm pretty sure I've only heard his name in consideration for the Central Michigan gig.

Attn: SZ. Do not pick Charlie Weis. Please. Don't do that to us.

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

I kind of wondered about Warriner too. Wonder if he'd be a good head coach.

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HarleyFord 2 years, 8 months ago

KU needs the "Ransom Rambler" Nolan Cromwell. A star KU player 1973-1976, All Pro cornerback for the LA Rams, he has been in coaching since retirement from the NFL. He has a couple of Super Bowl rings, He is one of you! Give him a shot! You are not going to get a big name coach. He could be the Bill Snyder for KU. Give him a chance!

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

If Cromwell is deemed a good coach by Zenger, I would love t have him. An alum that could build the program for years to come.

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Robert Brock 2 years, 8 months ago

He could coach the running quarterbacks:)

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danmoore 2 years, 8 months ago

I would love to have the Ransom Rambler back in Lawrence. Even though he's been an NFL coach for a number of years his resume is a bit thin to consider for head coach. My question would be, does he want to become a head coach?

I think KU would be reluctant to hire him for the same reason they were reluctant to hire Gale Sayers as an AD.

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FreddyinLA 2 years, 8 months ago

LWJ has blackballed Cromwell, but would be more than happy to give you another Charlie Weiss or Fulmer article.

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texashawk10 2 years, 8 months ago

You know those red flags Turner Gill had about being a long time assistant coach and never getting promoted to OC. Same thing applies to Cromwell also and considering he left a decent job at A&M to go back to being a position coach in the NFL, I don't think he has much interest in being a college coach.

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HarleyFord 2 years, 8 months ago

Cromwell, nicknamed "The Ransom Rambler", was an honorable mention All-America quarterback for the University of Kansas Jayhawks. He started at quarterback for two seasons, throwing 92 passes and completing 33 for 606 yards. He is one of KU's ten 1,000-yard rushers in school history.

As a freshman in 1973 he was the starting safety in the Liberty Bowl. After being a two-year starter at safety he made the move to quarterback where he broke several KU, Big Eight and NCAA records for rushing by a quarterback. In 1975, Cromwell rushed 294 and 187 yards in the Oregon State and Wisconsin games, respectively, and finished the season with 1,124 rushing yards. He also scored a touchdown in a stunning 23-3 win over the University of Oklahoma was ranked #1 at the time and the defending National Champions. Despite playing in just 18 games on offense at Kansas, he is 13th on the all-time rushing charts and is the top rushing quarterback. The 1975 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year, All-Conference and Academic All-Conference's rushing total was the third highest in NCAA history at the time. His 294 yards rushing by a quarterback is still an NCAA record for a Division I school. He holds the Kansas record for most rushes (24) by a Kansas player in a Bowl game (set vs. Pittsburgh in the 1975 Sun Bowl).

Cromwell also earned All-America in the 600-yard run and the 440-hurdles while setting KU records in the 600-meter and 400-meter yard runs, the intermediate hurdles (a record he still holds 49:47) and the decathlon and qualified for the US Olympic trials in the low hurdles.[2]

he was part of the Big-8 champion mile relay team in 1975 and 1976, was the Big-8 440-yd/400-meter hurdle champ in both 1975 and 1976 With Cromwell's contributions the 1975 Jayhawk track team finished ranked second in the NCAA in outdoor track and fifth in indoor track while capturing both titles for the Big-8 Conference. In 1976 they repeated as Big-8 indoor champs and were second in outdoor while finishing tied for 9th in the NCAA in indoor competition and ited for 20th in outdoor competition.

Cromwell was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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HarleyFord 2 years, 8 months ago

Coaching career

[edit] NFL

After retirement as an active player, Cromwell began his coaching career with the Rams. He served as a defensive and special teams assistant in 1991 before being hired by Mike Holmgren to coach special teams for the Green Bay Packers in 1992. From 1992-97, Cromwell headed up the special teams for the Packers. The Packers' punt return unit led the NFL in 1996 with a 15.1-yard return average. Five different times during the 1996 season, one of Cromwell's players was honored as Special Teams Player of the Week. Also in 1996, the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots in New Orleans with special teams player Desmond Howard winning the Super Bowl MVP honors. The following year, the Packers reached Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego against the Denver Broncos. In 1998, he moved from special teams to coach the Packers' wide receivers and Cromwell worked with the wide receivers at Green Bay in 1998 helping Pro Bowler Antonio Freeman lead the NFL with 1,424 yards on 84 catches

After two Super Bowl appearances with Green Bay, in 1996 and 1997, Cromwell followed Holmgren to the Seattle Seahawks to coach the wide receivers. Cromwell's 2002 wide receiver corps set a franchise record for 300-yard (five) and 400-yard (two) passing games and in 2003 helped quarterback Matt Hasselbeck set a club record with 3,841 passing yardsIn Seattle, Cromwell again made a Super Bowl appearance as a coach during the Seahawks' 2005 season.

He is now the Wide Receiver coach for the St. Louis Rams and has been so since February 10, 2010

[edit] College

On January 5, 2008, Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman named Cromwell to be his offensive coordinator.[3] When asked by media as to why he chose Cromwell, Sherman responded "I’ve always been impressed with him and the job he did in (the NFL). He’s excited about being part of college football."[4]

On February 10, 2010, Cromwell returned to the NFL as a wide receiver coach for the Rams and works with the likes of Donnie Avery, Mark Clayton, Brandon Gibson, and other to get into synch with new Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.[5]

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oldrocker 2 years, 8 months ago

Nolan played in the Rams defensive backfield with another Jayhawk...Leroy "Dr. Death" Irvin!

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1jhawk2 2 years, 8 months ago

p>Footballscoop.com reports a lot of coaches are going to bat for Jim Leavitt. I would be happy with him.

Would be happy with Chris Petersen - I know I'm dreaming Paul Chryst - didn't think he'd stil be available (Illinoise) or have interest in us Jim Leavitt - he's been mentioned, then not, then again, then not, now again Charlie Weiss - far different expectations and pressures here vs. ND

Plan G and H Gary Barnett - Yes, but can offer instant creditbility Dirk Koetter - he dealth with character issues as ASU

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KGphoto 2 years, 8 months ago

"character issues" There is a dramatic understatement.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Leavitt would be great! Funny how most of the actual players are fine with guys like Mangino, Leavitt, and Leach but as soon as the media hears about a chest poke they decide to take the man down. Bobby Knight has character issues too!

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KGphoto 2 years, 8 months ago

Wasn't it the KU players that led the charge against Mangino?

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William James 2 years, 8 months ago

Phillip Fulmer and Glen Mason, actual head coaches.

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justinryman 2 years, 8 months ago

Were they ever assistants? Were they ever coordinators?

Or were they just plucked out of the sky and labeled "head coaches"?

"actual head coaches" come with issues just as much as coordinators or assistants. Sure its a nice title to have, but "up and comers" need to get their start somewhere and why not?

Mark Mangino no head coaching experience before KU. Worked out pretty well.

Turner Gill Head Coach Buffalo. Didn't work out for KU so well.

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troutsee 2 years, 8 months ago

Dave Christianson from Wyoming. So what if he used to coach of MU. Big deal. I think he would be a good fit for KU

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Fletcher Anderson 2 years, 8 months ago

Zenger is in Chicago and has been since the start. He is staying next to Chicago executive airport and has been using a private jet. I am trying to track down which hotel and plane number

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troutsee 2 years, 8 months ago

I also liked Mason when he was here and he did a heck of a job at Minnesota. Hiring him would be very very acceptable to me.

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manginodrh00lz 2 years, 8 months ago

I give you that Mason had some solid recruits but he rarely beat a team with a winning record and only twice finished in the top half of the conference.

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rob4lb 2 years, 8 months ago

Same can be said about Mangino. In 8 yrs he finished third or better in the Big 12 North twice. Third in the Big 12 North is not the top half of the conference. There was really one one year that Mangino finished in the top half of the conference with was 2007.

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Kansashawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Wouldn't the list be shorter and easier to manage of who isn't a candidate? Can we get a percentage wheel on that??

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KGphoto 2 years, 8 months ago

If Dirk Koetter doesn't come off that list I'm gonna puke. If Zenger hires Dirk I will lose all respect for him.

What he did at ASU was worse than Sandusky. Dirk Let a guy threaten to kill women on campus, and then played him in games because he was their best player. Then of course that kid DID kill somebody, in cold blood in his own car, for talking to one of the women he had threatened in the first place. Not to mention the fact that the kid was using steroids to begin with. Dirk turned a blind eye and somebody wound up dead. How is that not worse than anybody involved with the Penn St. ordeal?

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KGphoto 2 years, 8 months ago

Okay maybe not worse than Sandusky himself, but Paterno got fired for not reporting his activities, and threatening to kill multiple students should probably be acted on, no?

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danmoore 2 years, 8 months ago

Not defending Koetter but he is only one in a long line of head coaches who suited up players guilty of criminal activity. Osborne did it at Nebraska and Paterno did it at Penn State.

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KGphoto 2 years, 8 months ago

We're talking about guns and murder here. Wade was openly threatening to kill a student. He reinstated another player who had sexually assaulted a 15 year old girl. It goes on and on.

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/content/printVersion/527027/

Scroll down past the initial Erickson stuff, about half way, where there is a picture of Falkner. It starts off "In the months leading up to the March 26, 2005 murder of Brandon Falkner,..."

Koetter is deplorable!

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KCatty 2 years, 8 months ago

Does anyone know who the sources were for the radio reports Tait makes reference to that said we had an agreement in place with Malzahn? Do we have actual sources for any of these candidates or just speculation?

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bjejayhawk69 2 years, 8 months ago

Leavitt - would be a great - plus a strong history with Zenger would make him very comfortable.

Chryst and Malzahn would be an OK hire but good potential.

Weiss - interesting but ? his recruiting fire and how long would he stay

Peterson - wouldn't hurt to call - doubt he would leave the blue turf

Stoops - bring his brother as DC - doesn't sound like Zenger has contacted him - name alone would help recruiting

Dykes and Doeren or even Fulmer would be OK is nothing else above works out

NO to Koetter - he would not excite any body. NO to Venables - his shine has worn off even at OU - young but OU's defense has not been the same his Mike Stoops left.

Major NO to Nutt - I would bring back Glen Mason before I would hire Nutt.

I still like the idea of hiring a guy with head coaching experience. You never know if coordinators are going to work out. A lot of times they do but KU can't afford chances unless it is with a head coach.

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KGphoto 2 years, 8 months ago

What kind of world do we live in now, where a guy that gets fired for punching his own player is considered a great hire?

I'm not knocking you bjej69, but although Leavitt did bring South Florida into the BCS mix it wasn't like he did that in Idaho or Montana. He did it at a school with an enrollment larger than Texas in one of the richest recruiting beds in America. Somebody was going to make that school into a money making football force, it was only a matter of time.

And he did punch his own guy, right? Not a finger in the chest, a real live punch in the face. And he got fired for it.

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bjejayhawk69 2 years, 8 months ago

If he punched a kid I am not condoning it but like with the Mangino and Leach cases - what really happened. Did he and the kid get into a shouting match and was the player started some pushing and shoving and Leavitt hits him? Who knows but after what happened with Mangino and Leach what is the whole story. He is not my first choice but I did like the way he coached and fire he seemed to have for whole package of head coaching. Something Gill sorely lacked. Plus to coach this program we need a high energy coach to energize the whole program and fan base.

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texashawk10 2 years, 8 months ago

Leavitt literally built that USF program from it's infancy until he was fired. That's something that most coaches cannot claim and that's an invaluable skill at a place like KU. This season is literally the USF program's 15th season of existence.

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jhawkln 2 years, 8 months ago

I agree. Leavitt, Chryst, Malzahn, Fulmer, and Dykes are okay.

No to Nutt, Koetter (horrible hire).

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cobweb 2 years, 8 months ago

Give Petersen his blue turf if he comes. Sure, it looks horse****, but we're desperate.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

No way on Weiss... If you can't win at Notre Dame, why would you be able to win at Kansas? We have a lot of good things going for us, but at the present time we are not Notre Dame. Malzahn would be a good hire as would Jim Mora Jr.

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billboy89 2 years, 8 months ago

One word: DITKA! Mike Ditka, come on down!

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NebraskaJayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Ditka...polish sasauge..daaaaaa Bears...Ditka...

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Ron Prichard 2 years, 8 months ago

I read a little on Malzahn. Based on his values, coaching history and connections in the south (including Texas) I think he would have to be considered one of the favorites. I think he would be a great hire, even without the head coaching experience.

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Andy Tweedy 2 years, 8 months ago

When I read about his tireless work ethic, it makes me think of Snyder. While I don't like K-State, any favorable comparison to that dude has to be a good thing!

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AzNHawk 2 years, 8 months ago

Please hire Malzahn and give him the budget to hire a DARN GOOD defensive coordinator.

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bville_hawk 2 years, 8 months ago

His wife is apparently a liability, not that that should bother us. We aren't in a position to be that picky!

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shelleysue 2 years, 8 months ago

This is worse than waiting on Christmas. I sure hope whoever Zenger hires, they bring great coaches with them. Especially defense, special teams and strength. As I've said - would love to have Chris Dawson back. Just one more thing we can thank Lew for screwing us over on.

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bville_hawk 2 years, 8 months ago

An Auburn site thinks Malzahn is 'closing in' on Kansas job (is he closing in on us or us on him?).

http://auburn.247sports.com/Board/42/Mazahn-closing-in-on-Kansas-job-6084237/1

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KGphoto 2 years, 8 months ago

Haha. You realize he received his Ph.D in educational policy and leadership at KU right?

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 8 months ago

What I like about our AD's approach:

Keeping the assistants to run the program's recruiting and assuring them of jobs. Very good. Tells me his last-ditch plan was an NFL guy and probably Leavitt, not a bad back up plan at all. A+

Taking the show on the road and using a private jet to do it. Very good. Totally off the radar so to speak. A+

Absolute secrecy. A+

If the contract details are to be as reported and he is willing to walk from people who will not buy into a contract that is in the best interest of KU, then he deserves another high grade for negotiations. A+

Suspense A+

Unfortunately we will never know what took place behind the scenes. That's okay. Just get us a good hire. I have a lot more confidence in the search this time. I was shocked at first when Gill was given the job, tried to get behind him, liked the recruiting, the man. He was not ready for this job. I don't think we will make that mistake for awhile.

My hope is that the next hire is here a very long time.

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ottomark 2 years, 8 months ago

Excellent post. Agree on all points. Zenger shouldn't be judged by what he does between Gill's firing and hiring someone new; he should be judged by who he hires. We'll see...

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shinanigins 2 years, 8 months ago

I feel Weis is the next hire, however, I don't think he will be here long term. I do think he will leave the program way better then he found it and instead of being fired he will be leaving the program for a 'better' job elsewhere. Then we will be in position to make another quality hire when we aren't on the bottom of the pecking order

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gammimc 2 years, 8 months ago

At this point, get Fulmer if you can. He has a national championship and a 152-52 record in (at least in MHO), is the toughest football conference in the country.

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RockChalk26 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh, how bout Bill Belichick? That would be a good one.

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shinanigins 2 years, 8 months ago

It will be Weis or Malzahn.... Could be both? Weis at HC Malzahn at OC

Seems to be a lot of coaches fleeing Auburn.

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squawky 2 years, 8 months ago

Charlie Weiss it is. Papers being signed as you read.

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gripp42 2 years, 8 months ago

Nick Saban it is. Papers being signed as you read.

See how unrealiable this is.

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KanGran 2 years, 8 months ago

According to Matt Tait's post at 4:09, Weis is to be the next HC at KU.

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troutsee 2 years, 8 months ago

Holy cow. It is Charlie Weiss. Not sure how to take this, but I think it will turn out to be a good hire.

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drtommy 2 years, 8 months ago

According to ESPN Wiess is the new HC. Hope he keeps Mitchell as his recuiting coordinator

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Bill Anthony 2 years, 8 months ago

It is Wiess. Here is a quote from a SI.com article about it.

"Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger is hopeful that Weis' high profile will energize a fan base that had grown apathetic under Gill, who was fired after going 5-19 in just two seasons."

Sorry, I am not energized. In fact I am the opposite of energized. I was energized about the possibilities with Fulmer, or even with Sony Dykes whose team just won the WAC and played Boise State tough their last two years in the conference, and for several other possibilities, but NOT for Weis. As another poster pointed out, he couldn't win at Notre Dame where he could recruit nationally from an eager fan base. Good luck with that at Kansas.

I'm usually a pretty positive guy and willing to give the benefit of the doubt to just about anybody, but I think SZ took the slow lane to continued mediocraty. I am very disappointed and very much hoping that all my doubts are proven foolish.

Good luck Coach Weis. Go prove AD SZ to be brilliant and win like crazy.

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okiedave 2 years, 8 months ago

Hope Weis makes us proud.

I must admit, I have concerns about a 55 year old coach who looks 65 and appears as energetic as my great-grandmother. Why do I have this nagging sense he is desk jockey and took this job to collect a few million as a last hurrah and then go into permanent retirement. I really really really hope my feeling are totally wrong, which they often are. I so hope he becomes a legend in the Jayhawk nation, but I have concerns about this hire.

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