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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Notebook: Les Miles’ son, Ben, reportedly enters transfer portal

Ben Miles, son of Kansas football coach, Les Miles.

Ben Miles, son of Kansas football coach, Les Miles.

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For the second time since he became the head football coach at the University of Kansas, a son of Les Miles has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.

According to a report from 247 Sports, Ben Miles, a sophomore walk-on fullback at Texas A & M, has put his name in the system, indicating his interest in joining a different college football program.

Earlier this year, Manny Miles, a walk-on quarterback at North Carolina at the time, entered the portal as a graduate transfer. He eventually enrolled at KU and will play for his father this season.

If Ben Miles ends up elsewhere — players who enter the transfer portal don’t have to leave — it will be the second time he changes programs. Considered one of the top fullbacks in the nation in the Class of 2017, Miles signed with Nebraska after completing his prep career at Catholic High, in Baton Rouge, La.

Miles redshirted with Nebraska in 2017 before transferring to A & M, where he only appeared in one game in 2018. He reportedly had scholarship offers from programs such as Boston College, Michigan State and Purdue out of high school.

Russell joins Miami (Ohio)

It didn’t take long for one-time KU signee Jayden Russell to find a new college football home.

Russell, a would be freshman defensive back granted a release from his letter of intent by KU, announced this week his plans to enroll at Miami (Ohio) and join the program immediately.

“This last week has been very eventful but it has also been a blessing in disguise,” Russell posted in a note on his Twitter account, five days after announcing he would not play at KU.

A three-star prospect who was one of the first recruits to commit to Miles this past winter, Russell, a standout at St. Thomas Aquinas, already is listed on the Red Hawks’ roster.

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‘Fan Day’ coming up

Followers of the Jayhawks on Aug. 10 will get a chance to see Miles and his first KU team in person as the program will play host to a “Fan Day” at its indoor practice facility, west of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

Miles, his assistant coaches and players will sign autographs from 2 to 3 p.m..

The facility will be open to the public from 2 to 4, with games available for children in attendance.

Kansas Athletics also will have a surplus sale that afternoon, from noon to 5 p.m. on the west concourse of the stadium. KU football apparel, shoes, athletic gear and memorabilia will be for sale.

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