Posted by Bryan Fischer
Shockingly, Kansas made the most interesting (or bad depending on your point of view) hire of the offseason in former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis. The reaction seems to be the Jayhawks hired him?
Weis went 35-27 over five seasons with the Irish, taking them to two BCS bowls. His teams trailed off after the high-water mark in 2006 and though they never realized his "decided schematic advantage" claim, the offenses weren't terrible and he certainly recruited some talent to South Bend. Most notably he was able to beat Pete Carroll head-to-head for prospects like Jimmy Clausen and Manti Te'o.
That said, Weis recruiting to South Bend and to Gainesville this year (where's done well) is much, much different from recruiting to Lawrence, Kansas and a basketball school. He might understand the difficulties but he's never had the deck stacked against him like this. Former head coach Turner Gill didn't do too much during his time with the Jayhawks in terms of recruiting and while the new hire designed "to put Kansas on the map" will certainly grab some recruits attention, the record over the past few years will probably matter more.
It's not an impossible job but somebody has to do it. There's no talent base like there is at Florida or draw like there is with Notre Dame's national reputation and NBC contract. He can make some connections in Texas and maybe hire a top-notch defensive coordinator but it's an uphill battle from the get-go. Mark Mangino took the program to a BCS bowl but given the state of things right now, you wonder if Weis realizes what he's gotten himself in for.