The Athletic Department announced today announced that UB coach Lance Leipold has agreed to a new five-year contract. This puts the 54 year old under terms with Buffalo until 2023.
It was one of UB’s most successful seasons since moving back up to Division One football back in the 1990’s. The Bulls racked up a 10-2 regular season record and a 7-1 record in conference play before Leipold was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. UB won the East division and earned a spot in the in the MAC title game, where the Bulls lost 30-29 to Northern Illinois. Then they dropped their bowl game 43-32 against Troy in the Dollar General Bowl.
UB Athletic Director Mark Alnutt talked about his support for Leipold’s “blueprint” for sustained success.
Of course while UB has been building towards last season they will face real challenges in 2019. Several key players are leaving the program including quarterback Tyree Jackson and his favorite target Anthony Johnson. Both players are expected to be taken in this years NFL draft. UB is also losing linebacker Khalil Hodge and center James O’Hagan who may also hear their names called in this years draft.
Finally to add to the challenges KJ Osborn, Anthony Johnson’s heir apparent, elected to transfer to Miami after getting his undergraduate degree this year.
So will this be a repeat of the “quinnstention”? Probably not. Jeff Quinns infamous extension happened when he had a 6-27 record against FBS opposition where as leipold is 23–27 at UB and 16-10 in his last two seasons.
Bull Run has put in a foil request to see the specific contract terms and will publish an update when we receive the information