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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

After flight to Colorado, KU AD Jeff Long remains in search of football coach

Kansas athletic director Jeff Long looks up into the stands late in the fourth quarter of the Jayhawks' 27-3 loss to Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas athletic director Jeff Long looks up into the stands late in the fourth quarter of the Jayhawks' 27-3 loss to Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

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For the second time in a week a flight plan connecting Lawrence and Baton Rouge, La., sparked the interest of those following the ongoing Kansas football coaching search.

But, just as was the case this past Thursday, when flight tracking websites indicated a jet leaving from the city where former LSU head coach Les Miles resides would land in Lawrence, a departing flight on Tuesday for the Louisiana city never materialized.

KU’s private jet took off from Lawrence Municipal Airport a little after 3 p.m. Tuesday, but it headed west instead of southeast, landing in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The university jet returned at approximately 10 p.m., and Jeff Long, KU’s first-year athletic director, was seen exiting, along with two other men, who the Journal-World and other media members at the scene were able to confirm as pilots.

Long announced on Nov. 4. his plans to fire current KU football coach David Beaty. His search for Beaty’s replacement remains ongoing.

The AD did not field questions from reporters, who were sent behind a gate by an aviation crew member before Long and two pilots deplaned.

Comments

Kirk Garrett 1 year, 11 months ago

Really? A "great" hire? Doeren would be a "great" hire. So would Miles. So might Monken, Litrell, Leach and others. Calhoun looks to me more like an okay hire, much better than anyone since Mangino -- but not "great" enough to drag our butts out of this stink hole soon enough.

Kirk Garrett 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually, you're probably right about Calhoun. Although he does seem to dye his hair. But I can live with that. Air Force plays a tougher schedule than Army, for example. Along with some of the other names bouncing around, Calhoun would be a game changer for the program if he can build a staff and recruit. I know he can coach.

Andy Tweedy 1 year, 11 months ago

Somewhere else I read this is the Ram's passing game coordinator or whatever his position is, they were apparently staying there for their game against the Broncos.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 year, 11 months ago

He is a head coach... for 12 years at Air Force.

Joe Black 1 year, 11 months ago

The Rams play the Chiefs next. They played Denver back on 10/14 in Denver.

Glen Miller 1 year, 11 months ago

The Rams were practicing in Colorado Springs to adjust to the altitude change in Mexico City.

Andy Tweedy 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah, I guess I got a pretty major fact wrong!!! But yeah, why they were there aside, the report was for the Rams pass game coordinator. I don't know a thing about the guy.

Dennis Strick 1 year, 11 months ago

Or was he out there lining up the last bit of $$$ he needs to secure all of the buyouts and new contract for LM? Hummmmm

Andy Godwin 1 year, 11 months ago

If he can find a coach who is willing to take on this challenge know as KU football, he will likely announce sometime leading up to the finale in Lawrence.

Aaron Paisley 1 year, 11 months ago

An actor who did a lot of westerns back in the day.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 11 months ago

I was surprised to not see any speculations in the article. Not sure if it was by design but we may have gotten even more by not writing.

Brad Watson 1 year, 11 months ago

Troy Calhoun?...maybe...Craig Bohl is also in the mix...lots of coaches/former coaches have property in Colorado...it could be anyone....Mr. Long....GENE CHIZIK!!!!!!!.

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