WRITER: Benton Smith

Lance Leipold bringing flexible offensive philosophy to KU football

Still in the early stages of taking over the Kansas football rebuilding project, new head coach Lance Leipold hasn’t been in any hurry to make proclamations or predictions about what the Jayhawks’ offense will look like in the fall. What Leipold has said publicly, however, indicated he’s heading into his first year in charge with an open mind. While the program’s long-suffering fans may be eager to ...

Da'Jon Terry leaving KU football for Tennessee

It didn’t take long for another Power Five program to welcome in Da’Jon Terry once the former Kansas football defensive lineman opted to leave the Jayhawks. Four days after Terry announced he was entering the transfer portal, the athletic young tackle committed on Sunday evening to play at Tennessee. A redshirt sophomore who completed the spring practice schedule with KU, only to transition out of the ...

KU football's QB competition still TBD as Lance Leipold takes over

Lance Leipold won’t have to worry about disrupting the status quo at quarterback as he takes over the Kansas football program. There is no incumbent. No preordained starter for the Jayhawks. Not even a QB who made a claim for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart during the spring. The status of the competition remained static from the beginning to the conclusion of spring practices, just before Leipold was ...

KU's Lance Leipold envisions creating 'buzz around the area' by recruiting local prospects

When Lance Leipold took over the Kansas football program, the new head coach inherited a roster without many local or in-state scholarship players. He plans to change that. Leipold, during his introductory press conference, described recruiting locally as “extremely important.” “It needs to be our foundation and become the backbone of what we are,” Leipold said of finding high school prospects from the ...

Defensive tackle Da'Jon Terry to leave KU football via transfer portal

The first Kansas football team coach Lance Leipold leads onto the field in the fall won’t include one of his predecessor’s most promising young defensive linemen. Da’Jon Terry, who would’ve been a redshirt sophomore and was a near lock to start at defensive tackle for the Jayhawks in 2021, announced Wednesday his intentions to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal and leave KU. Terry, a 6-foot-4, ...

Lance Leipold shares his thoughts on establishing a winning culture at KU

In successful runs at his previous two stops as a head coach, at Wisconsin-Whitewater and Buffalo, Lance Leipold and his staff established a winning culture. A buzzword throughout college football and the rest of the sporting universe, culture is a concept that coaches and players alike often reference as a less tangible measure of a team’s success. Days into his first venture as a Power Five head coach at ...

2nd Class of 2022 prospect decommits from KU football, amid coaching transition

It turns out neither of the Class of 2022 prospects from College Station, Texas, who committed to the Jayhawks will end up playing football at Kansas. Just like his high school teammate decided a day earlier, former KU recruit Houston Thomas severed ties with the Jayhawks on Monday. Rated a three-star tight end by Rivals, Thomas decommitted the day after his College Station High teammate, three-star offensive ...

After making leap from D-III to FBS, Lance Leipold not intimidated by latest jump to KU football

When Lance Leipold arrived in Buffalo to take over its football program a little more than six years ago, some wondered whether a Division III coach could make the leap up to the FBS level successfully. The jump from the MAC to the Big 12 might not cover such a chasm as the one Leipold cleared going from Wisconsin-Whitewater to Buffalo, but the new head football coach at the University of Kansas is landing at ...

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

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 ...

Notebook: Reserve CB Valerian Agbaw Jr. plans to leave KU

On the same day Lance Leipold had his introductory press conference at the University of Kansas, one of the scholarship players on the roster the new head football coach inherited decided to leave the Jayhawks. Valerian Agbaw Jr., who would’ve been a sophomore in the KU football secondary this coming season, announced Monday his plans to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal. A reserve defensive back with the ...

Lance Leipold plans to make best of 'unique' timing as he takes over KU football program

Head coaching changes in college football happen all the time — or at least plenty take place every year in November and December, when the regular season is wrapping up or already over. And transitioning from one regime to another is nothing new at the University of Kansas, where the Jayhawks in 2021 will open their season with a new head coach for the fifth time since 2010. But hiring new coach Lance ...

Lance Leipold aiming to rebuild KU football program after pulling off similar feat at Buffalo

This past Friday, Lance Leipold boarded a jet to leave Buffalo feeling confident he had delivered on a core value in the football coaching ranks, to “leave it better than you found it,” as Leipold described the saying. The flight took him to Lawrence, where the new Kansas football head coach hopes to engineer a similar turnaround to the one he pulled off at Buffalo. Not that Leipold is in any hurry to ...

Report: Numerous Buffalo assistants set to join Lance Leipold at KU

A fleet of Buffalo assistant coaches reportedly will soon be on the way to Lawrence to reunite with new Kansas head football coach Lance Leipold. According to a Monday report from Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Leipold plans to hire seven members of his former staff as he takes over at KU. The long list of new staffers for the Jayhawks includes Buffalo’s current interim head coach, Rob Ianello. The Bulls’ ...

Lance Leipold open to retaining some KU assistants as he assembles staff

Lance Leipold capped his first weekend as the head football coach at the University of Kansas meeting with most of the assistant coaches from the previous regime who had just led the Jayhawks through the entirety of the spring practice schedule. While Leipold won’t retain all of them, he said he’s open to keeping at least some of the coaches who were on staff when he arrived. One of Leipold’s ...

Class of 2022 recruit backs out of commitment to KU football

As the Kansas football program transitions into the Lance Leipold era, the Jayhawks lost one of their previous recruits for the Class of 2022. Cory Hendrix, a high school offensive tackle from College Station, Texas, announced Sunday his plans to further explore his options. “After talking with my family, I’ve decided to decommit from the University of Kansas,” Hendrix wrote on Twitter. “My recruitment ...

Lance Leipold doesn't make promises about a timeline, but plans to rebuild KU football 'the right way'

Lance Leipold didn’t walk into his new job as the head football coach at the University of Kansas blindly. And in his research Leipold saw a program he felt like he could help. In his first interview since becoming the Jayhawks’ new leader, Leipold said Saturday while sitting down with Brian Hanni of the Jayhawk Sports Network that he’s excited for the challenge of rebuilding the program. So how far away ...

'Ready to go': Jayhawks excited for what Lance Leipold has in store

Players in the Kansas football program will get to know their new head coach, Lance Leipold, much better in the weeks and months ahead. And the Jayhawks left a whirlwind weekend for the program anticipating what’s ahead. “The impression I got from my new coach,” super-senior Nate Betts said after Saturday’s spring game, “is that he’s ready to go. And that’s what I like.” Not long after arriving ...

Lance Leipold signed 6-year contract with KU worth $16.5 million

When Lance Leipold became the new head football coach at the University of Kansas, he signed a six-year contract that will pay him an average of $2.75 million per year. The deal for the Jayhawks’ new coach, which will pay him $16.5 million in total, includes a pay increase each year. So although Kansas Athletics Inc., agreed to pay Leipold $2.2 million for his first year on the job, if the former Buffalo head ...

Undrafted, former KU RB Pooka Williams signs with Cincinnati

One of the most explosive skill players to come through the Kansas football program in more than a decade, Pooka Williams had to sit through all seven rounds and 259 picks of the 2021 NFL Draft without hearing his name called. However, Williams didn’t need to sit tight long before finding a deal as an undrafted free agent. Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported the Cincinnati Bengals picked up the former ...

KU defense rolls as new coach Lance Leipold observes spring game

With new head coach Lance Leipold in attendance for the Kansas football program’s spring game, the Jayhawks’ defense stole the show Saturday night at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Using a modified scoring system that gave the defense points for hitting certain incentives, coordinator D.J. Eliot’s group closed the spring with a 74-42 victory for the defense. With three interceptions, two forced ...