Kansas hires Rice’s John Reagan to run offense
Rice won the Conference USA title Saturday. Then it lost its
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
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
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.”