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?
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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Things you didn’t expect to see going into the early signing period…
Even Tech’s doing better than that.
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.
- You want to know something that would drive Nick Saban crazy? An opposing defense reading Alabama’s running play calls.
- Matt Hinton tells us that D’Andre Swift — and with him, the Georgia offense — is back, baby.
- Speaking of Swift, maybe we need to rename the Holyfield/Swift duo thunder and thunder.
- Bill Snyder has a reputation for being one of college football’s classier head coaches, but there’s always been an undercurrent of dickishness at Kansas State and it appears Snyder isn’t immune to that.
- Rodrigo Blankenship told Seth Emerson ($$) that the reason Georgia called the fake field goal against Auburn wasn’t to rub the Tigers’ collective face in it, but because the play had been designed for a certain look and it just so happened that’s when Auburn showed it.
- I keep saying it, but for all the brushing off we do, Georgia’s compiled a more than decent resume this season.
- “This is a roll of the dice, a push-all-your-chips-to-the-middle move, but this is Les Miles, the way he always has been and the way he’ll always be. He’s a gambler, and he just bet heavy on himself.”
- Cowboy tough, indeed.
- My, how things have changed: Ohio State is a home ‘dog to Michigan.
- You almost get the impression in certain quarters that there is a rooting interest in the CFP selection committee having to screw over a few teams/conferences.
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.
If we ever revisit The Montana Project in some form or fashion, I know whom I’m going to ask to conduct interviews.
Between this and this…
… it appears Dos Equis is going all in on using former college football coaches to hawk its wares. Bold strategy, Cotton.