LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - This is how the year began.
The Kansas Jayhawks finished the football season 3-9 overall.
"Please join me in officially welcoming the 40th head football coach of the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Coach Les Miles." KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said.
The season ended with a huge loss against Baylor.
"I think our team wants to win and enjoys the pursuit of that." Les Miles said.
2019 was an eventful year in Lawrence. With the season now behind us, lets look back on how it went.
The beginning of the season was a microcosm of how it would play out in totality. It was a roller coaster of ups and downs. First, a tight win over Indiana State. Then, an embarrassing loss against Coastal Carolina.
"This is a game we should've won. It's just that simple." Les Miles said.
It seemed like the KU of old hadn't left. The odds didn't favor the Jayhawks on the road at Boston College. However, Kansas pulled off an incredible victory.
"It didn't take a lot of convincing." Les Miles said. "I didn't work magic. This is a great group of guys and they wanted to be special."
As the roller coaster reached a high, a downward spiral was in store. A tight loss against West Virginia followed. Then, a beat down by the hands of TCU. Plus, the team lost then leading rusher Khalil Herbert. He decided to transfer from the team.
A loss against Oklahoma was the final nail in the coffin before a drastic change was coming. Kansas fired offensive coordinator Les Koenning and promoted Brent Dearmon to the same spot.
"It's not like we're going to come in and reinvent the wheel and do something completely different." Brent Dearmon said. "It's just trying to have a vision and a voice and getting those guys believing in that vision and moving forward."
Dearmon ushered in a new confidence on offense. After all, the man wrote a book on the RPO. Still what would that mean come gameday?
KU got the answer on the road, in Austin. The Jayhawks came close to a huge upset win over the Longhorns. Still, defeat came for the Jayhawks. But this breathe of fresh air offensively was a precursor for what was to come.
Back home. A packed David Booth Stadium ready to see the Dearmon experience first-hand. KU didn't disappoint. The Jayhawks came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat Texas Tech.
Kansas reached a new high. From there, a quick fall to reality came. Up next, KU faced off in the Sunflower Showdown. That was a resounding loss for the Jayhawks.
"I mean, we just got our butt's kicked." KU receiver Andrew Parchment said. "Ain't nothing else to say."
Then, KU reached rock bottom.
Kansas lost the final four game of the season and finished below the .500 mark (3-9). There were some stand out performances. Regardless, the book closes on a forgettable 10 years. The Jayhawks didn't finish with a winning record once in the 2010's. However, as it stands, the story on this new brand of Jayhawk football has only just begun.