Charlie Weis makes wise decision in bringing John Reagan on board as OC/O-line coach


Charlie Weis is coming back for his third season as Kansas University’s football coach, but his offense isn’t.

That’s why news that John Reagan will join KU as offensive coordinator/O-line coach is a win-win for a football program that can’t keep firing its head coach every two years and can’t expect to become competitive in the Big 12 running an offense ill-suited for the college game.

One criticism of Weis you never have read here was the one so often aimed in his direction: He’s an arrogant know-it-all.

No, he’s not. He’s an obnoxious Jersey wise-donkey, but he’s not as stubborn as a mule. Never has Weis shown that he doesn’t claim to know it all more clearly than now, by going outside the program to bring in a guy who has shown he knows college X’s and O’s and wins games even when he doesn’t have the fastest Jimmies and Joes.

Weis couldn’t beat Reagan, so he enticed him to join him, not the move of a man too proud to acknowledge he is not the master of the football universe.

Reagan’s plate will be full, handling both OC and O-line duties, but maybe he’ll be able to bring one of his former KU linemen who has been working under him at Rice with him to help out. Adrian Mayes and Ryan Cantrell both are on the Rice staff.

What happens to Tim Grunhard? He’ll resign from KU.

Word began to spread throughout high school football circles in recent weeks that Aquinas High in Overland Park, which has a football head coaching vacancy, would be interested in talking to him. It’s not known whether Grunhard, former head coach at Miege, will pursue the opening.

Next season, Weis’ two most influential assistants will be former Mark Mangino aides, with Reagan running the offense and Clint Bowen the defense. Weis has proven he knows how to motivate players to bring the energy on Saturday and get it done in the classroom. Winning in football is a tough challenge at Kansas.

Heading into next season, Weis will have two years’ worth of trial and error on which to bank, and two assistants who won three bowl games in a four-year span.


Erich Hartmann 8 years, 10 months ago

Good news. Its not about "Charlie Weis", but more about KU football assembling a win-capable product. Nice to see continued steps in our program. Bowen+Campo have the defense doing well...but its clear they cannot be on the field all game long. Even an NFL defense cannot do that and remain effective. Offensive development will be greatly enhanced by the O-line's gaining experience, and the return of Cox, Pierson, Harwell to the college football field. Im excited for next year!

Chuck Woodling 8 years, 10 months ago

Like chicken soup for a cold. It might not help, but it couldn't hurt. Nevertheless, it would seem something more dramatic will be needed to sell tickets next year . . . Unless the Jayhawks knock off K-State on Saturday.

Tom Keegan 8 years, 10 months ago

Thanks, Brett. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

Tom Keegan 8 years, 10 months ago

No, but Clint Bowen has been doing most of the coordinating of the defense this year from his linebacker coaching spot and Dave Campo has been the secondary coach. The move, which took place back in the spring, was driven by Bowen's extensive experience against spread offenses. Better hope Campo doesn't retire. When he shows up to recruit in Dallas, the seas part. High school coaches down there love him. And he's done an excellent job with secondary, as evidenced by strong play of Dexter McDonald and JaCorey Shepherd when they don't play on ice rink.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 10 months ago

Essentially the same thing that Charlie is now doing with the O/Reagan?

Definitely agree with the observation that CW maybe be outspoken (Should that be capitalized?), but he keeps showing over and over again that he is anything but arrogant.

Are there more axes to be swung on O? I'm predicting at least 1 more.

Suzi Marshall 8 years, 10 months ago

I hope he can bring in some talent from some of those monster teams. Desoto and Allen from the Dallas area are undefeated and playing in the regional semi finals., Southlake Carrol, Trinity and Skyline are all still in with only one loss. All of them are loaded. Our team, The Woodlands (10-2), plays Allen Saturday.

Doug Cramer 8 years, 10 months ago

Love Campo...but don't like the direction this team is going. Zenger just put himself on the hot seat in my opinion. We have the most undisciplined team in all BCS conferences...and we bring Weis back ???

I predicted 3-9 this year...and next year I predict either the same record or worse. This program is in big trouble.

Weis should have been the fall guy...not Grunny.

Ethan Berger 8 years, 10 months ago

What games have you been watching? Our teams has over-preformed in most games. We had the worst FBS AQ school and now it's better. Next year we return most our starters. 3 4 star recruits so far, NIck Harwell and Cozart gets another year. You don't turn around a program like ours in two years.

Steve Corder 8 years, 10 months ago

"Obnoxious"? You really believe that, Tom?

Jack Brooks 8 years, 10 months ago

Tom, It's wonderful news that Reagan is returning (if it actually happens). However, what was the reason you couldn't just wait until THIS Sunday to "break" the news? By not being patient, you possibly create issues with TWO programs that didn't need to occur at this point. Jerk move.

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