Charlie Weis named head coach at Kansas

Former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has been hired at Kansas.

Weis will be introduced during a news conference Friday on campus, where he'll try to rebuild a program that won the Orange Bowl just a few years ago but floundered under Turner Gill.

Weis is wrapping up his first season as offensive coordinator at Florida after spending one season directing the Kansas City Chiefs' offense. But his most extensive college experience came with the Fighting Irish, where he went 35-27 in five seasons.

The 55-year-old former New England Patriots assistant has also spent time with the New York Jets and New York Giants.

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger is hopeful that his high profile will energize a fan base that had grown apathetic under Gill, who was fired after going 5-19 in just two seasons.

Weis has been known for his development of quarterbacks. The Jayhawks have sophomore Jordan Webb, who's started the last two seasons. This year, he had 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Could Charlie's first act in recruiting be to re-recruit someone he already has recruited in the past? Dayne Crist is transferring from Notre Dame and knows Weis' system. He may be the perfect fit for a transition.

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