“It may have been unexpected, but the Kansas University football program captured the media’s attention on Monday, the opening day of Big 12 media days at the Omni Hotel.”
Matt Tait, writer, KUSports.com
GH: How does a one-win team from a year ago that is picked to finish last in the Big 12 dominate the conversation in Dallas? Two words – Charlie Weis. The second-year head coach of KU delivered a line to the media that will live on in infamy – unfortunately – whenever Kansas football is discussed. Read on.
“Everyone wants to play. There’s no one that wants to not play. I said, ‘Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that? So if you don’t think you can play here, where do you think you can play?’ It’s a pretty simple approach. And that’s not a sales pitch. That’s practical. You’ve seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.”
Charlie Weis, KU’s head football coach, when asked how he has been able to recruit to Kansas, Big 12 Media Days
GH: Honest? Stupid? Attention getting? Yes, all of those things. You just don’t find a head football coach at any level calling his team “a pile of crap,” – especially BEFORE the season starts! But Weis is different. And arrogant. He still appears to think the Kansas football program’s problems are someone else’s. How the media reacted to Weis was also interesting. Read on.
“My opinion is the truth will set you free. I don’t have any problem with (what Weis said).”
Nate Bukaty, who covers the KU football program as the sideline reporter for their radio broadcasts, 810 AM
GH: Bukaty is a KU grad and a Jayhawk through and through. Other Jayhawks in the media were not as happy with Charlie’s line of crap. Read on.
“In other words, I’m Super Bowl champion Charlie Weis and I’m pretty great and if I’m not winning it must be that the players are REALLY bad.”
Tully Corcoran, writer, foxsports.com
“I understand Charlie Weis using that sales pitch a year ago…but is that the proper way for Charlie Weis to be pitching the Kansas (football) program? … Is he now calling the people he recruited a pile of crap? That has to be the last time Charlie Weis talks so demeaning about his football team. Those are the people he recruited. Those are his coaches. That’s his name on the program. If he keeps calling it a pile of crap, that’s an indictment on him. It’s becoming your pile of crap.”
Bob Fescoe, 610 AM
GH: Fescoe is as Kansas as corn – despite being from New Jersey. He has Weis on his program as a regular guest. Hopefully, he makes his feelings known to Weis during their next on-air chat.
“You can’t throw everybody under the bus and call them crap.”
Josh Klingler, who works for the KU radio network during basketball and football seasons, 610 AM
GH: Not only can he do that, he did it. And he did it in a way that left no doubt about his opinion of the talent level he has to coach at Kansas. I just don’t see where that makes anybody (including a player’s parents) who chose to cast their lot with the KU football program feel real good about their decision to come to Lawrence.
“I know his words are somewhere between rude and incendiary to many, especially with his 1-11 record. But, frankly, I find the candor refreshing. Some are taking offense that he shouldn’t say such things after winning one game. Well, when else should he say it — and what else should he say now, anyway? Besides, ultimately, the proof will be in the pudding, as Weis says: If he wins, this stance will be a memorable platform of his administration’s success. If he doesn’t, well, he told the truth, didn’t he, even if it was unpalatable. Not wanting to hear it doesn’t make it any less true.”
Vahe Gregorian, columnist, Kansas City Star
GH: What Weis did with his candor is feed every opponents’ imagination when it comes to derogatory signage, Internet posts and any other form of communication when it comes to the Kansas football program. And this kind of abuse is homegrown! Right from the mouth of the head of the KU football program. Weis just handed KU’s opponents a big, ugly club to beat his players over the head with for this season and beyond.
“That’s going to rub a lot of people the wrong way. There’s no question about it. But you know what? It’s the unvarnished truth.”
Todd Leabo, who is covering the Big 12 media event for 810 AM
“Let me just get one thing straight. I’m talking about what they saw last year. We have yet to play this year. And we have 12 games, at least, for them to change that impression. Hopefully I can’t use that this year.”
Charlie Weis, in an interview after he left the podium, KUSports.com
GH: Does that sound like Weis is backtracking from his “honest” comments? Sure does to me.
“Sarcasm is part of who I am. I’m not trying to be funny when I use it; it’s just part of who you are. When I say these things it’s not to show how witty I can be. I’m going to be sarcastic five years from now. Hey, newsflash: I’m gonna be sarcastic in five years. When kids know you’re going to treat them honest they’re going to respect you”
Charlie Weis, attempting to explain his “pile of crap” comment, sbnation.com
GH: The dictionary defines sar’ kaz’ em: “A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule.” I think Weis performs in front of the media to show how smart, witty and shocking he can be – regardless of the damage he might cause to his team, his school and his profession. I think Charlie thinks he is incredibly witty. What he is not is proficient at explaining his mistakes – like his pile of crap comment.
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