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Alabama QBs coach Dan Enos reportedly a candidate for KU football job

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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo, Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos walks the sideline during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college football game against UTEP in Fayetteville, Ark. Enos left a head coaching job at Central Michigan to become the offensive coordinator at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo, Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos walks the sideline during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college football game against UTEP in Fayetteville, Ark. Enos left a head coaching job at Central Michigan to become the offensive coordinator at Arkansas. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker, File)

If the name Dan Enos didn’t immediately grab your attention while poring over potential candidates to become the next head football coach at the University of Kansas, it might be time to double back.

Currently the quarterbacks coach and associate head coach on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, Enos could have an in with KU, as highlighted in a Wednesday report from Football Scoop.

According to the website, which specializes in football coaching rumors, sources told Football Scoop that KU Athletic Director Jeff Long considers not only Les Miles, but also Enos as candidates to take over the long-struggling program.

From 2015-17, before he moved on to Alabama, Enos worked at Arkansas as the offensive coordinator and QBs coach on Bret Bielema’s staff. Bielema, as you will recall, was the last football coach hired by Long, the former Arkansas AD.

Enos possesses head coaching experience, too, one of the qualifications Long emphasized earlier this week.

Before moving to the SEC, Enos led Central Michigan’s football program for five seasons, from 2010-14. Enos went 3-9 in each of his first two years with the Chippewas, before going 20-18 in his final three.

Oddly enough, his final season with CMU included a 24-10 loss at Kansas. Enos left Central Michigan with a 26-36 head coaching record, three seasons of six or more wins and two bowl appearances, with a 1-1 postseason mark

Arkansas ran a pro-style offense under Enos. He coached both Brandon Allen (2015) and Austin Allen (2016) to 3,000-yard passing seasons. Brandon led the nation in QB efficiency and threw for 3,4440 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior in 2015.

Before being hired at Central Michigan, Enos spent four seasons at Michigan State as an assistant coach. There, he coached quarterbacks in 2006 and running backs from 2007-09. KU’s senior associate AD for football, Mike Vollmar, worked at Michigan State from 1996-2007.

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Comments

Joey Meyer 1 week, 5 days ago

At face value this would seem like a disappointing hire, especially considering the opportunities with the triple-option coaches out there.

John Joseph Gorski 1 week, 5 days ago

There's a reason most schools don't run a triple option offense. Navy 2-7 Air Force 3-6 Ga Tech 5-4 Army 7-2 pillow soft schedule, Lost to both Power conference teams they played.

Huge mistake if Kansas get's a triple option coach.

Frederick Heckel 1 week, 5 days ago

I'm guessing the interest as the HC is just a smoke screen for their interest as KU's OC.

Joe Black 1 week, 5 days ago

He wouldn't leave Alabama as the associate head coach to come be the OC at KU. That would be a huge step backwards.

Curtis Hedrick 1 week, 5 days ago

He is currently a position coach, and even though he has head coaching experience, going from QB coacoach to a coordinator would not necessarily make it a step back. I would be very disappointed if KU offered a position coach the HC'g position. We just went through that.

Joe Black 1 week, 5 days ago

Not excited about the 20-18 record in years 3-5 at CMU. He went to two bowls but just because they were bowl eligible and someone has to fill up the 900 bowl spots available each year.

I'm also not excited about Les Miles. He hasn't coach in a couple years and he is 64. He might be able to recruit some talent from Louisiana but not the best talent because they will still go to LSU or another SEC team.

We need someone who can win with little talent and then build from that.

Michael Maris 1 week, 5 days ago

So, how do you explain Pooka, Corione, Lee, etc..... No Les Miles at Kansas right now. And, those kids chose to trust and go with Coach Tony Hull.

Aaron Paisley 1 week, 5 days ago

So basically what Les Miles did at Oklahoma St. then when he got the second tier talent from Oklahoma and their tier talent from Texas? That was building a team from little talent.

Freddie Garza 1 week, 5 days ago

Who's the coach at Wichita East? This would be a more realistic option for KU HC.

Curtis Hedrick 1 week, 5 days ago

No No No No. You want a winner. Wichita NWHS coach has a winning pedigree with 2 D1 players. He knows how to recruit.

Michael Maris 1 week, 5 days ago

Troy Morrell would be a much wiser choice. But, he will have to take an assistant Coaching job prior to any sniff at a HC position at a P5 School.

Brad Avery 1 week, 5 days ago

Actually Topeka High has a coach who runs a spread offense and has lots of really good players on his team. I watched the first half of their game and left after they ran up 52 points against Washburn Rural in 2nd round of the 6A playoffs.

Brett Hathaway 1 week, 5 days ago

So is Bobby Stoops still available? Man, that would be one hell of a pick up wouldn't it? And, who cares if Miles hasn't coached in a few years.. The dude would open up all kinds of recruiting arteries and CAN develop talent. Even if we go .500 or slightly better those 1st couple years, that is still an achievement!! Boo-yaa

Dirk Medema 1 week, 5 days ago

Miles would open the arteries of some 40 year old has-beens (neverweres?) but much less so 17 & 18 year olds.

Brett Hathaway 1 week, 5 days ago

Haha, what?! You must be from KCMO where pot is legal now….

Jeff Coffman 1 week, 5 days ago

Better than the Monken guy everyone keeps mentioning.

He is an intriguing choice from his experience and his ability to coach QBs consistently over the years...although I think that 34440 years is about 10 times more than what it should be.

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