Kansas Jayhawks football
|Kansas Jayhawks football|
|Athletic director||Sheahon Zenger|
|Head coach||Charlie Weis
3rd year, 4–20 (.167)
|Home stadium||Memorial Stadium|
|All-time record||576–589–58 (.495)|
|Postseason bowl record||6–6 (.500)|
|Conference titles||8 (5 Big Eight Titles)1|
Blue and Crimson
|Fight song||I'm a Jayhawk|
|Mascot||Big Jay, Baby Jay|
|Marching band||Marching Jayhawks|
|Rivals||Kansas State Wildcats
The Kansas Jayhawks football program is the intercollegiate football program of the University of Kansas. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference.
Kansas football dates back to 1890 and is one the oldest programs in the nation. Kansas played in the first nationally televised regular season game in in 1952 against TCU. Notable former players include Pro Football Hall of famers Gale Sayers, John Riggins, and Mike McCormack, as well as All-Americans John Hadl, Dana Stubblefield, Bobby Douglass, Nolan Cromwell, Aqib Talib, and Anthony Collins. The Jayhawks have won one BCS bowl game, the 2008 Orange Bowl. The team currently plays in Memorial Stadium which seats 50,071 fans. The stadium opened in 1921, making it the seventh oldest college football stadium in the nation.3 Charlie Weis is currently the team's head coach.
KU's all-time record was 576-589–58 after the 2013 season. The program's all-time winning percentage fell below .500 during the 2012 season for the first time since the team finished its first year 1–2 in 1890. Kansas has gone on to appear in 3 major bowl games in their history. 3 Orange Bowls. Winning 1 Orange Bowl in 2008. Along with Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis, Kansas was a charter member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907, which evolved into today's Big Eight Conference. The Big Eight was folded into the Big 12 in 1996, and Kansas is the only member of the original MVIAA that is still part of the Big 12.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early History (1890-1932)
- 1.2 Adrian Lindsey era (1933-1938)
- 1.3 Gwinn Henry era (1939-1942)
- 1.4 Henry Shenk era (1943-1945)
- 1.5 George Sauer era (1946-1947)
- 1.6 Jules Sikes era (1948-1953)
- 1.7 Chuck Mather era (1954-1957)
- 1.8 Jack Mitchell era (1958-1966)
- 1.9 Pepper Rodgers era (1967-1970)
- 1.10 Don Fambrough era (1971-1974 and 1979-1982)
- 1.11 Bud Moore era (1975-1978)
- 1.12 Mike Gottfried era (1983-1985)
- 1.13 Bob Valesente era (1986-1987)
- 1.14 Glen Mason era (1988-1996)
- 1.15 Terry Allen era (1997-2001)
- 1.16 Mark Mangino era (2002-2009)
- 1.17 Turner Gill era (2010-2011)
- 1.18 Charlie Weis era (2012-present)
- 2 Team records and statistics
- 3 Record vs Big 12
- 4 Rivalries
- 5 Players of note
- 6 Coaches
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The University of Kansas first fielded a football team in 1890 and was coached by Will Coleman who also played for the team.
A. R. Kennedy was the 11th head football coach for the Kansas Jayhawks and he held that position for seven seasons, from 1904 until 1910. His overall coaching record at Kansas) was 52 wins, 9 losses, and 4 ties. This ranks him first at Kansas in terms of total wins and second at Kansas in terms of winning percentage.4
Kennedy is one of the best performing coaches for Kansas in the Border War (as of 2007 called "Border Showdown") between Kansas and Missouri going 4–1–2 (.714) against them as a coach and 7–1–2 (.800) against them cumulatively as a coach and player.5
From 1921-1925, George Clark was KU's head football coach. He amassed a 16–17–6 record in his five seasons.
From 1928 to 1932, Hargiss served as the head football coach at University of Kansas, compiling a record of 18–16–2. He was fired as football coach on October 10, 1932, two days after the Jawhawks lost at home to Oklahoma, 21–6. Hargiss was succeeded by assistant coach Adrian Lindsey.6
Adrian Lindsey was hired by his alma mater as head football coach in late 1932. Lindsey's teams struggled to find success on the football field, posting a record of 23–30–8 in Lindsey's seven seasons. Lindsey was replaced after the 1938 season.
Gwinn Henry, previously New Mexico from 1934–1936, was hired to take over the struggling Jayhawks football program, Henry failed to find much success on the field as well, going a dismal 9–27 in Henry's four seasons. Because of the struggles, Henry was fired after the 1942 season.
Henry Shenk was hired to replace Gwinn Henry but failed to turn around the Jayhawks football program, which by this time was the bottom of the Big Six Conference. Shenk's teams fared better than his predecessors, but failed to post a winning record in any of his three seasons. Shenk's final record at KU is 11–16–3.
Though he was KU's head coach for only two years, George Sauer was able to have success with the Jayhawks. His teams posted records of 7–2–1 and 8–1–2, the latter of which resulted in an Orange Bowl appearance (a loss) and a #12 ranking in the final AP Poll.
Jules Sikes came to Kansas from his post as defensive line coach at Georgia. Sikes had success at KU, in particular 7–3 seasons in 1948 and 1952, 6–4 in 1950 and 8–2 in 1951 that included a #20 ranking in the final Coaches' Poll.
Despite several winning years, a 2–8 season in 1953 sealed his fate as head coach. He was fired after the dismal season.
Chuck Mather was the 27th head football coach for the Kansas Jayhawks. He struggled to find success at KU, with an overall coaching record at Kansas being 11–26–3 (.313), ranking him 18th at Kansas in terms of total wins and 34th in terms of winning percentage.7
Jack Mitchell left Arkansas and came to the Jayhawks to replace Mather. His overall coaching record at Kansas was 42–44–5 in nine seasons. This ranks him fourth at Kansas in terms of total wins and 20th at Kansas in terms of winning percentage.8 He made one bowl appearance at KU, the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl, a game KU won. That year, the Jayhawks finished the season with a 7–3–1 record and a #15 ranking in the final Coaches' poll. Mitchell's 1960 team also was successful. That year, the Jayhawks finished 7–2–1 and had a final ranking of #9 and #11 in the final Coaches' and AP polls, respectively.
Mitchell retired from coaching after the 1966 season and is viewed by many as the savior of the Jayhawk football program.
UCLA assistant coach Pepper Rodgers was chosen as the head football coach after Mitchell's retirement. Rodgers led the Jayhawks to the Big Eight Conference title in 1968, the Jayhawks' most recent conference championship. That year, the Jayhawks finished the season with a 9–2 record, an Orange Bowl appearance (a loss) and final rankings of #6 and #7 in the final Coaches' and AP polls, respectively.
Rodgers finished his tenure as KU head football coach with a 20–22 overall record in four seasons. He resigned after the 1970 season to accept the head football coach position at the school from which he came to KU, UCLA.
A longtime Kansas assistant coach, Don Fambrough was elevated to head coach after the departure of Pepper Rodgers. During his first stint as head coach, Fambrough's best season was in 1973, when the Jayhawks finished the season 7–4–1 and made an appearance in the Liberty Bowl, a game they lost. That year, Kansas finished the season ranked #15 and #18 in the Coaches' and AP polls, respectively. Fambrough stepped down as head coach after the 1974 season with a record of 19–25–1.
Fambrough returned as head coach in 1979, and his second tenure as head coach is best known for the Jayhawks' 1981 season, that ended with an 8–4 record and an appearance in the All-American Bowl which, like many bowl games before it, resulted in a loss for the Jayhawks. Fambrough retired after the 1981 season. His second tenure produced an 18–23–4 overall record for a grand total of 37–48–5 in eight seasons.
Kansas hired Bud Moore, previously Alabama offensive coordinator under Bear Bryant, to replace Fambrough after his first exit from the Jayhawks. In his first season in 1975, Moore was named Big Eight Coach of the Year and was runner up to Woody Hayes as the Football Writers Association of America National Coach of the Year. Moore led his team to a 23–3 upset over eventual national champion Oklahoma, breaking the Sooners' 37-game winning streak. That year, the Jayhawks received a bid to the Sun Bowl, a game they lost. Their final record was 7–5.
Other than Moore's first season, Moore's Jayhawks struggled to find success on the football field. His teams' record declined each year. In 1976, the Jayhawks finished 6–5 followed by 4–6–1 in 1977 and a dismal 1–10 in 1978. These struggles plus low attendance led to Moore's firing as head coach after four seasons.
KU hired Mike Gottfried away from Cincinnati to replace the retiring Fambrough. Gottfried had a mediocre tenure as the Jayhawks head coach, posting modest records of 4–6–1, 5–6 and 6–6 under Gottfried's tutelage. His final record at KU is 15–18–1.
Gottfried departed Kansas after three seasons to accept the head football coach position at Pittsburgh.
The Jayhawks promoted Bob Valesente from associate head coach/offensive coordinator to head coach following Gottfried's departure. During Valesente's two seasons as head coach, the Jayhawks compiled a record of 4–17–1 and went 0–14 against Big Eight opponents.91011 The Jayhawks went 1–9–1 in 1987 with their only win being a 16–15 game against Southern Illinois.11 Valesente was fired at the end of the 1987 football season.12 At the time of his firing, Valesente was in the second year of a four year contract, which athletic director Bob Frederick said would be honored. Valesente told reporters, "I don't believe two years is enough to build a program. I just don't feel we've been given enough time."13 Valesente had undertaken efforts to improve the team's academic standing and noted, "I feel proud of the fact that we have begun to overcome some of the immense academic problems that have plagued us. We needed to first stop the academic attrition."13 Anthony Redwood, the chairman of the Kansas Athletic Corporation board and a business professor, resigned from the board in protest of the firing. Redwood noted, "Apparently we lack the courage at this institution to plan a course of action and stick with it. Certainly to the outside world this decision must call into question our commitment to the academic dimension of intercollegiate athletics."14
KU hired Glen Mason away from Kent State to take over the Jayhawks football program in late 1987. Mason restored promise into KU's football program, with four winning seasons in his nine seasons and two bowl victories, the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowl, defeating BYU and UCLA, respectively. These were the first KU bowl victories since the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl. Those years, the Jayhawks finished 8–4 and 10–2, the latter of which was a school record for victories in a single season.
In 1995, as Kansas prepared for the Aloha Bowl against UCLA, Mason accepted the head coaching position at Georgia.15 Mason had a change of heart and stayed with the Jayhawks,16 but left for the Minnesota one season later.17 His final record at Kansas is 47–54–1.
Coach Terry Allen came to KU from Northern Iowa after the departure of Glen Mason.18 Despite increased optimism from the fans and administration due to the successes of the previous coaching staff, Allen's teams continued to KU football tradition of struggling on the playing field, failing to compile a winning season in five years and finishing 21–35 in that span of time.
Allen was fired after five seasons at Kansas. His best season was a 5–6 record his first year.
The Jayhawks hired Mark Mangino, previously offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, as the new KU head coach in late 2001. The program had not posted a winning season in any of the 6 seasons prior to his arrival. While an intense, foul-mouthed and fiery coach, Mangino was able to enjoy success that previous KU coaches couldn't. In 2003, his second season at KU, Mangino led the Jayhawks to an appearance in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl (now known as the Russell Athletic Bowl). This was the first bowl appearance for Kansas since 1995. In 2005, his fourth season at KU, the team finished the regular season 6–5, to post its first winning record under Mangino, and went on to the Fort Worth Bowl, its second bowl game in three seasons. Among the Jayhawks' wins was a 40-15 victory over Nebraska, breaking a losing streak that had begun in 1969, which was the second-longest such streak of consecutive losses in NCAA history. The same year Mangino also built a defense that ranked 11th nationally in yards allowed per game and featured third-team All-American and Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year linebacker Nick Reid. The 2005 team also ranked 6th nationally in total punts. In 2007, Mangino coached the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record and the 2008 Orange Bowl (their first ever BCS appearance). The Jayhawks defeated Virginia Tech 24-21 in that game. Mangino's Jayhawk defense was ranked 12th in the nation, and 4th in scoring defense. On the other side of the ball, the Jayhawks finished 2nd in scoring offense.19
Following the win against Iowa State, Mark Mangino became the first KU football coach with a winning career record since Jack Mitchell in 1966. While at Kansas, Mangino led the Jayhawks to 19 consecutive weeks ranked in the AP and/or USA Today polls (2007–08), 20 consecutive wins in a 2-year period for the first time in school history, set home attendance average records in each of the last 4 seasons (2004–2008), led KU to its first appearance in national polls since 1996 and to the school’s highest ranking ever at #2, produced the top 3 total offense seasons in school history, the top two passing seasons and two of the top three scoring seasons and won three Bowl games—the same number they had won in their 102-year history combined prior to his arrival. Mangino also led the Jayhawks to victories in the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl and the 2008 Insight Bowl.
With 50 victories, Mangino has the second-most victories in Kansas coaching history. Mangino was named AFCA Coach of the Year, AP Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, George Munger Award winner, Home Depot Coach of the Year, Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year, Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year, Walter Camp Coach of the Year, Woody Hayes Coach of the Year and Big 12 Coach of the Year in 2007.
In November 2009, the recurring issue of Mangino's chronic, alleged misconduct towards his players became the subject of an internal investigation by the University of Kansas Athletic Department. He was formally accused of boorish and violent actions.20 National sports media coverage of this increased already-mounting public pressure on the university to terminate Mangino's employment. After a prolonged period of negotiations, the university and Mangino's attorneys agreed on the buy-out amount that was large enough to secure his quiet resignation as head football coach in December 2009.21
Mangino's final record at KU is 50–48. He is the last head football coach to leave the Jayhawks with a winning record overall and the first since George Sauer.
On December 13, 2009, Turner Gill was hired away from Buffalo and announced as the new head coach of the Kansas football team.22 He is the first African American head football coach in KU football history.
On September 4, 2010, Gill lost his Kansas debut at home to FCS school North Dakota State 6-3. The following week, on September 11, 2010, Gill and the Jayhawks upset #15 Georgia Tech 28-25 followed by a loss at Southern Miss the next week 31-16 on September 17, 2010. The next week, the Jayhawks beat New Mexico State 42-16. The Jayhawks then went on to lose their first four Big 12 conference games at Baylor, against archrival Kansas State, against Texas A&M and at Iowa State, during this period they were outscored 187 to 30. They then went on to win their first, and only, conference game of the year against Colorado, coming back from a 45-17 deficit in the fourth quarter by scoring 5 unanswered touchdowns. This was Kansas' last victory of the season as they would lose to ranked teams at #8 Nebraska, against #10 Oklahoma State, and against #14 Missouri. Gill finished his first season at Kansas being outscored 413 to 198, the worst scoring difference since 2002. KU also finished in the bottom tenth of teams in both offense and defense.
Fans, alumni, the KU administration and Gill himself entered 2011 with hopes that things would turn around for the Jayhawks football program. Unfortunately, it did not. The Jayhawks started the season 2–0, but finished on a 10-game losing streak. This included six of the most lopsided defeats in school history. 66-24 to Georgia Tech, 70-28 to Oklahoma State, 47-17 to Oklahoma, 59-21 to Kansas State, 43-0 to Texas and 61-7 to Texas A&M. The Jayhawks had low rankings in several statistical categories. The Jayhawks were ranked, out of 120, 101st in passing yards, 95th in points scored, 120th in points allowed, 106th in total offense, and were outscored 525-238. During his tenure at Kansas, Gill had a 1–16 record against the Big 12; the one win against Colorado was also his only win over an AQ team. His .208 winning percentage is the second-worst for a head coach in school history, and only percentage points ahead of Bob Valesente's .204 percentage from 1986 to 1987.
KU athletics director Sheahon Zenger fired Gill after just two seasons and a disastrous 5–19 overall record.23 The university owed Gill nearly $6 million, money that was due in just 120 days. To pay this, the university relied upon donations from Jayhawks boosters.24
Zenger hired former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, who at the time was serving as offensive coordinator at Florida, as the new Jayhawks head football coach in December 2011.25 A big-name coach, Weis was popular among KU fans and was expected to use his prestige to lure recruits to KU and rebuild the football program.
Weis' 2012 Jayhawks team struggled to a 1–11 record in what was dubbed as a rebuilding year.26 During that season, the Jayhawks' all-time record dipped below .500 for the first time since the Jayhawks finished 1–2 in their inaugural season.
Weis' 2013 Kansas team showed signs of improvement. Although they only compiled a 3–9 record, Weis' Jayhawks ended a 27-game Big 12 Conference losing streak, which spanned three years, with a 31-19 home victory over West Virginia in November 2013.27
- October 6, 1990: KU and Iowa State end their game in a 34–34 tie,28 giving KU the all-time NCAA Division I-A record for number of tie games with 58.29 Since then, the NCAA has introduced the overtime period in football games. Only a rule change would allow this record to be broken.
- December 23, 2005: KU's strong rushing defense, led by Big 12 Defensive Player of the year Nick Reid, finishes the season by limiting Houston to just 30 rushing yards in the Fort Worth Bowl, a KU bowl record, bringing its season average down to 83.3 yards allowed per game30 and breaking the school record of 109.2 set in 1948.31 It was the ninth time in the season the Jayhawks held their opponent to less than 100 yards on the ground. The Jayhawks held future NFL quarterback Kevin Kolb to 214 yards 0 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. For the season, their defense ranked 3rd nationally against the rush.
- November 18, 2006: The Jayhawk defense's record setting 23 game streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher ends in a 39–20 victory over rival Kansas State when K-State runningback Leon Patton rushes for 102 yards.32 The streak started following a 27–23 loss to Texas on November 13, 2004.
- November 25, 2006: In the regular season finale, senior running back Jon Cornish rushes for 126 yards in a 42–17 loss to Missouri to become KU's all-time single season leading rusher. His 1,457 yards surpassed the previous record of 1,442 yards set by Tony Sands in 1991.33
- November 17, 2007: Kansas defeats Iowa State 45–7, moving to 11–0 for the first time in school history.
- September 12, 2009: Kansas defeats UTEP 34–7, going to 20–2 in their last 22 nonconference games since 2005.
- October 10, 2009: Todd Reesing throws 37 completions for 442 yards and 4 touchdowns, Kerry Meier had 16 catches for 142 yards an 2 touchdowns, Dezmon Briscoe had 12 catches for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Jayhawks have a 6-6 bowl record:
|Football Season||Bowl||Location||AP Rank||Opponent||Result|
|1947||Orange Bowl||Miami, FL||13||Georgia Tech||L 20–14|
|1961||Bluebonnet Bowl||Houston, TX||Rice||W 33–7|
|1969||Orange Bowl||Miami, FL||3||Penn State||L 15–14|
|1973||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, TN||19||NC State||L 31–18|
|1975||Sun Bowl||El Paso, TX||19||Pittsburgh||L 33–19|
|1981||Hall of Fame Bowl||Birmingham, AL||Mississippi State||L 10–0|
|1992||Aloha Bowl||Honolulu, HI||22||BYU||W 23–20|
|1995||Aloha Bowl||Honolulu, HI||11||UCLA||W 51–30|
|2003||Tangerine Bowl||Orlando, FL||NC State||L 56–26|
|2005||Fort Worth Bowl||Fort Worth, TX||Houston||W 42–13|
|2007||Orange Bowl||Miami, FL||8||Virginia Tech||W 24–21|
|2008||Insight Bowl||Tempe, AZ||Minnesota||W 42–21|
|(*) Indicates a co-championship.|
Polls from the AP Polls
Vs. Current members
- As of November 23, 2013
|Opponent||First Game||Games||Record||Home||Away||Neutral||First Game||Games||Record||Home||Away||Neutral||Streak||Last|
|Baylor||1971||13||4-9-0||4-3-0||0-6-0||—||1996||10||3-6-0||3-2-0||0-5-0||—||4 L||L 14-59 (home)|
|Iowa State||1898||94||49-39-6||28-15-3||22-23-3||—||1996||19||9-10-0||6-2-0||3-8-0||—||5 L||L 0-34 (away)|
|Kansas State||1902||110||65-41-5*||37-17-2||28-23-3*||—||1996||17||4-13-0||3-6-0||1-7-0||—||4 L||L 16-56 (away)|
|Oklahoma||1903||104||27-71-6||14-33-3||13-37-3||0-1-0||1996||11||2-9-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||9 L||L 19-34 (home)|
|Oklahoma State||1923||64||29-32-3||15-18-1||14-14-2||—||1996||10||1-7-0||0-8-0||1-3-0||—||4 L||L 6-42 (away)|
|TCU||1942||30||8-18-4||6-10-2||2-8-2||—||2012||2||0-2-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||—||2 L||L 17-27 (away)|
|Texas||1901||14||2-12-0||2-6-0||0-6-0||—||1996||11||0-11-0||0-5-0||0-6-0||—||11 L||L 13-35 (away)|
|Texas Tech||1965||15||1-14-0||0-8-0||1-6-0||—||1996||11||1-9-0||0-5-0||1-4-0||—||7 L||L 16-54 (home)|
|West Virginia||1941||3||1-2-0||1-0-0||0-2-0||—||2012||2||1-1-0||1-0-0||0-1-0||—||1 W||W 31-19 (home)|
Vs. Former Big 12 members
|Opponent||First Game||Last Game||Games||Record||Home||Away||Neutral||First Game||Last Game||Games||Record||Home||Away||Neutral||Streak||Last|
|Missouri||1891||2011||120||55-56-9*||26-16-3||15-30-3*||14-10-3 ²||1996||2011||15||7-9-0||4-1-0||2-4-0||1-4-0 ³||3 L||L 10-24 (neutral)|
|Texas A&M||1974||2011||11||2-9-0||1-4-0||1-5-0||—||1996||2011||8||1-7-0||0-4-0||1-3-0||—||2 L||L 7-61 (away)|
|Colorado||1903||2010||69||24-42-3*||15-17-3*||9-24-0||0-1-0 ¹||1996||2010||14||5-9-0||4-3-0||1-6-0||—||1 W||W 52-45 (home)|
|Nebraska||1892||2010||116||23-90-3||8-47-1||15-43-2||—||1996||2010||14||2-12-0||2-5-0||0-7-0||—||2 L||L 17-31 (home)C|
The University of Kansas has a dormant rivalry with the Missouri Tigers. The rivalry has been dormant since Missouri moved to the Southeastern Conference in 2012, and there are currently no future games scheduled.34 Missouri indicated a willingness to continue playing an annual game, but Kansas officials expressed no interest in continuing the rivalry.35
When active, it was known as the oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi River. First played in 1891, the Jayhawks and Tigers met on the gridiron every year since, with the lone exception being 1918 (flu epidemic). The annual game was known as the "Border War," which derived its name from actual warfare that occurred during the Civil War between free-state "Jayhawkers" and pro-slavery "Bushwhackers" from Missouri. Six towns, including Osceola, Missouri, were pillaged and raided by the Jayhawkers. In retaliation, William Quantrill and his band of Bushwhackers burned Lawrence to the ground in what became known as the Lawrence Massacre. Ironically, Columbia, Missouri, the location of the University of Missouri was also nearly raided by Quantrill's band. The name of the rivalry was officially rebranded as the "Border Showdown" in 2004 out of deference to those serving in the Iraq War, but the historical name continued to prevail in usage. Each year the winner of the game was awarded a traveling trophy, the Indian War Drum. Kansas lost the 120th and most recent Border War game to Missouri in 2011, 24–10.
In 1911, more than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Lawrence, Kansas to watch a mechanical reproduction of the game while it was being played. A Western Union telegraph wire was set up direct from Columbia, Missouri. A group of people then would announce the results of the previous play and used a large model of a football playing field to show the results. Those in attendance cheered as though they were watching the game live, including the school's legendary Rock Chalk, Jayhawk cheer.36
The University of Kansas has a rivalry with the Kansas State Wildcats called the Sunflower Showdown. When the two teams compete in football, the winner is awarded the Governor's Cup by the governor of Kansas. Kansas leads the all-time series 65–40–5, while Kansas State has won more Governor's Cups (23–19–1).
The two teams first met in 1902 and have played every year since 1912. It is the fifth-longest active series in Division I college football – 103 consecutive seasons entering the 2014 season.
The Kansas-Nebraska series was the longest uninterrupted rivalry in college football until Nebraska's departure for the Big 10 Conference in 2011. Kansas and Nebraska met for the first time in 1892, and faced off annually from 190637 until 2010. Along with the Missouri rivalry, this gave Kansas the second- and third-most played Division I FBS college football series (Minnesota and Wisconsin have played one more game than KU-MU and two more than KU-NU). KU is only 23–90–3 all-time against the Cornhuskers (as of the last game in 2010), and from 1969-2004 the Huskers rang up 36 consecutive victories, second-longest in NCAA Division I (only Notre Dame's 43-game streak over Navy was longer). That streak ended on November 5, 2005, when Kansas defeated Nebraska 40–15 in Lawrence. They again beat Nebraska 76–39 in Lawrence on November 3, 2007. This was the largest number of points ever surrendered by a Nebraska team; the Jayhawks also set records for most points against Nebraska in a half (1st half, 48 points) and quarter (2nd quarter, 27 points). The 95 points scored by the Jayhawks in 2006 and 2007 combined is the largest consecutive two-year total in the series. Also, the 32 points scored in an overtime loss at Nebraska on September 30, 2006, was the most by any Jayhawk team in Lincoln since 1899, when KU won 36-20 in the two teams' eighth all-time meeting.38 Former head coach Turner Gill is a former athlete and coach for the Cornhuskers, playing football and baseball during his college career and returning as an assistant football coach for 1989, 1992-2004.
- 1947- Ray Evans, running back/defensive back
- 1947- Otto Schnellbacher, wide receiver
- 1951- George Mrkonic, offensive line
- 1952- Ollie Spencer, offensive line
- 1952- Gil Reich, defensive back
- 1960- John Hadl, running back
- 1961- John Hadl, quarterback
- 1963- Gale Sayers, running back
- 1964- Gale Sayers, running back
- 1968- Bobby Douglass, quarterback
- 1968- John Zook, defensive end
- 1973- David Jaynes, quarterback
- 1983- Bruce Kallmeyer, place kicker
- 2007- Anthony Collins, offensive line
- 2007- Aqib Talib, defensive back
The Ring of Honor is located atop the northern bowl at Memorial Stadium and is intended to honor Kansas All-Americans and others who have made a significant on-field contribution to the football program.
- Ray Evans (1941–42, 1946–47), defensive back/running back
- Otto Schnellbacher (1942, 1946–47), end
- Mike McCormack (1948–50), offensive tackle
- George Mrkonic (1950–52), offensive line
- Ollie Spencer (1950–52), offensive line
- Gil Reich (1952), defensive back/quarterback
- John Hadl (1959–61), quarterback, running back
- Curtis McClinton (1959–61), running back
- Gale Sayers (1962–64), running back
- Bobby Douglass (1966–68), quarterback
- John Zook (1966–68), defensive end
- John Riggins (1968–70), running back
- David Jaynes (1971–73), quarterback
- Nolan Cromwell (1973–76), quarterback, safety
- Bruce Kallmeyer, (1980, 1982–83), place kicker
- Willie Pless, (1982–85), linebacker
- 21- John Hadl, running back, quarterback (1959–61)
- 42- Ray Evans, running back/defensive back (1941–42, 1946–47)
- 48- Gale Sayers, running back (1962–64)
- 1951 - Fielding H. Yost (Coach)
- 1954 - Jim Bausch, HB
- 1964 - Ray Evans, HB
- 1964 - Gale Sayers, HB
- 1994 - John Hadl, QB
- 2001 - John Outland, OT
- 1977 - Gale Sayers, HB
- 1985 - Mike McCormack, OT
- 1992 - John Riggins, RB
- 2003 - George McGowan, WR
- 2005 - Willie Pless, LB
- Dezmon Briscoe, WR, Washington Redskins
- Anthony Collins, OT, Cincinnati Bengals
- Chris Harris, CB, Denver Broncos
- Tanner Hawkinson, G, Cincinnati Bengals
- Steven Johnson, LB, Denver Broncos
- Bradley McDougald, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Toben Opurum, FB, Houston Texans
- Darrell Stuckey, S, San Diego Chargers
- Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots
- Jon Cornish, RB, Calgary Stampeders41
- Marcus Henry, WR, Edmonton Eskimos42
- Raymond Brown, CB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats43
|Charlie Weis||Head Coach|
|Dave Campo||Assistant Head Coach - Defense/Defensive Backs Coach|
|Tim Grunhard||Offensive Line Coach|
|Rob Ianello||Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
|Reggie Mitchell||Running Backs Coach|
|Ron Powlus||Quarterbacks Coach|
|Buddy Wyatt||Defensive Line Coach|
|Clint Bowen||Linebackers Coach|
|Jeff Blasko||Tight Ends Coach|
|Scott Vestall||Assistant Defensive Backs Coach|
|Scott Holsopple||Director of Football Strength & Conditioning|
- For a complete list, see List of Kansas Jayhawks head football coaches.
The Jayhawks have had 37 official head coaches, while one unofficial player-coach, Will Coleman, coached the team in their first year of existence in 1890. The current head coach is Charlie Weis, who was hired in December 2011.45 They have played in more than 1200 games in their 123 seasons. During that time, seven head coaches have led the Jayhawks to postseason bowl games: George Sauer, Jack Mitchell, Pepper Rodgers, Don Fambrough, Bud Moore, Glen Mason, and Mark Mangino. Six coaches have also won conference championships: A. W. Shepard, Hector Cowan, A. R. Kennedy, Homer Woodson "Bill" Hargiss, George Sauer, and Pepper Rodgers. Mason is the all-time leader in games coached at 101, while Mitchell and Mason are tied for the most years coached at nine. Kennedy is the leader in all-time wins at 52, and Wylie G. Woodruff leads in winning percentage among coaches who coached more than 1 year with a winning percentage of .833. As of the end of the 2012 season, Bob Valesente has the worst percentage among coaches who coached more than one season with a winning percentage of .205.46
Of the 37 different head coaches who have led the Jayhawks, Cowan,47 Yost,48 and John H. Outland (as a player, not a coach)49 have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Mark Mangino received 9 different coach of the year awards in 2007.
- NCAA (2009). "NCAA Football Award Winners". p. 13
- Memorial Stadium Facts
- Kansas Coaching Records
- KU Athletics Football news
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- Kansas Coaching Records
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- "1986 Kansas Jayhawks". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
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- "Kansas fires Valesente". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. 1987-11-24.
- "Valesente axed by Kansas". Hutchinson. 1987-11-24.
- "KU faculty angered, call move unjustified". Hutchinson. 1987-11-24.
- "Kansas ( 12 - 1 - 0 ) Thru: 01/07/08". NCAA. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- Internal review of Mangino under way, Espn.com, November 18, 2009. (accessed October 16, 2013)
- "Mangino Resigns as Head Football Coach". Official Website of Kansas Athletics. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Athletic Department. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2012-10-16. "Mark Mangino has resigned his position as head football coach at the University of Kansas, effective immediately."
- Gill Named Head Football Coach At Kansas
- Chris Oberholtz (November 28, 2011). "Boosters tapped to pay off KU Gill's contract". KCTV 5 News.
- Coaching Records Game by Game
- Division I-A All-Time Wins
- "Kansas Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. December 23, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
- "Kansas Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 26, 2005. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
- "KU-KSU Postgame Notes" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 18, 2006. Retrieved November 19, 2006.
- "Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Missouri" (Press release). University of Kansas. November 25, 2006. Retrieved November 25, 2006.
- SEC accepts Missouri for 2012-13
- "100 years ago: Football fans enjoy mechanized reproduction of KU-MU game". Lawrence Journal-World. November 27, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
- Nebraska vs Kansas
- "Kansas Postgame Notes vs. Nebraska" (Press release). University of Kansas. September 30, 2006. Retrieved October 7, 2006.
- BabyTate (2008-08-06). "Five Brutal Defensive Alignments That Changed College Football Forever". Bleacher Report, Inc. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
- Current NFL Players
- "CFL Profile". CFL.ca.
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- "CFL profile". CFL.ca.
- "AFL Player Profile". Arenafootball.com.
- Associated Press (December 9, 2011). "Charlie Weis to coach Kansas". ESPN. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "KANSAS FOOTBALL 2012 MEDIA GUIDE" (PDF) (Press release). Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas. August 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEE DETAIL;Hector "Hec" Cowan". Member Biography. National Football Foundation. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEE DETAIL;Fielding "Hurry Up" Yost". Member Biography. National Football Foundation. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
- "HALL OF FAME - INDUCTEE DETAIL;John Outland". Member Biography. National Football Foundation. Retrieved July 9, 2013.