Thursday, July 19, 2012

Charlie Weis, Sheahon Zenger mutual admirers

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis calls a play during the first half of the Spring Game on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas head coach Charlie Weis calls a play during the first half of the Spring Game on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Kivisto Field.


By now, we all know that Kansas University athletic director Sheahon Zenger is a big fan of new football coach Charlie Weis.

But it turns out Zenger’s admiration for Weis is far from a one-sided deal.

Speaking with a small group of reporters late last month, Weis, for the first time publicly, shared his thoughts about the decision to fire former KU coach Turner Gill, a move that paved the way for Zenger to hire Weis as the 37th head football coach in KU history.

“Let me tell you something,” Weis said. “Let’s give Zenger a little credit here. Forget that I have the job; it’s a (bold) move to get rid of a head coach that quick now. That’s not an easy thing to do. (Gill) had been here for two years.”

Weis continued: “Now, based off of the evidence, I’m just talking about from afar, he had every right to do it. But you’re not into paying people millions of dollars for leaving after that short a period of time. That’s not really what you want to do. So when the guy went out to go hire somebody, philosophically, he had to be able to agree with whoever he hired and what they stood for. And we had a very good mesh, philosophically.”

Zenger pulled the plug on the Lew Perkins hire after watching the Jayhawks suffer through two of the worst seasons in school history during Gill’s time in town. During each season, the program not only registered new lows for KU but also delivered statistics, results and records that were among the worst in college football history.

Many believed Zenger was stuck with Gill because of the commitment — both in dollar figures and years — outlined in his contract. But the former football coach who still was settling into his administrative office at KU chose to make the tough decision. That led to Zenger’s decision to hire Weis, a man who, in nearly every way, shares the same set of values and standards as his boss.

“A lot of me taking this job was his exchange with me about who he was and what he was looking for,” Weis said. “(It was) an exchange of who we are and our philosophies to see whether they fit or not.”

Lights, camera, action

While most of the offseason has been about running stairs, lifting weights and crossing off the days on the calendar until football season arrives, Wednesday provided the members of this year’s squad the first real taste that the season is nearing.

Decked out in full uniform, but placed in front of a green screen instead of an opponent, the Jayhawks ran through their annual video shoot for the images shown on the video board at Memorial Stadium.

Although the complete results will not be known or seen until the season opener — Sept. 1 vs. South Dakota State at Memorial Stadium — much of the feedback indicated Wednesday’s show included everything from humble smiles to intense stares and full-fledged cheesing.

The Jayhawks are scheduled to report to preseason camp Aug. 1 and will begin practices the following day.

Speaking of reporting, there has been some concern among the fan base about the newcomers who have not made it to town yet. While the few who have not made it have remained away for a variety of reasons, Weis hardly seems worried about their status.

“By August 1, when we report, everyone will be set and ready to go,” he said.


saggybeakjayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

I am hoping this season the football team will hit the defense and offense much harder and that will in turn cause a little more crimson to flow from our opponets which will bring about more wins so that we will all be a little less blue.


JHWKDW 1 year, 9 months ago

Hey Jayhawk1116 you grammar nazi,too bad you do not have a comment all you have is to complain about grammar.Wow you have to refer to that when you do not have a commentabout what is going on?Come on Jayhawk1116 you are a Texas Troll you little weasel you. Whats the matter am I making you mad I say terrible things about the your Little Douche Deloss Doddsdoes that make you angry? Is it I am telling people how rotten Texas are and how they still will destroy this conference?

I am only pointing out that the Big 12 is not on solid ground.Instead of worrying about Basketball 24/7 why don't you see what is going on here? I care about KU Sports as a whole not like a fair weathered person like you.

Better yet I care about Football with KU and all the sports in KU world. Why don't you go with lame ol Roy and just be a NC Basketball fan! No one wants you and fair weathered body here. I care what happens to KU not to the Big 12. Texas has destroyed and will keep on destroying this conference.

Go away Jayhawk1116 you grammar nazi Texas fan troll.


JHWKDW 1 year, 9 months ago

Well I really respect Zenger,he is trying to improve KU Athletics around completeky,not just in Basketball,but all Sports.I like he is starting by improving all our sports vs K-State.After we have a better Win/Loss over K-State then focus on the rest of the conference.

As for Weis I like his go get them attitude.He does not sugar coat things.You can tell he is really trying to improve things.Weis has been around and helped big time Winners like Tom Brady,& the Patriots,he also was with the NY Giants when they won a Superbowl in the early 90's.I really cant hold Notre Dame against him,other coaches have not done any better in South Bend since him.

Hey Dr Zenger the only thing I will say that may tick off some In here,I hope you got the Big 10,and or Pac-12 on speed dial.This Big 12 deal IMHO still is not on solid ground.May I remind people of the Shenanigans the Texas Longhorns tried to pull on Texas Tech,by trying to force T-Techs game Vs.Texas State on the Longhorn Network.Tech almost forfeited the game because they did not want to deal with the Longhorn Network.Thank goodness ESPN came is and said theyd put it on just ESPN.So all is not so rosy in the Big 12 seems like the same ol same ol.You know Texas and Deloss Dodds never learns!


Janet Scott 1 year, 9 months ago

Will Gill and Perkins together be honored at a KU game this year? Grandpa Tommy Osbourne from NU could travel to Lawrence and award Turner The Ron Prince Award for getting fired faster that Prince got fired at KSU, with that award being 10 tons of fresh, wet manure dropped on his home driveway, compliments of KSU. Lord Lew of Lawrence (Perkins) could be awarded [free] upgraded home exercise equipment for his basement, plus a guest appearence on The View to talk about how he idolizes his AD predessor, Al Bohl.


DrGraydog 1 year, 9 months ago

I have been impressed by Dr Zenger and the job he has done so far in cleaning up the mess left by Uncle Fester...... as I have been impressed by the job Coach Weis has done so far in getting the football team ready to play.


notjustbread 1 year, 9 months ago

Would you be happier is Charlie gained a hundred pounds? Is this because you miss wearing your T-shirt?


MartyrMangino 1 year, 9 months ago

Mark Mangino: The only coach to win all major national coach of the year awards AND the national assistant coach of the year award.


Justin Daniel 1 year, 9 months ago

Matt, who has not reported yet?


Keith Hummel 1 year, 9 months ago

For a guy who talks a lot, and who has a reputation for ruffling feathers, Coach Weis has handled the situation at KU extremely well. He has been first-class any time he's been asked about the previous coaching staff. Even the above quote about Gill was stated very carefully. I know his tenure is young, but I'm still waiting to find something I can criticize about him.

I also have to say that this article is proof is running out of stuff to write. That's not meant as criticism of Matt or the LJ World. I just didn't find much news in this write-up. As Coach Weis said the other day on Twitter, nothing is worse than mid-summer if your a football fan. I think we are all anxious for camp to start in a couple of weeks.


Chris Bruning 1 year, 9 months ago

"Better ingredients, better pizza, PAPA JOHNS" ---Sheahon Zenger


JuliansWright 1 year, 9 months ago

Photos on Twitter say no to new uniforms, other than names on the back of the jersey.


ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 9 months ago

Tait, they filmed in uniform. Were they new uni's?


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