Breaking 🚨 Andy Kotelnicki to Penn State

Breaking down a chaotic 48 hours for the Jayhawks

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KU OC Andy Kotelnicki Leaving for Penn State: How It Played Out

Kansas offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki is expected to leave KU and take the same role at Penn State, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman. Kotelnicki has been a critical piece and Lance Leipold’s closest assistant through the rebuild in Lawrence.

Here’s how things played out:

I’ve Heard Kotelnicki interviewed with Penn State coach James Franklin early this week, likely on Monday. I believe the offer, or intention to offer, followed on Tuesday.

According to sources, KU spent the last 48 hours working HARD to keep Kotelnicki in Lawrence. One source described KU’s offer to retain Kotelnicki as ‘unprecedented.’ I expect Penn State will make him one of the highest-paid OCs in the country.

There were moments on Wednesday when it appeared that the Jayhawks might fend off the Big Ten powerhouse to keep Kotelnicki with the program. He’d been with Lance Leipold for the last 10 years, dating back to the 2013-14 season at Wisconsin-Whitewater.

By Wednesday evening, however, those close to the situation grew less optimistic. The Jayhawks were fighting, but Penn State is understandably tough to refuse. If Kotelnicki wants to be a head coach one day — and I believe he does — turning the offense around at Penn State sets him up for a great future.

Kansas announced QB coach Jim Zebrowski has been elevated to Co-coordinator. Zebrowski has been with Leipold for years. He was offensive coordinator and QBs coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater from 2007-09 and joined Leipold at Buffalo from 2017-2020.

I expect more news to come soon from KU’s side of things. As always, I’ll keep you posted.

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KU NIL Hearings 💰

With Kotelnicki leaving, KU’s current NIL effort for football becomes even more critical. The Jayhawks need to retain their top talent to keep their momentum going.

I’ve Heard Leipold and the Jayhawks have focused on player retention this week. I believe there was a major NIL event with top donors and players like Jalon Daniels, Devin Neal, Austin Booker, Mello Dotson, Cobee Bryant, and more. I’ve Heard the event went well.

I can’t stress this enough. If you want to keep winning, contributing to NIL is a direct way you can help.

VIP: Secret Scoops Coming Soon

I’m working on some Secret Scoops for VIP supporters this week. These are generally items I feel less confident about and let fly a bit early.

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  • Bill Self had a great moment after the Eastern Illinois game on Tuesday night. Watch his answer about expectations for recruits coming into the program.

  • Jason Bean reposted this great meme about his performance vs. Cincinnati. (Yes, it’s from the Could Be Wrong Show that I’m a part of). Give us a listen!

  • This video of a ton of KU students at lottery for the UConn game went viral. I can’t wait for this game.

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