What's in store (if anything) for KU football coach Charlie Weis' staff this offseason?


We already know that offensive line coach Tim Grunhard is leaving the Kansas University football staff, so that's at least one change that KU coach Charlie Weis will make to his coaching staff.

But will there be any more?

Weis was asked that very question following KU's loss to Kansas State in the season finale and he said nothing would be done — if anything at all — until the end of the December recruiting period, which arrives Dec. 14.

Dec. 18 is mid-year transfer signing day and although the Jayhawks won't have a crazy haul of mid-year juco guys signing this year like they had last year, there figure to be at least a couple of guys who make their commitments official on that day.

Getting back to the coaching staff, Weis likely gave the answer he did for two reasons. 1. Recruiting time is precious and it would be a bad move to make a change during that period because it could cost KU valuable time and resources on the recruiting trail. 2. Even if Weis has no plans to make a change himself, you never know which members of his staff could be looking around for other opportunities or which schools might be interested in some of Weis' guys.

We've already seen a report that wide receivers coach Rob Ianello has thrown his name into the hat for the open head coaching gig at the University of North Dakota. And it seems logical to think that whether Ianello gets that job or not, he could be coaching elsewhere in 2014.

As for the rest of the staff, I don't anticipate anyone else leaving. It's difficult, because after a losing season you always assume that at least a couple of guys could be in jeopardy of losing their jobs, but with Grunhard already out and Ianello potentially on the move, those departures would represent change at KU's two weakest positions last season.

Here's a quick look at a few other coaching staff items of business that are worth keeping an eye on:

• If Ianello leaves, by his choosing or otherwise, not only would KU have to find a wide receivers coach, but it also would need to find a recruiting coordinator since Ianello handles both roles. Running backs coach Reggie Mitchell has done that job before and he would be a likely candidate to inherit that role again, provided he wanted it. If not, Weis could always find a receivers coach who could handle both roles like Ianello, who has been recruiting on KU's behalf during the past several days. The recruiting coordinator role is serious business, though, so if there's a need to fill that position, it won't be taken lightly.

• We learned this season that linebackers coach Clint Bowen had transitioned into the role of acting defensive coordinator, with Dave Campo focusing on his job of coaching the defensive backs. Campo and defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt worked closely with Bowen to put together the game plan each week and the move seemed to work well. The title never changed hands, though, so it'll be interesting to see if that is addressed in the offseason.

• Finally, by now you've probably read our report from last week about Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan being Weis' target to come in to replace Grunhard and become KU's offensive coordinator. The move likely would have already taken place had Rice lost to Tulane last week. But since the Owls won and advanced to the Conference USA title game, Reagan stuck around to coach in that game agaisnt Marshall, which will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday. Reagan to KU could become official any time Saturday after the game or Sunday, so keep an ear out for the confirmation.


Michael Maris 4 years, 4 months ago

I'ld be perfect happy if Rob Ianello left Lawrence. I never wanted to see coach David Beaty ever leave Lawrence. I doubt that Coach Weis could ever convince Coach Beaty to come back to Kansas (after the successful tenure at aTm). KU had WR's that could catch and block when Coach Beaty was in Lawrence. He demanded them to do so. How many yards has Johnny Football gained due to WR's blocking downfield for him?

Tony Bandle 4 years, 4 months ago

I am shocked that the recruiting coordinator position has football coaching duties as well. I would think that the boat we are all with the Kansas Football program would warrant a full-time committment by an individual at this time.

I am sure this is a shared rsponsibility post in other more successful programs, but the very success of a program is, by far the best recruiting tool, this allowing some flexibilty. We are nowhere near that stage.

Right now, we have to fight, scratch and claw for every quality player we can find.

The one thing we do have going for us is playing time. We can offer a quality player PT..would you rather be the third string halfback at Oklahoma or start and play at Kansas!!

John Miller 4 years, 4 months ago

You are right about PT and that is what HCCW has always said. Problem is though that is way we can't compete with anyone in our league. We have everyone else's third string players including QB

Glen Miller 4 years, 4 months ago

They may have had to make a coach recruiting coordinator because of the alloted aount of money in the pool for assistants. They may not be able to afford to pay a recruiting coordinator that does nothing else. Most Universities give the head coach an allotted amount to pay all their assistants with.

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 4 months ago

There's a limit on the number of assistant coaches a program is allowed to employ to help with competitive balance so that the Alabama's, Ohio State's, USC's, and Texas's of the world can't hire guys who exclusively recruit and guys who are exclusively position coaches.

Matt Tait 4 years, 4 months ago

Sorry. I've been traveling, but you guys pretty much covered it. Most programs do, in fact, have a position coach handle the recruiting coordinator duties, too.

It's a pretty demanding role, but when you think about it, the time is pretty well split up. When you're at practice or in meetings, you don't have time to be recruiting anyway during those hours aren't necessarily taken away from you. So, it comes down to the recruiting coordinator having a greater role during the offseason and late at night during the season.

The late hours thing is not really that a big deal, though, because most of these coaches burn the midnight oil throughout the season anyway.

Brandon Mahon 4 years, 4 months ago

Zenger needs to push Weis with the coaching staff. It seems we are chasing after everyone's 3/4 options, maybe its because some of the coaches can recruit much better than that. Zenger needs to push Weis to get coaches who have truely proven they can succeed on the recruiting trail, a few of our position coaches have not proven they can improve or increase the talent at their positions, hopefully they are looking for replacements aka WR,QB

Michael Maris 4 years, 4 months ago

This would require an increase in salary allotment for higher quality assistant coaches. They want to get paid (as well). So, if you want winning assistant coaches that can bring in the high quality athletes to a respective university. Then, the AD has to be willing to allot more $$$$$$$$$$'s to the Head Coach to pay for those assistant coaches. I'm referring to the Ed Oregeron, Trooper Taylor, etc..... Reggie Mitchell is a damn good Assistant Coach who has always been able to bring quality RB's to Kansas. Refer back to Glen Mason years and with Turner Gill and now Charlie Weis. So, I do not want to see Coach Mitchell leave again any time soon. But, hey where's Trooper Taylor coaching at these days? He's a WR's Coach who has done a great job of bringing in quality athletes to the respective Universities that he's been employed by. And as far as I know, he's not gotten another job since Auburn last season.

Chandler Accipiter 4 years, 4 months ago

So with Grunhard gone and Ianello a maybe, that still leaves Powlus. Hopefully a full commitment to a new OC will change that as well. Powlus has had as much success at coaching the QB's as he did winning those two Heismans that Beano Cook promised.

Chris Bailey 4 years, 4 months ago

Wow couldn't agree more! I think Powlus is a poor coach at best. He should be coaching JUCO kids. He was never that great as a QB and I've seen nothing to prove he's that great as a coach. Nice guy but that unfortunately doesn't win football games.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 4 months ago

I started wondering about Ron's future when Coach Weis made a press conference statement mid-year about correcting him on the sideline regarding how he was handling the QB. Obviously, this was just one comment, but that he would make it in a press conference indicates to me that it is the tip of the iceberg.

Brandon Mahon 4 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you Brett. We need someone to soley focus on recruiting so during the season they can make sure visits are being set up, they can focus on the player and which coach should recruit which players.

Powlus is terrible, we should see if Reesing will come back and coach the QBs he is probably better then Powlus.

Tom Wilson 4 years, 4 months ago

Whatever happens in the offseason, I would hope the media would take a more realistic approach to hyping the 2014 season. If you match the 2013 preseason hype to the 2013 results, there is a huge gap!

Tony Bandle 4 years, 4 months ago

Tom, agreed...about three or four short!!

14-46 record for the last five seasons for a seasonal average of 3-9!!

Geez Louise!!!!

Chris Bailey 4 years, 4 months ago

And we've heard this song for at least 4 straight seasons. It'll be the same this off season we'll get guys predicting wins and bowl games just like every year. Where are all the guys that said we'd make a bowl game at now? Pretty sure I thought we'd win 3 or 4 and that was predicting we'd be better. We now know why OU let McCay go. Geez talk about invisible most of the season. 5 star bust for the 3rd time Charlie.

Erich Hartmann 4 years, 4 months ago

McKay was not a 5star, I dont think...(correct me if Im wrong).

Jim Jackson 4 years, 4 months ago

Half the jucos did not suit up; either due to RS or they are no longer in Lawrence. Next season will be the true test.

Ianello is a good recruiting coordinator but just a terrible WR coach. I don't know if it is smart for KU to have him move on when he is in the process of recruiting numerous guys right now.


Matt Tait 4 years, 4 months ago

Generally speaking, that kind of thing doesn't necessarily hurt programs. Sure, there are kids out there who have relationships with Ianello, but the same was true for Grunhard and a quick visit from Weis and Reggie Mitchell calmed their fears.

If a kid is in on a school, it's generally for more reasons than just the coach. Sometimes the coach (position or otherwise) can be the biggest factor but as long as they like what they hear from the others (especially the head coach) after someone leaves, that usually takes care of it.

Long story short: I think KU would be fine if Ianello were to leave.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 4 months ago

A check on rivals indicates you'd probably be disappointed at the prospects that Reagan is recruiting to Rice. The good news is that we already have 4 OL recruits. The even better news is that there are several other highly rated JC OL that are looking this way. Keeping our OC is a great step forward.

Steve Bower 4 years, 4 months ago

Simone Awards were given out at Blue Springs HS today. Coaches were on hand from K State, Missouri, and Baker Universities. Not one KU Coach attended! Not to mention the fact that Blue Springs , coached by a KU grad just won their second straight state championship and is loaded with D1 prospects. No wonder KSU and Missouri out recruits us.

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