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Friday, January 18, 2019

Potential OC candidate for KU football reportedly withdraws from consideration

FILE — Former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock answers questions at a press conference Friday Jan. 31, 2013 in South Bend, Ind. Denbrock is currently the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

FILE — Former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock answers questions at a press conference Friday Jan. 31, 2013 in South Bend, Ind. Denbrock is currently the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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The reported courtship between the University of Kansas football program and one potential offensive coordinator didn’t last long.

Though 247 Sports reported KU had interest in Cincinnati offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Mike Denbrock, the prospects of luring him away to Lawrence never escalated.

Tom Loy of 247 Sports, who reported KU had targeted Denbrock amid its search to replace short-lived OC Chip Lindsey, tweeted Friday that Denbrock had withdrawn his name from consideration in order to stay at Cincinnati.

Prior to joining the Cincinnati staff in 2017, Denbrock worked at Notre Dame from 2010-16, spending the 2014 season as the offensive coordinator.

Lindsey, hired by Les Miles in December to become KU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, left the program and was introduced as the new head football coach at Troy on Jan. 10.

Miles has yet to comment publicly on his search for Lindsey’s replacement.

Comments

Brett McCabe 1 month ago

Get a running game monster, Coach Miles. Bottom line: it's easier to run-block than pass block, quality running backs are everywhere, running burns clock and destroys fast athletes. Tight ends, fullbacks, running backs, stocky run-blockers....give me a guy who wants to chew up some yardage and literally shove the ball down these light, fast defenses! Toss-sweep all DAY LONG!

Len Shaffer 1 month ago

Yep, and we also clearly have the running backs who can handle it.

Thomas Wagner 1 month ago

100% agree - I'm a true believer that a strong run game not only shortens the game, but it keeps the defensive unit fresh.

Edward Daub 1 month ago

Dallas Cowboys just fired Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan. Said he was too predictable and conservative. Could he become a candidate? Or is he too big a fish?

[''] 1 month ago

You wanna hire someone who was just fired for being too predictable and conservative? Thank goodness you aren't doing the hiring.

Edward Daub 1 month ago

ESPN criticized him, not me. Scott was also the fired head coach of the St. Louis Rams. KU would be a demotion for him, I understand.

Brad Avery 1 month ago

There was really nothing wrong with the Dallas offense this season, especially after they acquired Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup developed into one of the better wide receivers in the NFC East. Linehan has been the OC on four NFL teams and has coached in college. I am a passionate Redskins fan and they would be smart to grab him to help Jay Gruden, which means they won't. I doubt he wants to go back to coaching in college, but he would be a great get for Miles.

Matt Stone 1 month ago

I am fine with Linehan coming to KU. He at least brings NFL credibility with him. That could help in recruiting. Interested in who ["] thinks we should go after.

Matt Stone 1 month ago

Marty Mornhinweg and David Culley would be my 2 to try. Both have NFL experience and have been successful in their roles.

Mike Hart 3 weeks, 6 days ago

The knock on Les Miles at LSU... and one of the main reasons he got fired, was because of his run heavy approach and inability to establish / promote / demand a balanced offense. Go back and re-read the criticisms by a fair number of critics... that perhaps the game has passed him by and his approach was too old-school. Mind you.. .I am not saying these criticisms are necessarily legitimate. However, in the 2019 class (December) we recruited a juco QB and some WR under the impression they were joining Chip Lindsey and a multi-dimensional offense. If we focus on run heavy, then we are limiting ourselves in my humble opinion. Also, it is Jan 22nd, and I haven't seen any chatter at all on even any prospects with the Feb signing date fast approaching. Now it's a balance of finding the right guy.. .versus trying to lure some of the remaining quality recruits. I prefer we find the right guy.. .even if it means scrapping any hope of garnering offensive recruits for Feb signing day. 2019 recruiting class is less important than the future of the program. Let the OC search take the time it needs to get the right guy.

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