Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Les Miles hires former Texas Tech assistant Emmett Jones as KU’s WRs coach

Texas Tech's Antoine Wesley (4) catches the pass over Kansas' Elmore Hempstead Jr. (23) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

Texas Tech's Antoine Wesley (4) catches the pass over Kansas' Elmore Hempstead Jr. (23) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)


The outside receivers coach at pass-happy Texas Tech the previous three seasons, Emmett Jones is joining new Kansas football head coach Les Miles as the Jayhawks’ receivers coach.

In a release announcing Jones’ hire on Tuesday, Miles described his newest assistant known for his recruiting ties to the Dallas area, as a “dynamic” addition to the KU staff.

"The players he has worked with have really flourished under his guidance,” Miles stated. “He has developed them to have highly productive careers in college and also to go on to find success at the next level. His familiarity with the Big 12 landscape will also help us greatly in recruiting."

Jones first joined Kliff Kingsbury’s staff at Texas Tech in 2015, as the director of player development. He was promoted to outside receivers coach after one year, holding that position the past three seasons. Kingsbury was fired following Tech’s 5-7 2018 season and is now the offensive coordinator at USC.

In his final year at Texas Tech, Jones coached Antoine Wesley, a 6-foot-5 junior receiver who was first team All-Big 12. Wesley racked up 88 receptions for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns. He caught nine passes for 155 yards and a TD in Tech’s 48-16 throttling of KU on Oct. 20, in Lubbock, Texas. On that same day, Jones pupil T.J. Vasher made five receptions for 79 yards and a TD.

According to USA Today, Jones made $200,000 in 2018 at Texas Tech.

Per a term sheet obtained by the Journal-World, Jones signed a four-year deal with KU, with the first two years, 2019 and 2020, guaranteed. Kansas Athletics has options for the third and fourth years of the deal, which will pay Jones a base salary of $250,000 a year, along with “personal service payments” of $15,000 in each of the first two years. Those payments would jump to $25,000 in the third and fourth years, if KU exercised its options on the deal.

This past year, Justin “Juice” Johnson coached KU’s receivers on former head coach David Beaty’s staff. A first-time position coach in 2018, Johnson remains under contract with KU at this time, but his deal expires in February. As of Tuesday, the program has not announced what roles — if any — members of Beaty’s final staff will take on under Miles.

Thus far, Miles has hired Jones, offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, offensive line coach Luke Meadows, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot and defensive backs coach Chevis Jackson — filling five of the 10 allotted slots for full-time assistants.

Though KU has yet to announce anything about Beaty’s running backs coach and associate head coach, Tony Hull, the New Orleans native has been an active recruiter for KU since Miles took over.

In his first season at KU, Jones will likely work with projected returning receivers such as Daylon Charlot, Stephon Robinson Jr., Kwamie Lassiter II and others.

A walk-on at Texas Tech during his playing days in the mid-1990s, Jones returned to Lubbock after spending three years as the head coach at South Oak Cliff High, in Dallas. His teams went 30-8 during his tenure, from 2012-14.

Jones worked previously as a high school assistant coach in the metroplex at Dallas Skyline, Dallas Lincoln and Seagoville.

Jones graduated from North Texas in 1999. He and his wife, Marlo, have two children, Emily and Emmett.


Gerry Butler 6 months, 1 week ago

Mercy , I do have to say this , I'm not backing down but yes I did like Coach Beaty - -class guy - -he was just I over his head.

However having said that - -I swear to GOD I think I just about wet myself - - my question to all KU fans -when is the last time have we had a Coaching Staff like this? - - have we ever had a Coaching Staff like this? - -Jumpin - -Gee - -Hossie - -Toads what a group.

It has been a long , long time since I've been this hyped up for a season. - - Yes I know nothing has been accomplished yet - -but how can you not be jacked up? -- How long has it been since we have had so much conversation about FOOTBALL in the midst of our Awsome Basketball season - -hell it's not even Football season and here we are talking about it like this.

I think s about to change - - message sent out - - BIg 12 take notice - - WERE COMING. - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Layne Pierce 6 months, 1 week ago

Share your joy, but let's watch the results, and the progress.!


Brett McCabe 6 months, 1 week ago

Too bad for Jones, if Zenger were here, he'd been given the head coaching job over Miles.

[''] 6 months, 1 week ago

Hahaha. The post of the day. Well played! Zengy was an idiot.

Jack Hoff 6 months, 1 week ago

For someone who couldn't wait for Beaty and Zenger to be let go. You sure can't seem to stop talking about them.

Phil Leister 6 months, 1 week ago

The money to be made in coaching college football really makes me question my career choices.

Jeff Foster 6 months, 1 week ago

Sports - you're hired to be fired, only to be re-hired by another team for more money. The job never turns off, but they're paid crazy money and get tons of free stuff on top of that! Just lunacy!

Len Shaffer 6 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for the link, Dale; looks like another excellent hire on Miles's part.

Brett McCabe 6 months, 1 week ago

Dale: Two pieces of good news in that article. First, looks like Miles has added another stellar recruiter. Second, TTU is losing commits fast. Maybe we will be in play for one or two of them?

Kevin Robert Fest 6 months, 1 week ago

Here's what we need. Good coaches, but also good coaches who are good recruiters. Jones has ties to Dallas/FW, Miles and Hull to LA, maybe retain Bowen in some capacity for Kansas, KC area and Western Missouri. Jones has the ties to a talent rich area and he had coached some pretty good receivers at TT , all the things a recruit needs to know. Miles and Hull enough said, Bowen if retained, his history at KU, from playing days to coaching in his home town. It all flows through the coaching staff. With a new OC/DC hopefully they and flip some kids, if Jones is a good recruiter, maybe get a few of the TT kids to change their minds. I'm hopeful .

[''] 6 months, 1 week ago

If you think Bowen is going to be a recruiting boon for KC and MO players, you need to step away from the gummies dude. These local kids have seen the dumpster fire KU has been in recent years with him as DC. Players are not going to be excited and clamoring to get a visit from Bowen. Love him as a Jayhawk family member but - he has little recruiting value for us.

Brent Shipley 6 months, 1 week ago

Pretty much. He couldnt recruit when he was a DC and you think he is going to do it as what? We have a DB coach and a DC so he has no job or spot.

Waylon Cook 6 months, 1 week ago

Have we been getting Kansas kids since Bowen has been here? Nope.

Brian Wilson 6 months, 1 week ago

Actually, not saying Bowen had anything to do with it, next year's Sophomore class is loaded with Kansas recruits.

Chris DeWeese 6 months, 1 week ago

I think it's time to part ways with Clint Bowen. Just like KU, Bowen needs a fresh start (somewhere else).

Dirk Medema 6 months, 1 week ago

Good link Dale.

It would be great to bring in a 4* DE.

Gotta get the D coaches. We need some DL recruits in particular.

Matt Stone 6 months, 1 week ago

Great article Dale! Sounds very promising in both his coaching and outstanding recruiting! I like all of the coaching hires but the DC Hire, but I will keep an open mind and trust Les Miles made enough calls to determine DJ is his guy.

Steven Haag 6 months, 1 week ago

Hey “ “ sure like to use the term “dumpster fire” a lot. Did you spend time supervising dumpster fires. We burned everything over in Iraq “burn pits” and it gives me the heebie jeebies. Come up with a new term please......and you can’t sing “baby it’s cold outside”. 😂😂😂😂

[''] 6 months, 1 week ago

What are you babbling about? Now you just look stupid. When have I ever used the term dumpster fire other than above? I'll wait....

Mike Hart 6 months, 1 week ago

Steven Haag: You are thinking of Barry Weiss. "Dumpster fire" is the term he often uses

Steven Haag 6 months, 1 week ago

[“]. Never mind. It appears you aren’t staying caught up with current events and can’t relate to certain levels of sarcasm. Bowen is not a dumpster fire. Is he a P5 defensive coordinator.......probably not. Did he make improvements......absolutely. The men on the team absolutely respect and love him. I hope we can keep him in some capacity

[''] 6 months, 1 week ago

Soooo hey Einstein....when you wrote: "you sure like to use the term “dumpster fire” a lot."....and that's a lie, uhhhh, that's not sarcasm, that's stupidity and idiocy. Maybe you can come up with a new term for sarcasm. So you were just making s*%t up? What are you Trump?

Steven Haag 6 months, 1 week ago

You have Trump confused with Osama Obama. MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

[''] 6 months, 1 week ago

Hahahahaha. That explains alot about your alternative facts posts.

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