Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas coach Charlie Weis' comments at his press conference today.
• Weis says part of the reason that some of the newcomers are so high on the depth chart is because he's had the spring to evaluate what he has and he figures those new guys will compete at their positions based on the knowledge he has.
• Weis says you start by judging a team by wins and losses. Did you win all the games you were supposed to win, and did you win some of the games you weren't supposed to win?
• Weis says he was disappointed going back to tape of last year and seeing how many games the Jayhawks "got the crap kicked out of them." He said he knows there are sometimes talent discrepancies, but there were too many games last year where games got away from KU way too early. He said that if he were a KU fan last year, he would have probably left at halftime and not come back in certain games.
• Weis joked tight end Mike Ragone is a legend in his own mind. Weis said he'll be a great interview. He's a hungry young man, as he knows this is his last shot. This is as healthy as he's been in a long time.
• The players will go through a conditioning test at 6 a.m. Thursday, and there will be a penalty if players don't reach a certain mark. The test is based on stamina, and the time needed is based on a player's position.
• Weis says he can't see why anyone would rank KU football anything but last in the Big 12. KU has hired a new coach, has a new staff and has changed things to match up with the personality of the new coach. KU has to go out and prove it is better than that. That's why you play the games.
• Weis says offensive lineman Aslam Sterling is competing for first team mostly based on his size. Weis joked he's about a cheeseburger short of 400 pounds.
• Right now, Toben Opurum is a rush end. But if teams try to mismatch you in games and get bigger on you, then Opurum becomes a linebacker, and KU will put another defensive end on the field.
• Weis says he's more motivated than he's ever been to make this program successful. There might be more unknowns, but he has the same obligation to get this team as good as it possibly can be as quickly as possible. Fans are fans. Alumni are alumni, whether you are at KU or Notre Dame. Weis is here to make this program successful.