The Kansas Jayhawks had a void to fill following the unexpected retirement by Carl Torbush who will be hanging it up due to a recent diagnosis of prostate cancer. This afternoon, Kansas annouced the promotion of two assistants to help fill that void with an additional hire to replace Torbush as the linebackers coach yet to come.
Vic Shealy will setp into the defensive coordinator role after one season as the Jayhawks cornerbacks coach. Shealy will be joined by defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt who will take the title of co-defensive coordinator going forward. Shealy has been in coaching since 1981 with stints at Air Force, UNLV and Richmond most recently. His last stint as a defensive coordinator was during the 2009 season at his Alma Mater of Richmond.
"Coach Shealy is a great fit for the defensive coordinator position, he has had phenomenal results with developing players as well as relating with them. This will provide our student-athletes with some continuity. Coach Shealy has experienced success playing a pressure style of defense with multiple looks. He truly understands how to defend the spread offense."
Wyatt started his coaching career following a playing career with the TCU Horned Frogs. Wyatt's career includes stops at Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Texas A&M and Nebraska. Wyatt's entire career has been spent coaching the defensive line and this will be his first experience in a coordinator role.
"Coach Wyatt is a tremendous asset at the co-defensive coordinator position, we are excited to have both he and Coach Shealy working together to lead our defense. They, along with Coach (Robert) Wimberly (safeties coach) and our new hire (linebackers coach), will continue to build a pressure-style defense designed to bring the KU nation a Big 12 championship in the upcoming seasons."