April 5, 2016
Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull encourages his players as they warm up during practice on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
Once Tony Hull pursued jobs coaching high school football, he knew he ultimately wanted to be a college coach. Now that he’s accomplished that at age 35, Hull is doing something even more remarkable: he’s turning Kansas into a legitimate factor on the recruiting trail by plucking top tier-talent from Louisiana. By Evan Riggs
The invented word first became a part of the Kansas football vernacular in February, when running backs coach Tony Hull’s impact as a recruiter in his home state of Louisiana became abundantly clear. Hull, a second-year assistant at KU whose success on the recruiting trail in and around his hometown of New Orleans at least played a part in Beaty naming him associate head coach, wishes he could claim Louisianimals as his own. By Benton Smith
When a football program such as Kansas — which hasn’t posted a winning record in eight seasons or won more than three games in seven — starts landing commitments from four-star prospects and appearing on national top-10 lists dedicated to recruiting success, those following the sport can’t help but wonder how something like that occurs. As a result, the college football nation is getting an informal introduction to second-year KU running backs coach Tony Hull. By Benton Smith
The Kansas athletic department made another serious commitment to improving its football program Tuesday when it more than doubled the salary of running backs coach and standout recruiter Tony Hull, who also received a new title.
Second-year Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull sent shockwaves through the college football recruiting world last week by landing a large group of commitments from Louisiana, his home state.
Kansas, of all places, is fast becoming a popular destination for college football prospects from the state of Louisiana.
Kansas running backs coach Tony Hull knows that he has a challenge ahead of him as he begins his first season of working at the collegiate level, but it is not a situation that the mild-mannered Louisiana native is nervous about. His first five months on David Beaty's staff have gone smoothly, as he has learned the ins and outs of Big 12 football, while also helping the program make huge recruiting strides in his home state. By Chris Duderstadt
During his first four months on the job, Kansas University running-backs coach Tony Hull’s deep connection to his hometown of New Orleans has paid off more quickly than expected for the rebuilding Jayhawks.