2. Kansas will be the hottest school in college athletics
The football team will be lucky to win two games.
Lance Leipold was a wonderful get from Buffalo as the new head coach, but he wasn’t exactly left with a whole lot to work with from the disastrous Les Miles era, which was coming off the disastrous David Beaty era, which was coming off the disastrous Charlie Weis era, which was coming off the disastrous Turner Gill era, which was coming off the Mark Mangino era that ended in disaster.
20-108. That’s Kansas football since the end of Mangino’s run.
The attendance is minimal – forgetting 2020 – the national interest isn’t there, and the season is normally about killing time before basketball starts.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Don’t dismiss how grouchy SEC coaches are to have to deal with Texas and Oklahoma in the near future. It’s not that an Alabama or LSU or Georgia or Florida can’t handle those two, but the addition makes the weekly grind just that much harder.
It’s not like Big Ten coaches were beefing over the addition of Rutgers and Maryland. They’ll be solid with Kansas.
There are only so many places the Big Ten and Pac-12 can turn to for expansion. Neither one is all that interested in adding schools just to add schools, and the horrific Grant of Rights deal the ACC schools are stuck with through 2036 makes it tricky to make any sort of a push for a North Carolina or Virginia or Clemson.
So what’s left when it comes to the University of (insert state here) that makes sense?
Kansas is an AAU school – it’s at a certain level of funding and research; a must for the Big Ten – and while the basketball side doesn’t matter all that much in expansion, that’s a plus for a Pac-12 that needs sporting events outside of the Pacific and Mountain time zones.
Throw in the Kansas City market and a huge national alumni base, and there are positives as a puzzle piece worth having.
So because the entire point of this piece is to put them on the chopping block and make a bold and wacky call …
Kansas will be getting ready to become a Big Ten program next year at this time.