Who’s in and who’s out: KU football coaching search bracket down to 16 candidates

Army head coach Jeff Monken yells to officials during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Tulane on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Just as University of Kansas athletic director Jeff Long, no doubt, has been able to cross certain names off his list of possible football coaches to hire, the program’s long-suffering supporters are weighing in on which candidates they would back at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The fan base has spoken, and 16 potential coaching candidates have been eliminated from contention in KUsports.com’s 2018 KU Football Coaching Search Bracket.

Eliminated in Round 1:

Mike Locksley – Alabama offensive coordinator

Lance Leipold – Buffalo head coach

Bret Bielema – Former Arkansas and Wisconsin head coach

Mike Norvell – Memphis head coach

Butch Jones – Former Tennessee and Cincinnati head coach

Mike MacIntyre – Colorado head coach

Todd Graham – Former Arizona State and Pitt head coach

Ed Warinner – Ohio State O-line coach

Tim Beck – Texas offensive coordinator

Ken Niumatalolo – Navy head coach

Jeff Tedford – Fresno State head coach

Chris Creighton – Eastern Michigan head coach

Frank Wilson – UT-San Antonio head coach

Brian Bohannon – Kennesaw State head coach

Craig Bohl – Wyoming head coach

Dan Enos – Alabama quarterbacks coach and associate head coach

Only the most promising names survived. But now the choices start to get a little more difficult. Major Applewhite or Willie Fritz? Bryan Harsin or Matt Wells?

These aren’t easy decisions. Imagine how Long feels.

Here’s a look at our Round 2 matchups. Make your selections Thursday, before we move on to the Elite Eight on Friday.


• Les Miles – Former LSU and Oklahoma State coach head coach vs. Greg Schiano – Ohio State defensive coordinator

• Chris Klieman – North Dakota State head coach vs. Neal Brown – Troy head coach


• Jeff Monken – Army head coach vs. Jim McElwain – Former Florida and Colorado State head coach

• Major Applewhite – Houston head coach vs. Willie Fritz – Tulane head coach


• Dave Doeren – North Carolina State head coach vs. Scott Satterfield – Appalachian State head coach

• Bryan Harsin – Boise State head coach vs. Matt Wells – Utah State head coach


• Seth Littrell – North Texas head coach vs. Troy Calhoun – Air Force head coach

• Jim Leavitt – Oregon defensive coordinator vs. Jason Candle – Toledo head coach

— Now’s your chance. Pick KU football’s next head coach at our bracket: 2018 KU Football Coaching Search Bracket


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