Lance Leipold and Jayhawks unable to attend Big 12 media days

Head Football Coach Lance Leipold talks with media members on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Arlington, Texas — Day two of the Big 12 Conference’s football media days commenced Thursday morning at AT&T Stadium without Kansas head coach Lance Leipold and the two Jayhawks who were scheduled to join him.

Severe weather back in Lawrence, where KU’s private jet was set to take off and carry the program’s representatives down to the event, prevented the jet from taking off as planned.

Leipold said during an interview on ESPNU that he began receiving text messages early Thursday morning that alerted him that weather in the area was limiting available windows for taking off.

“As we know in this game, sometimes you’ve got to make an audible and you’ve got to make the best of it,” Leipold said on ESPNU. “And that’s what we’ll do.”

Instead of meeting with droves of media members in person and hopping from interview to interview throughout the day, Leipold, super-senior receiver Kwamie Lassiter II and junior safety Kenny Logan Jr., KU spokesperson Daniel Berk said, will conduct such sessions remotely, via both video and phone calls.

Leipold said he was “really disappointed” for Lassiter and Logan, who instead stuck around KU’s football facilities with their head coach.

This would’ve been the first time for Leipold, Lassiter and Logan to attend the Big 12’s annual summer preview event.

Big 12 media days were canceled in 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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