Before the Jayhawks head into 2020, and the second year under head coach Les Miles, here’s a look at the past 10 years and some of the players who helped a long-suffering fan base get through it all.
From titles and first-time triumphs to legal issues and hope for the football program, the past 12 months delivered several memorable moments and stories that will be talked about for years to come for athletic programs at the University of Kansas.
The next chapter in the career of former Kansas football strength coach Zac Woodfin officially began Thursday, as the Jayhawks’ old rivals at Missouri announced the Tigers’ football program hired Woodfin as its strength and conditioning director.
Kansas head coach Les Miles was especially giddy about one position group after the early signing period.
When the Big 12’s football coaches and a panel of media members selected their respective all-league teams for 2019, only two Jayhawks made the cut. But even more KU standouts were included when national college football writer Phil Steele unveiled his all-conference choices this week. By Benton Smith
As coordinator D.J. Eliot looks to enhance the Kansas football defense for next season and beyond, the hope is incoming freshmen will be able to contribute in some fashion during their first year on campus next year. Actually, that possibility often is a selling point during Eliot’s conversations with prospects. By Benton Smith
Lawyers for former University of Kansas head football coach David Beaty filed on Friday a partial motion for summary judgment on their breach of contract claim in U.S. District Court for the district of Kansas. “It is beyond dispute that (Kansas Athletics) terminated the agreements without cause,” Beaty’s lawyers continue to argue in the latest filing, which asks the court to grant summary judgment on the matter.
Out of coaching when the NCAA first allowed college football staffs to make use of an early December signing period, Kansas head coach Les Miles got just a taste of the process a year ago, in a hurried fashion, with only a few weeks between the time of his hiring and the three-day window to try and line up recruits. With the class of 2020, Miles got to fully appreciate the format, describing it as advantageous. By Benton Smith
“I know them well, man, and I know what they bring to the table,” Emmett Jones said of KU football's receiver signees. By Benton Smith
The way Brent Dearmon described the amenities, he worked in a closet with no windows when he first became aware of California prep quarterback Jalon Daniels. By Benton Smith
It appears the bulk of the offseason strength and conditioning work Kansas football players endure in the months ahead will come with the help of a new staff member.
As head coach Les Miles and his Kansas football staff celebrated Wednesday the signings of 18 high school prospects, it seemed one recruit who had been committed to the program for months would end up playing elsewhere. By Benton Smith
Though obviously enthused this week by the signing of a dual-threat quarterback in the Kansas football program’s 2020 recruiting class, offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon isn’t the type to expect incoming freshman Jalon Daniels to show up in Lawrence as some kind of preordained starter. By Benton Smith
Although he has spent most of his professional life on the sidelines with the Kansas football program for which he played, longtime Jayhawks assistant Clint Bowen has left KU. As first reported Thursday afternoon by the Journal-World, Bowen, KU’s safeties coach during Les Miles’ first season with the Jayhawks, was announced as the new defensive coordinator at North Texas. By Benton Smith
There’s still some work to do for Kansas football coach Les Miles and his staff when it comes to completing their 2020 recruiting class, but by Wednesday’s end the coaches didn’t only have much of that labor out of the way, they also added a quarterback to the mix. By Benton Smith