The school revealed the news with a statement on Sunday, as athletic director Jeff Long said "Les Miles is exactly what we need for our program right now." Miles also released a statement saying "we will bring Jayhawk Football back and we will do it with outstanding coaches, tremendous student-athletes of character and ability, and an unrelenting drive for excellence."
Miles has not coached since he was fired by the Tigers in September of 2016, but will take over for former Kansas head coach David Beaty. The former coach announced earlier this month that he would not return next season, as the Jayhawks have struggled over the past couple seasons. Beaty went 6-31 in his time with Kansas, including 3-8 this season. The 65-year-old Miles has gone 141-55 in 15 years of coaching with LSU and Oklahoma State.
The other coaching change in college football came when the Colorado Buffaloes fired their head coach Mike MacIntyre on Sunday. The news was announced after their sixth straight defeat on Saturday, as MacIntyre's time with the program comes to an end in his sixth season as coach. His six seasons include a Pac-12 Championship Game appearance and the AP College Football Coach of the Year Award in 2016. He finishes his time at 30-44 as the Buffaloes head coach.
Athletic director Rick George released a statement after relieving MacIntyre of his duties, saying "I want to thank Mike for six seasons of hard work and dedication to the program both on and off the field." The former coach's contract runs through the 2021 season and has $10.3 million remaining. When talking about where Colorado goes from here in the coaching hunt, George mentioned that he wanted to hire a recognizable name that has previous coaching experience.