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TFW your team is going 2-10 this season

I’m just gonna leave these out there for you.

The latter was posted by one of his kids, so at least The Hat’s got that going for him.

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Les is more.

So, Jeff Long gets named athletic director at Kansas and fires the head football coach.  You may remember the heavy lifting that man had to do because of Charlie Weis’ spectacularly inept job of roster management ($$).

In the recruiting classes of 2012 and 2013, Weis and his staff brought in a combined 27 junior college transfers. Only two were academic qualifiers coming out of high school. Fourteen did not graduate, and 10 — including touted signees Marquel Combs, Chris Martin and Kevin Short — never saw the field. And then, by the end of 2014, they were all gone. So was Weis. Going into 2015, only 12 of Weis’ first 56 signees were still on the roster.

Jeff proceeds to bring in Les Miles as the new man.  And guess what?

… Miles ended up signing 11 players during the early signing period. Kansas went from having the fewest commitments of any FBS team to tied for the fourth fewest with Maryland and UMass.

Junior college prospects were a big part of Miles’ plan and class. He added ESPN JC 50 defensive end Malcolm Lee, juco defensive tackle Caleb Sampson, juco wide receivers Andrew Parchment and Ezra Naylor, junior college safety Justin Ford and juno quarterback Thomas MacVittie, who originally signed with Pitt in the 2016 class.

Miles inherited an uphill battle to say the least, so being able to sign 11 prospects in a little over four weeks after being out of coaching completely has to be commended. But if Miles wants to turn this program around quickly, 11 commitments is not going to give him enough help.

Having a weak first recruiting class isn’t an impossible obstacle to overcome, but the small class could put a big dent in the roster a few years down the road. The staff will have a chance to fix that in the 2020 class, but as of right now, Kansas does not have any 2020 commitments.

Over half his first signing class comes from the juco ranks.  What’s that old definition of insanity again?

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Thursday morning buffet

The chafing dishes are set out and ready to go.

  • Here’s a lawsuit I’ve been waiting to see drop.  Adding the NCAA is a nice touch.
  • The AFCA wants the targeting rules changed to allow for two levels of penalties.  On its face, it sounds sensible, but you can just see that next can of worms waiting to be opened.
  • Malzahn’s “right hand man” jumps off the Gus Bus for… Georgia Tech.
  • Les Miles asks for a change to the recruiting rules after he sees the Kansas roster he inherited.
  • This really seems like the least they could do.
  • And this continues to be the name I hear most frequently as the candidate to be Mel Tucker’s successor, although it has to be said that Kirby seems to be in no hurry on that front.
  • Now they tell us.
  • “If a shoe company wanted to pay one of University of Washington’s running backs $50,000 to appear in a television commercial, House Bill 1084 would permit that.”

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Not the greatest start, Les.

Things you didn’t expect to see going into the early signing period…

Even Tech’s doing better than that.

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Monday morning buffet

With my Internet access at work down for almost a week, I had a bunch of stuff parked that I couldn’t post, so it’s time to sweep out the ashes.

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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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Les Miles, roving reporter

LMAO.

If we ever revisit The Montana Project in some form or fashion, I know whom I’m going to ask to conduct interviews.

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