Friday, November 20, 2020

KU fires O-line coach Luke Meadows

Kansas offensive line coach Luke Meadows gives instruction to lineman Jalan Robinson (54) during football practice on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 within the new indoor practice facility.

Kansas offensive line coach Luke Meadows gives instruction to lineman Jalan Robinson (54) during football practice on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 within the new indoor practice facility.


Kansas football coach Les Miles has fired offensive line coach Luke Meadows seven games into a season filled with O-line issues, the university announced Friday afternoon.

Meadows was in the second and final guaranteed year of a contract he signed in December of 2018, when he became one of the first few assistants hired by Miles at KU.

“I am very appreciative of everything Coach Meadows has done for this program in his two seasons here,” Miles said in a news release. “I look forward to using our last three games as an opportunity to continue to improve as a team, and (I) believe this decision supports that.”

John Morookian, a senior offensive analyst on KU’s staff, will serve as the O-line’s interim coach for the remainder of the season.

The Jayhawks (0-7 overall, 0-6 Big 12) have one of the worst offenses in the country this season, and ineffective blocking up front has contributed to the problems. KU currently averages just 15.1 points per game (121st out of 126 FBS teams), 113 rushing yards (111th), 151.4 passing yards (111th) and 264.4 total yards (122nd). The Jayhawks’ quarterbacks have been sacked an FBS worst 38 times (5.43 sacks allowed per game).

Meadows received $200,000 a year for his annual base salary. His contract was scheduled to expire on Dec. 31 of this year unless KU had exercised an option to keep him around. The contract included options for two more years.

According to the terms of the contract, KU will only owe Meadows whatever amount he was set to receive between now and the end of 2020.

Morookian, Meadows’ temporary replacement, joined Miles’ staff this year. Before coming to KU, he was a quality control staffer for Iowa State’s offense in 2018 and 2019 and had also worked as a graduate assistant at Indiana and Toledo.

Morookian will lead the KU O-line in a game for the first time on Nov. 28, when the Jayhawks host TCU (7 p.m., FOX Sports 1). KU was originally scheduled to play Texas this week, but that game was pushed back to Dec. 12 because KU didn’t have enough defensive linemen available to meet Big 12 playing requirements.


Bryce Landon 3 months, 1 week ago

Oh, because "Fire somebody" has ever changed the fortunes of the raging dumpster fire that is Kansas football.


Jim Stauffer 3 months, 1 week ago

Why don't you take your snow shovel and go back to Iowa?

Gerry Butler 3 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for stopping by Sparky, probably time to lay down - -put the pipe down and take a nap now isn't it ?- -that intelligent statement must of worn you out. - -right ? -appreciate the thought. - -Have a GREAT DAY. - - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Robert Brock 3 months, 1 week ago

I have never seen an offensive line as pitiful as the current KU bunch.

Dane Pratt 3 months, 1 week ago

This is worse. Terry Allen won some games.

Brett McCabe 3 months, 1 week ago

Again, we pay the price for hiring a coach who does not bring a staff. Heading into year three and we don’t know who our OLine coach is.

Our OC, the most brilliant mind in offensive football has lived up to the description. Offensive. He’s almost as good as Air Raid Beaty. Truly a Neat Deal.

It is literally painful to read about the incompetence of KU Athletics. Yes, we all know that this is a money saving move but the HC needs to get these things right. He hired and fired his OC. Now he’s done it with his line coach.

Why do we continue to do stupid things and expect to get smart results?

Dane Pratt 3 months, 1 week ago

No surprise. I was expecting it at seasons end.

Brian Wilson 3 months, 1 week ago

Not surprised. It's really important to have the OC and OLC on the same page. The OL appeared to be lost. Didn't know the play's bad footwork, wrong first step or direction or whatever....too much to even name.

Dane Pratt 3 months, 1 week ago

Offer Ed Warriner the job and coach in waiting.

Len Shaffer 3 months, 1 week ago

It's always hard to see someone lose his job, especially with the holidays approaching. OTOH, this was a move that had to happen. Hopefully someone else can get at least a LITTLE bit more out of this line, and it's good that he gets another week to work on it.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

Interesting comments because some have said our current coach was doing almost everything right.

Interesting. Very interesting.

Maybe what we’ve really learned is that quitters quit. Nah, that’s long been established.

The OL wasn’t performing. Wonder what discussions were happening behind the scenes. This is news to us, but guessing it’s been in the works for a while. Kinda becomes a free audition for Morookian at no cost to KU. Kinda in keeping with the youth movement on the field.

Jim Stauffer 3 months, 1 week ago

Regardless of how talented an OLine coach is, there are numerous factors in the success of any unit. Talent is low in the upper classmen. We will be dealing with young folks getting their feet wet through the remainder of this year and all of next, but it will gradually happen when the stable of youngsters get to their third year in the program.

Bee Bee 3 months, 1 week ago

Cant coach heart or toughness. Fire the players not the coach.

Randy Bombardier 3 months, 1 week ago

Might be more than meets the eye. Personally, I know nothing and even if someone who might know shared something I think it wise to take with a grain of salt. Just hope the position is not open too long.

Layne Pierce 3 months, 1 week ago

Remember under Mangino, that he fired several coaches in the beginning. Fact is low talent, but where was the development, the swagger, the attention to detail. As things got bad this line just got worse. We all have periods where things go in the toilet, but giving in to it, never solves it.


Dane Pratt 3 months, 1 week ago

We likely won't know if it's the coach or the players. With only three games remaining it seems unlikely anything will change and four of the five starting lineman we'll lose to graduation.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

Because it’s a pandemic year, we potentially don’t lose anyone to graduation.

The real issue is will we be able to find a LT, and moving a guard to stand where a LT should play doesn’t really count.

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