Lance Leipold has been a rising star in these power rankings recently and that hasn’t stopped this week as he’s coming off a big win at Iowa State which followed an even bigger victory against Oklahoma the previous week.
With the gritty win at Iowa State, Kansas improved to 7-2 which was the first time the program won at least seven games since 2008. The Jayhawks also rose to No. 16 in the playoff rankings.
Not many coaches could do what Leipold has done in Lawrence. He’s winning big at a school that values basketball more than football. He’s taken a bottom-dweller which had been one of the worst Power Five teams in the nation for a decade and he’s turned it into a contender.
Turning programs around is something Leipold does. He did the same with Buffalo before Kansas, leading the Bulls to their first 10-win season in program history.
Hiring Leipold would do wonders for Michigan State, especially because players love him and he knows how to win at every level (he won six Division III national titles in eight years).