Kansas football hasn’t been exactly thriving in recent years, but the hire of Les Miles could help revitalize the program. To make matters even better, Jayhawk fans across the country will have a behind-the-scenes look at him coaching the Jayhawks.
Miles signed a five-year deal to coach Kansas toward the end of last season. The hope is that he can slowly build the team up to a respectable level in the Big 12.
With the upcoming season almost here, ESPN announced its latest project that involves Kansas’ football program.
There will be episodes ranging anywhere from 20-25 minutes that show the Jayhawks’ preparation during the preseason and regular season.
Of course, the major draw for this show is Miles trying to coach a program in need of saving. Watching his progress on a week-to-week basis should be an entertaining experience for audiences at home.
“We think this story is unique,” said Nick Dawson, ESPN’s vice president of programming and acquisitions. “We’ve done a lot of all-access series with teams at the top. This is an opportunity to explore a program that has struggled in recent years.
“That combination with bringing in a head coach who has had success at the top and is a very interesting character…makes it a very interesting story.”
This project will be broadcast by Big 12 Now, which will be available on the ESPN+ subscription service.
ESPN expects the first episode to air in August.
Kansas owned a 3-9 record under David Beaty last season. We’ll see if Miles can quickly turn the program’s fate around in the season opener against Indiana State.