Kansas hires Rice’s John Reagan to run offense

Rice won the Conference USA title Saturday. Then it lost its

offensive coordinator.

John Reagan was announced as the new offensive coordinator and

offensive line coach at Kansas, just hours after helping the Owls

to a 41-24 victory over Marshall in their league title game.

Reagan spent five years as offensive line coach and run-game

coordinator at Kansas earlier in his career. He fills a vacancy in

the Jayhawks’ coaching staff created by the departure of offensive

line coach Tim Grunhard, who chose to step down to spend more time

with his family.

”When Tim told me his thoughts, I started searching for a

replacement with the hopes of finding someone with Kansas ties

capable of coordinating an offense,” Kansas coach Charlie Weis

said. ”John not only coached at KU, but his kids still reside in

Lawrence. He has a great reputation as an offensive line coach, but

also has received accolades for coordinating the offense at

Rice.”

Weis revealed that Grunhard would be stepping down before the

Jayhawks wrapped up a 3-9 season with a loss to rival Kansas State.

Weis said at the time that he already had hired a replacement.

Weis also announced Saturday that linebackers coach Clint Bowen,

who started calling defensive plays late in the season, will add

the title of defensive coordinator. Weis said that Dave Campo, who

has mostly been in charge of the defense, will remain as the

assistant head coach.

”I like the way the defensive staff transitioned this past

season from Dave to Clint,” Weis said. ”Therefore, Clint will now

assume the title of defensive coordinator with Dave continuing to

oversee the defense as the assistant head coach.”

Reagan is considered one of the bright young offensive minds in

college football.

After serving on Mark Mangino’s staff at Kansas, he’s spent the

past four seasons at Rice – the past three as offensive

coordinator. Under his guidance, the Owls averaged more than 420

yards and 30 points this season, and boasted one of the nation’s

top run offenses.

In 2007, Reagan mentored Kansas offensive lineman Anthony

Collins, an Outland Trophy finalist and fourth-round draft pick. He

also coached All-Americans Jeff Spikes and Jeremiah Hatch.

”John immediately takes over for Tim and will hit the

recruiting trail for offensive linemen,” Weis said. ”I would like

to welcome John Reagan back to the Jayhawk family.”