Report: Former SEC assistant now the 'point person' for Kansas with Les Miles on leave
When Kansas athletic director Jeff Long announced Friday night that head coach Les Miles had been placed on administrative leave, no interim head coach was named. According to one report, a former SEC assistant is currently considered the point man.
After the Miles announcement, Pete Thamel tweeted, “Kansas has yet to formally name an interim coach with Les Miles on leave. AD Jeff Long has designated OC Mike DeBord as the point person for the program, sources told Yahoo Sports.” Thamel added that DeBord, Miles and Long “all go back decades to their days at Michigan.”
DeBord, 65, was hired as Kansas’ new offensive coordinator in February, returning to on-field coaching after serving as an offensive analyst on Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan staff last season.
DeBord was Tennessee’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the 2015 and ’16 seasons. He left UT in January 2017, taking the offensive coordinator position at Indiana. After two seasons on the Hoosiers, Debord announced he was retiring from football. He changed his mind in early 2019 when he accepted the offensive coordinator position with the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football, the spring league that folded before completing a full season.
DeBord was Central Michigan’s head coach from 2000-03. The team went 12-34 during his tenure.