Coaching choice

Charlie Weis is a big name in football and fans hope his tenure at Kansas University will be a big success.

December 11, 2011


Welcome to Lawrence, Charlie Weis.

Yes, Charlie Weis is a big name in football — both college and pro — one that’s recognized by even the most casual fan. Weis was named Friday as Kansas University football coach, replacing Turner Gill, a coach who won just five games in two years.

Weis has won four Super Bowls rings, called plays for quarterback Tom Brady as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator and was head coach of Notre Dame, where he successfully recruited some of the game’s top high school players. He has a résumé that few college coaches — especially previous KU coaches — can match.

His hiring creates much-needed excitement for the KU football program and should help to sell tickets at Memorial Stadium next fall. College sports is driven by money, and, from a financial standpoint, Weis’ hiring is good for KU and the athletic department.

In the 11 days since Gill’s firing, KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger was tireless in his chase to find a successor, crisscrossing the country in his pursuit. Zenger should be congratulated for his choice, his first major hire at KU. We don’t know whom Zenger talked to or who might have turned him down, but he produced a candidate Jayhawk fans can celebrate.

Is Weis the perfect choice? That’s debatable. This is his fourth job in the past four years. But Weis comes to Lawrence with strong credentials, national recognition and everyone should hope he’s a great success at KU.


Bob Forer 3 years, 10 months ago

A very noncommittal editorial, yet fitting and proper. Only time will tell, but its hard not to be optimistic.

Peter Macfarlane 3 years, 10 months ago

Wouldn't it be nice if we paid as much attention in the media about the hiring of individual teaching faculty as we did to the hiring of a coach? It makes me think that higher education is more about entertainment of the masses than their preparation for careers.

Terry Sexton 3 years, 10 months ago

No, it wouldn't as nice. It would be boring. Sports equals entertainment for fans. Education is not entertainment, so go dowse on somebody else's parade.

Larry 3 years, 10 months ago

If my memory serves me correct, KU basketball had sunk to levels we hadn't seen in quite some time back in 1984. KU hired what many considered a mobile basketball coach in Larry Brown. I recall hearing many concerns about his inability to stick around in one place, yet so many of us were excited with optimism over the hire. This situation kind of reminds me of that situation. NOTE: I'm not comparing KU bb history to KU fb history, just the situation of hiring a former big name professional coach who can't seem to stay in one place long. LB brought recruits and coaching to KU. Hopefully CW does the same.

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