LAWRENCE – Kansas football was just over 24 hours away from its 2022 season opener when it got another boost.
Kansas announced that head coach Lance Leipold has signed a one-year contract extension. He will carry him through the 2027 season with the Jayhawks.
“This is a statement about our exceptional confidence in Lance, his outstanding staff and the limitless potential of Kansas Football,” athletic director Travis Goff said in a statement. “When you consider that he and his staff didn’t arrive until May (2021), and therefore I didn’t get a chance to coach our guys until August of last year, the 2021 season could be considered ‘year zero’. Given the progress that has been made both on and off the field in such a short time, I couldn’t feel stronger. about the trajectory of this program under Lance’s leadership, as well as our shared commitment to taking Kansas Football to unprecedented heights.”
Leipold had agreed to a six-year contract when he signed with the Jayhawks last April, one that was scheduled to end on April 28, 2027. After completing the third year of the contract, the parties agreed to meet and review the program. overall status. It appears that the discussion, which could have resulted in an increase in annual compensation or contract length, may have been brought forward.
It joins a string of recent signs since the 2021 season ended that Leipold, who led the team to a 2-10 mark in his first year after the Jayhawks went winless in 2020 under Les Miles, is seen as a successful hiring. Off the pitch, there has been a major push on improving the football stadium and the infrastructure in general. On the field, although Friday’s opener against Tennessee Tech had yet to be played at the time of this report, it was believed that the influx of transfers would help the team take an upward trajectory in Leipold’s second season.
Leipold came to Kansas and the Big 12 Conference after a six-year stint as head coach at Buffalo, a Mid-American Conference program he bowled in three games and helped win two. Prior to Buffalo and a jump up the Division I ranks, Leipold was the head coach at the Wisconsin-Whitewater Division III level and won six national titles in eight years. If he took Kansas to a bowl game, it would be his first bowl appearance since 2008.
Jordan Guskey covers the University of Kansas athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.