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Kansas football wide receivers coach Emmett Jones takes position at Texas Tech

Less than two weeks before the early signing period, Kansas football’s coaching staff is undergoing another change.

Texas Tech announced Monday that Emmett Jones, the Jayhawks’ wide receivers coach, has joined first-year Red Raiders head coach Joey McGuire’s staff. Jones, who was an assistant at Texas Tech prior to coming to Kansas ahead of the 2019 season, will be the Red Raiders’ passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. It brings a three-season stretch for Jones with the Jayhawks to an end.

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“Emmett Jones is known as one of the top developers of wide receivers in the country,” McGuire said in a Texas Tech release. “Not only that, he will be another prominent member of this staff with significant ties across this great state, namely in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex where his reputation speaks for itself. Needless to say, we are ecstatic to welcome him and his family back to Lubbock.”

Emmett Jones held the role of interim head coach earlier this year. After spending the 2021 season with Kansas, he's taken a role at Texas Tech.

Emmett Jones held the role of interim head coach earlier this year. After spending the 2021 season with Kansas, he’s taken a role at Texas Tech.

Jones is the third on-field assistant for Kansas from the 2021 season who will not be with the team in 2022, as Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold announced last week neither Kwahn Drake nor Chevis Jackson would return. Jones is the only one of the three who’s on the offensive side of the ball, as Drake was the defensive line coach and Jackson the cornerbacks coach. Jones also spent time in 2021 as the interim head coach at Kansas, after Les Miles’ departure and prior to Leipold’s arrival.

Kansas has not announced or publicly commented on this news itself, as of Monday evening. It has not released the name of anyone hired or promoted to fill Jones’ place. However, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported earlier Monday that the Jayhawks had hired Syracuse wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel “for an offensive staff position.”

Samuel’s coaching career has seen him overlap at Nebraska-Omaha with Leipold. So, while Samuel wouldn’t qualify as someone Leipold brought over from Buffalo, the two do have a history with each other.

Jones’ new team will meet his most recent one on Nov. 12, 2022 in Lubbock, Texas. According to a contract signed Dec. 13, 2019 by Jones, Miles and then-athletic director Jeff Long, if Jones “terminates his employment for any reason before February 28, 2022” he owes $600,000.

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.

This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Texas Tech football hires KU’s Emmett Jones as passing game coordinator

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