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Saturday, December 24, 2011

New QBs could help Weis’ recruiting

In this Oct. 31, 2009 file photo, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis puts in backup quarterback Dayne Crist against Washington State in the second half in San Antonio, Texas. Crist has decided to transfer to Kansas, where the former Notre Dame quarterback will be reunited with coach Weis.

In this Oct. 31, 2009 file photo, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis puts in backup quarterback Dayne Crist against Washington State in the second half in San Antonio, Texas. Crist has decided to transfer to Kansas, where the former Notre Dame quarterback will be reunited with coach Weis.

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Many around Lawrence — both fans and those within the program — are still in a state of euphoria.

It’s been a long time (if ever) since the Kansas University football program has experienced the kind of recruiting day it enjoyed Thursday, when a pair of former five-star quarterbacks announced within a few hours of each other that they would be coming to Kansas next season.

Dayne Crist, the No. 2-rated QB in the high school Class of 2008, who graduated from Notre Dame this month after playing for the Fighting Irish from 2008 to 2011, will be allowed to play out his final year of eligibility at KU immediately.

Jake Heaps, the top-ranked QB in the high school Class of 2010 and a BYU sophomore who started 15 games for the Cougars before being benched earlier this season, will sit out next year because of NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2013.

If things play out on the field the way they played out during KU coach Charlie Weis’ pursuit of the top-tier quarterbacks, Crist, who was recruited to Notre Dame by Weis, will be the Jayhawks’ starter next season, and Heaps will take over for 2013 and 2014.

Not since Todd Reesing beat out Kerry Meier for the starting job during the fall of 2007, has KU’s future at the position looked so bright. Even then, few could predict that Reesing, who first played as a true freshman during the final three games of the 2006 season, would go on to rewrite KU’s passing record book and become one of the best quarterbacks in the country for a couple of seasons.

With KU’s quarterback position now in good shape, the focus shifts to tracking which players may decide to join the Jayhawks because of the addition of Crist and Heaps.

“As a wide receiver, if I was a senior in high school and I was being recruited by a bunch of schools, and I found out that one of them just landed two five-star quarterbacks who have had some success in college and are going to be coached by one of the brightest QB minds in football, I would definitely have to give that school a serious, serious look,” said former KU wide receiver Harrison Hill.

The general consensus among those who cover recruiting and follow the KU program is that the Jayhawks are in line to see a recruiting haul like never before because of the star power of Weis’ two high-profile QBs. But even those with a good handle on the recruiting business, like Jon Kirby, of Rivals.com, a 13-year veteran of tracking KU recruiting, admit it’s impossible to predict how this will play out for KU because it’s never been seen before.

“The answer to that question is, yes, I believe it will have an impact on other players wanting to follow,” Kirby said. “Can I tell you that from experience? No. Because Kansas has never had these types of kids come in. It’s uncharted waters.”

Hill, who ranks 10th on KU’s all-time receptions list, said he would not be surprised to see some big-time prep receivers add the Jayhawks to their lists because of the Jayhawks’ upgrade at quarterback.

“Those are the guys who throw you the ball,” said Hill, a former captain whose KU career (1997-2001) was cut short a season because of severe dehydration issues. “Knowing their talent level and the accolades they’ve received, I would see that as a huge advantage, there’s no question.”

Like many within the KU football community, Hill found himself extremely excited about KU’s new quarterbacks when he heard the news on Thursday. But Hill’s excitement runs beyond being a former player or a fan of the program. Hill, a native of Wichita and former prep standout at Wichita Collegiate, said the addition of Crist and Heaps signaled a turn in the right direction for the Jayhawks.

“When these guys were being recruited, they saw some of the best schools in the country,” Hill said. “For them to pick Kansas must mean that they feel good about what we have here, and they believe that they could come in and get things rolling. It’s exciting.”

More on Crist

After the news broke that Crist was coming to Kansas, those who know him or played with him at Notre Dame, stepped forward, one by one, and offered their support for the quarterback who was 4-6 as a starter at Notre Dame from 2008-11. Some cheered Crist’s news on Twitter. Others shared their thoughts in interviews with various publications.

The one thing that was consistent in all of the reaction was that people genuinely liked the Canoga Park, Calif., native for who he was as a person, not just as a football player. “I’m thrilled for Dayne,” Notre Dame athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, told Pete Thamel of The New York Times. “He’s one of the great young men to ever be with us, and he found a good home.”

Two of Crist’s Notre Dame teammates shared their thoughts with Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune:

“Words cannot describe what Dayne meant to this team, what he meant to me,” quarterback Andrew Hendrix said. “Every time I needed something, I looked over to him and he would help me out. It probably got really annoying for him, actually. But he showed me how to be a leader, how to handle things. Dayne’s just the ideal quarterback and the ideal person.”

Added safety Harrison Smith: “You’re never going to meet a better guy than Dayne.”

KU’s QB picture

With Crist and Heaps coming to KU for the spring semester, that brings the total number of quarterbacks on KU’s roster to six, not counting quarterbacks-turned-receivers Kale Pick and Christian Matthews.

Included in that group, with Crist and Heaps, are: two-year starter and junior-to-be Jordan Webb; sophomore-to-be Blake Jablonski; and a pair of true freshmen who sat out 2011 in Brock Berglund and Michael Cummings.

While it seems likely that one or two of those guys will elect to continue his playing career somewhere else, there has been no official word from KU or any of the players about possible transfers.

Berglund, who graduated high school early and was supposed to join the Jayhawks last spring, ran into legal trouble and missed the entire season. When last contacted by the Journal-World in late November, Berglund, who will stand trial for third-degree assault in Colorado’s Douglas County Jan. 10-12, said his plan was to stick with the Jayhawks and return to campus Jan. 17. Berglund said he planned to participate in spring practices, and he might emerge as Crist’s main competition next season.

Comments

kusportsdotcom 7 years, 6 months ago

While I fully expect Crist to be the starter next year, it'd be great to see Berglund step up and challenge him. The starters could be Crist next year, Heaps the following two years, then Berglund as a senior. Not bad.

Ryan Lee 7 years, 6 months ago

Yup. Berglund should not be scared off. He will sit 2 years behind Heaps and step in as a junior I thought? Did Gill burn his red shirt when he came in for that 1 play? Was hesitant of the Weiss hire...and I was wrong.

Cmill1221 7 years, 6 months ago

Wait!?!? I thought he never came back!?!?

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

I just checked the roster and Berglund isn't even listed anymore. I'm guessing he is gone because he was on the roster during the season. I find it odd that his name has been removed.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

I looked on kusports.com under football and under roster. And he was there a couple weeks ago. If you see him on there please let me know. I may have missed him. I checked a couple times.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

Yes I realize that. But I still find it odd that he's no longer listed as being on the roster and he was on kusports just a few weeks ago. I never said I checked the official site. But nor does that mean that it's untrue. It's been dicey since he first changed his mind to come here.

Cmill1221 7 years, 6 months ago

I would not be shocked if we never saw berglund in a KU uniform. Considering he never set foot on the KU campus, the head coach that wanted him is gone and the fact CW has already brought in not one but TWO other highly rated guys tells me CW probably doesn't consider berglund to be a competitor for the starting job. And I get the feeling that if he was a real option to start last year there would have been more of an effort to get back to campus (I know he had legal isues, but he still was absent at summer workouts that he could have attended). With that being said if he wasn't going to beat out Webb last year I see no way he can compeat for the job this year.

Eric Williams 7 years, 6 months ago

I'd rather let Cummings be the backup than Berglund. He at least was a part of the team and has been on campus.

Andy Hess 7 years, 6 months ago

Where do you get your BS facts? Berglund absolutely was on campus before the start of Spring practices and participated in limited summer workouts before his legal issues. Try having an informed opinion. It carries more believability.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

Um. When did Bergland do anything? I thought he came to campus and had to go home immediately? I was pretty sure they made a big deal out of him graduating early and then NOT participating in spring drills which was originally thought to be cold feet and we later found out about "the punch". I remember hearing that him not playing spring ball would make it hard for him to challenge for the starting job in the fall. I then remember Gill saying he was gonna sit this year due to his legal problems going back and forth to Colorado. I don't think he practice in the spring, he may have been here briefly. I also remember hearing him being on campus for team pics. But I really don't think he practiced much if any.

CALLING MATT TAIT! Can you clarify this???? I know he never played in a game nor suited up.

Sayers44 7 years, 6 months ago

Berglund never participated in Spring drills, summer drills or any drills..... He showed up for a week on campus, left school and then has only showed up to have his picture taken for the media guide. He was at one or two practices in street clothes. Berglund has never participated in a KU football practice in pads.

"Brock Berglund has decided to change to modified class scheduling this semester," Gill said. "This change will allow him to still be eligible this fall. Due to personal circumstances we have decided it is in his best interest to come in the summer with the rest of the outstanding 2011 recruiting class.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

Yeah I didn't think he practiced but I wasn't positive and thought he may have been on the field for a couple. I remember asking Matt for berglund sightings and we never got much.

Cmill1221 7 years, 6 months ago

Ok well, all I know is he was here for a short time in spring then after "defending his girlfriends honor"(not a smart choice) he was gone and never heard from again. FACT #1: There are not one but two new QBs on campus. FACT #2 if it was going to be hard for him to beat out Jordan Webb for the starting job his chance of playing time does not look good. That being said it would not shock me if he never came back.

troutsee 7 years, 6 months ago

Agree. Bergland's heart is not in playing college football.

troutsee 7 years, 6 months ago

Agree. Berlund's heart is not in playing college football.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 6 months ago

Save your typing when it comes to BB. The #13 rated dual threat qb whose only offer was from CU...Homie (errr, Charlie) dont plat that!

Michael Thorp 7 years, 6 months ago

Hope there's still some good receivers available cause we're going to need some. RCJHK!

hammr25 7 years, 6 months ago

Can these guys also play defense? No one else at KU could this year.

Kevin Studer 7 years, 6 months ago

The defense is terrible, but I think that had more to do with coaching than talent. Most of the guys on defense were 3-star players coming out. To be the worst defense in FBS history, the coaches had to be completely inept. I think whoever is hired to coach the defense will have a much bigger impact than recruiting.

MN_Jayhawk39 7 years, 6 months ago

The fact that our defense was so horrible started with the fact that our offense was inept. How often did the offense go 3 and out? This put the ball back into the hands of the opposition. This is a bad thing to happen in the Big 12 where you have high power offenses going up against a very TIRED Jayhawk defense. Now, I will admit, our defense had MANY glaring holes (especially on the D-Line), but to have an offense that holds onto the ball longer will give us an opportunity to be more competitive and eventually win games (ie, Texas Tech, Baylor).

It takes a humble man to admit that he was wrong and he screwed up, and HCCW admitted that he learned some lessons at ND and I feel confident that he will land a solid D-Coordinator.

wfzman 7 years, 6 months ago

Remember that an offense that can score 30-40 points a game will improve any defense. Not only that it is much more fun to watch.

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 6 months ago

Well, there is a strategy in football in which your offense hangs onto possession and limits the time your defense is on the field, for starters... I believe bill Snyder lives and dies by this philosophy.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 6 months ago

That's generally true, but our offense actually had a really nice time of possession in most games. Our defense truly was that awful. But I do tend to agree that better conditioning, coaching, scheming and players will all be part of the equation in the fall.

Eric Williams 7 years, 6 months ago

how much of that "time of possession" did we pick up in the 3rd and 4th quarters when the other team pulled their starters?

KU_Alumn_2000 7 years, 6 months ago

Hammer - my thoughts exactly. I'm thrilled about getting these QBs...but we still have a huge task ahead by fixing the D- line.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

We picked up two Juco D-lineman! That should help quite a bit!

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/school/_/id/2305/kansas-jayhawks

http://rivals.yahoo.com/kansas/football/recruiting/commitments/2012/kansas-20

There both guys are listed as recruits on espn and rivals. Although stowers is listed as a DE. I imagine they will try and move him to DT given his size!

Ty McKinney DT 6"3' 310

Keon Stowers DT 6"2' 270

LAJayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Biek,

We currently have commitments from Keon Stowers, a DE from Georgia Military College, and Ty McKinney, a DT from Trinity Valley Community College. Both JuCo transfers.

Here's the commitment list from Rivals. Don't know if you can see it without a subscription, but I think you can....

http://rivals.yahoo.com/kansas/football/recruiting/commitments/2012

rockchalknation 7 years, 6 months ago

Wikipedia has already updated Mike Nolan as Defensive Coordinator at the University of Kansas! That was quick. Keep the good news coming...Merry Christmas KU football.

Kevin Studer 7 years, 6 months ago

I certainly hope that is true! Nolan would be a fantastic DC!

Sam Brockert 7 years, 6 months ago

Wikipedia? That is the source you are seriously using?

Thomas Young 7 years, 6 months ago

Well, he did just edit it. If he can't trust himself, wo can he trust?

blackhawkjayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Jan. 1 To-Do List for Tim Grunhard:

  1. Call the lineman who just committed to Iowa State.

  2. Call him again.

  3. Call him again.

  4. Get him to change his commitment.

Recruits are like girlfriends, until there's a ring, it's not a closed deal.

NJHAWK 7 years, 6 months ago

Matt, can you check if Mike Nolan is indeed a new DC at KU? Wikipedia has been updated.

Justin LoBurgio 7 years, 6 months ago

Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator?

I may need to see the doctor. This definitely has lasted more than four hours!

Gary Wirsig 7 years, 6 months ago

OK that completely blindsided me...never laughed like that on this site before.

rockchalknation 7 years, 6 months ago

Hope Mike Nolan news is accurate. An absolute 360 degree monster slam dunk! Check out his resume on your own KU football fans....you will love it and what he brings to KU.

Phoggin_Loud 7 years, 6 months ago

If it is Mike Nolan as DC, I love the timing of the news. Once again, KU football will be national news...during all of the NFL games. Brilliant!

LAJayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

If this is true, I have only one thing to say...

RockinChalkinLA 7 years, 6 months ago

Unbelievable! It is already on Wiki! And before all the naysayers out there sart in on "He won't stay" I Don't Care. Awesome! RCJHGKU.

wildcatkiller 7 years, 6 months ago

Tait, Did last year count on a year of Brocks elegibility?

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 6 months ago

You don't need Matt for that one. It won't count towards his four years, although I'm quite sure his NCAA clock did start ticking.

ccarp 7 years, 6 months ago

Wake up, Matt, we gotta know if the Nolan rumors are true! :-)

championhawks 7 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone have a link for the Nolan news other than Wikipedia? I have looked everywhere and can't find anything to confirm that news. Hope it's true though! Rock Chalk!

willie_fu_fu 7 years, 6 months ago

It would be fantastic if Weis could get alot of the local talent to stay closer to home. Players such as Nathan Scheelhaase - illinois QB, Montee Ball - Wisconsin RB and Heisman finalist, Blake Bell - Oklahoma, Joseph Randle - Oklahoma State, ect. I consider Missouri somewhat local due to how close the border is.

JHAWKNPHX 7 years, 6 months ago

Nolan to KU 12-24-11. Press release on Monday??

Kenny Terry 7 years, 6 months ago

I read the wikipedia page on Mike Nolan and just wondering about the career numbers they list 18-37? Are those numbers as a d coordinator or as a head coach?

Matt Elliott 7 years, 6 months ago

Just Google Mike Nolan and the first page is Wikipedia. Says current KU DC!!! Who needs viagra with the news we have received the past three days!!!! Is this true Mr. Tait???

Kenny Terry 7 years, 6 months ago

I read the wikipedia page on Mike Nolan and just wondering about the career numbers they list 18-37? Are those numbers as a d coordinator or as a head coach?

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 6 months ago

@ mctait @ JayhawkSlant Current Miami Dolphins DC Mike Nolan will take the same job with Charlie Weis at KU. Announcement Monday. # kufball

I don't speak twitter. What does this mean?

ccarp 7 years, 6 months ago

Translation: hey Matt Tait and the good people at Jayhawk Slant, Mike Nolan will be the DC at KU. There will be an announcment of this hire on Monday. FYI to those following kufball.

ccarp 7 years, 6 months ago

Not sure if true, but that's what it says.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

So this is on Matt Tait's twitter page???

LAJayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

No, it's an unverified account that was including Tait and Jayhawkslant. There is nothing more to this rumor than this at the moment. Doesn't mean it's not true, but we don't have any more info than this it seems.

Matt Elliott 7 years, 6 months ago

This is unreal!!! Christmas comes early again!!

Sayers44 7 years, 6 months ago

Jordan Webb was cut by Weis the second day he got to KU.

Webb will not be back at KU.

The press will write it up like Webb transferred because of the new competition, but reality is Weis did not renew Webb's scholarship.

A student isn't set for the next four years when he accepts a scholarship. A coach awards a scholarship for one academic year, and the school must renew the scholarship by July 1 for the next academic year. A scholarship can be terminated for any reason. Common reasons for termination include the player breaking a team rule, getting injured or playing poorly.

Weis did not renew Webb scholarship.

middleoftheroader 7 years, 6 months ago

Now we know who ahpersecoachingexperience is... Mike Gundy!

JayHawkFanToo 7 years, 6 months ago

Can you cite a single source for your comments? There is ZERO evidence that Weis cut Webb from the program, asked him to transfer or took his scholarship away. Again, pulling random words ( I would not call them thoughts) from you rear end does not constitute a source.

Stacy Grus 7 years, 6 months ago

Check your facts: not true at all........

Sayers44 7 years, 6 months ago

You doubters can apologize later.

Will be interesting to see how the press tries to spin it to not make Weis look insensitive.

Scholarships are renewed each year at the discretion of the head coach.

Bottom line is Webb is done at KU. FACT!

wfzman 7 years, 6 months ago

I'd like to see Travis Relaford as a wide-out. He is fast, tall, agile and tough. I believe he played in HS. Look around the NFL, he is the prototype. Probably a better chance as a pro in football.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm pretty sure that boat sailed out long ago! His little brother was a football recruit as well but given the fact he only has 1 year of eligibility remaining he has little to no chance of seeing the field. Now if we went after players of his size I'm good with that. No doubt! Remember how that crossover to football worked at QB for Conner Teahan? He couldn't beat out Webb in fact I think he was like 4th or 5th on the chart.

ahpersecoachingexperience 7 years, 6 months ago

So,I kind of get a "Bon Jovi is dead" feel with all this Mike Nolan talk.

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 6 months ago

Jayhawk slant is saying they have no idea about the Nolan rumors via twitter....

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 6 months ago

"We don't epxect an announcement for the DC on Monday. Not sure where that started #kufb"

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 6 months ago

A couple years ago, Wiki also had been updated with Gary Patterson as the new coach at KSU. Obviously, that didn't happen!

Tony Bandle 7 years, 6 months ago

I just read on Wiki, Dec.24 has been declared a new holiday and it's called Santa's Fools Day and the Mike Nolan to Kansas as the DC is the inaugural Santa's Fools joke.

I am so proud to be a Kansas football fan!!!!!

Steve Brown 7 years, 6 months ago

When Coach Fam hit the pearly gates Peter & he were chatting about his good life and being a positive role model for so many young men, unlike the Penn State and Syracuse jerks and wondered if coach had three wishes.

Fam didn't need much, lived a simple life then off hand mentioned getting KU a couple 5* QB for the next three seasons would be a start, and some powerhouse coaching and if not too much trouble move Mizzou to Alcatraz Island, Attica or the SEC East.

number1jayhawker 7 years, 6 months ago

Probably a kittie or moo fan putting that info on there just to mess with us.

Philip Nguyen 7 years, 6 months ago

KU is very fortunate to get a great student athlete in Crist, everything I've read about this kid has been delightful, inspiring, rejoicing, and exciting. This guy is a great leader. I can't wait til spring, the new era in KU football. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!

Micky Baker 7 years, 6 months ago

I've watched some Dayne Crist high light reels. He's a drop back, throw the ball. He doesn't have the ball in his hand for more than maybe 1 to 1 and a half seconds a lot of times. He's accurate too. He gets the ball the receiver in a hurry. That could be a fit with this bunch of receivers we have.

There is only one real good 5 star athlete that currently has KU on his list, and who knows, maybe one or two others will now take a serious look at Kansas. "Springfield, Missouri Charlie".

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

I will say this, too. I'm no longer worried about attendance at Memorial Stadium for 2012. There will be people wanting to see Crist perform and the hill will have plenty of people watching.

I'm looking at our schedule:

TCU and West Virginia will be home games most likely because of who they replace on our schedule would have been both road games in 2011. Iowa State coming to Kansas, Texas at Kansas, Oklahoma State at Kansas(Weeden and Blackmon gone). OU loses quite a bit too.

I watched La Tech play TCU a couple of nights ago, maybe I'm wrong here, but TCU looks beatable for us next year. But I will say this, I live 25 miles from TCU's campus and I will be getting tickets when we play them in Ft. Worth in both basketball and football. They're already on the schedule in other sports like baseball. (With Gill coaching, not so sure I would do that).

I watched San Diego State the other night, and they got rocked pretty hard. They're coming to Lawrence next Fall. I can see us in three years on top of the Big 12, provided, we get a good, disciplined, DC that is a no BS kind of guy and doesn't think the players are too stupid to understand a cover 2 from a 4:3 base.

I think we have a solid receiver core right now, but it needs more depth. Jackson and Sheperd are young, and didn't get the ball thrown their way much a season ago, probably because of the routes they ran, most verticals, posts, and deep crossing patterns(Bad OC'ing). Beshears returns, and Patterson(not sure if he'll get a medical redshirt, I feel bad for the kid getting hurt because he can be pretty good).

We also have 3 solid players on the D that we can build around for the next season, but we need a D-line to put pressure on the opposing QBs that destroyed us this past season.

Heaps, Heisman, 2014? It is possible.

I'm very excited to see how this plays out.

Philip Nguyen 7 years, 6 months ago

That was one of the worst defensive team I've ever seen in a college level. They seem lost most of the times. If somehow we can get this defense to rank in the top 50 we'll have a winning record. The offense will be good with HCCW and Crist. I'm just as excited as you are. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!

texashawk10 7 years, 6 months ago

SDSU stands for South Dakota State, not San Diego State in the case of KU's 2012 schedule along with Rice and @Northern Illinois and possibly a fourth non-conference depending on whether or not WVU joins in 2012 or if they have serve out their 27 months in the Big East.

Philip Nguyen 7 years, 6 months ago

Regarding Mike Nolan, it would be great news if he took the KU job but he's one of the best defensive coach in the NFL. He might even be consider for the Phins job, or another defensive job in the NFL. I see him as more of an NFL guy. But here's an article about him. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/dolphins/mike-nolan-happy-as-miami-dolphins-defensive-coordinator-2034868.html

mikehawk 7 years, 6 months ago

I am the first to admit I have been hard on the Jayhawk football program, and what was left of it three weeks ago. But I am happy to eat lots of crow if the Old Ball Coach can turn things around as quickly as many profess. I have been skeptical, and remain so. However, the fact we are talking about football during basketball season, have two great recruits just landed, and the chance to have them be anchors to draw in even more, is truly amazing. I'll say this, it is one heck of a start.

squawkhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Here is my concern. Weis, Grunhardt, Nolan...seems like Weis' strategy is to bring in many pro guys with limited or no experience at the college level. It has been proven time and time again that pro ball experience (coaching or playing) does not necessarily translate to success at the college level. I hope these guys can get it done but only time will tell. Also, it sounds like he is set on a pro style offense (which few teams run successfully in college these days) and a 3-4 defense which is dependent 100% on having the right personnel (which KU does not currently have and probably won't have for 2 to 3 years). Many college teams have abandoned the 3-4 defense for this very reason, lack of quality personnel to run it. I really hope Weis knows what he is dong and this isn't another Ron Prince-like experiment. This time at KU's expense.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Nolan was an LB/DB coach at Stanford, Rice and LSU for a total of 5 seasons before moving onto the NFL. Not a tremendous amount of experience in the NCAA, but he's certainly not a rookie to the college game, either. I understand what you're saying, but I wouldn't be as worried about Nolan's transition as I might be someone else.

Although, to second Apherse, these rumors are seeming more and more like a bogus joke.

Randy Bombardier 7 years, 6 months ago

On NFL to college coaching, yes but...it has appeared for the last several years that our DC really did not know what he was doing. I would gladly take someone who does.

Calijhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

Still taking bets on how long it will take Bill Snyder to re-retire once he starts losing the state of Kansas again...

Lance Hobson 7 years, 6 months ago

Nolan is a spoofer. Whoever wrote that on Wikipedia also wrote that he was to be named the head coach at KU, and added "Rock Chalk Jayhawk!" Not to mention the KU colors on his stats on the right side. Note to whoever updated his page: It's not April Fool's Day.

Micky Baker 7 years, 6 months ago

Wikipedia is not an academically accepted resource, and I'm sure many journalists don't use it. If there are some that do, then that would seriously damage their credential of ethics.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

That info appears to no longer be on the Wiki page, FWIW.

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 6 months ago

I kinda hate to ask this, but was the tweet that Matt Tait made this morning about Nolan to KU based solely off of Wikipedia information? Or is there some more credible info out there we don't know about?

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 6 months ago

Couldn't he have deleted it? Why would jayhawkslant tweet "@JonesinKC @mctait Don't go putting any money on this prediction" this morning if mctait didn't say anything?

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 6 months ago

Also, the link above us from andrewbary mentions a Tait tweet.

LAJayhawk 7 years, 6 months ago

[sigh] No it doesn't. It mentions Tait being included (as well as Jayhawkslant, the rivals page) on an unverifiable tweet. Basically, someone said, "Hey, Matt Tait, check this out..." It's twitters way of telling someone something.

This has been mentioned more than once in this comment section.

Benjamin Piehler 7 years, 6 months ago

Forgive me for not reading the comment section "cover to cover". Just seeing if there was ever any traction on this thing to begin with. Merry Christmas

James Kiernan 7 years, 6 months ago

I try not to get too caught up in football recruiting hype, but I'm pretty excited to see what Dayne can do next year. Also, could not give a flip about Brock Burgland at this point.

TXJAYHAWK7 7 years, 6 months ago

Im wondering why everyone is giving Crist the job he still has to compete I think we may be surprised at who comes out the starter, In the end the coach should field the best team and who ever is the best qb should play,

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