A number of assistant coaches from the University at Buffalo football program are expected to join Lance Leipold’s staff at Kansas.
Multiple sources confirmed to The News that the Bulls will lose at least four assistant coaches from the current staff, including linebackers coach/co-defensive coordinator Chris Simpson, defensive coordinator/safeties coach Brian Borland, quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator Jim Zebrowski and offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Andy Kotelnicki.
Kansas formally introduced Leipold as its football coach Monday in Lawrence, Kan., three days after it announced his hire.
That number could grow, though, as Yahoo! Sports first reported Monday that seven assistant coaches and coordinators will join the Jayhawks’ staff, including Rob Ianello, who is currently UB’s interim coach. Prior to Leipold's departure, Ianello was UB’s associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach. Ianello previously coached at Kansas from 2012-15.
A UB athletic department spokesperson declined to comment to The News regarding any potential changes among its football coaching staff.
As of Monday afternoon, those seven coaches are still listed in UB’s online campus directory and on UB's athletics website.
Leipold replaces Les Miles, who coached for two seasons at Kansas. Kansas is expected to formally introduce Leipold as its head coach Monday morning.
Leipold resigned from his position at UB on Friday, after six seasons as its head coach. Kansas formally introduced Leipold as its head coach Monday in Lawrence, Kan. During his introductory press conference, Leipold did not offer specifics regarding his coaching staff’s makeup with the Jayhawks, but anticipated that the staff could come together quickly. Leipold also said he is open to retaining coaches on the Jayhawks' current staff.
“As we put this staff together, this isn't for one season," Leipold said. "We are going to put a staff together for the future. Back to the words about 'continuity' and 'consistency.'
"As I evaluate the situation, that's going to be first and foremost, fit and holistically.”
Mark Alnutt is now in a spot to make his second major hire in the University at Buffalo athletic department.
UB athletic director Mark Alnutt told reporters Friday in a video conference that he expected to have a timeline of between seven and 14 days from the date of Leipold's resignation on April 30 to hire a new football coach.
Alnutt said he has formulated a short list of candidates, and UB will use a search firm in the process of hiring a new football coach; UB used Parker Executive Search in 2019 when it hired Jim Whitesell as its men's basketball coach after Nate Oats left for Alabama.