The Kansas Jayhawks and Head Coach Lance Leipold have agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2027 football season. Leipold was hired in April of 2021 after the program moved on from former Head Coach Les Miles. This new year added to his contract will pay him $3.5 million in 2027. While the Kansas Jayhawks football program is not exactly considered good it did show some small improvements last season in his first year as the Head Coach. He was hired away from Buffalo Bulls who he took to three straight bowl games as well as the only two bowl game wins in program history.
Sources: Kansas has extended the contract of coach Lance Leipold by one year. The additional year covers the 2027 season and is indicative of the school’s commitment to football and appreciation of Leipold’s work changing the program’s trajectory. https://t.co/zCIxkXAbOJ
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As the Head Coach of the Buffalo Bulls, Lance Leipold led the team to an overall record of 37-33 and a Mid-American Conference record of 25-20. The team lost the 2018 Dollar General Bowl and won the 2019 Bahamas Bowl as well as the 2020 Camellia Bowl under Leipold’s leadership. In his first year as the Head Coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, the team went 2-10 overall and 1-8 in Big 12 play. The team’s one Big 12 victory was an impressive overtime win against the Texas Longhorns. Near the end of the season, Lance Leipold and the team also played closely with the Oklahoma Sooners, TCU Horned Frogs, and West Virginia Mountaineers.
The Kansas Jayhawks are traditionally a basketball school and historically the expectations for the football team are fairly low. Lance Leipold could be changing the culture and narrative with the team, but eventually, the wins will need to start rolling in. Kansas seems content to give him the time to get things done. A National Championship is not around the corner, but they could become a more respected program under the leadership of Leipold very soon.