Kansas Football: Lance Leipold Nominated for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award


Kansas Football: Lance Leipold Nominated for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

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Kansas Football Coach Lance Leipold Named for 2023 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award

Lance Leipold, head coach of Kansas football, has earned a place of distinction as one of the 26 college football coaches featured on the prestigious 2023 Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award watch list. This marks Leipold’s second consecutive appearance on the list, demonstrating his consistent excellence in the field of coaching.

Now in its 38th year, the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award, presented by the American Heart Association, is a coveted accolade given each January. It recognizes head coaches who contribute significantly to improving the sport for both athletes and fans. The award is a testament to their grit, integrity, and their successful approach to coaching and life, both on and off the field.

Leipold finds himself among an elite trio of Big 12 coaches selected for the watch list, alongside Steve Sarkisian of Texas and Brent Venables of Oklahoma. Under Leipold’s guidance, the Jayhawks have achieved a remarkable 5-2 record this season, positioning themselves for a potential back-to-back appearance in bowl games, contingent on securing at least one more win among their remaining five games.

Leipold’s tenure has been marked by significant milestones. For the first time in over a century, the team has commenced two consecutive seasons with a remarkable 4-0 record. Notably, the Jayhawks have earned recognition in both the Associated Press’ Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll on two occasions this year.

While the competition for the prestigious award is undoubtedly fierce, with esteemed peers also on the watch list, Leipold’s nomination stands as a testament to the incredible transformation he has brought to the Kansas football program. His impact has elevated the team to unprecedented heights, garnering well-deserved attention in the college football world.

The recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award will be unveiled during an awards ceremony presented by Marathon Oil on January 10, 2024. The winner will be determined by the votes of the National Sports Media Association, the Bryant Awards’ Executive Leadership Team, and the Bryant Family.


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