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Candidate list: Who will be Kansas football's interim coach?
On Monday, Kansas football announced that the program had "mutually" agreed to part ways with head football coach Les Miles, who was at the helm of the program for two seasons. The program will begin a "national" search for a new coach, an athletics release read, with an outside firm providing guidance.

Timeline: A look back at the Les Miles-era of Kansas football
"When I first came to Kansas," Miles said during his introductory press conference, "I looked around and said, 'Man, it's beautiful. It's green. It's a spectacular place.' I said, 'Why aren't they more successful?' I promise you, I carried that thought with me as we went."

Hot board 1.0: Who will replace Les Miles with Kansas football?
With that, here is a look at potential head coaching names for Kansas. A separate post will detail the leading candidates for an interim staff position, which include recruiting coordinator Joshua Eargle, offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, wideouts coach and passing game coordinator Emmett Jones and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot...

Kansas AD Jeff Long: 'Outside firm' will assist in hiring of next football coach
In two seasons at Kansas, Miles, a former national-championship-winning coach at LSU, finished 3-18, going 3-9 in his first year and 0-9 in 2020. His full buyout is estimated to be upward of the $8 million mark, though that may change with the "mutually agreed" upon departure.

Les Miles releases statement after parting ways with Kansas
“This is certainly a difficult day for me and for my family," Miles' statement read. "I love this university and the young men in our football program. I truly enjoyed being the head coach at KU and know that it is in a better place now than when I arrived. To our student-athletes I want you to remember that you came to play for KU and earn a degree here so I implore you to stay and build on what we started and do all of the things we talked about doing together. There is a bright future for all of you and for KU football”

Les Miles, Kansas football agree to 'mutually' part ways
In two seasons at Kansas, Miles, a former national-championship-winning coach at LSU, finished 3-18, going 3-9 in his first year and 0-9 in 2020. His buyout is estimated to be upward of the $8 million mark, though the release stated "terms of the agreement will be released in the coming days."

Marcus Garrett, David McCormack, Jalen Wilson receive Big 12 honors
David McCormack and Marcus Garrett each were honored by the conference's coaches, landing on the second team. The Jayhawks had two other players receive All-Big 12 honorable mention in Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun.

Breaking down KU basketball's path through the Big 12 Tournament
The Jayhawks will almost assuredly open play at the tournament against Oklahoma, given the Sooners are ranked in the AP Top 25 while Iowa State went 0-18 in conference play. If, somehow, the Cyclones spring an upset, the Jayhawks will enter that game having already handled the program twice. Kansas defeated Iowa State by 33 at home and 14 on the road in back-to-back games in mid-February.

Reaction: Media slams Kansas, Les Miles after failed hire
“I think you would probably have to ask questions as to why was this guy unemployed for so long? If you think about the ending at LSU, this was a guy who saved his job a year or two before he was ultimately fired and clearly had a lot of support there," Chasen said. "You’d think someone with this resume would be able to jump into another job. I don’t know if that means Jeff Long didn’t do his due diligence. I don’t know if that means things were concealed. I don’t know if that means people were legally bound not to speak on certain things because there is still a lot of that ambiguity.”

Les Miles out at Kansas: Jayhawks football in tough spot with no coach
Even if KU was willing to evaluate coaches off a lower level of competition — which the school has not seriously considered in the past — that the Football Championship Subdivision is conducting a spring season due to the coronavirus pandemic makes the process even more challenging.

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