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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Charlie Weis’ search for D.C. ongoing

KU football coach might be eyeing NFL assistant

Charlie Weis laughs at the podium as he addresses media members during a news conference in which Weis was announced as the new football coach for KU on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

Charlie Weis laughs at the podium as he addresses media members during a news conference in which Weis was announced as the new football coach for KU on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at the Anderson Family Football Complex.

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Kansas University’s search for a new head football coach is long over, but the Jayhawks’ quest to find a new defensive coordinator has moved into its third week.

When Charlie Weis was introduced as KU’s coach on Dec. 9, he gave no timetable for when he would have his coaching staff in place and said his focus was on bringing in the best fits.

“I hired a bunch of good coaches (at Notre Dame), but never really got it right,” Weis said. “Whether it was chemistry on offense or going through multiple coordinators on defense … if I had got it right, I would still be there and still be the head coach.”

Instead, Weis was fired after five seasons, which eventually opened the door for him to come to Kansas. While the hiring of Weis made an enormous splash, it also intensified the interest in KU football and has left many clamoring for information about everything from Weis’ staff and the players he is recruiting to whether the names would return to the backs of the uniforms next season.

Weis, a former NFL offensive coordinator with the New York Jets, New York Giants, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, may draw on all of his pro football experience to fill what many believe will be the most important position on his coaching staff at KU. Sources have indicated to the Journal-World that at least a couple of current NFL defensive coordinators have landed on Weis’ short list.

That could explain the delay in nailing it down. With the NFL now in its final week of the regular season, Weis could be going the courteous route and waiting for NFL teams to wrap up before he has formal discussions with any potential coordinators.

Speculation about the names on his list might lead to San Diego and Miami. Both teams have been eliminated from postseason play and will have new head coaches next season.

San Diego defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has 11 years of experience on an NFL sideline. Prior to joining the coaching fraternity, Manusky played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs.

While 2011 marked his first season as the Chargers’ defensive coordinator, Manusky, 45, worked the same job for the San Francisco 49ers from 2007-10. Prior to that, he coached linebackers for the Chargers from 2002-06 and broke into NFL coaching by overseeing the linebackers in Washington in 2001.

A native of Pennsylvania and 1988 graduate of Colgate University, where he was the Colonial League’s defensive player of the year in 1987, Manusky retired in 1999 after a playing career that included a stretch of 113 consecutive games.

The Chargers’ defense, which ranks 12th in total defense, 10th in pass defense and 20th in rush defense, operates out of a 3-4 set. During his stint as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator, Manusky’s defenses ranked in the top 15 three times, including two seasons as the sixth-stiffest run defense in the league.

Reports surfaced earlier this month that San Diego intends to fire head coach Norv Turner at season’s end, which could mean that Manusky, too, soon will be looking for work.

Miami DC, Mike Nolan, 52, a native of Baltimore, has coached in the NFL since 1987, including 13 seasons and six stops as a defensive coordinator — most notably with Baltimore from 2002-04 — and a four-year run as the head coach of the 49ers from 2005-08. Nolan is in his second season with the Miami, which fired head coach Tony Sparano two weeks ago. During his time with the Dolphins, Nolan has elevated the defense into the top half of the league, including taking a unit that ranked 22nd in total D in 2009 and transforming it into the sixth toughest defense in the NFL in 2010. Like Manusky’s in San Diego and some of Weis’ teams at Notre Dame, the Dolphins’ base defense utilizes the 3-4 approach.

At his introductory news conference, Weis spoke of bringing in a veteran to run the KU defense, allowing him more time and freedom to focus on upgrading the offense. While it’s still too soon to tell if Manusky or Nolan is a finalist for the job at Kansas, both seem to fit the profile Weis is seeking.

“What you would like to do is get involved (with the defense) early in the week and study the opponent’s personnel and say, ‘Hey, this is where I see them vulnerable,’” Weis said. “Ideally, that’s what you would like to get to. (I have) a couple of candidates for defensive coordinator, and if one of them comes to fruition you will see what I’m talking about. In the beginning, I would like to let somebody run the defense and let me run the offense.”

Comments

Kansashawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Grog me no likey

Koenning likey

Leavitt likey

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diehardjhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Hearing thru the back channels that Al Groh from GT is the leading candidate....my source has a back connection to Weis....Groh has a nice resume and is a Parcells guy

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TXJAYHAWK7 2 years, 3 months ago

We need a D coordinator that's experienced with recruiting in the south east mississippi, alabama, louisiana we need some strong d linemen aggressive and quick off the ball. Yes a nfl name looks good but so does Kim K doesnt mean im going to marry her. Lets hope ol CW can recruit on the college level effectively. Lets be honest the winning seasons he had at ND were while utilizing most of the players Ty Willingham recruited. If we are going to be competitive we have to get in the homes of some game changers and make a good impression on them and their families. Im interested to see what the signing class looks like this year keeping my fingers crossed for some great d linemen Rock Chalk

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jhawk2325 2 years, 3 months ago

Found this on youtube. Possible configuration of memorial stadium with field lowered. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Dnmp...

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Kansashawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully Pick can show him how to run crisper routes

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

From what I read stoops did a gentlemanly thing and signed a waiver so McCay won't lose a year. He'll still have to sit out a year. But like Heaps he'll have two left if he reunites with Grunhard. Class of 2010, #6 overall WR according to rivals, a solid 5 star.

According to the article he's rumored to be leaning towards reuniting with Grunhard.

RCJ Weis!

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 3 months ago

Don't you have to sit for 2 years if you transfer in conference? Or is that an old rule?

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Kansashawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Haven't found that on ESPN, OU student paper or rivals.com. Not sure where you're getting your info??

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jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 3 months ago

Is it true? Justin McCay transferring from OU to KU?

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Randy Bombardier 2 years, 3 months ago

I would like to see us to continue to hand them their last loss each year, the finishing touches on a bowl-less season.

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KGphoto 2 years, 3 months ago

Let's see. Football news...

2012 Missouri SEC Conference football schedule.

Sept. 8: GEORGIA Sept. 22: at South Carolina Oct. 6: VANDERBILT Oct. 13: ALABAMA Oct. 27: KENTUCKY Nov. 3: at Florida Nov. 10: at Tennessee Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

I translate this to about 2-6 in conference since they do get Vandy and Kensucky at home. Have fun being Misery! Guess that clumsy moron Truman won't have to worry about mis-handling any more trophies.

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wildjayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

What a great win for Missoui in their bowl game.

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squawkhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

This is starting to smell like the head coach hiring fiasco. The longer this drags out the greater the likelihood we'll end up with other school's leftovers. And the points made above about hiring a DC with college experience with the spread offense is dead on. If not, we'll be in the same position on defense (or lack of) that we have been.

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

Where's the football story today? Time to check NY Times and Chicago Tribune.

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rockemchalkemrobots 2 years, 3 months ago

Here, I'll even write a football story to get the ball rolling.

Where We Are Going From Here: Kansas University to Officially Change Its Name During Track Re-dedication Ceremony by Rockem A. Chalkem

(Lawrence) In a strange twist, Kansas University is changing its name from Kansas University to Kansas University. The official change will come next Fall when Kansas University, formerly Kansas University, opens its football season against the University of South Dakota State. The name change has come after several years of self mis-identification as "Kansas University", instead of the arbitrary, but usage guide correct, "Kansas University". It will co-incide with a multi-million dollar ceremony to re-dedicate the track surrounding Kansas University's football field. The track, which has hosted the Jayhawk Relays for, we'll say, 100 years, will be resurfaced due to anticipated usage over the next 100 years. The resurfacing is estimated to cost an estimated 100 million dollars, and will take approximately 24 months. The ceremony will kick off the resurfacing which will render approximately 30 feet inside of the track unusable during Kansas University's home games. When asked about the significance of the event, former Jayhawk running back Jon Cornish asked, "How did you get this number?" Former coach Turner Gill commended the move, stating that the distance from the field is an added benefit [of Memorial Stadium], and that because players do not have names on their jerseys, eye strain should be minimal.

A previous version of this story contained an expletive laced tirade directed at Jaybate.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 3 months ago

Players leaving, coaches recruiting, staff being put together, heck even an article on what T Geezey is doing at Liberty would be nice. We been feed almost nothng from the ljw since HCCW was hired Hate to ask but is there another site (one of those pay ones) that could feed my addiction?

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rockemchalkemrobots 2 years, 3 months ago

What, no daily football fix? Can't we see what Baby Jay thinks of the pro-style offense? Gimme sumthin', Matt!

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JHWKDW 2 years, 3 months ago

My choice and I think Zengers choice if he had a hand in it is Jim Leavitt the San Francisco 49er Linebacker coach!He was with Zenger and is close with him!Id love to have someone from the 49ers Like to see the 49er winning way brought to Lawrence!

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TheSportsDon 2 years, 3 months ago

Anyone else ever wonder who the other head coach candidates might have been? Or who Zenger spoke with during the process? I would find that curious to say the least.

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Janet Scott 2 years, 3 months ago

If Leavitt, then why not rehire Mangino? If Mangino, then why not hire Santa Claus? If Santa, then why not hire Rudolph? Shoot, let's bring back Terry Allen or even Bob Valsente. What about Glen Mason? Maybe Lou Saban or Les Miles would be interested in the DC job at KU.

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Matthew Pritchard 2 years, 3 months ago

Highly doubt it will be Leavitt. Weis will bring someone in who he has coached against in the NFL or who he has strong ties with. I would like to see him hire Clint Bowen as DB coach since he coached up great players when he was here. Plus, he can recruit Texas well and will be happy to come back to Lawrence.

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ColoKU 2 years, 3 months ago

What about Jim Leavitt? Any word on him still being a strong candidate to not only take over as our DC, but also "Coach in Waiting?"

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Larry Ewart 2 years, 3 months ago

If we get a strong DC that will truly make a difference after the debacle this past year. I know we had some injuries at the DL position but the way our DB's played all season was a travesty. Shealy is probably a very good position coach but being thrown in to the DC job was not a good move on TG's part. Michigan had a poor defense in 2010 and brought in a very experienced DC from the NFL and presto the defense was shutting people down. Weis will make the right move.

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jayhawkintx1973 2 years, 3 months ago

Either of these two guys or Leavitt would turn heads around the Big 12 and the nation as they are wondering including other teams like UCLA and A&M. They'd be wondering, why didn't we at least talk to Weis instead of just assume he didn't learn from his stint at ND. Although, Lawrence might have been the only place Weis would have went. If we get one of those three guys as DC, I can realistically see Kansas getting big name recruits on both sides of the ball for a couple of years, and then, well, a Big 12 Championship or 2 and maybe even a bid in the BCS Bowl Championship?

Hey, there is some big potential brewing if he can get either of the guys he's listed, and I'm thinking there are a couple of others on that list that have clinched play-off spots already. The DC over there at Arrowhead may be one of them, as they were in the playoff hunt until Saturday's loss to the Raiders.

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Jayhawk1116 2 years, 3 months ago

I'll take a solid DC (or OC, for that matter) who wants to take over (and has experience at) the head coaching job once Weis invariably leaves in a few years.

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danmoore 2 years, 3 months ago

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danmoore 2 years, 3 months ago

Just get a real DC and that will be a major improvement. In Gill's defense Shealy got tossed into the fire at the last minute. Any team would have had a tough year under the same circumstances.

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roosey 2 years, 3 months ago

Maybe the Chiefs will decide to look elsewhere for a new head coach and KU will get Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator? lol

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BabyJay2009 2 years, 3 months ago

Mike Nolan -- Devout Roman Catholic! Would love to welcome him Home any day!

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TheSportsDon 2 years, 3 months ago

Forgot to add - look for the DC to be a Catholic. Seems to be the one common thread in his past KU hires. Just saying.

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TheSportsDon 2 years, 3 months ago

On the search for a defensive coordinator I hope the media continues to say they just don't know. It's ok to report the fact's of NOT knowing instead of giving us a laundry list of guesses like the media did on the head coaching hire. Sometimes in journalism the news of the day is, there is no news. Refreshing from a fan stance that we are craving ANY news from Weis, even the name on the back of the jersey's! Oh how time changes. Season's Greetings KU fans.

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blackink 2 years, 3 months ago

You can have Chris Cosh. #Cosh4KU

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JayHok 2 years, 3 months ago

Here's footage of a committed TE, Jordan Smith. With Crist, Heaps, Weis and Grunhard he should be getting a lot of catches. Blocks extremely well too.

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martyks 2 years, 3 months ago

1) We already have Santa's body as head coach. 2) This notion that, if Weis had hired the right assistants at ND, he's still be there is ludicrous. He throws them all under the bus and takes little, if any responsibility for his utter failure as ND head coach. Look out, KU. 3) KU needs the defensive coordinator now for more than game plans. We need another recruiter and recruits need to know what the scheme will be and what the approach will be and how they fit into it. 4) Weis taking the curteous route? Give me a break. He's more aggressive than that, isn't he? Or is he suddenly "Mr. Nice Guy" ?

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BigBlue4KU 2 years, 3 months ago

Oh, I forgot, we gave away $3m in tickets to administrators.

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BigBlue4KU 2 years, 3 months ago

$$$$$$

How can we afford an NFL DC?

We have paid off Mangino $3m, Turner Gill $6m, pay the new HC $2.5m.

I'm sure NFL DC's don't work for Christmas Cookies.

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rockymtnjhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

If KU gets a DC from the NFL, the guy will have to be able to adjust to the limited practice hours, recruiting and player development (teaching) aspect of the college game. I think Weis is ready for that having his stint at ND and Florida. Grunhard should be somewhat ready from his HS coaching experience.

I'm anxious to see how this goes. Are we overlooking anyone who may still be tied to a bowl team? (the reason for the wait?)

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Lance Hobson 2 years, 3 months ago

Either of these two would be fabulous, I hope we get one!

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jhawkrulz 2 years, 3 months ago

I still think that it will be Romeo Crennel (sp?)...he has been solid as a DC. One year with CW at KC was enough to form a good relationship plus several years with him at the Patriots. Many think he might be in line for the KC job, but look at the history of promoting an assistant in the NFL to coach: Mike Singletary, Jason Garrett, Leslie Frazier, and who could forget Gunther Cunningham from the Chiefs. Promoting your assistants usually is a small bump and then trails to mediocracy the next year. I do think Romeo will get a realistic interview, I just don't think he will get the job (and personally I don't think he deserves the job).

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ahpersecoachingexperience 2 years, 3 months ago

We're still using qoutes from charlie's first press conference, geesh?

I'm not to concerned with the dc as everyone else. See okie state for what a good qb and wr combo can do with an average defense.

I'm not sure how these NFL names make sense financially or for longevity. Isn't someone like Nolan joint to leave after a year when another NFL job opens, offering more money?

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Joe Ross 2 years, 3 months ago

@Matt,

I'm not an editor and I don't mean to be hawkish about the way articles are written, but shouldn't an individual's name be printed in full somewhere in the piece before referring to him by last name only? As in "__ Nolan"?

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fljayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

How about Steve Spagnolo, he may be out as the Ram's head coach. Steve did a fantastic job while being DC for the NY Giants.

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Jayhawk1116 2 years, 3 months ago

How about somebody with experience coaching kids?!? Just a thought...

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Dyrk Dugan 2 years, 3 months ago

no DCs without college experience. that's why Leavitt is still the obvious first choice here....since he knows SZ well.

i can't believe we'll hire a DC that's never recruited or coached a college athlete before. i would think that would need to be a prerequisite.

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GabrielMichael 2 years, 3 months ago

Nolan's wiki site already has him listed as Kansas DC for 2012.

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Janet Scott 2 years, 3 months ago

Santa Claus is now available to be an assistant football coach at KU, now that December 25 has come and gone. Santa knows something about "splitting the gap" and "delivering sacks", as he's moved up and down narrow chimneys and handled many sacks of toys. Makes sense to me. And if he eventually gets fired at KU, he could always take a job on second floor of Strong Hall as a Provst or even Chancellor -- he is well qualified.

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Mike Barnhart 2 years, 3 months ago

Mike Nolan's HC was fired which makes him a free agent after the NFL season. Isn't Weis' buddy Romeo Crennel in the same position? Weis has already proven with Grunhard that he'll let his coaches commute from KC to Lawrence.

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

In college sports you are simply the product of those who you recruit. Hiring an NFL D Coordinator would great for 2 reasons... 1. They obviously understand the game at a high level. 2. Their NFL past would be a fantastic recruiting tool. Nolan, Leavitt, and Manusky would all make fantastic hires and really keep the interest rolling.

On a side note... I would love to see the names on the back of the jerseys. I understand the mentality of playing for the name on the front rather than the back, but I don't see the names on the back of the jerseys really making any difference for the players. As a fan, I really enjoy seeing the names. We are fans of both the team and fans of the individual players.

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stevemize 2 years, 3 months ago

The NFL pays their players huge $$$ and have a gameday roster of only 45 players with a small practice-squad. Div. I college teams can have over 100 players on the squad. There is room for underclassmen to be on the team and develop strength and learn a coach's system. The NFL has smaller rosters and if a player doesn't show development quickly, they cut their losses and move on.

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Blake McFarland 2 years, 3 months ago

The only thing that worries me about hiring an NFL DC at KU is the development of raw talent. In the NFL there is the old saying, you are just renting your jersey, the best teams in the NCAA develop young guys who come in as freshmen and redshirt a year and the DC's, and position coaches develop them into talented players by their junior, and senior seasons because they stuck with them when they weren't good. I don't feel like that happens all that often in the NFL.

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rcjallday 2 years, 3 months ago

If he does bring in someone from the NFL, it'll be interesting to see how they handle the college game. The spread is prevalent in the Big XII, and having not seen it in the pros, there may be some growing pains. Also, there is the recruiting piece, which is a non-factor in the pros, but is imperative at KU. Defense is the emotional side of the ball, and I'd love to see a little fire from whoever is brought in.

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