It didn't take long for Charlie Weis to sound a lot like the Charlie Weis when he was introduced as the head football coach at Notre Dame in December of 2004.
Weis famously declared back then "6-5 is not good enough."
Introduced Friday as the new football coach at Kansas, Weis said something quite similar.
"why is the University of Kansas 2-10 and why is Kansas State 10-2?" Weis asked. "I don't have that answer but that is why I'm here for. I'm here to figure that is and to see what we are going to do to change that."
"I don't have a magic wand I'm going to wave and all of a sudden we're going to flip the switch and we're 10-2, but all I know is that we're the University of Kansas and that's just not acceptable in any way shape or form."
After being fired from Notre Dame two years ago, Weis became offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. He said the situation wasn't ideal for his daughter Hannah--who battles global developmental disorder. Weis then accepted the offensive coordinator position at Florida for this past season.
He said Hannah loves her new school in Florida and that the biggest issue with accepting the Kansas job was the family didn't want to move her again. They worked out an agreement with KU that Weis' wife Maura has unlimited access to the private jet to fly back and forth between Kansas and Florida. Maura and Hannah will stay in Florida while Charlie Jr will transfer to Kansas to be with his dad.
Weis was 35-27 in five seasons as the Notre Dame head coach. He led the Irish to two BCS Bowl appearances in his first two seasons, before going 3-9 in 2007. The Irish were a 500 team in 2008 and 2009 and Weis was fired.
What went wrong?
"Got an hour?" Weis joked Friday.
Weis says he hired good coaches but that he simply just never got it right. He said the chemistry needed to produce the right coaching staff was something he just never got to work.
Weis was asked about any issues he had with Notre Dame. He said at Notre Dame, anything you say on any given day will be national news.
"Someone reads that one sentence in there and they don't understand what the whole conversation was---the next thing you know you are vilified," an animated Weis explained.
"You are looked at like an arrogant, obnoxious person," Weis said beginning to imitate how people viewed him. "What a bad person, what a bad guy. He can't talk to anyone. You can't stand him. He's mean to everyone."
"I look at my wife and say, are they talking about me? I can't tell you how many times I've had that. Those same people when they meet you face to face---although they'll never have the guts to say that--they walk away saying, is that the same guy?"
Weis says he felt that was unfair to his family, which gave back to the community in many ways with the Hannah & Friends Foundation.
Weis said the move to Kansas all happened in one day.