Florida Gators offensive coordinator and former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis will become the next head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks football team, according to a Tweet from the university's official sports information account. Weis will be introduced Friday, according to the Tweet.
As early as today, Weis was considered just a rumor among media and fans around the KU program. The Jayhawks fired head coach Turner Gill after a 5-19 record over two seasons. Rock Chalk Talk debated Weis merits' today, and surmised the longtime NFL coordinator as a candidate with huge potential in Lawrence, but not a serious contender for the job:
I do think this is a name that puts people back in the seats. I do think this is a name that helps a guy like Reggie Mitchell recruit on maybe even another level and I do think Weis is a guy that could possibly help the overall state of Kansas football in some capacity. But it also sounds like a high risk, high reward move and perhaps even a completely out of left field rumor without much substance.
Weis comes to Lawrence after two pit stops post-Irish: an embattled 2011 season as offensive coordinator at Florida under Will Muschamp, where he landed following a one-year stint as offensive coordinator of the Kansas Chiefs after being fired as head coach of Notre Dame following the 2009 season. As head coach of the Irish, Weis' record was 35-27, a disappointment for Notre Dame after a 10-2 debut season that saw a BCS berth Weis could never capitalize on. The Irish finished 3-9 in 2007 and 6-6 in each of his last two seasons.