Sunday, May 20, 2012

Tax forms reveal Weis’ Notre Dame buyout


We knew all along that current Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis had been paid by his former employer to go away.

But now we know how much Notre Dame paid him.

According to an article that ran in the Chicago Tribune earlier this week, Weis has received nearly $8.7 million dollars from Notre Dame since being fired in 2009, and is in line to continue receiving compensation through 2015. Weis’ buyout from Notre Dame could total as much as $19 million by then.

Weis’ compensation included an initial amount of more than $6.6 million after his firing and payments totaling a little more than $2 million from July 2010 through June 2011.

The Tribune gained access to the financial numbers through a request for Form 990 that Notre Dame was required to submit to the Internal Revenue Service.

Weis, who spent one season as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs and another as the offensive coordinator at Florida, was hired by KU in December 2011 at a salary of $2.5 million per year, plus incentives, for five years.

Six on preseason list

Six KU players were named to college football analyst Phil Steele’s preseason All-Big 12 squads earlier this week.

Senior safety Bradley McDougald, senior defensive end Toben Opurum and senior tight end Mike Ragone, a fifth-year transfer from Notre Dame, all were named to Steele’s third team.

Senior offensive linemen Tanner Hawkinson and Duane Zlatnik were named to the fourth team, where they were joined by junior linebacker Darius Willis.

ESPN praises Pierson

Sophomore running back Tony Pierson was one of seven Big 12 players named to Big 12 football writer David Ubben’s list of “spring breakout players.”

Pierson, whose 141 rushing yards and blazing-fast 88-yard touchdown trot highlighted KU’s spring game in late April, appears to be in line for more touches, both on the ground and in the passing game, as a follow-up to his solid freshman campaign.

Of Pierson, Ubben wrote: “Pierson made a small impact last season, but he’s essentially the unquestioned starter at KU for now after Darrian Miller was kicked off the team and James Sims was suspended for the first three games of 2012. The East St. Louis native is dangerous in the open field and gives KU a much-needed home-run threat.”

Weis the baseball fan

Just a couple of weeks after presenting New York center fielder Curtis Granderson with some KU gear out at Kauffman Stadium while watching the Kansas City Royals take on the Yankees, the KU football coach made a spirited appearance at Game 2 of KU’s three-game series with arch-rival Missouri over the weekend.

The Jayhawks, who took two of three from the Tigers, won Friday’s game, 6-3, and clinched a spot in next week’s Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma.

Weis sat outside with other KU officials on the baseball terrace of the McCarthy Family Clubhouse, and was on his feet for the top of the ninth when the Jayhawks sealed the victory.


ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 4 months ago

And maybe a little TMZ'ish by reporting what his payout from ND is. What's the point? It has nothing to do with KU other than trying to stir up some fans dislike for and add pressure to HCCW because his bank account is bigger than most. LJW and Tait, your better than this!

yates33333 10 years, 4 months ago

What's happened to you? You're getting mellow and most important of all sane. I'm getting worried. I'm starting to agree with you.

jgrobb 10 years, 4 months ago

Smells similar to the Turner Gill buy-out. Where is all your contempt now, hypocrites? Oh, it's your guy that did it to someone else!

Jeff Coffman 10 years, 4 months ago

Actually, Weis got an original contract that was quite large, but that was hiring the offensive coordinator away from a 3 time Superbowl champion NFL Team. After his first two years and going to back to back BCS games, Charlie Weis was wanted by several teams and was paid with a large 10 year contract. He then had some of the toughest schedules ever and lost some close games that ended up actually causing a witch hunt for his job. They fired him two years later (5 years in total).

Turner Gill had played 3 solid years with Nebraska and then in the NFL for some time. He joined the Nebraska coaching staff, where he was very successful with coach osbourne. He then went to Green Bay where he was going to be a receiver's coach, but all of sudden was in charge of player happiness (or something like that). He left there to take the Buffalo job, where he took one of the worst teams ever in Div 1 football to a 20-30 record, with a tie for their conference record (ironically with a 6-4 record and 3 overtime wins). He failed to receive the offer from Auburn and coached one more year at Buffalo, reverting backwards. KU jumped all over him and paid him an outrageous contract for having really no prior super success.

Your comparison isn't really correct. One had success and was awarded with a contract with a follow up contract when proven. The second didn't have success and was rewarded with a contract.

OKHawkFan 10 years, 4 months ago

Funny how you get all offended about this reporting of HCCW's Notre Dame contract. I guess if it's "your guy" you don't like the negative remarks about him. Meanwhile every chance you get to knock on Turner and his 10 mil you'll do it!! Look I supported turner up until the day he was fired. Obviously it was a bad hire by by Lew Perkins and finding out what was going on under Turner's regime after the fact I'm willing to admit that Turner was just not the right guy for KU. But look KU and T. Gill entered into a CONTRACT and that must be honored regardless if it's Turner Gill or Charlie Weis. Now I'm backing HCCW just as much as I backed HCTG because it's about KU and not who the coach may or may not be. I hope Charlie Weis will be successful here and can make us at least respectable if not getting us to bowl games year end and year out. However, to already be hailing Weis as our savior (and believe me I hope I'm wrong) is a little premature..

Edward Daub 10 years, 4 months ago

Same theme, different day. Coaches are paid huge sums of money. The athletes are expected to be happy with a scholarship. Slim pickings for sports news.

Jeff Coffman 10 years, 4 months ago

Ummm... a full ride scholarship is not "slim pickings". In addition, many athletes actually may not have been able to go to a university without athletics. I know when I applied and "18" on the ACT wasn't going to get me into a university.

A Scholarship if a player uses it can be valued at around $250k to $450k depending on the university. I don't know too many high school graduates that get $60k-$110k out of high school.

Remember that a lot of athletes that get scholarships never get a degree. In addition, very few of them actually go pro.

Could you imagine that if a player chooses to leave early that they would have to pay their scholarship back? I don't either, so I'm kind of happy with the current setup.

gchawk 10 years, 4 months ago

Matt, this is one of the first times I've given one of your articles a little "questionable shake of the head", not the entire article mind you, just the first part concerning Weis' Notre Dame buyout. Maybe it's just me, but I can't see why this would be newsworthy, let alone anyone's business other than the parties concerned. This seems like another example of the media feeling the need to disclose every little sordid detail about anyone who is even remotely famous. Don't get me wrong, I'm not implying that Coach is merely remotely famous, and I also know that the Tribune originally ran it, but you did choose to run it as well. I'm sure I'm showing my age, just consider me a geezer, by having this opinion, but I kind of miss some of the aspects of the old days when every single detail wasn't printed about people's lives for the whole world to dissect.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 4 months ago

And 90% of this article is other peoples work. The real story in all of this is Charlie at the baseball game. It shows he's bought in. Run with that. If you're going to copy and paste other people's stuff at least add to it. How does 6 players on Steele's list compare to years past? How about a qoute from TP or HCCW on his spring performance which is gathering national attention. And if you must go TMZ do so in a 2-3 sentence paragraph at the end of the story.

number1jayhawker 10 years, 4 months ago

I'm sure you know that reporters do not have access to the coaches, let alone the players.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

19 Million!!! With as much money as college football brings in, I don't have any issues with a coach making money. I only have an issue with an AD giving such a contract to a coach in their first few years.

I think only now after 10 years and 2 Final Fours, I would be comfortable with a similar contract to Bill Self.

machinegun 10 years, 4 months ago

The Preacher got 10 million for banning the use of profanity.

Randy Bombardier 10 years, 4 months ago

Tait, thanks for the article. I disagree with some of the posters about reporting this. Relevance is not that important yet there is some. This tells me that Weiss is absolutely loving his situation as he is in a low-pressure situation, that he doesn't need this job in the least (fortunately I think our young talented AD gets that), that he took this job because he sees potential here and he likes the KC area. He said as much and his ND buyout should give credibility to that statement.

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 4 months ago

Don't have to see Coach's tax info to figure out why he is loving his situation. Frankly, I would prefer to see what the Track Team is doing to prepare for the NCAAs!

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 4 months ago

Good thing Notre Dame is still paying him.

We couldn't afford him otherwise.

Martin Shupert 10 years, 4 months ago

Okay, sorry if I'm a skeptic. The idea that he's set for life and is here only to prove something is ludicrous. When has a billionaire made "enough" money? You know any of them? You ever hear of anyone? Enough is just never enough. Secondly, it has nothing to do with us? Yeah... the fact that a guy beat his first wife has nothing to do with the second wife, does it? Get real here. If CW fails here, and he just might, big time, KU will be paying him millions to go away also. I grew up near South Bend and watched the entire debacle unfold. I consider ND's millions paid to Weis to go away the only money they spent well during the entire disaster. Now, maybe, just maybe, he wasn't up for the ND job and is up for the KU job. If that's true, cool. My only concern is, the man has shown how easy it is for him to sell snake oil. He has yet to prove he can coach college football. I'm not anticipating great years ahead. I'll be happy if we are competitive in the next five years... but I will also be surprised.

1jhawk2 10 years, 4 months ago

What's the connection with Curtis Granderson?

bear2read 10 years, 4 months ago

For some of you naysayers about the value of this story, just remember that the LJW sports staff is responsible for sharing information with the public about coaches who are hired by KU as it is a public institution. The public has a right to know and there are people out there who are interested in it.

Don't be so ridiculously picky and critical of the sports staff. They're just doing their job whether or not you understand it. Oh, maybe you should try being a sports writer and put your name on a story and see who likes it and who doesn't! The LJ-W sports staff overall does a great job.

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