Hearing: Lance Leipold Contract Talks Heating Up

The future of Kansas football is at stake

In Today’s Hearings Newsletter

  1. The latest on Lance Leipold’s future with KU 🔥

  2. Football hosting transfer portal visitors 👀

  3. Note for VIP Subscribers


Lance Leipold Contract Talks Heating Up 🔥💰

I’m Hearing KU is actively working on a new deal for Lance Leipold that would keep him in Lawrence for the foreseeable future.

  • It’s not a done deal yet, but I’m Hearing there’s optimism on both sides around the likelihood of agreeing to a restructured contract.

  • If this gets done, I’d expect a new contract to be a significant raise for Leipold and some of the staff. Like, a really big raise.

  • Leipold is one of college football’s top 20 (or better) coaches. His salary currently ranks 29th in the country, according to USA Today. He’s done a job worthy of top 20 (and higher) mark, and I expect KU to reward him accordingly.

    • For context: A top 15 salary comes in around $7.5M per year. A top 10 salary is around $9M per year. Leipold currently makes around $5.7M per year.

  • I think this is less about Kansas reacting to Leipold’s name getting circulated with job openings and more about solidifying the foundation moving forward. Everything I’ve Heard suggests a proactive effort to continue taking steps forward.

    • If you want to be a top program, you must spend like one.

      • A note for fans: KU also must fundraise like one. There’s a clear correlation between donations and winning. The USAToday database says it all.

    • The stakes — and the opportunity — for Kansas football are unprecedented. Travis Goff and the athletic department can’t risk losing the momentum they’ve worked so hard to build. Not spending the money now will cost KU more in the long run.

      • I generally think good ADs are proactive while staying focused on the big-picture objective. I say this because many people who work in college sports tend be the opposite. It’s a quick-decision and reactive industry.

        • KU probably doesn’t need to give Leipold a substantial raise this year. But why take the risk by not rewarding the staff’s efforts this year?

        • Leipold and some of his staff spent years coaching in Division III. They weren’t making big money or anything close at Wisconsin-Whitewater. This contract can be life-changing for them.

          • According to one report, Leipold earned $110,000 in his final year at Wisconsin-Whitewater. DC Brian Borland’s salary was $58,000. Former OC Andy Kotelnicki’s was $50,000.

  • If all goes well, KU and Leipold will agree to a deal that keeps both parties from having this same conversation every offseason.

  • For Kansas, the first move was to take care of your basketball coach. KU’s next move? Secure your football coach to keep building the program.

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Would you be OK if KU made Leipold one of the top 10 highest paid coaches in the country??

This would be about $9M per year.

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Football Hosting Transfer Portal Visitors

I broke the news on Twitter earlier Thursday morning that former Duke DE Ryan Smith is currently on his official visit to KU. Smith played all 13 games for the Blue Devils this season.

Smith’s PFF Grade (72.2) would’ve been the 7th best mark on Kansas this year. He would’ve graded as KU’s second-highest-rated DE outside of Austin Booker. You can see his athleticism from his first college sack back in 2021.

I’ve also Heard the Jayhawks are interested in Navy transfer DE Jacob Busic. I haven’t confirmed he’s visiting, but I tend to believe he’s either currently on an official visit or will be soon. I think he’s still a long-shot for KU, as some other programs (UCLA) appear to be in the lead.

The Navy team captain and starting DE tore his bicep in the third game of the season. He missed the rest of the year until Navy’s finale vs. Army (he gave a great quote on his return). Busic should have two years of eligibility remaining.

Finally, former North Dakota State DT Javier Derritt is also on an official visit to KU. Derritt will be a tough get for the Jayhawks. The coveted prospect from Lenexa also has offers from Nebraska and USC, according to 247Sports. (News of Derritt’s visit to Kansas was previously reported by JayhawkSlant and 247).

As always, I’ll keep you posted!

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