WRITER: Benton Smith

Les Miles hires former Texas Tech assistant Emmett Jones as KU's WRs coach

The outside receivers coach at pass-happy Texas Tech the previous three seasons, Emmett Jones is joining new Kansas football head coach Les Miles as the Jayhawks’ receivers coach. In a release announcing Jones’ hire on Tuesday, Miles described his newest assistant known for his recruiting ties to the Dallas area, as a “dynamic” addition to the KU staff. "The players he has worked with have really ...

LB Joe Dineen becomes KU football's 1st AP All-American since 2007

Although his days of playing for his hometown college football program are over, the honors continue to roll in for University of Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen. The Big 12’s tackling leader for the second year in a row, Dineen was named Monday to the Associated Press 2018 All-America team as a second-team defender. Dineen became the first KU football player to earn AP All-America status since Aqib Talib ...

KU football DBs coach Chevis Jackson signed 3-year term sheet

The first assistant hired by new head coach Les Miles, Chevis Jackson signed a three-year term sheet with Kansas Athletics to become the football team’s defensive backs coach. Jackson’s three-year deal averages about $163,333 per year, with KU having an option for the third year. The first two years, 2019 and 2020, are guaranteed for Jackson. If KU exercises the option for 2021, Jackson will make $175,000 ...

In-state recruits Jayden Russell and Mason Fairchild commit to Les Miles and KU football

Cole Mueller finally has some company on the Kansas football program’s Class of 2019 commitment list. On a busy Sunday for new head coach Les Miles, KU picked up verbal pledges from two in-state recruits: St. Thomas Aquinas defensive back Jayden Russell and Andale athlete Mason Fairchild. A three-star defensive back according to Rivals, Russell was one of the first prospects Miles began targeting when he ...

Les Miles announces hiring of D.J. Eliot as KU's defensive coordinator

New Kansas football coach Les Miles officially has both of his coordinators in place for his first staff. As reports from the Journal-World and other outlets during the hours leading up to Monday evening’s KU announcement indicated, Miles hired D.J. Eliot, a former defensive coordinator at Colorado and Kentucky, to take on the same position at KU. “D.J. Eliot has time and again elevated the defenses he ...

KU football OC Chip Lindsey signs on for 4-year deal worth $2.65 million; KU has option for Year 4

The Kansas football team’s new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, signed a four-year term sheet with Kansas Athletics when head coach Les Miles hired Lindsey away from Auburn. Lindsey’s deal is worth $2.65 million dollars over the course of four years, with KU having an option it must exercise in order for the final year of the deal to kick in. Lindsey will coach at KU through the 2022 season if the ...

Postgame Report Card: Kansas 63, New Mexico State 60

Kansas City, Mo. — Quick grades for five aspects of the Kansas basketball team’s 63-60 win over New Mexico State on Saturday night at Sprint Center. Offense: C ---------- The starting lineup didn’t miss Lagerald Vick in the opening minutes versus the Aggies. Charlie Moore came out attacking, as did Quentin Grimes, helping KU jump out to a 12-2 lead. But that flow didn’t continue for long. With ...

Benton Smith: Lagerald Vick needs to be good kind of 'bad boy' for KU

Kansas City, Mo. — This Kansas basketball team is undefeated. It’s ranked No. 2 in the nation. Yet its head coach, Bill Self, described the current state of the Jayhawks perfectly following Saturday night’s latest near-loss, a 63-60 victory over New Mexico State at Sprint Center. “We’re not very good right now,” Self said. Although KU doesn’t want to peak in December, either, the team could at ...

Les Miles hires one-time colleague of new OC to coach KU's O-line

New head coach Les Miles now has three of his 10 on-field assistant coaches in place for his first Kansas football staff. Miles announced Friday afternoon he hired Luke Meadows, a former colleague of new KU offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, as the Jayhawks’ offensive line coach. Meadows, who worked the past two years at Eastern Michigan, teamed up with Lindsey previously at Southern Miss, during the 2014 ...

Les Miles and KU football targeting prospects ahead of early signing period

As college football’s December early signing period approaches, new University of Kansas head coach Les Miles and his not yet fully assembled staff have targeted some potential additions for the program’s currently minuscule 2019 class. The lone player committed to KU at this juncture, Cole Mueller, recently told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant he plans to sign his letter of intent during the upcoming signing ...

Joe Dineen once again a 2nd-team All-American according to SI

For the second year in a row, Sports Illustrated named University of Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen to its All-America second team. The redshirt senior defender from Lawrence led the Big 12 in tackles (147) and ranked fourth among all FBS players with 12.3 tackles per game. By leading the league in tackles in consecutive seasons, Dineen became only the second player in Big 12 history to do so, joining Texas ...

Marcus Garrett's defensive versatility makes it easy for KU to shift to 4-guard lineup

http://www2.kusports.com/photos/2018/dec/04/328016/ Your best post player goes down. Time for another to step up, right? Not for this Kansas basketball team. The absence of center Udoka Azubuike, no matter how long the 7-footer’s right ankle sprain keeps him out of the lineup, doesn’t necessarily mean more minutes for the frontcourt reserves who have been backing him up. Head coach Bill Self loved the ...

New KU football OC Chip Lindsey shares thoughts on Pooka Williams, QBs and more

After two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn, a historically successful SEC football program that routinely plays in the postseason, Chip Lindsey arrived Tuesday at Kansas, where the Jayhawks haven’t been to a bowl game since 2008 and have won three or fewer games each of the past nine seasons. So how did Les Miles sell Lindsey on the idea of coming to KU? A Journal-World ...

List of FBS assistant salaries includes familiar name near the top

USA Today released on Wednesday its annual list of salaries for assistant college football coaches, and a name that’s now familiar with the Kansas football fan base landed among the top 20 of the highest-paid in the FBS ranks. According to the database, Chip Lindsey, before he was hired by Les Miles as the Jayhawks’ new offensive coordinator Tuesday, made $1.1 million in 2018 as the OC and quarterbacks ...

What to make of Chip Lindsey's hiring, and is KU basketball bad for your health?

Already more than two weeks removed from the day Les Miles was introduced as the Kansas football program’s new head coach, there seems to be no stopping the buzz surrounding the program. This past weekend Miles invigorated the Allen Fieldhouse crowd at halftime of the basketball game versus Stanford by simply strolling onto the court, saying a few words, eating some grass and giving away some Yeezys. The KU ...

KU announces Les Miles' hiring of Chip Lindsey as OC

New Kansas football coach Les Miles officially has his offensive coordinator. As reports from the Journal-World and other outlets indicated Monday, former Auburn offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey was Miles’ choice. KU announced Lindsey’s hiring Tuesday morning. "It is a great day when you can add a coach like Chip Lindsey to your staff," Miles stated in a release. "He has a proven ...

Benton Smith: Jayhawks improve perimeter defense to take down Terriers

Over the past few years, Wofford head coach Mike Young has found senior guard Fletcher Magee to be as steady a shooter as they come. The reigning SoCon Player of the Year, Magee has drained 3-pointers and averaged double digits since he arrived in Spartanburg, S.C., in 2015. But Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse, the Terriers’ chances of upsetting Kansas faded as the Jayhawks’ perimeter defenders made sure ...

KU football will need to replace half of its 2018 starters in Les Miles' first season

Roughly nine months from now, when Les Miles coaches his first game at Kansas, the football roster won’t be devoid of talent or experience. With All-Big 12 running back Pooka Williams, three-year starting tackle Hakeem Adeniji, hard-hitting safety Mike Lee and others expected to return from the 2018 starting lineup, the Jayhawks should have a solid core around which Miles and his staff can build. Even so, ...

Former Auburn OC Chip Lindsey expected to be hired by KU

Ten days after the Kansas football season’s conclusion, a coordinator for new head coach Les Miles’ staff emerged. In a day full of escalating smoke connecting the name Chip Lindsey with KU football, AL.com’s Auburn football reporter, Matt Zenitz, reported Monday afternoon sources told him the former Auburn offensive coordinator is expected to be hired by Miles at KU. A source with knowledge of the ...

Former KU football coach Turner Gill retires

Former Kansas football coach Turner Gill announced Monday he is retiring from his position as head coach at Liberty University, effective immediately. Gill, 56, stated in a press release his decision to step away from the profession was tied to his wife Gayle’s heart condition, something she was diagnosed with in 2016. “Both Gayle and I wanted to be here to help Liberty through their transition,” Gill ...