Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Report: Emmett Jones, other assistants to stay with KU football

Kansas interim head football coach Emmett Jones leads players through a drill during a spring practice at the team's indoor facility.

Kansas interim head football coach Emmett Jones leads players through a drill during a spring practice at the team's indoor facility.


After leading the Kansas football program through an uncertain spring as the interim head coach, Emmett Jones reportedly will be sticking around and working with the Jayhawks’ new boss, Lance Leipold.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, as Leipold assembles his first staff at KU, Jones, a popular receivers coach in his third year with the program, is expected to be retained.

Thamel also reported Leipold plans to keep defensive backs coach Chevis Jackson, defensive line coach Kwahn Drake and inside linebackers coach Jacob Schoonover as KU assistants.

Jones, Jackson and Drake were among former KU head coach Les Miles’ first hires when he took over the program in late 2018. Schoonover was hired by Miles earlier this offseason.

Earlier in the week, reports surfaced of Leipold bringing a number of his former Buffalo assistants to Lawrence. That group includes his longtime top assistants, offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki and defensive coordinator Brian Borland.

It’s possible some of Leipold’s former UB assistants — at least seven are reportedly planning to join him at KU — will take on non-coaching roles, as Leipold meshes assistants he knows well with some who the Jayhawks know well.

According to Thamel, it’s possible KU running backs coach Jonathan Wallace and safeties coach Jordan Peterson could find roles on Leipold’s staff, too. That could mean they potentially stay on as analysts or some other type of support staffers.

NCAA rules allow for a head coach to have 10 full-time assistants who handle on-field coaching responsibilities.

KU has yet to announce any of Leipold’s hires or decisions about retaining assistants.

None by Pete Thamel


Michael Leiker 1 year, 7 months ago

Here we go with the hybrid model. Worrisome

Dale Rogers 1 year, 7 months ago

Why is that? Like with any other openings you look at your needs then choose the people who best fit those openings. Those needs include many factors, including established recruiters, holding on to good players and recruits, as well as the football side of it. I would be worried if he just tossed out everyone who was already here and started over. Those already here can help the new coaches learn the ins and outs of recruiting for Kansas and everything else they've had to learn during their tenure. Smart move on Leipold's part, in my opinion.

Jim Baker 1 year, 7 months ago

Could it be possible that, given the number of coaches (potentially) being retained, the actual number of coaches that will actually be coming to KU via UB might not be 7 after all? Supposing Ianello is offered the HC title over IHC. Could be a case for Jones especially, but maybe others as well. Only 10 spots available.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 7 months ago

We’ve seen multiple times where analysts move into coaching roles. My guess is that is part of what a HC looks for when filling those positions. If it’s a BU assistant becoming a KU, it’s likely a step up and provides a chance to continue working with the same group with a chance of promoting in the future. For a KU assistant, it wouldn’t be quite as attractive but still a softer landing than the unemployment line. It’s also a chance to potentially be part of a massive turnaround. A comment from Mrs Leipold is that a significant strength of Lance is his ability to talk with people and leave them feeling challenged and motivated almost without realizing it. I couldn’t do it but that doesn’t mean Lance can’t.

Dale Rogers 1 year, 7 months ago

And for KU assistants it maintains the paycheck until the end of next season when more opportunities are available. For the new HC to bring in his UB assistants provides the continuity he wants with people he knows and trusts, people who already know how he works. Eliminates the part of the learning curve associated with learning what your new boss expects.I have never been a coach but in my working days I would be much more comfortable in a new job if I could bring my old staff with me. Not all of them, but those I trusted and knew what they could do.

Doug Roberts 1 year, 7 months ago

The best part of this new coaching regime is that he's bringing his assistants that he's worked with for YEARS! They probably complete each other's sentences and surely get along well.

Unlike the previous coaches: Gill had to assemble a staff, Weis had to assemble a staff (multiple times), and Beaty had to assemble a staff (multiple times also).

That's just one more reason i believe we may have gotten the right coach this time. We're getting a TEAM of coaches who already work well together, not a head coach who then has to search the country to fill all the coaching vacancies and spend a bunch of time getting to know each other and how to proceed...

Randy Bombardier 1 year, 7 months ago

Here we go with the bitching and moaning over things we know nothing about.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 7 months ago

Let's see who the coaches are when the presser is announced. I'm not so sure I want the "what-if" coach still on my roster...Remember Bowen with Beaty, it could have been a coin flip on which one was the coach and which one was the coordinator of the team going forward. There were a lot of people wanting Bowen when Beaty was hired.

All i would say is if the WR coach and OC are coming over, what role would Jones take?

Doug Roberts 1 year, 7 months ago

Maybe Jones will be a "walkaround guy"? LOL

Dirk Medema 1 year, 7 months ago

Jeff - The BU WR coach had previously been the RB, so would seem like an easy transition back to maintain a strength of the coaching staff.

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