FRISCO, Tex. (WIBW) - They've seen him dancing on a stage with Rick Ross. Or even playing flip cup on campus.
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But the Jayhawks still have to hit the field and try to rebuild a struggling program under new head coach Les Miles. And they're confident they can do that with someone like the 2007 national champion.
"He's wonderful," KU senior offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji said. "He's just a real authentic guy, he's a fun guy and passionate about what he does."
The former LSU head coach has always been known for his quirky personality. But senior defensive back Mike Lee is noticing the experience of a guy who has 197 games under his belt.
"He knows what he's doing," Lee said. "He's an experienced coach and one of the most famous coaches. I'm just very excited for him to have him as our coach."
"With a coach like Coach Miles leading us, there's no reason to not be excited," senior defensive back Bryce Torneden said. "And I'm confident in the energy and the buzz that we have."
If you look at the Big 12 preseason poll, that buzz isn't helping any predictions for Kansas. For the 10th straight year, that poll has KU finishing in last in the conference.
But the Jayhawks are carrying some confidence. Last season, they won three games for the first time since 2014. KU has an experienced and talented secondary with guys like Lee and Torneden, as well as one of the conference's most electric players in sophomore running back Pooka Williams.
"We definitely believe we have the talent and pieces to compete for a bowl game," senior offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji said. "We know what kind of pieces we have and we know what potential we've flashed. So it's about going out there and doing it."