Kansas Football: Les Miles Emerges As Frontrunner For Coaching Job

A Kansas Jayhawks cheerleader performs during the Big 12 football game October 4, 2014 in Morgantown, WV.

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The Kansas football program could have some excitement coming its way. According to reports, former head coach Les Miles is quickly emerging as a frontrunner for the Jayhawks’ head coaching vacancy. The news comes after Kansas announced they would not retain coach David Beaty following the season.

Beaty has compiled a 6-39 record during his time in Lawrence.

The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman passed along the news, saying the Jayhawks have “legit interest” adding that there is “a lot of momentum” for Miles.

Am told by a source that there's a lot of momentum for Les Miles at #KU as the new head coach, and that he's emerged as a frontrunner. https://t.co/XEQhhT036r

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 6, 2018

The 64-year-old Miles has been out of coaching since being fired by the LSU Tigers in September 2016.

During his time at LSU, Miles led LSU to two SEC championships, a National Championship, and three SEC West Division titles. In 2011, when he led the Tigers to their last SEC Championship, Miles was awarded Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, Home Depot Coach of the Year, Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year, AFCA FBS Coach of the Year, and Walter Camp Coach of the Year.

Miles holds an overall head coaching record of 141-55 and an 8-6 mark in bowl games. Miles record during his 11 years at LSU was 114-34, while he held a 28-21 mark when coaching the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 2001-2004.