LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas football head coach Charlie Weis announced the hiring of John Reagan as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Saturday evening. In addition to the hiring of Reagan, Weis also announced current KU linebackers coach Clint Bowen has added the title of defensive coordinator.
Reagan, who previously spent five years as an assistant coach at KU as the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator, joins the Jayhawk staff following the departure of offensive line coach Tim Grunhard who announced last week that he would not be returning to the KU staff to spend more time with his family.
"When Tim told me his thoughts, I started searching for a replacement with the hopes of finding someone with Kansas ties capable of coordinating an offense," said Weis. "My search brought me to John Reagan. John not only coached at KU, but his kids still reside in Lawrence. He has a great reputation as an offensive line coach, but also has received accolades for coordinating the offense at Rice.
"John immediately takes over for Tim and will hit the recruiting trail for offensive linemen. He will serve as both the offensive coordinator and the offensive line coach. I would like to welcome John Reagan back to the Jayhawk family."
Reagan comes back to KU after recently completing his fourth season at Rice, where the Owls defeated Marshall in the Conference USA Championship game Saturday. He has served as the Owls' offensive coordinator for the last three seasons and under his guidance Rice has put up impressive offensive numbers. The Owls entered Saturday's C-USA title game ranked 61st in the country in total offense averaging 420.5 yards per game, while ranking 58th in scoring offense at 30.5 points per outing. The Owls boast the country's 17th-ranked rushing offense (239.5 yards per game).
In 2012, the Owls produced the second-most productive offensive season in school history, piling up 5,556 yards, 414 points and 306 first downs on their way to winning the last five games and capturing the Armed Forces Bowl championship.
Reagan has mentored several outstanding offensive linemen, including KU's 2007 All-American Anthony Collins, a finalist for the Outland Trophy and a fourth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals. Jeff Spikes and Jeremiah Hatch earned freshman All-American honors in 2008 under Reagan during his first stint at Kansas, while others earned All-Big 12 honors.
Prior to his first tenure with the Jayhawks, Reagan, a Syracuse graduate, coached at Air Force and Temple.
Bowen officially takes on the title of defensive coordinator with Jayhawks after calling the KU defense in 2013. He will continue to coach the Kansas linebackers.
"I like the way the defensive staff transitioned this past season from Dave (Campo) to Clint, therefore, Clint will now assume the title of defensive coordinator with Dave continuing to oversee the defense as the assistant head coach," said Weis.
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