With the new announcement that Charlie Weis will become the new Kansas Jayhawks head football coach from Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, the question must be asked: Will Dayne Crist follow him? The Notre Dame quarterback has been ready to transfer for some time and the questions have been asked whether he would go to Florida to pair with Charlie Weis or even to Texas to join the Longhorns. He’s often been compared to Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, who transferred there and experienced much success this year. But what about KU now that Weis is the new hire?
It’s clear that he will transfer somewhere. Adam Rittenberg writes, “Crist started the past two season openers for Notre Dame but had his struggles and some bad luck in South Bend. He tore the ACL in his right knee during his sophomore season in 2009 and ruptured the patella tendon in his left knee in late October of last season. Crist won the starting job entering this fall but was benched at halftime of the season opener against South Florida. Tommy Rees has been the Irish starting quarterback ever since.”
Despite the injury issues, Crist has been a highly celebrated quarterback in the past and was the Fighting Irish starter just last season. KU gives him a great shot to start in a conference that will provide plenty of attention and opportunity for great offensive output considering the lack of strong defenses in the conference. It will be interesting once the initial buzz over Weis dies down to see whether Crist follows him here.