New head coaches are studies in contrast

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August 21, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Les Miles slaps hands with fans during the Team Walk as he and the LSU Tigers arrive for the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON/ ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION/TNS

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — About the only thing the football programs at Kansas and Kansas State have had in common much of the past three decades is the often desolate stretch of Interstate 70 that connects them.

The Jayhawks have the proud tradition of John Riggins and Gale Sayers, yet recent success has been so scant that they’ve churned through five coaches in the past 10 years. The Wildcats had virtually no tradition until Bill Snyder arrived, and he built a consistent winner tucked away in the Flint Hills.

Makes sense the two schools would take vastly different approaches to hiring new head coaches.

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