Just six games into Les Miles’ stint at Kansas, he is already shaking up his staff. Miles fired offensive coordinator Les Koenning Sunday afternoon, and announced that offensive analyst Brent Dearmon would step into the role.
“This was a difficult decision, but it is in the best interest of our football program both now and in the future. There is still a lot of football left to play this season and I want to put our players in the best position to be successful, which is why I am making the change now.”– Les Miles Said In A Statement
If the name Dearmon is familiar, it may be because quarterback Carter Stanley credited the analyst for the drastic turn around between the game where they could barely move the ball against Coastal Carolina to one week later when put 48 points on Boston College.
“It wasn’t like we added like a whole bunch of new stuff. It was a lot of great RPO stuff that coach Dearmon mainly brought to this program. I’m really thankful for this coaching staff.”– Carter Stanley said After The Game
Unfortunately for the Jayhawks, their offensive play has been up and down since the win over the Eagles. In their last three games, they’ve averaged less than 20 points a game in losses to West Virginia, TCU and Oklahoma.
It is a bit surprising for Miles to make the move now, considering not many would give the Jayhawks too much of a chance against the Sooners anyway. However, coach Miles has seen enough, and he didn’t like what he saw.
According to Koenning’s contract, the Jayhawks are on the hook for $1 million, to be paid out to Koenning over the next two years. However, if he were to land another job in that time, whatever salary he makes would offset the total Kansas owes.
The Jayhawks have their first bye week this week before facing Texas on October 19. If I were the Longhorns, I might plan on seeing some run-pass option.