Mike DeBord named offensive coordinator of the Kansas Jayhawks

Oct 31, 2020; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Les Miles talks with an assistant on the sidelines during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday announced the hiring of Mike DeBord as offensive coordinator.

DeBord, 64, is a former head coach at Central Michigan and spent last season as an offensive analyst at Michigan. DeBord is reunited with Kansas head coach Les Miles, with whom he worked at Michigan in the early 1990s.

“This is a great day for Kansas football,” Miles said. “We are adding a coach with a wealth of experience in Mike. He has squared off with just about every defensive scheme in the book, and has worked within and led several offensive systems. In addition to the qualities he brings as a football coach, he is a man of high character, and will be an outstanding addition to our program as we continue to instill the culture we want in place.”

DeBord, who turns 65 on Sunday, previously served as the offensive coordinator with the Wolverines (1997-99, 2006-07), at Tennessee (2015-16) and Indiana (2017-18). DeBord went 12-34 in four seasons as head coach at Central Michigan (2000-03).

He was also an assistant in the NFL with the Chicago Bears (2010-12) and the Seattle Seahawks (2008-09).

DeBord replaces Brent Dearmon, who left last month to take the offensive coordinator job at Middle Tennessee State.

“I can’t wait to get started,” DeBord said.

–Field Level Media