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Coach Charlie Weis ‘recruited’ Sheahon Zenger

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger listens as new football coach Charlie Weis takes questions during a news conference on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger listens as new football coach Charlie Weis takes questions during a news conference on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

December 10, 2011

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Charlie Weis press conference

Charlie Weis was introduced as Kansas University's new head football coach Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Charlie Weis introduced as Kansas head football coach

Charlie Weis said taking the head coaching job at Kansas was the right move for him and his family. Weis addressed the media Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Players surprised by, happy with Weis hire

Kansas football players Toben Opurum, Kale Pick and Tanner Hawkinson gave their thoughts on the hiring of Charlie Weis as their new head football coach Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex. Enlarge video

Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger said that Mike Leach let him know before he brought his list of 12-to-15 candidates to Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little that Leach had found a university (Washington State) he felt would fit him better.

Gray-Little, Zenger said, did not block Leach from being considered. Zenger said had Leach not told him he was more interested in going to Washington State, he would have been on his list.

“No, we didn’t,” Zenger said when asked if he and Leach talked about his lawsuits. “I didn’t have to ask that question. That’s something we talked about a year ago, his situation, but again, that’s personal.”

Weis was the last coach Zenger talked to, and he said after meeting Florida’s offensive coordinator he was convinced he would be an excellent recruiter.

“He recruited me,” Zenger said. “He’s very engaging.”

Zenger said he talked to “five-to-10 people” about Weis, including calls made to those who worked with him at Notre Dame. Zenger said he called Florida coach Will Muschamp at about 2 a.m. Thursday and left a message letting him know he would like to talk to Weis. Hours later, Muschamp returned the call and granted permission.

Zenger’s next call was to Weis, who was not surprised because some of those Zenger had called about him had let Weis know the Kansas AD was asking about him.

The AD and his new coach met at Weis’ home in Ocala, Fla., Thursday and flew to New Jersey because, Zenger said, “That’s where the chancellor was.”

Zenger said Weis appealed to him because of his personality, his successful history with quarterbacks and, “the discipline, the attention to detail, the work ethic. It’s that and his family. From what I’ve heard, he gets here at about 4:30 in the morning. I’d like to visit with him for coffee once in a while.”

Comments

Scott Morgan 2 years, 4 months ago

I saw QB Cromwell rush for over 200 yards in person. Not sure any of the plays were actually scripted. He was Michael Vick of the 70s.

Hey, Chip Weis or Mr. Rice as Chief receivers call him. is going to put all his macho, and he does have machismo into proving he can coach. Watch out Big 12, where he can pick off 4 - 5 wins a year.

What tossing high school QB wouldn't think KU now?

There are two types of big men. One type plays santa, the other can kick your loving butt. In the day Mangino and Wies were those type of men.

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sad_lawrencian 2 years, 4 months ago

There goes Keegan again, still pining for the coaching hire HE wanted. Face it, Keeg, Leach would have been a bad fit. Now, time to get on board with the Weis hire.

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pigballin 2 years, 4 months ago

Fulmer would have been my last choice. Weis is a great hire...

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missmagoo 2 years, 4 months ago

Fullmer was still my first choice, but like I've said before... finding someone interested in KU was 3/4 the battle.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 4 months ago

Like it or not, Charie Weis is our coach. Lets keep a positive attitude and see what he can do. It certainly isn't a bad hire, and could turn out to be quite charming.

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HarleyFord 2 years, 4 months ago

"Weis was the last coach Zenger talked to, and he said after meeting Florida’s offensive coordinator he was convinced he would be an excellent recruiter".

You all have been last minute Christmas shopping, remember when you are stuck what to get the wife...you pick up some flashing little babble at the last minute because you are running out of time, sounds like what we got here...not good I fear.

I think we could have done better hiring a Jayhawk! Nolan Cromewell.

Good luck Charlie! Show us what you can do here at the football pwerhouse of KU that you couldn't do at that rinky dink Notre Dame school!

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