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Can't Wait For Saturday | Kansas rewarding its coach for a job well done. Smart move.

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Greetings from "Can't Wait For Saturday," your morning morsel of college football, courtesy of longtime Illini beat writer, AP Top 25 voter and Heisman state rep Bob Asmussen. He'll give you his views each day on the game he loves.

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Pat on the back to the Kansas athletic department for taking care of the coach of the "other" sport on campus.

Of course, men's basketball and two-time national champion Bill Self drive the athletic bus in Lawrence.

But according to reports, football coach Lance Leipold is about to get paid too.

His salary is going above $7 million annually. Not Steve Sarkisian money, but plenty for a guy living in a city of about 95,000. The cash goes farther.

Leipold has pulled of a miracle in the Midlands, leading the Jayhawks to consecutive bowl bids. And the team is getting better. I've got Kansas winning 10 games this season and making the College Football Playoffs. December Madness.

Leipold is a proven winner at multiple levels with six Division III national titles at Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Kansas is spending money hand over fist on Leipold's program, redoing the agin stadium and building a state-of-the-art training complex.

Illinois fans will get a look at the $7 million man on Sept. 7 when the Jayhawks visit Memorial Stadium.

Should be fun.