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'Kansas made a great hire': Big 12 head coaches talk Lance Leipold
“Lance is somebody I’ve been very familiar with, met him several times,” Klieman said. “Kansas made a great hire. Lance Leipold is a great football coach but is a first-class guy. I was happy for Lance.”

Advice for Devin Neal? What Big 12's top RBs learned from playing early
When Pooka Williams made the jump to Kansas, coach David Beaty said the Jayhawks would want him to be involved in the offense, but that the coaches had to be careful not to put too much on his shoulders. Williams still rushed for over 1,000 yards as a freshman and earned All-Big 12 honors, even if there were times the staff wanted to use him more.

Four questions for Lance Leipold to answer at Big 12 Media Days
One of the biggest challenges for a new staff — especially one that joins after the spring — is building familiarity with the roster. That extends beyond things on the field, as coaches need to know which players to lean on and trust in the locker room, and they need to know how best to deliver messages to those on the roster.

Where incoming, outgoing Kansas transfers stand in 247Sports rankings
Perhaps most notably, the highest-ranked player either joining or departing Kansas was Mike Novitsky, Lance Leipold's center at Buffalo. Novitsky graded out as the No. 3 center nationally by Pro Football Focus last year and is expected to take the starting position in Lawrence. He is the No. 41-ranked player in the transfer rankings.

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