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  Former Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., has officially retired from football and has taken the first step in what he hopes will be a long and successful coaching career. Dineen, who starred at Free State High before becoming one of the top linebackers in the Big 12 from 2015-18, announced Monday that he had accepted an offer as a graduate assistant at SMU. Unsure of what exactly he will coach and when the job begins, Dineen said he was eager to jump feet-first into his coaching career. "It was a tough decision," Dineen told the Journal-World on Monday afternoon. "But with how cool of a school SMU is, it was hard to turn down."

Former KU linebacker and assistant coach Kevin Kane, now the SMU defensive coordinator, helped sell Dineen on the GA job. And Dineen's instincts did the rest. "I knew I wanted to stay around the game in some capacity," Dineen said. "And when coach Kane offered me this opportunity, it was too good of a deal to pass up." Dineen, who was close to making the 53-man roster with the Denver Broncos during his rookie season in the NFL, said he went back and forth between trying to keep his playing career alive and joining the coaching ranks for about three months. Ultimately, with the status of the 2020 NFL season uncertain, Dineen elected to call it a career. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#27 ILB) rSr/2019 ILB Joe Dineen Jr.Kansas
News Source: Lawrence Journal World



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