Monday, December 6, 2021

Reports: Emmett Jones leaving KU football; Lance Leipold hiring Syracuse’s Terrence Samuel

Kansas receivers coach Emmett Jones slaps hands with Steven Parker at the start of practice on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.

Kansas receivers coach Emmett Jones slaps hands with Steven Parker at the start of practice on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.


The interim head coach for Kansas football this past spring and the Jayhawks’ receivers coach each of the past three seasons, Emmett Jones reportedly is leaving the program to return to Texas Tech. reported early Monday evening Tech and new head coach Joey McGuire are set to hire Jones as the Red Raiders’ next receivers coach. That news came shortly after another report, from Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, that KU head coach Lance Leipold was hiring Syracuse receivers coach Terrence Samuel.

Jones, a Dallas native and key recruiter during his time at KU was hired by former coach Les Miles. Jones was a Texas Tech staff member from 2015-18.

Both Leipold and Samuel were assistants at Nebraska-Omaha during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. KU has not yet announced the hire, nor the departure of Jones.

Thamel labeled Samuel’s role at KU as an offensive staff position. With Jones reportedly leaving, Samuel would logically step in to replace him as receivers coach.

Prior to coaching Syracuse’s receivers this past season, Samuel was UNLV’s passing game coordinator and receivers coach in 2020, after spending 2011-19 at Michigan State, where he coached receivers the first eight years and defensive backs in 2019. Going further back, he coached running backs at Nebraska-Omaha in 2007, and defensive backs, outside linebackers and special teams between 2003 and 2005 at Nebraska-Omaha.

Jones was coming up on the end of the second and final guaranteed year on his contract with KU. Jones signed a restructured, six-year deal late in 2019. The final date of the second year is Feb. 28, 2022. KU Athletics holds options on additional years for the assistant.

Jones’ deal came with a hefty $600,000 buyout. Because his deal has not yet expired, Texas Tech would need to facilitate Jones’ buyout for that sum, barring some form of settlement between KU Athletics and the departing assistant.

This past offseason, KU Athletics and former offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon settled on a $100,000 buyout when Dearmon left for Middle Tennessee State. The figure was substantially less than the $500,000 buyout detailed in his contract.

Two days after the 2021 KU football season ended, Leipold announced other staffing changes, as the program moved on without defensive line coach Kwahn Drake and cornerbacks coach Chevis Jackson — both of whom were hired by former head coach Les Miles.

Leipold promoted senior analysts Taiwo Onatolu and Jordan Peterson to replace Drake and Jackson as full-time assistants.

The only other assistants currently with the program who were hired by Miles are running backs coach Jonathan Wallace, special teams coordinator Jake Schoonover and Peterson, whom Leipold just promoted to defensive backs coach.


Andy Godwin 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Many thanks to coaches Jones, Drake, and Jackson for helping with the transition from Miles to Leipold. Without these coaches who knows how many players might have left the program via the much-despised transfer portal (opinion not reflective of the university or coaching staff). For all the KU players when Leipold was announced, there were major knowns about what they could expect from the new coach and his staff. Coach Jones kept the program functioning through Spring training and into the 2021 season. Everyone should be very appreciative of his efforts and the other coaches who supported the transition. Clearly coach Leipold is intent on building his staff in his vision as well as recruit the players that best fits his style and philosophy. It will clearly take time to rebuild yet again. Therefore, much faith and trust in the head coach and his staff will be necessary as well as a ton of patience from the KU fans - yes again. Based on the 2022 schedule, improving on their 2021 record could be a challenge. But if the last three games of the 2021 season are any indication what to expect next year, then it could be a fun season. Rock Chalk.

Brett McCabe 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Jason Bean, welcome to the portal? Or is he eligible? I can’t keep track.

Coach Jones did a solid job here. And was paid for his work. I hope that he wins every game each year except one.

Leipold has his staff here now. We are officially in the No Excuses portion of his KU career. The facilities are excellent (please don’t start with stadium bs), he has his AD, and it’s time to get busy.

Mason succeeded here with an Ohio Valley orientation. Mangino succeeded with a Texas QB and CB. Both of those coaches were mercurial sob’s. Leipold is a whole different thing.

We went from hiring a bible beater to hiring a hot dog eating champion to hiring the dumbest person in every room he has ever entered to hiring a guy with a proven track record and a sense of normalcy in his life. Let’s hope that normalcy wins out.

Jones had some proven recruiting chops. Right now the recruiting looks suspect. Time to turn it up to 11.

Rodney Crain 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I think the portal is always open.

I used it twice today instead of Grubhub to get food. It's just so crowded in there anymore.

I agree Coach L will get it sorted out.

Greg Ledom 8 months, 2 weeks ago

It’s probably obvious that those coaches knew they were signed up to keep the fort in tact while Leipold set the foundation. It’s also obvious that they knew they were short term coaches with there contracts coming due. I figure HCLL was pretty up front about it from the get go. It’s what he’s about. A couple other observations. The recruiting classes that will tell the tale of how this thing will progress won’t be this years class but the couple that follow. The honeymoon is still going on, but full speed ahead nonetheless. I tire of the Beaty bashing. For the love of god, LET IT GO. And as far as having to be patient, yet again…………I don’t see any of these changes as setting us back or cause for us to have to be any more patient than we’ve already had to be. The man and his staff have proven to be competent, which has been sorely lacking since Mangino, so let’s let them keep building and see where this thing goes. I’ve not been this optimistic since Mangino. LET’S GO!!!!! RCJH GO KU!!

Dale Rogers 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Well stated. These coaches know what they are doing. They have given me plenty of reason to trust their judgment. I'm with you all the way on this one.

Doug Roberts 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Leipold named his successor almost simultaneously, so this wasn't a surprise move. Hate to lose a good guy and recruiter, but In Lance We Trust. Next man up...

Dirk Medema 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Brett, I think you missed - to hiring a guy with a proven track record (doing almost everything right) and a bunch of skeletons in his closet.

The assistants that kept their jobs after spring ball were probably glad to have jobs when no one else was hiring. There appears to be tons of options now.

Maybe the lack of recruits committed at this point is a reflection on the coaches realizing they weren’t recruiting players they would be coaching in the future. As much as it stinks to have a relatively empty class, at least there’s less recommitment chaos. Gives me a little more respect for the coaches. Maybe this class will be light. Still hopeful for a net positive with this staff.

As for the portal, I believe the option to transfer and not sit out is a one time deal. The second transfer includes the std sit out year.

Dirk Medema 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I’m going to need to be convinced that TSamuel is a good hire. He coached Syracuse’s outside wide receivers last year and didn’t see much success and their most talented receiver transferred early in the season. They had the ACC’s worst pass production.

Dirk Medema 8 months, 2 weeks ago

TSamuel also had a couple times where he seemed to be transferred away from receivers before leaving. Maybe he’ll work here, but I’m feeling more cautious than optimistic.

Dave Roberts 8 months, 1 week ago

Dirk Medema; Samuel seems to be an excellent hire. He has a superb WR coaching record from Michigan State. I copied the following from an SI article;

"During his tenure at Michigan State, Samuel's wideouts earned All-Big Ten honors eight times in his eight seasons coaching the position group, including two Big Ten Receivers of the Year in Tony Lippett (2014) and Aaron Burbridge (2015). He also coached five wideouts who were selected in the NFL Draft during that time and saw six of his receivers make active NFL rosters after leaving MSU."

Steven Haag 8 months, 1 week ago

I am not trying to be pessimistic but we were absolutely THRASHED by OSU, Baylor, Iowa State. Beaten soundly by KSU, Duke, and Coastal Carolina. Yes, we’re competitive the last 3 games, but Texas, TCU, and West Virginia were all bottom third of the Big XII standings. I am nowhere near sold on us turning any kind of corner. We need better talent. I hear all this hype about evaluating and developing 2 star and lower 3 star talent. True........however 1. Other Big XII coaches are pretty darn good too. They have shown that they can develop talent too. 2. The talent they are developing already starts at a higher level as we continue to be last in the league in recruiting

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