Cliff’s Notes: Charlie Weis press conference, 11/6/12
Here is the Cliff's Notes version from Kansas football coach Charlie Weis' comments at his press conference today.
• Weis said he met Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville previously on an overseas trip to visit troops. He spent a lot of time with him there and respects the work he does. At the time, Tuberville was the head coach at Auburn when its big game each year was against Alabama. Weis says whenever he saw an Auburn or Alabama fan over there, Tuberville would hold up six fingers, which signified the six victories Auburn had over Alabama in a row at the time. Weis thought that was hilarious and awesome.
• The goals don't change for KU this year. Weis says KU would still like to win a road game this year. But you add goals. For example, Weis said it'd be nice to play a complete game on the road. It'd also be nice to play well in the second half of a road game as well.
• Weis said he's not as nice this week as he was last week to his players. He said he's frustrated after the Baylor loss. KU is going to leave earlier this week for a road game. It's going to practice at Texas Tech's stadium as well. Weis said he can't stay status quo if it's not working.
• Weis says running back James Sims is becoming more of a potential leader on the team. Everyone is starting to rally around him because he's the workhorse. Weis and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell have talked to him recently about taking the team with him and being more of a leader.
• Weis says running back Taylor Cox is probably just as hard-nosed of a runner as Sims is. Cox will get more action going forward. The coaches and offensive line trust him. He only has one speed, and it's full speed.
• Weis thinks the NFL Draft has little to do with a player's team record. It has to do with a player's ability. People get paid a lot of money in the NFL to evaluate players. It doesn't make much difference if you're a fourth-round draft pick or an undrafted free agent, because the real money is made if you stick in the league and get a second contract.
• Weis says Sunday is the most fun week as far as practices go. The guys on scout team get a chance to run KU's real plays. It's a competitive practice, because there's no "show" team. It's just offense against defense.
• Quarterback Jake Heaps is frustrated that he can't help KU this year. Weis says there are two good things happening with him: 1. He's been able to learn the offense; 2. He's formed relationships with guys that aren't front line. Weis says Heaps is the "show" team player of the week every week, even though the team doesn't give him the award every week. Weis says it's not close. Heaps is developing relationships with people that he'll potentially play with like receiver Justin McCay. Heaps sometimes will get on McCay if he doesn't run a route correctly. Heaps also helps KU with recruiting. Weis calls him a "hidden gem," because all the guys that potentially want to come to KU talk to him on social media about the school.
• Weis says his views on social media are basically: "Don't be stupid." When his players say dumb things on Twitter, Weis says he's forced to say something to them. Weis said he just wants his players to use common sense. When the guys don't use common sense, Weis says he's forced to treat them like little kids.
• Weis says back home in New Jersey is still a disaster. As bad as you hear it is, it's worse. His mother and brother still don't have power. Weis has been following it as much as he can and has been trying to reach people. Everyone he knows is OK, but it's going to take a long time to repair all that damage.
• Weis thinks running back Tony Pierson will be improved this week as he won't be wearing his elbow brace. That brace limited his movement.