Kansas hires Todd Bradford to coach linebackers


Kansas University head football coach David Beaty has chosen Todd Bradford, former defensive coordinator at University of Maryland, to replace Kevin Kane as the Jayhawks’ linebackers coach.

Kane left for the defensive coordinator job at Northern Illinois, where he had worked before coming to Kansas.

Bradford, 52, last worked in college football as DC at Maryland in 2011. After one season with the Terps, Bradford was bought out of the remaining two years of his contract for $300,000.

Bradford had put his career on hold to focus on caring for his mother, Sandra Hampshire, who died Jan. 3, in St. George, Utah, after suffering for seven years from multiple myeloma.

Bradford has worked 25 years in college football, including three as defensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi (2008-10). Working under current North Carolina coach Larry Fedora, Bradford guided the 2010 Southern Miss defense to a 31-16 victory against Kansas and a No. 13 national ranking (113 yards allowed per game).

At Maryland, his defense was ranked last in the ACC.

Bradford last worked in the Big 12 for Oklahoma State (2005-07) when he coached linebackers.

He also worked at his almater mater, Southern Utah, as well as New Hampshirie, Lehigh, Eastern Michigan, Louisiana Tech, Wisconsin, Middle Tennessee State and BYU (his only job on the offensive side).


Dirk Medema 6 years, 7 months ago

Maryland negotiated buyout of defensive coordinator Todd Bradford's contract after his defense ranked last in the ACC, surrendering an average of 34.2 points and 457.2 yards per game. Maryland's injury-riddled defense suffered its worst moments in the last game. The team's season-ending, 56-41 defeat at North Carolina State was particularly painful, because the Terps held a 27-point, third-quarter lead before surrendering 42 consecutive points. Bradford, hired from Southern Mississippi following their own "Mangino-gate", was at Maryland for just one season. Bradford was a replacement for Don Brown, who had served as defensive coordinator under former coach Ralph Friedgen. Edsall had been impressed enough with Brown that he wanted to retain him. But Brown left for Connecticut and Bradford was promoted from inside linebackers coach. The Terps finished 2-10 but had made recruiting strides (Good omen with Bradford?), and you have to wonder how much of the problems were a result of all the injuries.

SMU was good when he was there. Under Bradford, the Golden Eagles' rushing defense ranked No. 13 (113.0 yards per game) in the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2010. They were also 14th in third-down conversions (34 percent), 30th in turnovers gained (26), tied for 26th in tackles for loss (6.7 per game) and tied for 27th in interceptions (16). In his second season as Southern Miss' defensive coordinator, the defense ended the season tied for 18th in the FBS in sacks (2.7 per game), tied for 25th in turnovers gained (27) and 26th in tackles for loss (6.8 pg).

Eliott Reeder 6 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for this informative comment. Keegan, take notes! ;)

Jeremy D. Morris 6 years, 7 months ago

Remember, he was hired as LB coach, not the DC.

Jim Stauffer 6 years, 7 months ago

From Bradford's point of view it looks like employment, hurray! Beaty has good instincts and most certainly has some personal knowledge of Bradford. If he hired him based on that, I will trust in DB. He needs the freedom to run this thing for 5 years and see what can be done with his system of doing things.

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