Former Kansas coach Les Miles first from an intriguing group of 2018 Massive 12 soccer rookies Conte du Tait

Kansas Head Coach Les Miles congratulates Kansas State Head Coach Chris Klieman after the Wildcats’ 38-10 win over the Jayhawks on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Memorial Stadium.
by Nick Krug

In 2018, 4 Massive 12 soccer applications have been in search of new head coaches on the similar time.

Kansas was considered one of them.

The Jayhawks have been the primary to start out trying and in addition grew to become the primary to rent, as Jeff Lengthy caught The Miles in November of that yr even earlier than KU’s 2018 season ended.

Shortly after KU employed Miles, Texas Tech rapidly introduced in Matt Wells to interchange Kliff Kingsbury.

Kansas State was subsequent, and whereas there have been folks right here who thought North Dakota State Coach Chris Klieman could be a great match for Kansas, the match for him in Manhattan gave the impression to be customized made. Kansas’ demise was not an excessive amount of of a priority.

West Virginia ended the Massive 12 hiring cycle by naming Neal Brown their subsequent head coach after Brown’s 35-16 transfer to Troy made him a sizzling candidate nationwide. Brown was one other identify that, a minimum of momentarily and in some circles, appeared on the KU radar. However he, too, by no means gave the impression to be a really probably candidate for Kansas or the area.

Three of the 4 nonetheless have their jobs. Two of the 4 coached their workforce in bowling matches of their first two seasons – Klieman misplaced the Liberty Bowl in 2019 and Brown claimed a Liberty Bowl victory in 2020.

Give me freedom or give me them!

I keep in mind considering again then how wild it was that, of these 4 applications, it was Kansas that landed the brightest and largest identify. I additionally keep in mind questioning if, a couple of years later, Kansas would end fourth on the record of this detailed program that made the perfect recruiting throughout this explicit teaching analysis cycle.

And right here we’re.

This isn’t meant to stack on the present state of affairs in Kansas. It is extra of an uplifting story.

Who would have ever thought then that of three faculties in the identical convention hiring for a similar job, the one which selected the person with a nationwide championship ring could be the primary to be pushed into one other coach search within the not-too-distant future? distant?

Contemplating folks’s doubts about Miles on the time, this isn’t a whole shock. However, at first look, a college that hires a coach with a hoop and desires to search out its subsequent coach barely two years later is a reasonably wild improvement.

Kansas has to get it proper this time round. And in an effort to try this, whoever hires this time round should overlook in regards to the identify, jewellery, or stoppages of the previous and simply concentrate on selecting the perfect soccer supervisor she or he can discover.

It isn’t simple. But it surely’s not that tough both.

How these coaches fared

• Chris Klieman: 12-11 general, 9-9 Massive 12

• Neal Brown: 11-11 general, 7-10 Massive 12

• Matt Wells: 8-14 general, 5-13 Massive 12

• Les Miles, 3-18 general, 1-16 Massive 12

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