Saturday, February 9, 2008

KU adds final coach


As expected, Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino announced the hiring of Joe Bob Clements to coach the defensive line on Friday.

Mangino is familiar with Clements - he was an assistant coach at Kansas State from 1994-98 while Clements was playing for the Wildcats.

Clements coached at K-State before spending the last two seasons coaching the D-line at San Diego State.

"Joe Bob is defined by his hard work and tenacity," Mangino said in a statement. "We will be a very sound, technical defensive line with a great deal of toughness."

Clements will replace Bill Young, KU's defensive coordinator for six years who also coached the defensive line. Clint Bowen, KU's safeties coach, was promoted to defensive coordinator last month.

A native Kansan, Clements spent part of his childhood in Lawrence before going to high school in Emporia. He joined the Wildcats as a walk-on in 1994 and eventually became an honorable mention All-Big 12 defensive end.

With Clements' hiring, KU has no more vacancies on its coaching staff. As of now, the Jayhawks will have two new assistant coaches in '08 - Clements and wide receivers coach David Beaty.


Kevin Long 14 years, 3 months ago

I know he was one hell of a player! Sounds like a really hard worker too. I will always trust in Mangino.

sevenyearhawk 14 years, 3 months ago

A former player from K-State named "Joe Bob" ... sometimes the jokes just write themselves!

Good luck to the new assistant coach!

Dyrk Dugan 14 years, 3 months ago

Congrats to Joe Bob! a solid football player at KSU.....and from a good family in Emporia. He'll do a good job in recruiting too. Welcome to KU!

Jeremy Bolinger 14 years, 3 months ago

this is an excellent hire, considering that just a year ago he was a finalist to land his first head coaching job at Emporia St. Good guy also.

seattlehawk_78 14 years, 3 months ago

Was not aware there were Joe Bobs in Kansas. Thought that was a uniquely southern name.

Alan Halvorsen 14 years, 3 months ago

I played football at Emporia High, and spend many hours in Emporia's weight room, and above the entrance is a photo of Joe Bob playing for the cats. I met him a time or two. Good hire.

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