As Kansas winds down a season that has been difficult, changes are beginning to take place. Late Wednesday night, Kansas football confirmed that offensive line coach Tim Grunhard will step down following Saturday's season finale against Kansas State.
The move is in no way related to the difficulties of the season, but rather so Grunhard can devote more time to his family, as oppose to the constant and very time-consuming grind that comes with being a college football coach.
"As of Sunday I will be leaving my position as offensive line coach at the University of Kansas. With the time commitment and challenges of major college football, I felt I was being delinquent in my responsibilities to my family," Grunhard said in a statement. "With three kids at Bishop Miege and one more attending next year, the burden was too great for my wife, Sarah, to handle on her own. I would like to thank Coach Weis and the rest of the Kansas football staff for teaching me the valuable lessons of loyalty and due diligence. I plan on continuing my relationship with the KU community that I have grown to love and respect."
Head coach Charlie Weis said that a replacement had been found and that would be announced at a later date when that coach becomes available. On Wednesday, the focus was on his long time friend, as they prepare for what they hope will be a happy ending to a tough season.
"We began talking about this a month ago," Weis said in a statement. "Next year, all four of his kids will be in the same high school at the same time. Tim and his wife, Sarah, are great parents, but Tim felt it wasn't fair to put that all on her. We started as friends and that friendship has only grown stronger. I wish Tim and the entire Grunhard family happiness and success."