KU football interim HC countdown: No. 8, Jesse Williams


Kansas defensive line coach Jesse Williams flashes a smile during spring football practice on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Kansas defensive line coach Jesse Williams flashes a smile during spring football practice on Thursday, March 30, 2017. by Nick Krug

In the event Kansas decides to turn to an interim head coach at some point this season, I'm doing a series of blogs counting down to the most assistant coach on David Beaty's who would make the most sense to take on interim duties, should it come to that.

So you think you want to make a career of coaching college football, do you? Well, take a look at the work background of Kansas defensive line coach Jesse Williams and then think about the stress involved every time you have changed addresses.

Williams has coached in nine different states: California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Kansas at nine different schools: Sonoma State, Portland State, Eastern Washington, Holy Cross, San Jose State, Colorado State, Nebraska Kearney, New Mexico State, Ohio, Kansas.

His longest stay was at Colorado State (1999-2006), his next-longest at Ohio (2012-16), which he left to join David Beaty's staff.

It's a hard life, but Williams has made it work and has built a strong reputation as a solid recruiter and defensive line coach and witnessed how a terrific head coach, Ohio's Frank Solich, does the job.

Yet, if Kansas hires an interim head coach from Beaty's staff, Williams isn't likely to be the selection.


Jack Hoff 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I understand everyone is frustrated with the first game but my gosh this countdown list is completely unnecessary. Unless something significant happens Beaty will probably get fired, why pour salt on the wound. What purpose does this serve? At least wait till the non conference is over. Beaty may not be a good coach but he is a good man, no reason to embarrass him on his way out when his intentions for the program have been good. We all know the interim job comes down to only a handful of people anyway; this whole thing is stupid and a waste.

Jason Venable 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Beaty has already embarrassed himself along with said staff. The interim head coach articles are senseless. There is no exciting news regarding Kansas football. Articles need to be written in order to fulfill required obligations as outlined by employers' requirement, that being the LJW.

As always, if one does not agree with the articles then don't read them. Sometimes, life really is that simple.

Kevin Robert Fest 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey guys he's gone, let's face facts. Nice to get a little background on who might be interim coach.

Joe Ross 10 months, 2 weeks ago

If you guys don't want to read then don't. I enjoy the perspective.

Dane Pratt 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Cut to the chase. It's either Clint Bowen or Tony Hull.

Mike Hart 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Just write an article on the 3 potential interim HC options from the current staff. Did we really need an article about justin about Justin Johnson? Who’s next, Cassius Sendish? One article discussing Bowen, Hull, Meacham and perhaps Bill Miller... ‘nuff said.

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