Kansas has officially hired former Buffalo coach Lance Leipold as their new football coach. Leipold was one of the finalists for the school’s vacant coaching spot. The school announced that Leipold agreed to a six-year contract with the school.

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Coach Leipold to the Jayhawk family,” said Director of Athletics Travis Goff. “He is a man of integrity, a developer of young men, a program builder, and a winner. His track record of sustained excellence is exactly what we were looking for in our next leader, and is what the University of Kansas and our fans deserve. His commitment to maximizing our student-athletes abilities and experience on the field, in the classroom, in the community, and in life after KU is inspiring. Those qualities will attract individuals and develop them into exceptional Jayhawks.”

Leipold spent the last six seasons with Buffalo in rebuilding the team and helping them turn into a playoff team. The head coach went 7-17 in his first two rebuild seasons with Buffalo before achieving success. In his last four seasons with Buffalo, he compiled a 30-16 record, two bowl appearances, and one bowl win, the Camellia Bowl.

Not only that but before joining Buffalo, he went 109-6 with six Division III National Championships in eight seasons at Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2007-2014. Leipold earned six AFCA Division III National Coach of the Year awards during his tenure with Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Leipold will be joining Kansas after the school parted ways with coach Les Miles in March. Miles was fired after a probe was done in regards to his tenure with Baton Rouge. The probe revealed a 2013 investigation in which Miles was accused of texting female student workers on a burner phone. The coach also drove them alone to his condo and kissed a student on at least one occasion. The school then decided to fire Miles from the school.

Leipold will help get the Jayhawks back on track.

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