Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold will be the next head coach at Buffalo, FootballScoop has learned.
Leipold has served as a graduate assistant at Wisconsin and an assistant at Nebraska, but made his name racking up a historic run of success over the past eight years at Whitewater, where he is 106-6 with five Division III national championships. The Warhawks have posted four 15-0 seasons under Leipold, including one in 2013, and are currently in the midst of a 29-game winning streak. He also posted a 46-game winning streak from 2009-12.
Basically, the main thing to understand about Leipold is that he wins at a higher clip that just about anyone in college football. Which is exactly what Buffalo needs after a 20-36 run in five years under Jeff Quinn.
Wisconsin-Whitewater is in the midst of a run to defend its national championship, and has a third-round playoff game against Wartburg College on Saturday, so its unlikely Leipold be able to take the over the program immediately, but the school has called a 1 p.m. ET press conference Monday to announce the hire.
Buffalo is the third FBS program to fill a vacancy in the 2014-15 hiring season, following SMU (Chad Morris) and Troy (Neal Brown). Florida, Nebraska, Kansas, UNLV and Tulsa remain open at this time.