- Features new Kansas Head Football Coach Miles and Kansas A.D. Jeff Long
- Will provide unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to the process of building a college football program
- 18-part series will be shown exclusively on Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Premiering exclusively on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ next month, a new 18-part series will give fans a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at Kansas Head Coach Les Miles and Athletic Director Jeff Long as they seek to raise the Kansas football program to national prominence. The series will include four preseason episodes in August, followed by weekly installments during the college football season. Filming began this offseason, before Miles was hired, and will cover the entire 2019 season from start to finish. A trailer for the series is available here.
In recent years the Jayhawks football program has struggled, averaging just two wins per season over the last 10 years. As Miles and Long work to improve the Kansas football fortunes, the show, produced by JM Associates and Sport & Story, will provide access to every decision and step along the way, from fundraising, contract negotiations, building the coaching staff, preparing the players and more.
“Jayhawks fans have waited far too long for a football team that is on the same level of success as the other athletic programs at the University of Kansas,” said Miles. “I’d like to thank Jeff Long for believing that I am the coach that can turn this team around. Having cameras behind-the-scenes all season is not something I am used to, but I look forward to sharing our journey on ESPN+ and my hope is that people can appreciate all the work that goes into building a contender.”
Before coming to Kansas, Miles spent 11 years as Head Coach at LSU, finishing with an overall record of 112-32.
Earlier in the spring, the Big 12 Conference and ESPN agreed to significantly expand their existing rights agreement, which runs through 2024-25. This includes hundreds of additional Big 12 sports events presented annually on the new Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The ESPN+ agreement will start for Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State beginning this year. Iowa State, TCU, Texas Tech and West Virginia will join in 2020.
Miles’ Kansas football team will face Coastal Carolina exclusively on ESPN+ on Saturday, Sep. 7 at 7 p.m. ET. Other Big 12 football games exclusively on ESPN+ include Stephen F. Austin vs. Baylor (Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. ET), Nicholls State vs. Kansas State (Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. ET) and McNeese State vs. Oklahoma State (Sep. 7 at 7 p.m. ET).
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