These comments about Lance Leipold and Kansas football from a K-State message board poster will leave Jayhawk fans in shock at its absurdity.
The No. 22 Kansas Jayhawks (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) are just a few days removed since the football program recorded its biggest win in 15 years. KU defeated Oklahoma 38-33 for the first time in the 21st century, sending the Sooners out of the Big 12 with a sour taste in their mouths.
Understandably, head coach Lance Leipold is receiving looks from other premier programs across the country. He has completed a 180 on the Kansas football program, leading them to consecutive bowl-eligible seasons in his third year despite inheriting a previously winless squad in 2021. The Jayhawks have a serious chance to finish in double digits in the win column for just the fourth time ever.
Last year, rumblings of Leipold to Nebraska grew as the season progressed. They made sense because he is a Midwest native and would receive a considerably more generous contract offer from the Big Ten-based Huskers. He quickly shut those rumors, though, signing an extension with Kansas and committing
Despite this, his name continues to pop up in head coaching searches — most notably Michigan State, who Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported would be pursuing Leipold as one of its top options as they look to replace the recently ousted Mel Tucker. There hasn’t been anything more than speculation up to this point, but apparently, this On3 message board user has all the insider information about Leipold’s future.
I was practically at a loss for words after reading that nonsense.
If Leipold wanted to leave so badly, would he not have done it already? The 59-year-old is someone who was born and raised in Wisconsin, and he coached at Wisconsin-Whitewater for eight years — yet he decided to stick it out in Lawrence. He could have been hired for a better job last season, especially one that is not riddled with harassment allegations over the years.
Practically none of the words this anonymous user wrote have any basis to them. Leipold confirmed that Jalon Daniels will be KU’s starter when he is healthy during yesterday’s media day, and there have been no discussions of him redshirting or departing from the program. But thankfully, “Wildcatfarm1993” has all the answers to our questions.
He also suggests that offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki wouldn’t be considered for KU’s head coaching job, even though he’d likely be the immediate top option if Leipold were to ever leave. Yet, Sean Snyder, special teams coach and son of K-State legend Bill Snyder, would be a candidate. Go figure.
Whether this “decent source” is real or made up does not matter. As of right now, there is no reason to believe that Lance Leipold will depart from the Kansas football program this offseason unless something emerges in the next few months, and that is an extremely slim chance.