New KU football coach annouced

KJHK’s sports staffer C.J. Matson  has the story.

Kansas Athletics announced that current University of Florida Offensive Coordinator and former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis has agreed to become the new head coach of the University of Kansas football program.

Weis succeeds Turner Gill, who was fired after two seasons at Kansas. Weis will be the 37th head coach in Kansas football history.

Before accepting the head coaching position at Kansas, Weis was an NFL assistant coach for the New York Giants (1990-1992), New York Jets (1997-1999), the New England Patriots (1993-1996, 2000-2004) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2010).

During his time as an assistant coach in the NFL, Weis won four Super Bowl championships, three of them with the Patriots. The Patriots were 53-27 during Weis’s second tenure in New England.

Weis is credited for the ascension of Tom Brady as an all-pro NFL quarterback. Brady threw 97 touchdowns when Weis was an assistant for the Patriots, the fourth most in NFL history for a quarterback in his first four seasons as a starter. Brady also amassed 13,919 passing yards, and had an average completion percentage of 61.75

Weis’s only head coaching tenure was with the University of Notre Dame. In his five seasons at Notre Dame, Weis’s record was 35-27, a win percentage of 56.4. In Weis’s first two seasons at Notre Dame, he guided the Fighting Irish to two BCS bowl games, earning trips to the Fiesta Bowl in 2005 and the Sugar Bowl in 2006.

Notable NFL players who played under Weis at Notre Dame include quaterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Brady Quinn, tight ends Anthony Fasano, John Carlson and Kyle Rudolph, wide receiver Golden Tate, and center John Sullivan.

Weis and his wife, Maura, have two children, Charles, 17, and Hannah, 15.

Kansas Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger will formally introduce Weis at a news conference at 5 p.m. Friday.

by c.j. matson

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