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KU football to hire new offensive line coach with ties to Lance Leipold | Report

Well, that was quick.

Within days of former offensive line coach Scott Fuchs’ departure to the Tennessee Titans, Kansas football has reportedly found his replacement: Daryl Agpalsa.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported on Tuesday afternoon that Agpalsa, the run-game coordinator and offensive line coach at Northern Illinois, is expected to join KU’s staff as the new offensive live coach.

Agpalsa is familiar with Kansas coach Lance Leipold, as he worked under Leipold as an offensive line coach at Wisconsin Whitewater (2012-13) and Buffalo (2014-18). Before his time at Whitewater, Agpalsa was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Minnesota for three years.

He helped mentor an offensive line at Northern Illinois that heralded a devastating rushing attack, averaging 241.1 yards per game in the 2021 season. That same group only gave up 13 sacks.

Agpalsa will coach a group that’s had plenty of success under Fuchs. The Jayhawks allowed the fewest sacks in the conference in 2021 and 2022.

Still, KU’s offensive line is currently in a period of turnover, with starters Dominick Puni and Mike Novitsky off to the NFL and Armaj Reed-Adams transferring to Texas A&M.

That said, Kansas did bring in Rimington Trophy winner (top center in D-II football) Shane Bumgardner from Tiffin University. Michael Ford Jr., Bryce Cabeldue and Kobe Baynes — who started games for Kansas — will return next season.

Finally, promising offensive tackle Calvin Clements, a 2023 freshman who started in KU’s Guaranteed Rate Bowl victory over UNLV, also returns.