WRITER: Benton Smith

Bill Self: Les Miles a 'home run hire' with credentials 'off the charts'

Still feeling the buzz generated this weekend by the University of Kansas hiring Les Miles to take over the football program, KU basketball coach Bill Self opened his Monday press conference with the gridiron on his mind. “I’m supposed to announce we’re going to run the triple option next year,” Self joked. The university’s two highest profile coaches, both owners of national championship rings, met ...

During time off, new KU football coach Les Miles thought about adapting offensively

When Louisiana State University fired Les Miles as its head football coach a little more than two years ago, the athletic department’s action came on the heels of some late-game clock mismanagement in the Tigers’ 2016 SEC-opening loss. His critics at the time pointed to similar game management instances and Miles’ reliance on a traditional run-heavy, pro style offense as other college programs embraced ...

KU players try not to tip their hands when asked about Les Miles buzz

Norman, Okla. — It’s rare to find Kansas safety Mike Lee in a bad mood. The junior from New Orleans loves to talk, and that makes him all the more affable in a postgame interview setting. Unless you’ve just asked Lee about a specific mistake he made on the field he’ll respond to most inquires with an honest answer and a smile. Even though the Jayhawks lost at No. 6 Oklahoma, 55-40, Saturday night at ...

New KU football coach Les Miles wants to finish career with 'championships'

9:39 p.m. Update: Two weeks after Jeff Long first stood in Hadl Auditorium and detailed what he hoped to accomplish in his Kansas football coaching search, the first-year athletic director returned Sunday night with an old colleague in tow. Just as the buzz throughout the past several days indicated he would, Long introduced Les Miles as KU’s 39th football coach, presenting his new high-profile employee ...

'Spectacular' KU football fans greet Les Miles for first 'Hawk Talk'

When new University of Kansas football coach Les Miles emerged from the kitchen inside Johnny’s Tavern West on Sunday night, approximately 350 fans welcomed him to Lawrence with 30 seconds worth of cheers and applause. On his first evening on the job, Miles and his family were hustled across town following his introductory press conference so that he could sit down and talk KU football on the team’s weekly ...

Pooka Williams' prolific night not enough in KU's loss to No. 6 Oklahoma

Norman, Okla. — One freshman’s transcendent night on a national stage only went so far for the Kansas football team Saturday night, what with No. 6 Oklahoma and one of the nation’s top players, quarterback Kyler Murray, lining up across from the Jayhawks. KU’s star running back, Pooka Williams, accounted for 321 yards overall, scored two rushing touchdowns and even threw for another score. All of that, ...

Notebook: KU coaching search was hot topic on national stage

Norman, Okla. — Before Saturday night’s nationally televised matchup between Kansas and No. 6 Oklahoma on FOX, analyst Dave Wannstedt discussed all the buzz surrounding KU’s coaching search. Jeff Long, now KU’s athletic director, hired Wannstedt to coach Pitt when the AD oversaw the athletic department there. The one-time Long hire was on board with the growing buzz that KU will lure Les Miles to ...

Report: KU and Les Miles negotiating contract

The search for the University of Kansas football program’s next head coach may be all but through. According to a Friday report from Sports Illustrated, KU and former LSU head coach Les Miles are in the final stages of negotiating a deal that would bring Miles to Kansas. SI’s Ross Dellenger reported an announcement could come “as soon as this weekend.” The report stated negotiations between Miles, ...

Game day Breakdown: KU football at No. 6 Oklahoma

— Kansas (3-7 overall, 1-6 Big 12) at No. 6 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1) • 6:30 p.m. kickoff, Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, in Norman, Okla. • Game-time forecast: 48 degrees, cloudy, 0% chance of rain • TV: FOX • Radio: KLWN, FM 101.7 / AM 1320 — Log on to KUsports.com for our live game blog and follow our coverage team on Twitter: @KUSports, @BentonASmith, @mctait and @SJacksonLJW Keys for ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 89, Louisiana 76

Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 89-76 win over Louisiana Friday night at Allen Fieldhouse. Offense: B ---------- You figured the Jayhawks were going to have a good night offensively when Dedric Lawson missed a shot, landed on his backside, caught the offensive rebound while still seated on the left side of the paint and just shot it from there for his first official points in ...

Benton Smith: David McCormack makes case for more playing time

After watching the entirety of the previous game from the bench, Kansas big man David McCormack didn’t know for certain if Friday night’s matchup with Louisiana at Allen Fieldhouse would play out any differently for him. When Bill Self called upon McCormack midway through the first half with KU trailing by seven, though, what followed just might make it impossible for the 6-foot-10 freshman to ever ...

LSU announces settlement with former football coach Les Miles

LSU and its former head coach Les Miles reached a financial settlement Thursday that clears a path for Miles to take another head coaching position.  The 65-year-old Miles has been considered a top candidate for the Kansas football coaching vacancy since Jeff Long, KU’s athletic director, announced David Beaty’s firing on Nov. 4. According to a press release from LSU, both the school and Miles, who was ...

Jeff Long's current football coaching search different from his previous two

This isn’t Jeff Long’s first search for a head football coach, but the University of Kansas athletic director is dealing with a different set of circumstances this time around. Thursday marked the 11th day of Long’s ongoing in-season search for David Beaty’s replacement, and the clock is ticking, with the Jayhawks’ season ending next week, on Black Friday. “Since I’ve made this announcement,” ...

KU football's ongoing coaching search, home run hires and 2019 basketball title hopes

It’s a wild time of year for Kansas fans, what with the basketball season just underway and the university’s athletic director, Jeff Long, searching for the football program’s next head coach. So there couldn’t have been a better time to fire up a new feature at KUsports.com, the “Ask Us Anything” blog. We’ve had great inquiries already and we know there are innumerable more to come, and we ...

Meet Jedd Fisch

A name likely recognizable by only the most die-hard brand of college football fans, Jedd Fisch has become a coach worth knowing as Jeff Long, athletic director at the University of Kansas, continues in his search for the football program’s next head coach. On Tuesday, Long flew from Lawrence to Colorado Springs, Colo., and back. This week, the Los Angeles Rams are practicing at the Air Force Academy’s ...

Make your choice: Les Miles and Dave Doeren reach coaching search bracket finals

It all comes down to this. After dominating their competition in each of the first four rounds, former LSU and Oklahoma State coach Les Miles and North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren are the only two candidates remaining in our fan-driven KU Football Coaching Search Bracket. The athletic director at the University of Kansas, Jeff Long would consider himself fortunate if his finalists turn out to be as good ...

Jayhawks don't want to focus on future with program until next football coach is named

As Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long continued Tuesday in his search to find the football team's next head coach, the program’s players entered their second week of trying to prepare for a Big 12 game under the guidance of short-term head coach David Beaty. Coming off a gut-wrenching 21-17 loss at rival Kansas State this past weekend, the Jayhawks are doing their best to ignore the buzz surrounding Long’s ...

Mark Mangino: 'I won't be returning to Kansas'

Any Kansas fan feeling nostalgic for the days of bowl victories and winning football under former coach Mark Mangino will have to keep on cherishing those memories. Whatever slim chances of a KU-Mangino reunion that took up shop in anyone’s minds went away Tuesday night with one tweet from the winningest coach in program history. “Thanks for your support. I won’t be returning to Kansas in any ...

After flight to Colorado, KU AD Jeff Long remains in search of football coach

For the second time in a week a flight plan connecting Lawrence and Baton Rouge, La., sparked the interest of those following the ongoing Kansas football coaching search. But, just as was the case this past Thursday, when flight tracking websites indicated a jet leaving from the city where former LSU head coach Les Miles resides would land in Lawrence, a departing flight on Tuesday for the Louisiana city never ...

KU's Joe Dineen named Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

A solid outing from the Kansas football defense this past Saturday in Manhattan didn’t propel the Jayhawks to a victory. The efforts of KU redshirt senior linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. in the loss at Kansas State, though, put him in position to be named the Big 12’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Playing out the final weeks of his college career with his hometown program, Dineen made nine total tackles ...