Kansas makes a big move, hires Charlie Weis

December 9, 2011

As Florida OC, Charlie Weis struggled. Can he lead a successful Kansas program?

With such a tumultuous college football season, nothing should come as a surprise anymore. However, in a somewhat desperate move, Kansas just named Florida offensive coordinator and former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis as the 37th head coach of KU football. Not only did this come as a surprise to the college football nation, but Florida head coach Will Muschamp had no idea this deal was even in the works. Muschamp had no reason to believe Weis was even interviewing at other programs.

So how does this move fair for Kansas? Kansas is coming off a horrific 2011 campaign winning zero conference games and ending the season with a paltry 2-10 record. Kansas had virtually no offense ranking 95th overall in points for, 101st for passing yards, and 60th in rushing. It is clear that these numbers got Turner Gill fired forcing Kansas to rebrand itself and find a new coach. However, Weis may not be the answer.

As the offensive coordinator at Florida, Weis’ offense boasted a horrific offensive playbook ranking 87th in passing and 75th in rushing. Florida was virtually at the bottom half of all offensive SEC categories and ended the season with a 3-5 conference record. Meanwhile, as head coach at Notre Dame, Weis amassed a 35-27 overall record with most of his wins coming off of his first two season. His last three seasons at Notre Dame were anything but stellar.  

Weis certainly has the football pedigree, but it remains to be seen if he can be a consistent and successful coach at the collegiate level.

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