KU football, Les Miles to star in ESPN behind-the-scenes series

Kansas coach Les Miles speaks to the media on the first day of Big 12 NCAA college football media days Monday, July 15, 2019, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David Kent)
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(WIBW) - Les Miles spent some time acting during his period away from coaching. But now, he'll get to star in a series as a head coach.

On Tuesday, ESPN and KU football announced an 18-part series that will focus on how Miles and Jayhawks athletics director Jeff Long try to rebuild the Kansas football program during Miles' first season. It will air four preseason episodes in August, weekly episodes during the regular season and be found on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

“Jayhawks fans have waited far too long for a football team that is on the same level of success as the other athletic programs at the University of Kansas,” Miles said in a release. “I’d like to thank Jeff Long for believing that I am the coach that can turn this team around.

"Having cameras behind-the-scenes all season is not something I am used to, but I look forward to sharing our journey on ESPN+ and my hope is that people can appreciate all the work that goes into building a contender.”

Filming for this series began before Kansas hired Miles. JM Associates and Sport & Story are producing the show. It promises to "provide access to every decision and step along the way, from fundraising, contract negotiations, building the coaching staff, preparing the players and more."

According to ESPN vice president of programming and acquisitions Nick Dawson, KU does have "some editorial control" over the series, as he told the Topeka Capital-Journal. You can watch the trailer for it here.