A deeper look at the newest members of KU football's coaching staff



Five days into his career at Kansas, head football coach Charlie Weis already has hired three members of his coaching staff.

Weis, who was introduced last Friday as the Jayhawks’ 37th coach in school history, announced at his introductory news conference that KU’s interim head coach, Reggie Mitchell, had agreed to join Weis’ staff.

Mitchell, who served as the team’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator under Turner Gill, is expected to continue to coach the KU running backs under Weis.

Tuesday, Weis added to his staff by announcing the hires of offensive line coach Tim Grunhard and quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus.

We’ve got stories up about both hirings, but here’s a little more on Powlus and Grunhard:

RON POWLUS - Former Notre Dame QB, who coached QBs at ND and Akron:

All-access video from Akron:

NBC Sports Video about Powlus:

Here’s a list of Powlus’ Notre Dame records:

TIM GRUNHARD - Former Notre Dame OL, who played in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and coached high school football at Bishop Miege in Kansas City:

Feature on Grunhard after being hired at Miege:

A good look at Grunhard’s life:

There’s more to “Grunny” than football:



ja3hawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Looks like Tre Parmalee is going to Northern Illinois anyways... ugh


Hank Cross 2 years, 4 months ago

Here's what I like about all these ND hires - they bring an attitude of expecting success. Granted, ND hasn't been the program it thinks it is for decades. But, they believe and expect to be in the BCS title picture. Before you can achieve something, you must believe that you can do it.

That goes with getting coaches who don't have a B8/12 background who have already been programmed to accept that KUFB will always suck and must always be tackling dummies for OU or UT. Lawrwence and KU have it all over places like Stillwater and Lubbock. Just need to start giving quality recruits a decent FB program.


DocPossum 2 years, 4 months ago

KU's record in a few years will be determined by the quality of the defense. Regarding that the jury is out.
However Weis, Grunhard, Powlus, and I suspect every other Weis/KU football coaching hire will not tolerate players missing class, off the field arrests, and other negative behavior -all indicative of a lack of discipline. I'm not saying that all, who may eventually leave, fit those categories, but if they are undisciplined how can they help the team win. These coaches all are very positive role models who have had success in the classroom as well as the football field. They will be excellent role models. They also have access to high school football programs across the country and are known as class guys. Very good ambassadors for KU. They also will get KU more football exposure in the media.......good or bad............get used to it.


Paul Rupp 2 years, 4 months ago

Everything that has transpired is something less than a "roll of the dice." Solid, respectible folks each--all with experience at different levels--HCCW having experience at much higher levels than has been KU Football, and maybe not recently satisfied with the results (the results have been Not too Bad, by most standards) Any of you who are not 50+ who understands the opportunity for another seriously run at the bell, are not seeing what is happening here. This is gonna be good.....


JayDocMD 2 years, 4 months ago

... and Malzahn is going to Arkansas St. Looks like he was definitely looking to move and we could have had him if we wanted him. His hiring would not have made the splash Weis' did but probably would have been a better long term hire.


JayDocMD 2 years, 4 months ago

So Dayne Crist is currently visiting Delaware (FCS) and is scheduled to go to Wisconsin later this week. I still haven't heard any comments from him on his KU visit.


Mike Barnhart 2 years, 4 months ago

That last Grunny video is great. Tim "the tool man" Grunhard doing his best Tim Allen impersonation. The guy will be a B I G hit on the recruiting trail!


JayHawkFanToo 2 years, 4 months ago

Danny Manning did not have any coaching experience at all when he came back to KU. I would say that it worked out pretty well. don't you think?


Bob Forer 2 years, 4 months ago

Powlus and Grunhard are certainly big names, but are they big coaches? Grunhard has only coached at the high school level and Akron, where Powlus is the quarterback coach, just suffered through a 1-11 record. Not saying they aren't good coaches. At this point in time all we can do have faith in Charlie and hope for the best.

Their Notre Dame pedigrees certainly should help with recruiting.

Can't say I don't like the hires. Maybe Charlie is on to something. But I do have a feeling that KU Football under Head Coach Charlie Weis will end up at one of two extreme--boom or bust. Only time will tell. But unless and until he fails--and I am not suggesting he will fail----KU football fans owe him our support and respect.


milehighhawk 2 years, 4 months ago

Why were we unable to get Steve Wiesnewski and Dan Marino?

Fire Weis!


rockemchalkemrobots 2 years, 4 months ago

Beano Cook has just predicted that we will win back to back BCS titles!


VaJay 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey Matt, is this standard operating procedure for new coaches to hire the lower level coaches before they hire the OC & DC's? It seems to make more sense (where possible) to hire the higher level coaches so they can provide some input on the other hires. Does this show how controlling HCCH is?


bootlegger 2 years, 4 months ago



jayhawkerMD 2 years, 4 months ago

Nice to actually say this about KU football = exciting stuff! Looking forward to 2012.


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