LAWRENCE — Kansas football coach Turner Gill officially announced his completed staff of assistants today, highlighted by the return of former KU assistants Reggie Mitchell and Darrell Wyatt.
Mitchell, who will coach the running backs and serve as recruiting coordinator, coached at KU under Glen Mason from 1988-96. Since then, he has gone on to spend the last five years as assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/running backs coach at Illinois. He has been recognized by Rivals.com for his recruiting efforts, earning a top-five Big Ten listing in 2007 and a top-20 national ranking in 2006.
Wyatt, who will coach the wide receivers and serve as co-offensive coordinator, coached at KU under Terry Allen from 1997-2000. After his time at Kansas, Wyatt rose through the ranks with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona before spending the past two seasons as associate head coach/offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Southern Mississippi.
Wyatt was known as a tireless recruiter during his time with the Sooners, when he was involved in the recruitment of star running back Adrian Peterson, among others.
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Rounding out the new additions to the staff are offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, a 32-year veteran of coaching the position, cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy, safeties coach Robert Wimberly and defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt.
They will join offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chuck Long, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Carl Torbush and tight ends/special teams coordinator Aaron Stamm, who were all announced the day Gill was hired.
"This is a phenomenal staff, which has a passion to develop the skills for life and football for student-athletes," Gill said in a statement. "We will make sure each student-athlete, by the end of his career, reaches his full potential on and off the field."