Thursday October 9th, 2014

Former Northwestern and Colorado football coach Gary Barnett is interested in the vacant Kansas coaching position, according to a CBS Sports report.

While Barnett said he wasn't sure whether he has realistic chance of being named Kansas' next head coach, he plugged the merits of his own résumé.

"Do I think I have a shot? I have no idea," Barnett said. "Who knows what they're going to look for. It's a natural for me in so many ways. It's something that I would really want to do but who knows? They've got so many choices."

"They've gone the hot young route [Turner Gill]. They've gone the guru route [Weis]. Who knows what they're going to do? I can't imagine anybody having a better résumé than I have."

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​Kansas fired coach Charlie Weis on Sept. 28, and has yet to fill the coaching vacancy.

Barnett has not coached football at any level since 2005. After several winning seasons in Boulder, Barnett eventually was forced out of his contract at Colorado amidst a haze of scandal. Rape allegations against several Buffalo players led to ensuing recruiting violations, and Barnett himself was accused of insensitive and dismissive comments toward female place-kicker Katie Hnida, who said she herself was raped by a male teammate in 2000.

After spending seven seasons as an assistant at Colorado, Barnett took the head coaching position at Northwestern in 1992 where he revived a long-struggling Wildcats squad. He eventually led the team to the 1996 Rose Bowl and its first 10-win season before accepting the head coaching position at Colorado in 1999. He led the Buffaloes to four Big 12 Championship games in five years.

Barnett has a 92-94-2 career record.

- Will Green 

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