Charlie Weis fired as Kansas football coach
Kansas has fired head football coach Charlie Weis, the university announced on Sunday morning. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen will take over for Weis.
In two-plus seasons with the Jayhawks, Weis posted a record of 6-22, including a 1-18 record in Big 12 play. Weis came to Kansas after four years at Notre Dame. The team is coming off a 23-0 shutout to Texas.
“As we continue to elevate the national stature of the University of Kansas, our pursuit of excellence extends beyond our research and instructional missions,” Kansas University chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a statement. “KU alumni, students, fans and supporters expect that Kansas Football will match the other areas in which we excel as a university."
The full statement from Jayhawks athletics director Sheahon Zenger is below.
I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season. But I believe we have talented coaches and players in this program, and I think this decision gives our players the best chance to begin making progress right away. I appreciate what Coach Weis did with several facets of our football program. But we have not made the on-the-field progress we believe we should. I believe new leadership gives our coaches and players the best chance to make a fresh start.
-- Alex Suskind