With his team sitting at 1-3 after dropping nonconference games to Rice and Northern Illinois -- and facing down a daunting seven-Big 12-games-in-seven-weeks gauntlet that kicks off Saturday against No. 7 Kansas State -- you might think first-year Kansas head coach Charlie Weis would have bigger things to worry about than the slings and arrows of the school newspaper.
Not so, as he proved on his Twitter account Thursday:
Team slammed by our own school newspaper. Amazing! No problem with opponents paper or local media. You deserve what you get! But, not home!— Coach Charlie Weis (@CoachWeisKansas) October 4, 2012
Weis defended his shot at the paper by saying he was simply defending his players:
I personally could care less. You are what are. On the other hand, if I don't support the players good or bad, who will??— Coach Charlie Weis (@CoachWeisKansas) October 4, 2012
But what prompted Weis to speak out in the first place? In lieu of anything specific, it seems very likely to be this cover story from the University Daily Kansan:
Is this illustration particularly kind to, as Weis would put it, Lawrence's "home" team? No, it's not, and doubly so considering it's the rival Wildcats -- arguably the Jayhawks' only true football rival now that Missouri is off the schedule -- who have the cartoon Jayhawk clinging tenuously to the goal post.
But it's not the Kansan's role to be kind -- it's to put out the most accurate, highest-quality paper it can, and there's no denying that picture is an entirely accurate summation of the two programs' current standing. (The Wildcats are currently 24-point favorites.)
If Weis really wants better treatment from the student newspaper, we have a simple suggestion: Don't lose to Rice and Northern Illinois.