Florida Gators' offensive coordinator and former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis has been hired as the new head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks football team and will be officially introduced at a press conference on Friday, according to the Kansas Athletics Twitterfeed.
Rumors of Weis' hiring began to spread Wednesday, though Auburn Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was considered the front-runner.
Weis will replace Turner Gill, who was fired after going 5-19 record in his two seasons with the Jayhawks.
The 55-year-old coach leaves Florida after one season. The Gators' offense averaged 27.3 points per game and 347.8 yards per game of total offense in 2011, both of which were lower-than-expected numbers. Weis spent the previous season as the offensive coordiantor of the Kansas City Chiefs. And of course, his five-year tenure as the head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish was tenuous at best. He finished 35–27 there.
Kansas' first problem is thinking they are a premier football school. They had a couple good years, but nothing more than that. The Mangino gets fired at just the right time to make it look like the program is strong. Had he stayed it would have been a bad year for him too. The cupboard was bare for Gill, and 2 years is not nearly enough time to fix a sinking ship like Kansas. Oklahoma, Nebraska, and schools like that can have quick turn-arounds because the athletes were there.
Here's a tip for Kansas, if you're going to fire coaches in 2 years time because your program sucks, don't give you new coach anything longer than a 2 year contract.
If Weis couldn't win at Notre Dame, what makes you think he stands a snowball's chance in hell at Kansas?! OH MAN, best laugh I've had in a while!
Look on the bright side. Florida can start being the contenders the are known to be. I think Weis is right where he should be.......LOL! But I do agree.....Gill wasn't given the resources or the time to make anything out of KU.
No doubt HUGE cheers are going out through Gator country!
What a terrible hire.
I'm still not sure why they fired Mangino in the first place....because he told some running back he'd send him back to his homies???
I heard that he made players do things after losses and such that lead to injury. Example, a player had to army crawl across the practice field, it was so hot he got burns from the turf.