In year two of Les Miles’ tenure at Kansas, he has made yet another coaching change before season’s end.
Last week, it was announced that Miles had fired his offensive line coach Luke Meadows. Meadows was in just his second year and was fired with three games left to play in the season – a sign that things were not going well with his unit.
KU’s offense ranks near the bottom of the FBS in passing, rushing, and total yards. In fact, they are dead last in the amount of sacks given up at 5.43 sacks per game.
But as concerning as the o-line play has been this season, what is more concerning is the fact that Miles has appeared to have hired another disastrously wrong assistant for his staff.
Last year, just six games into the season, Miles fired then offensive coordinator Les Koenning.
The offense was putrid then just as the offensive line is putrid now – and not many would argue that firing both Koenning and Meadows was warranted – but firing two coaches before the end of the season in each of his first two years shows one of two things: either a serious lack of judgment on Miles’ part or his inability to attract necessary coaching talent to Kansas.
One of the appeals of hiring Miles as head coach was that he was a name. He was a proven winner on the biggest stages and his name alone would be able to attract both talented recruits and talented coaches to KU.
On the recruiting side of things he’s done an exceptional job. According to Rivals.com, his classes have steadily improved and he’s stuck to his guns about building this roster with high school talent and not junior college stop-gaps.
However, getting talented recruits here is only half the battle. The assistant coaches that are in place need to be able to develop that talent if Kansas is ever going to be competitive in the Big 12.
The majority of recruits that are coming in aren’t four or five-star talents who are ready to help this team win right away. They need time, proper coaching, and consistency.
But if assistants are getting fired this early on into their time at Kansas and not even being allowed to finish out the season, that means these players are clearly not getting that and it is only setting the program back even further.
If Miles can find the right assistant coaches to develop all the young talent currently on this roster and incoming through recruiting, things may finally start to improve for this beleaguered program.