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Charlie Weis to Kansas recruits: ‘Have you seen that pile of crap out there?’

Charlie-Weis-KansasKansas struggled under Charlie Weis in his first season as head coach last year. The Jayhawks went 0-9 in the Big 12 and 1-11 overall. Simply put, they were one of the worst teams in the country.

As a result of his team’s disastrous 2012 season, Weis has found it difficult to recruit top high school players and has had to fill out his roster with junior college transfers. But he still has to recruit, and he has found one positive to pass along to prospective players — there’s plenty of playing time to be had.

“Everyone wants to play,” Weis said at Big 12 football media day on Monday, via The Kansas City Star. “There’s no one that wants to not play. I said, ‘Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that?’ So if you don’t think you can play here, where do you think you can play? It’s a pretty simple approach. And that’s not a sales pitch. That’s practical. You’ve seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.”

While it may be practical, the Jayhawks aren’t going to land many four-star recruits that way. Being able to earn playing time on a 1-11 team doesn’t exactly scream NFL prospect, but Kansas can certainly give high schoolers an opportunity to start as freshmen. Even still, Weis said he is targeting junior college transfers because it’s rare that high schoolers can start right away.

“If you’re taking nothing but high school kids, there’s only a couple that ever end up playing as freshmen,” he said. “The rest are over on the bench with me. What good is that going to do me?”

So there you have it, high schoolers. If you want to earn playing time, enroll at Kansas and start on one of the worst teams in the country as a freshman. Or lose your job to a junior college transfer and watch your team go winless in the conference. Either way, come play for Charlie Weis.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Buyout of Charlie Weis may end up costing Notre Dame $19 million

Charlie-Weis-Notre-DameNotre Dame fans have long moved on from the Charlie Weis era. Weis was hired to coach the Fighting Irish in 2005, and he was unsuccessful in restoring a tradition of winning in South Bend. His successor, Brian Kelly, led Notre Dame to the BCS National Championship game last season. A glance at the school’s payroll might lead you to believe Weis had something to do with it.

As Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune pointed out, Notre Dame could end up paying Weis nearly $19 million to do absolutely nothing for the team when all is said and done. According to federal tax documents obtained by the Tribune on Thursday, Weis received a buyout payment of $6,638,403 when he was fired in 2009. He has since received two more payments of $2,054,744 and is scheduled to receive similar payments through 2015, which would bring his total compensation after dismissal to just south of $19 million.

Good lord. As far as the “books” are concerned, Kelly earned only $1,088,179 at Notre Dame from July 2011 to July 2012. However, the school noted that its head football coach is authorized to receive compensation from “external sources” such as apparel companies that would not have to be reported on tax forms.

Weis, who is currently the head coach at Kansas, may have his hands full with student reporters like this, but there is no need to feel sorry for him. In addition to earning a nice paycheck from the Jayhawks, Weis is scheduled to receive more than $2 million per year from Notre Dame for the next four years. Coaches may need to win to keep their jobs, but they certainly don’t have to collect hardware to keep the paychecks coming.

H/T National Football Post

Dana Holgorsen takes the ultimate shot at Charlie Weis

West Virginia and Kansas are playing on Saturday for the first time since the Mountaineers moved into the Big 12. The game will be between two teams that have disappointed. Kansas is a pathetic 1-10 under first-year head coach Charlie Weis, while West Virginia plummeted to 6-5 after a promising 5-0 start.

Though the game seems like a dud on the sports calendar given all the big conference championship games taking place that day, matters got a lot more interesting after Dana Holgorsen’s teleconference on Monday. The West Virginia coach took the ultimate shot at Weis through some heavily sarcastic praise.

“They’re going to coach them up. We’re going to be at a major schematic disadvantage going against their coaches,” Holgorsen said of Kansas. “They’ve got coaches with a tremendous pedigree that have coached everybody in the world and coached for decades and decades.

“It’ll be challenging. You never know what you’re going to get,” Holgorsen said. “They kind of have a flavor of the week in the fact that schematically, you’re dealing with a group of coaches that understand football as good or better than anybody in the country. What we’ve got to do is we’ve got to figure out what their plan is going to be.”

Can you just feel the sarcasm in those comments? Yes, Holgorsen was saying that about a 1-10 football team.

Holgorsen, of course, chose his phrases carefully.

You may recall that shortly after at Notre Dame, Weis told his players “every game you will have a decided schematic advantage,” according to Sports Illustrated.

Holgorsen took note of that phrase and threw it right back at Weis on Monday. However, it’s not like he was taking an unprompted shot at Weis; that was his response to what he likely felt was disrespect from the Kansas coach.

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Charlie Weis, Kansas trying to intimidate student reporter

Charlie Weis continues to have issues with the student newspaper at Kansas University.

The Jayhawks football coach expressed his displeasure with the The University Daily Kansan last week for running a cover image that called the Jayhawks “Road Kill” for Kansas State prior to last Saturday’s game.

Weis wrote the following two tweets in response to the cover:

The paper’s cover proved prescient; Kansas was crushed 56-16 by Kansas State.

Though Weis should be more concerned with the status of his 1-4 football team, he seems preoccupied with the student newspaper’s football writer.

According to a story published in the Daily Kansan, the football team’s media relations director met with Blake Schuster, who wrote the article accompanied by the road kill image, to warn him against asking Weis questions during a Tuesday press conference.

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Charlie Weis: I would have made Brady Quinn a winner

Charlie Weis was fired by Notre Dame after going 35-27 in five seasons as head coach of the football team, but he worked with quarterback Brady Quinn to go 19-6 in his first two years. Weis, now the coach at Kansas, believes he could have turned Quinn into a winner at the NFL level.

“Brady could have been a starting quarterback for me in the NFL,” Weis told the Kansas City Star.

“Go back and look at those numbers for the two years he played for me,” Weis said. “He was great. He wasn’t good. And I know if I had him as a quarterback, I would have felt very comfortable that I could have won no matter where we were.”

Quinn was drafted in the first round by the Browns in 2007 and has 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in his career. He started in 2009 but failed to consistently move the football, and he’s been a backup since then.

The comments are laughable for two reasons. For one, Quinn has been in the NFL for five years and is viewed as a backup quarterback. Two, Weis has an absurdly overinflated view of his ability as a coach. He parlayed his time as offensive coordinator for the Patriots into a gig with Notre Dame, then the Chiefs, then Florida, and now Kansas. He had success with the Pats because Tom Brady was his quarterback, and he was only a mediocre coach with Notre Dame after Brady Quinn left. If he’s some grand offensive wizard he takes himself to be, then why did Florida’s quarterbacks flame out so badly under his watch last season?

I do know one thing: With the way he talks about himself, at least he has no need to pay for a publicist or agent.

Helmet knock to Pro Football Talk

Sam Bradford Tried to Learn Josh McDaniels’ Offense from Charlie Weis

One of the many downsides to the NFL lockout was players being unable to meet with coaches. Saints quarterback Drew Brees had to organize and fund workouts to keep his team fresh. Matt Hasselbeck threw to his receivers in a parking lot. Guys had to improvise in the lockout to stay sharp, and apparently Rams quarterback Sam Bradford got really creative.

In order to get a jump-start on learning new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ offense, Bradford headed to Gainesville to pick Charlie Weis’ brain. You may recall that Weis was the offensive coordinator in New England when McDaniels was the team’s quarterbacks coach. Even though their offenses aren’t identical, Bradford figured it would be a good starting point.

“They spent time in New England together,” Bradford told Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples. “So their offensive philosophies are fairly similar. Obviously, they don’t run the exact same offense. But I just thought if I could come down and just talk some ball with coach Weis and get a feel for what his philosophy is, then it could possibly help me try to transition to Josh’s offense.”

Bradford said that even though he had the playbook, it’s not the same as having someone explain it to you. He says meeting with Weis was beneficial so he could gain an understanding of what McDaniels would be looking for.

I already was a Bradford fan based on his playing ability, but now we can add more positive characteristics to his abilities: creativity and improvisation.

Report: Egotistical Charlie Weis and Todd Haley Often Screamed at Each Other

A head-scratching news item was revealed last weekend, just before Kansas City’s season finale against the Raiders. It was reported and then confirmed that Charlie Weis would be leaving his position as offensive coordinator of the Chiefs for the same role at the University of Florida. Because Weis was not ascending in the coaching ranks — and arguably descending going from the NFL to college — many people wondered what sparked the move.

The carefully crafted public relations message conveyed was that Weis was moving to Florida to coach along with his son who is going to be a freshman in Gainesville. I never believed that nonsense, as only a sucker would, but I still wondered what the real reason was. Well luckily I got to hear an interview with KCSP host Nick Wright on JT The Brick’s Show on FOX Sports Radio, and let’s just say Wright did not hold back. Check out all the information he offered that most people would be afraid to say:

They bold-faced lied everybody. Todd Haley said it’s ‘bittersweet’ for me and that it’s purely family. That may or may not be true, here’s a few facts for you — Weis and Haley screamed at each other throughout the season. A handful of different players compared it to a bitter married couple. That’s a fact.

What’s also a fact, is that Charlie Weis is as egotistical, and worries more about who gets the credit than any coach I’ve ever been around. And it is not a shock to me at all that Charlie Weis left for Florida. You think the Chiefs wanted this [news] out? The Chiefs don’t let us talk to their players half the team. Charlie Weis let them leak it.

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