LAWRENCE — Les Miles stayed within the Big 12 in selecting his new wide receivers coach.
Miles and Kansas football on Tuesday night announced the hiring of Emmett Jones for the opening, a position Jones held at Texas Tech before the Red Raiders’ own coaching shakeup.
Jones instructed Texas Tech wideouts in each of the last three seasons, guiding standouts such as Dylan Cantrell, Keke Coutee and Antoine Wesley. Paced by a 1,410-yard season by Wesley, an Associated Press first-team All-Big 12 pick, the Red Raiders finished with 4,231 receiving yards this season, ranked fourth in the league despite the midseason loss of starting quarterback Alan Bowman.
Jones also served as the Red Raiders’ director of player development in 2015 under former head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
“Emmett Jones is a dynamic wide receivers coach,” Miles said in a news release. “The players he has worked with have really flourished under his guidance. He has developed them to have highly productive careers in college and also to go on to find success at the next level.”
Jones is experienced recruiting the coveted grounds in Texas, a former three-year head coach at South Oak Cliff in Dallas.
“His familiarity with the Big 12 landscape will also help us greatly in recruiting,” Miles said.
Jones joins offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, offensive line coach Luke Meadows and defensive backs coach Chevis Jackson as members of Miles’ still under-development first-year staff at KU.