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Kansas AD Travis Goff says Lance Leipold's new contract an indication that KU was not about to 'sit back and hope'

Love this. Well written. So glad to have both Leipold and Goff at the helm. Rock Chalk!

December 6, 2022 at 8:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Liberty Bowl-bound: Kansas football selected for historic bowl game in Memphis

Just to be fair, I'm pretty sure bowl payouts are shared among the conference (playoff money, as an example, is a huge pot of gold). As long as the SEC fills their half of the Liberty bowl they all share the $6 mil.

December 5, 2022 at 11:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Leipold: KU must 'carry our end of the rivalry' as Jayhawks prepare to take on K-State

Woah! Congraulations Matt!! That's an exciting time for sure. Congratulations to you and the family!

November 22, 2022 at 8:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Reports: Big 12 Conference agrees to 6-year media rights extension with ESPN and Fox

We're not going back to 8 conference games. I agree Benny.

Having a larger pool in the conference would help for competitiveness of any one school. Why?

If a school, or a few, rise to the top and begin to dominate in recruiting and on the field (ala Oklahoma over the last decade), then a larger conference means you play that top school less often. Kind of like how our schedule aligned well in 2007 to avoid Texas and Oklahoma that year.

I think the new expanded Big 12 with Houston, UCF, Cincinnati and BYU will only help us stay competitive. Not that we're better than any single one of those schools, but the likelihood that ALL four will overmatch us every year is going to be low.

November 1, 2022 at 7:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Wisconsin might have just become the biggest threat to the future of Kansas football

I mean - it's right here in front of us. Right here!

October 3, 2022 at 4:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Wisconsin might have just become the biggest threat to the future of Kansas football

Right. Agreed. We (Lou) thought we could do better.

I get the feeling Wisconsin is in that same boat now. Perhaps they can, perhaps they won't. But they didn't fire because of "behind the scenes" stuff, they fired because they thought they could do better.

October 3, 2022 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Wisconsin might have just become the biggest threat to the future of Kansas football

I'm sure Buffalo offered OC/DC opportunities to stay, but the opportunity to be HC at Buffalo and a Power 5 school are a little different.

They've stayed together and that's the hallmark of their staff. Power 5 head coach versus top-tier OC? I don't know. But to get an opportunity to start your first head role at a Power 5 school with kids you're familiar with, successful with?

Maybe you're right, but if I'm KU and unfortunate enough to lose out on Leipold, I think you'd do a whole lot of moving' and shaking to keep Kotelnicki (or possibly Brian Borland).

October 3, 2022 at 12:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Wisconsin might have just become the biggest threat to the future of Kansas football

"Behind the scenes" is a nice way of saying "we want to get rid of somebody and need a reason to do so." Sorry, but they're not firing a winning coach because of "behind the scenes."

We fired Mangino because he lost seven straight and we (Lou) thought we could do better. The "behind the scenes" was an excuse.

Wisconsin fired their coach because they didn't want their star DC to get hired somewhere else, and THEN fire their coach, and/or possibly lose out on Leipold in the process. I think they felt forced to make that action now, so they either retain their star DC or they go after Leipold.

Paul Chryst is going to get another job, just as Guz Malzahn did. Unreasonable expectations with an achieving coach.

All I'm saying is that because of these crazy firings, there are more opportunities for middle-to-lower-class schools like us to bring them back into coaching.

October 3, 2022 at 12:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Wisconsin might have just become the biggest threat to the future of Kansas football

Is going somewhere with more resources, more money, but harder to win, with higher expectations, worth it?

If the end result is being fired in 4-5 or -6 years, but having a $20M severance, is that preferred over a continuous job, lower bar, and legendary status?

I don't know the answer to those questions. I'm also biased, so hard for me to say. I agree with your point that expectations for WI are other-worldly. I know CFB head coaches are ultra-competitive, but that is one heckuva bar.

October 3, 2022 at 10:21 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why Wisconsin might have just become the biggest threat to the future of Kansas football

Here's a thought to take at least a little solace in - KU is already in a much better position than it was when Lance was hired - due to Lance.

Our #1 prerogative should absolutely be to do everything in our power to make Lance and his family as comfortable as possible and set them up for long-term success at KU. We need to be all-in on this, absolutely.

There are other options as fallback plans. They're not as good as Lance & his family, but they do exist. Would Andy Kotelnicki entertain a head coaching job with good money and a new stadium? Keep the offense alive and the star players in Jayhawk uniforms? That could be a nice option for continuity.

The Wisconsin firing was ruthless considering how successful Paul Chryst has been. But guess what? A quality coach (with a great record) is now back on the market. If we lost Lance and Andy, what about Paul Chryst? What about Gary Patterson? What about Jeff Monken? There are a number of established coaches now, with lots of experience and great records, who could be a unique fit for KU. There are options. Less appealing, of course, but there are options.

I'm still hopeful the administration can put up some kind of lifetime contract that appeals to Lance, his family and his assistants - and we make a great situation here in Lawrence. It might take nebraska and wisconsin wanting other coaches, but I'm hopefull that we can find a way to make it happen.

October 3, 2022 at 8:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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