Kansas football coach Charlie Weis gets the boot

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Charlie Weis was many things, most of which never materialized during his time as Kansas' s football program.

First of all, he was a highly-touted offensive coordinator whose program nonetheless ranked last in the Big 12 in scoring the past two years, now averaging only 15.3 points per game.

He was also lauded as a quarterback guru, having tutored future NFL signal-callers Jimmy Clausen and Brady Quinn while at Notre Dame. But Weis failed to groom a suitable quarterback for the Jayhawks, despite landing the nation's 2010 top prep quarterback in Jake Heaps

Most of all though, Weis was expected to be an experienced leader of men and well-respected head coach.

Unfortunately, that perception didn't come true either and it's the biggest reason why Weis was fired only four games into his third year at Kansas.

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Early struggles

Weis did not come to Kansas with a sterling reputation.

Not anymore, anyway. The longtime coach had been hobbled, literally, by a sideline hit where one of his own Fighting Irish players crashed into him by accident, tearing his ACL and MCL in the process. 

That was only the physical injury Weis had sustained before taking center stage for his first press conference as Kansas coach. There were also the hits to his resume; the lost seasons at Notre Dame, then one-year placeholder seasons as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Florida Gators.

When joining the Jayhawks coaching staff, Weis wasn't willing to promise anything. It was a safe decision, since the on-field results were never all that heartwarming.

That first season saw Kansas go 1-11, including an ugly 0-9 turn in conference play as the team lost its last 11 games. Pundits knew the longtime Big 12 bottom-dweller would be bad, but few knew that the offense would see little improvement.

There wasn't much hope on its way.


At least in that first year, it seemed like the Kansas losses all came in excruciatingly close-fashion: a last-second field goal given up against Rice, a blown lead against Northern Illinois, a Texas Tech loss in double overtime. 

Kansas went 3-9 in 2013. It was blown out by any competent team it played, though it did beat West Virginia 31-19 for its first conference win in 28 tries.

Weis seemed confident that the team could turn its fortunes around with true freshman quarterback Montell Cozart and new offensive coordinator John Reagan. But while the team is already 2-2 on the season, it suffered a humiliating 41-3 loss to Duke and then was shutout in a 23-0 defeat to hapless Texas.

Finally, Kansas athletic Director Sheahon Zenger had enough. The team wasn't winning games, showing much improvement or selling enough tickets, with the conference's worst attendance record at about 38,000 people per game.

"I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season," Zenger said in a school statement. "But we have not made the on-the-field progress we believe we should."


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