Adios, muchacho.

Les Miles has been cut loose at Kansas and Jeff Long is “extremely disappointed”.  I really feel for him.  It was a mutual decision, which I assume means Les gets some money and Jeff avoids another embarrassing deposition.  Truly something for both sides.  At least Les can now get back to his acting career.

Unlike when he hired Miles, Long has hired a search firm this time around, not that it’s going to deflect the barrage of criticism he’s got to be trying to fend off frantically right now.

Bruce Feldman ($$) is quick out of the gate with some possible replacements, with the most viable option, as he puts it, being the guy I’m glad Tennessee or South Carolina didn’t go after hard:

The most viable option for Kansas, based on what we’ve heard from industry sources, is Buffalo’s Lance Leipold. The 56-year-old has strong Midwest ties, knows the Big 12 footprint, and is a proven winner, having won six Division III national titles at Wisconsin-Whitewater. He left for Buffalo, one of the toughest places to win in the FBS, and has won there, too. In his fourth season, the Bulls went 10-4. They are 24-10 over the last three years, and that includes a top-25 finish in 2020. Leipold, a two-time MAC Coach of the Year, keeps finding and developing big-time players. He also spent over a decade coaching in Nebraska and worked three seasons on Frank Solich’s staff with the Cornhuskers.

I didn’t realize Leipold had a Big 12 history.  He’s almost too perfect for the job, which probably means he’ll get passed over for it by Long.

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39 responses to “Adios, muchacho.

  1. mp

    Who would be the 2021 Charlie Weis equivalent hire? That is the move Long will make.

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  2. Other than potentially money and a Power 5 job, is Kansas today a better job than Buffalo? If I were Leipold looking for my next gig, I don’t think I would even consider answering that call.

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  3. gastr1

    Thing is, there isn’t much recruiting to be done in the Midwest, so those ties probably don’t mean much. All the schools in the Big 12 have to successfully recruit Texas.

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  4. Texas Dawg

    One thing that we all should have learned by now is that the stupidity of college AD’s knows no bounds. Just when we think we have seen the absolute most head scratching worst hire with the most ridiculously insane contract we are proven wrong. There is some other college AD that takes that as a challenge and utters the most famous 3 little words to announce challenge accepted “HOLD MY BEER”.

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  5. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    so does Lester end up at bama as an analyst?
    then…which school will be first to try hire him after his bama rehab?

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    • Assuming Saban were to hire him, by the time Les is rehabbed, he’s in his seventies.

      His cfb head coaching career is over.

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      • Granthams Replacement

        Les will take on Lou Holtz’s former role on ESPN/SEC network. Segments on which SEC field has the best grass, how to pick a gameday hat and Motivation speaking are already in the works

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      • I say this as someone who loves old school college football, especially in the south. Jackie Sherrill neutering a bull. Spurrier mocking other schools like an alumnus – because he was. The Riverboat Gambler who is now a United States Senator? The “man-enough” game at Bama, spoken by Pat Dye, who PLAYED for Georgia and coached at Auburn. Lou Holtz at South Carolina. Vince Dooley who played at Auburn and coached for Georgia. John Grisham, who is one of my guilty pleasures – not that his writing isn’t good, because it is, he just writes about my profession – would have so much more material if he focused on the profession of college football coaching. And in Les Miles, we just lost a great character. College football as a narrative was much better with him in it.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Miles sneaking a drink from the Dos Equis hose was one of the funnier commercial moments I’ve seen. As an LSU fan I really enjoyed his coaching and antics, he never seemed to take himself too seriously. It’s been my experience that people who have that quality are generally grounded enough that they wouldn’t seek affirmation by hitting on a co-ed, especially one that works for them. That’s why I’m really surprised to hear him accused of something like this. If it’s true its disappointing at best. I’m guessing there is at least some truth to it…

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  6. ASEF

    I know nothing of Leopold, but people said the same thing about Turner Gill out of Buffalo. He didn’t last long at Kansas.

    Man, that list of recent head coaches at Kansas is an impressive list of suck. Maybe Leopold needs to wait for something with a chance.

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    • Texas Dawg

      A hot up and coming coach like Leopold should stay far, far away from a suck ass job like Kansas. You may only get one bite at the apple so why waste it on one that’s rotten to the core like Kansas? No, other much better jobs will come his way with a little patience. Kansas is a job for someone that’s out of chances with nothing to loose and needing a Hail Mary to prove themselves. If they fail, then they’re no worse off than they were and if they succeed, then their career if rehabbed.

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    • Russ

      I was about to post the same thing. Turner Gill was a “can’t miss” coach coming back to the Big 8/12 and Kansas squashed him. I honestly think they need the Johnson or some other gimmick coach to have any chance.

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    • Jack Klompus

      I think the same. Why jump on the KU job, especially when the AD is on thin ice?

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    • If I’m an up-and-coming G5/FCS coach, there’s no way I even sniff the Kansas job while Jeff Long is still the AD. The clock is ticking on Long, and no matter who replaces him, new ADs are notorious for wanting to put their mark on a program by bringing in their “own” guy. Wait for some other poor schmuck to come in and get the ax after two years, then send your résumé to a new AD who is (hopefully) a lot smarter than Long.

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  7. stoopnagle

    KU will go to someone who would never be a HC otherwise.

    It would be hilarious if Tom Herman took/got it.

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  8. siskey

    If Long stays they will have an interim for the upcoming season and then hire Kliff Kingsbury when Arizona fires him after they go 6-10. How much of an asshole was Mark Mangino to get fired from Kansas? Remember when they were “good” 12-13 years ago?
    Kansas should hire someone to run the Triple Option. I personally would love to see Fish Fry go out there and win 3-4 Big 12 games every year.

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  9. Jack Klompus

    Fulmer’s still got gas in the tank!

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  10. Ozam

    I called this the moment the story hit the press. In today’s crazy ass world you better be pure than Caesar’s wife. A simple poorly chosen word can get you fired.

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    • stoopnagle

      This appears to be a bit more than a poorly chosen word.

      What you’re upset about is at Crieghton, but the coach kept his job.

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    • yea man. When I am a married college coach i like taking them young uns back to the crib, tell them i will help their modeling career and they just jump right on the dick.

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  11. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    The guy KU needs is Mark Richt—squeaky clean and a damn good recruiter. He’ll never go there though.

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  12. Texas Dawg

    You look at the Kansas situation and their history and you suddenly realize that Mark Mangio could flat out coach (yes he had his issues). He was 50-48 there with a 12 win season and an Orange Bowl win over VT. To not only win there, but to be relevant is pretty close to a miracle.

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