Les Koenning "relieved of duties", Brent Dearmon New OC

Kansas has relieved Les Koenning of his duties and promoted Brent Dearmon as the new offensive coordinator.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas announced that offensive coordinator Les Koenning will be "removed of his duties." Senior offensive consultant Brent Dearmon will take place as the new OC.

Underneath Koenning's watch, the Jayhawks offense struggled. KU ranks at the bottom of the Big 12 in points per game. Also, Kansas is at or near the bottom of the conference in passing and rushing yardage per game.

“I would like to thank Coach Koenning for his contributions to Kansas Football,” said Miles. “This was a difficult decision, but it is in the best interest of our football program both now and in the future. There is still a lot of football left to play this season and I want to put our players in the best position to be successful, which is why I am making the change now.”

Before coming to KU this year, Dearmon was the head coach at Bethel University (Tennessee) for a season. With Dearmon calling the shots on offense, the team had the highest-scoring offense at any level in college football.

“Brent is one of the brightest individuals I have encountered in all of my years coaching." Les Miles said. "His experience as a record-setting coach and quarterback at the collegiate level will benefit our offense immediately. I believe our players will be naturally drawn to Brent’s leadership and coaching ability. I have the utmost trust in his ability to lead young men and this move puts our players in the best position to be successful moving forward.”

“I am humbled and grateful to Coach Miles for giving me this opportunity to be the offensive coordinator at the University of Kansas,” Brent Dearmon said. “I am excited to get to work right away with the staff and players, and invest in their future both on and off the field. There are a lot of talented young men on this team and it’s up to us as an offensive staff to have them prepared each and every week, and that will be our number one priority.”

Before head coaching, Dearmon was an offensive coordinator at Arkansas Tech for three seasons and an analyst on Gus Malzahn's staff at Auburn.

Dearmon was a four-year starter at quarterback with Bethel.