Kansas offensive line coach Tim Grunhard, who spent a decade playing center for the Chiefs, will not return to the KU staff next year, coach Charlie Weis announced on Wednesday night.
Grunhard’s departure appears to be part of a larger staff overhaul as Weis’ second season comes to a conclusion Saturday when the 3-8 Jayhawks play rival Kansas State, 6-5.
“Tim Grunhard and I had prepared a joint statement concerning his future that we intended to release on Sunday after the Kansas State game,” Weis said in a release. “We were trying to avoid being any distraction. Tonight we are releasing the statement.
“Sunday, Tim Grunhard is stepping down as offensive line coach so he can spend more quality time with his family.”
The Lawrence Journal-World reported Wednesday that Kansas plans to hire Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan to serve as the Jayhawks’ offensive coordinator. Weis has served as KU’s offensive coordinator the last two seasons.
“We have already hired a replacement for Tim,” Weis said in the release. “When that coach becomes available we will provide more details.”
Before joining the Rice staff in February 2010, Reagan spent five seasons at Kansas as the offensive line coach and run-game coordinator under Mark Mangino. KU improved its rushing average in each of his first four seasons, including rushing for 188.8 yards per game in 2007.
This season, Reagan has guided a Rice offense that ranks 51st in the country in total offense, averaging 431.1 yards per game. He also helped the Owls defeat Kansas the last two seasons. Reagan, who has two children living in Lawrence from a previous marriage, developed plenty of offensive line talent during his Kansas tenure, which coincided with the program’s Orange Bowl victory in the 2007 season.
Before moving to KU, Grunhard was head coach at Bishop Miege. He was instrumental in the recruitment of quarterback Montell Cozart, a Miege grad.