The Kansas Jayhawks' football team is in the midst of its most successful season in over a decade but got a piece of crushing news for the 2024 season as Penn State poached one of the program's best coaches.
Andy Kotelnicki, the Jayhawks' offensive coordinator since 2021, is reportedly joining the Penn State Nittany Lions in the same position.
He's one of the most promising young coaches in football now Kansas will have to replace him.
KU Football Loses Star Offensive Coordinator Andy Kotelnicki
Kotelnicki will join James Franklin's staff after an extremely successful tenure with the Jayhawks.
Per the Kansas athletics bio for Kotelnicki, the 2022 offense "ranked fourth in the country in team passing efficiency (164.26), eighth in third down conversion percentage (50.6%), 21st in scoring offense (35.6), and seventh in fewest sacks allowed (0.92 per game)."
It was a gigantic step forward for the program, which continued the success into this season with an 8-4 record.
We'll see how Lance Leipold ultimately replaces Kotelnicki, but his outsized, forward-thinking influence will certainly be missed on the football team.
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