Monday, November 28, 2011

Kansas Head Coach

Turner Gill has been fired after two seasons and a 5-19 record with the Jayhawks. The coaching tree has come up with the following potential replacements:

Mark Stoops - Florida State Defensive Coordinator
  • Coached defensive backs at Wyoming from 1997-99. Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger Was the recruiting coordinator for the Cowboys from 1997-2000.
  • Spent the 1996 season as the defensive backs coach at South Florida. USF didn't actually start playing football until the '97 season, but Stoops was on staff the year before in the planning and preparation stages of the program under head coach Jim Leavitt. Zenger was also on the staff as the team's recruiting coordinator.

Jim Leavitt - San Francisco 49ers Linebackers Coach
  • Head coach at South Florida from 1996-2009. Coached with Sheahon Zenger in '96, when Zenger was his first recruiting coordinator.
  • Coached linebackers at Kansas State in 1990 and '91 before becoming defensive coordinator (92-95). Zenger was the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator and director of football operations from 1989-92.

Brent Venables - Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator
  • Played linebacker at Kansas State in 1991 and '92 after transferring from Garden City Community College. Sheahon Zenger was the recruiting coordinator at K-State during Venables' playing career with the Wildcats.

Dave Doeren - Northern Illinois Head Coach
  • 9-3 record in his first season as head coach at NIU.
  • Coached linebackers at Kansas from 2002-05.

Other names in consideration: Justin Fuente, TCU; Mike Stoops, ex-Arizona.

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