The college football season is still five months away but you can already feel the shift in energy surrounding the program under effervescent head coach Les Miles.
Today KU will host their inaugural “Late Night Under the Lights” spring game for fans to attend. The game starts at 6 p.m. CT and can be streamed on ESPN+ for those not able to attend.
Speaking of attendance, Les Miles has accomplished something his predecessors could only have dreamed of. According to Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com, the number of recruits expected to visit for the weekend is over 70. High school prospects from Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana, and all over the country will be making the trip to Lawrence to see what this rejuvenated Kansas program is all about.
that this program has gone through the past several years with all the losses
and all the bad publicity, to have this many attendees for a spring game is
remarkable and a testament to the hard work Miles and his staff have put on the
It also shows that
the perception of Kansas is changing – and that’s a great first step for a
program trying to climb its way back to relevancy.
Too often has KU
looked outmatched and untalented against its Big 12 foes. The only way to
change that is by recruiting faster, stronger, better football players. In
order to do that, you have to convince them to listen to why they should go to
your school in the first place. Think how difficult that must be for Miles and
his staff to do given how little KU football has accomplished the past nine
Well Miles has
done it. He’s convinced over 70 recruits to come to Lawrence to see what he and
the university have to offer. Just five months into the job, with nothing yet
proven on the field? I’m not sure you can ask much more of a head coach in this
On top of getting
70+ recruits on campus, his presence has helped reel in several former KU
football greats to campus for the spring game and the alumni game – which kicks
off at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Ring of Honor members Todd Reesing, Bobby Douglass,
Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, and others are expected to be back in Lawrence for
the event. It’s by far the most star-studded alumni game in the last several
years, all thanks to the optimism surrounding the program under Miles.
On top of all
that, Miles was also able to secure rap legend Rick Ross for the post-game
entertainment. That may seem unimportant to some fans but to the players and
recruits it’s another recruiting tool. It’s another way for Miles to change the
perception of the program and it gets the attention of KU students – the majority
of whom would never have thought twice about coming to the spring game.
He even got students to come out to an open practice this week. That engagement with the students and getting them to care about their football program again is only going to help with attendance for games in the fall.
Miles still has much to prove at Kansas but for now he’s making all the right moves to get people to pay attention to KU football. That’s a great first step in rebuilding this program.