Friday, December 19, 2014

Former Jayhawk Kevin Kane expected to join KU football coaching staff

Kevin Kane and Charlton Keith celebrate Iowa State's missed field
goal attempt in overtime, setting up KU's win on Saturday. The win
made KU eligible for a bowl game.

Kevin Kane and Charlton Keith celebrate Iowa State's missed field goal attempt in overtime, setting up KU's win on Saturday. The win made KU eligible for a bowl game.


Sources close to the Kansas University football program told the Journal-World that former KU linebacker Kevin Kane is expected to rejoin the program as a part of new head coach David Beaty's coaching staff.

Kane, who has spent the past four years coaching at Northern Illinois — linebackers and special teams in 2013 and 2014 and tight ends and fullbacks prior to that — likely will coach linebackers in his return to his alma mater.

Kane went to NIU after three seasons on the staff at Wisconsin, where he was a graduate assistant in 2008-09 before serving as the quality control assistant for the UW defense in 2010. Kane earned a master's degree in education from Wisconsin in 2010.

Prior to going to Wisconsin, the Kansas City, Mo. native served as a graduate assistant coach at Kansas for two seasons and, in 2007, was a part of the KU coaching staff that led the Jayhawks to the 2008 Orange Bowl championship. Kane earned a degree in communication studies from KU in 2006.

His return to Lawrence and the program he played for from 2002-05 figures to be about more than just taking a new job or getting a promotion into a bigger conference. The former Jayhawk, who played his high school football at Rockhurst High, figures to bring a ton of Jayhawk pride to the staff and, like Beaty and assistants Clint Bowen and Reggie Mitchell, has been around the program long enough to know what it takes to succeed at KU.

More than that, Kane, 31, figures bring the same mentality to the sideline that helped the KU defense become known for its linebackers during his playing and coaching days at KU.

“The good defenses at Kansas that I was on were always centered on good linebackers,” Kane said earlier this season in an interview with the Journal-World. “We laid the groundwork of successful linebackers. And there were successful ones before I got there, too. But when we left there it was a staple.”

In other potential staff news,, through a source, is reporting that former Tulsa defensive tackles coach Calvin Thibodeaux is joining the Kansas staff, as well, but that has yet to be confirmed by anyone in or close to the program. It's definitely a name worth keeping an eye on, though, and the timing would make sense, given that Beaty said Thursday that he was closing in on finalizing his staff.


Chuck Woodling 6 years, 11 months ago

Great news about Kevin Kane. He's certainly on track to be a head coach some day.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 11 months ago

That's good because we always seem to be in need of one.

Michael Maris 6 years, 11 months ago

I figured Kevin Kane would be coming back to Lawrence for the 2015 season and beyond. Local Kid with Kansas City ties and a Former Jayhawk as well.

Welcome back Kevin.

Michael Maris 6 years, 11 months ago

Alot of rumors of aTm's former OL Coach being the new OL Coach at Kansas as well (as of yesterday).

Dirk Medema 6 years, 11 months ago

"With coaching changes at wide receivers coach, offensive line coach, and defensive coordinator, with no replacements found for any of those positions, the Aggies are suffering some serious losses on the recruiting trail for the first time under head coach Kevin Sumlin."

Obviously Beaty is the WR coach that left, but who are the OL & DC to where?

That's one of the nice things with Kane. Being KU/home would seem to maybe have more long term draw, though I can see him being interested in advancing to DC and HC someday. Still, it would be nice to have some continuity on the staff for a while. While much of our history is dark, there are at least some bright shining lights in it with passion to share.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 11 months ago

A&M's DC was fired because their defense sacked last year.

Lance Cheney 6 years, 11 months ago

Perfect example of how one wrong letter can completely change the meaning of a statement.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 11 months ago

Autocorrect is definitely a beach sometimes.

Dirk Medema 6 years, 11 months ago

Does this mean Bowen take DB's along with DC/AHC?

Dirk Medema 6 years, 11 months ago

aTm's former OL Coach was fired for lack of productivity this one year, though his OL's have obviously produced very well in the past.

Crazy that one bad season costs you your job. Even TG & CW got at least 2, and aTm wasn't that bad.

He would seem like a good hire for us.

Bobby Oviemena Birhiray 6 years, 11 months ago

Great Day to be a Jayhawk, my college teammate Kevin Kane and High School teammate Calvin Thibodeaux is on staff KU. I so crunk for thoses guys.

Kevin Randell 6 years, 11 months ago

Man those were great uniforms! Loved the helmet design and the font on the numbers. I liked the version they team used for the final home games, but wouldn't mind a return to something like what is pictured above.

Michael Lorraine 6 years, 11 months ago

Do you think other team sites talk about the uniforms as much as we do?

Totally with you Kevin. Love them as well as the light grey pants with white jerseys for the road.

Chris Bailey 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm wonderfing if Powlus is staying? I don't know if he is that bad of a coach or if our first 3 QB's stunk that bad. Does anyone know if he is staying? I would assume that, besides Bowen, Campo, and Mitchell would be back but not sure beyond that. Anyone know???

Lance Cheney 6 years, 11 months ago

Bowen and Mitchell were the only members of the previous staff that were retained, if I'm remembering correctly.

Chris Bailey 6 years, 11 months ago

Ok. Thanks fellas! Pretty glad Powlus is gone.

Kyle Cornish 6 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, Bowen and Mitchell are the only 2 retained. Louie Matsakis is also staying but going back to his administrative roles, I think.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 11 months ago

Man, the photo for this article comes from a time that feels ages ago.

Lloyd Kinnison 6 years, 11 months ago

KU media is suggesting that football talent has arrived and continues to arrive. New the task of the head coach and assistances is to mold this group of players into a team that can compete in the Big 12. The QB will need to improve on speed of delivery and understanding of the plays given to him. He must develop into a QB that fits the play of the Big 12. If not ???

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