This afternoon, a brief panic set in among Kansas fans plugged into social media. Early this afternoon, multiple sources indicated that Washington had some degree of interest in hiring Lance Leipold, with some reporters going so far as to say he was offered the job.
That panic was short-lived.
Lance Leipold himself took to X/Twitter immediately to seemingly dispel these rumors:
The guys come back to campus tomorrow. Can’t wait to get back to work with them in ‘24!!— Lance Leipold (@CoachLeipold) January 14, 2024
Shortly afterward, multiple outlets reported that Leipold was not only turning down the Washington job, but that he is staying at Kansas, with new contract details likely forthcoming:
Closing the loop here, sources tell FootballScoop Lance Leipold turned down the opportunity at Washington. Extension coming at KU https://t.co/sTbJmzVcNv— FootballScoop (@FootballScoop) January 14, 2024
Kansas fans can not only breathe easy, but rejoice. The man who took Kansas from laughingstock to bowling in two years, followed by a Top 25 finish the next year, seems very much committed to staying in Lawrence. He’s suggested that his plan is to coach at Kansas until he retires, and despite multiple reported attempts to lure him away by other schools, including one with the success and resources of Washington, he appears very much committed to the Kansas Jayhawks. If he’s willing to turn down a school coming off a CFP appearance, about to start raking in B1G money, it’s hard to envision a job that would actually tempt him to leave. Lance Leipold is still a Jayhawk, and appears to be for the foreseeable future! Keep an eye out for details on a new contract, one that will likely feature a sizeable raise and, from the Kansas side, a very large buyout number.