The Hat is back?

Les Miles to Kansas?  Hokay, if you’re a blogger, I guess.  And good for him, if it’s really what he wants (or, more likely, all he can get now).  But a 65-year old guy taking over a program with a severe roster problem doesn’t strike me as a recipe for success.

Top that off with the reality that Jeff Long’s track record for hiring coaches at Arkansas wasn’t exactly stunningly successful.  Petrino was given too much space, crashed (literally) and burned, John L. Smith was a joke of a replacement and Bielema was one of those hires that looked much better on paper than in reality.

Still, the bar is so low at Kansas, it won’t take much for everyone to start patting Long and Miles on the back.  Just follow Mr. Conventional Wisdom’s tweets.


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13 responses to “The Hat is back?

  1. Spike

    God bless him for trying… but, better him than me.


  2. gastr1

    It never ceases to amaze me how Kansas can screwing its coaching hires. The last guy, Beaty, frankly was the best move they’ve made since Mark Mangino, but he clearly wasn’t the long-term answer. They said this time they wanted someone with HC experience –I think because the program is terribly understaffed, and they need a coach that can bring in support staff — but how and why they decided the only way to do that was to hire a has-been is just beyond me.

    There are almost no football players in Kansas. That can’t be overstated. Any coach there absolutely had to recruit Texas. Maybe the Hat can do that from his days at OSU and LSU, but who knows.

    In all honesty, I think Kansas should have hired a triple-option guy. It would have put the program on its feet without having to get all the bells and whistles to compete right away.


  3. Brandon

    I for one, love The Hat. It will be great to have him back in college football.


    • Macallanlover

      I do too, but fear it will be a bad way to exit. Time, and chances, to turn that program around are both against him succeeding. But he did let LSU off the hook for about $5MM per year. Bad decisions to me by him and Kansas, we will see.


  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    Low bar at Kansas. He’ll be loved for 6 wins. Kinda like Duke.


    • gastr1

      They expect more than that. If he doesn’t win more than 6 games after three years, they’ll look elsewhere, I’m fairly certain.

      Yet another fanbase where reality is not really in the vocab. That’s why every other hire is a swing-for-the-fences type.


  5. David Chadwick

    That’s a bad fit. They still have ongoing roster issues, lack of facilities and no real recruiting base. I doubt sorting all those issues are Les’ forte. He failed at LSU for multiple issues, access to 4 and 5 star recruits and a rabid fanbase pumping money like sunshine were issues. I’d have looked hard at Willie Fritz.


  6. I’d love to see him go all out mad hatter. Build a solid defense. Never punt outside your own 40 and kick off on sides every single time. And two point conversion attempts after every touchdown. Nothing else, it would be fun to watch for three years.


  7. Anonymous

    Bert looked like a good hire until Kirby hired Pittman away from them. It was amazing how different their OL play looked after he left.


  8. 92 grad

    I dunno, if les can make sec smashmouth ball even kind of a reality Kansas can beat up some teams and compete. He’d better hire some coordinators that can get it together though. Will be interesting.


  9. CB

    Why he let LSU off the hook to $5 mill less than he was owed I don’t understand.


  10. CB

    Would have rather seen him replace Corso in gameday.