In case you missed it: KU coach Charlie Weis joined Keith Olbermann to break down national title game


Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis joined ESPN analyst Keith Olbermann, in studio, last night following the national championship game to break down the big moments and major adjustments delivered by Florida State and Auburn in the final game of the BCS era.

Weis was introduced as the head coach at the University of Kansas and he wore a crimson and blue Jayhawk tie.

These types of things are not necessarily life-altering but they definitely do not hurt the KU program and, believe it or not, can do wonders for recruiting. Weis appeared to be very comfortable breaking down the game that he had just seen live one time and flashed his vast knowledge of offense, schemes and adjustments. He also knew and discussed many players and coaches by name, which showed that he either (a) did his homework or (b) simply knew a lot of these guys to begin with. Perhaps both.

Either way, he definitely represented himself and KU very well.

Among the topics Weis touched on were:

• Halftime adjustments by FSU, which looked shell-shocked in the first half.

• The flag thrown on an FSU player that forced the Seminoles to kick an extra point at 21-19 instead of attempting a two-point conversion to tie.

• Breakdown of Tre Mason's touchdown run that gave Auburn a lead with less than two minutes to play.

• The big pass play from Jameis Winston on the final drive that turned a five-yard slant into a 40-yard gain.

• How Auburn's defense bottled up FSU in the first half and what Winston and the Seminoles did to overcome it.

• His views on the end of the BCS era and the ushering in of a playoff system.

Here's the full video, if you're interested.


David A. Smith 4 years, 4 months ago

Great PR moment. Its a good reminder that our coach and his fund of football knowledge is highly respected in the business. Well done, coach.

Phil Leister 4 years, 4 months ago

Matt, how difficult was it to actually type out the words "University of Kansas"? Really though, it's nice to see one media outlet in ESPN get our name right. Maybe the LJW could learn a thing or two.

Matt Tait 4 years, 4 months ago

Wasn't tough at all because I was quoting Olbermann. Had he said "Kansas" or "Kansas University" I would've gone with that.

Simple. Just like our policy.

Ashwin Rao 4 years, 4 months ago

I am not much of semantics kinda guy (for me I know my college, regardless of what people call it), and I am not much of a grammar freak (I don't comment on people's use of the confusing English language), but this may be one of the places where parenthetical annotations would have been beneficial! :) ) (You can tell that I love to use Parentheses!)

Phil Leister 4 years, 4 months ago

Well actally Matt, that's my very point. He didn't say "Kansas" or "Kansas University" did he? Because he, and ESPN, are apparently aware of the proper name for our university. :)

Forward this link to your bosses. How can they argue with what the university itself says about its own name?

Matt Tait 4 years, 4 months ago

He actually did just say "Kansas" at the end. I probably should've just used that so as not to bring up this tired topic over which we, as writers, have no control.

That's getting away from the point though. Weis being on was good for KU.

Phil Leister 4 years, 4 months ago

I know you've got no control over it. But I've just gotta keep fighting the fight, Tait Matt.

Matt Tait 4 years, 4 months ago

I think people around here who are so passionate and live and die with the program often get lost in the results on the field. I'm not saying Weis should be given a pass for the offense's performance, but things like this are definitely a reminder that the guy knows what he's doing/talking about and that many, many people believe that's true and value his insight.

Whether he can turn that knowledge into success here remains to be seen but it's a nice reminder that he's got a fighting chance.

Time will tell.

Ashwin Rao 4 years, 4 months ago

I have confidence that we will be good with all the pieces falling into place.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 4 months ago

Three things struck me while watching this. First, while I'm not always exstatic with the results on the field, I still feel like I'd like Weiss if I were to meet him, he usually seems like a pretty nice guy! Second, I wish Olberman would just stick to sports, he was so great with Dan Patrick so long ago, but I just can't stand that dude when he goes all politics. Third, and this isn't really because of the interview...that was one heck of a game last night, and now I can maybe move off my SEC hatred a little (except for Misery)!!!

W Keith Swinehart II 4 years, 4 months ago

I was fearful of the interview because I am not an Oberman fan. However, Charlie did well, and Oberman behaved.

Casey Osburn 4 years, 4 months ago

How can one not be an Olbermann fan? Is it a politics thing?

Maybe I'm partial to him because I "grew up" with him in the 80s and early 90s. To me, it's good to have a familiar, funny guy doing sports highlights again.

As for the Weis interview, the only thing I thought sounded kind of bad was his opening question...."What are you doing here? Don't you have something else to do??" Asked in jest, I know....but it sounded a bit rude.

Andy Tweedy 4 years, 4 months ago

He was great with Dan Patrick, but his politics are beyond annoying...and I don't even mean that he's liberal, I'm talking about how pompous he is, and how he kisses up to everybody that shares his views. I'm not even a conservative, and I can't stand this guy!

Ludwig Supraphonic 4 years, 4 months ago

Loved Dan, found Keith overbearing and pompous. Dan can engage in self-deprecating humor. Keith is so arrogant he has no sense of humor.

Len Shaffer 4 years, 4 months ago

Ludwig, that's ridiculous. Keith has a great sense of humor. Is he arrogant? Absolutely. Pompous? Yes. But you can't seriously argue that he doesn't have a sense of humor. It just happens to be a sarcastic, biting and absurdist sense of humor -- which I often find quite amusing. (After all, he is the one who came up with "Billo the Clown," the perfect nickname for Bill O'Reilly.)

Erich Hartmann 4 years, 4 months ago

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article Great, Tait Matt. Thanks! (Great article, Matt Tait. Thanks!)

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