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Weis to Kansas: a good move for Florida?

Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:24 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When Will Muschamp took the podium at his Gator Bowl press conference Thursday evening reportedly looking less than "thrilled." Muschamp rarely looks happy in front of the press, of course, but in this case he had particular reason to be on edge: his offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis, had left Florida for the Kansas head coaching position without reportedly even offering Muschamp the courtesy of telling him he was interviewing.

Muschamp did say he was "very happy" for Weis and "and clarified that running backs coach Brian White -- a holdover from the Urban Meyer staff -- will serve as the team's coordinator in the bowl game. The short term fit of Meyer's players with Weis's schemes has been awkward all season, and the short term situation between now and taking on Meyer's own future Ohio State Buckeyes is even more awkward.

Long term, though, we wonder if Weis didn't just do Muschamp a favor. Muschamp has stated repeatedly that what he wants out of an offense is the kind of offense his old bosses Nick Saban and Tommy Tuberville used when Muschamp was their coordinators; a pro-style, run-first, pound-it-out offense that milks clock, controls the game, and makes putting together a championship-quality defense that much easier. He reiterated in Thursday's press conference that he will be hiring another pro-style coordinator, someone "very similar schmatically."

But in retrospect, Weis certainly wasn't going to produce the smashmouth offense Muschamp wanted with Meyer's leftovers -- the Gators ranked 75th nationally in rushing with Muschamp openly coveting larger tailbacks by seaon's end -- and it seems likely Weis wasn't going to produce that offense in Gainesville, ever. He hasn't produced it anywhere, with the exception of a few games with the Kansas City Chiefs; his Notre Dame teams were centered on the arm of Brady Quinn first and then Jimmy Clausen second, with the running game an afterthought. The proof is in the statistical pudding: his five Irish teams finished 55th, 72nd, 115th, 105th, and 84th in FBS rushing.

Finding a new offensive coordinator is no doubt going to be a headache for Muschamp; along with White, the only candidate mentioned in the press conference was famous 1980s Gator quarterback and current Jacksonville Dolphins head coach Kerwin Bell. (Another possibility: former colleague and current Murray State head coach Chris Hatcher.) Whoever Muschamp picks will have to do quick work to win over recruits before Signing Day, get his system into place in spring practice, and have things ready to roll with the Gators' new starting QB next fall. Upheaval is never easy. 

But given how little Weis's offense both this year and in past years resembled what Muschamp had requested of him, it's for the best for Muschamp and the Gators that the upheaval is taking place now, before Weis's failures in the ground game gobbled up any more seasons and particularly seasons with more promise than this transitional one ever had. Muschamp may not be thrilled at the moment. But if he makes the right hire this time around, he may be thrilled when he looks back on it some day.


Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:58 am

Weis to Kansas: a good move for Florida?

Nebraska1717-you need to take off the rose colored Gill loving glasses. I am sure that Gill is a great person, but he is a terrible coach at the BCS level. He should have never been hired. If you watched KU play this year, they were a disaster from top to bottom. They had at least 3 delay of game penalties after timeouts to avoid a delay of game penalty!!!! If Gill practiced what he preached (honesty, responsiblity, etc.), he would have taken a buy out rather than the remainder of his contract.

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:53 am

Weis to Kansas: a good move for Florida?

Weis didn't give Muschamp a heads up huh? Per ESPN

"In the recent days, he was contacted about the job and we talked about it and he told me it was an opportunity he wanted to take," Muschamp said. "Any time, and our profession is no different than the business world, when you're able to take a step up, I support it.

"I asked him, I said, 'Is this something you're really interested in doing?' He said, 'Yeah, I want to talk to `em. If I wasn't interested, I would not talk,'" Muschamp said. "So I said, `I support you 100 percent if that's what you want to do. I think that's great.' Now, when guys make parallel moves, I don't necessarily agree with that. When guys can further their career, I think it's great."


Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:51 am

Weis to Kansas: a good move for Florida?

If Weis has any cred left he may be able to recruit a QB and a couple of speedy kids.The Big 12 (or whatever they call it now) has gone from wishbone to wide open and he might have a chance in that conference. This is a good opportunity for Weis and his ego to show what he can do without great expectations.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:48 pm

Weis to Kansas: a good move for Florida?

Terrible decision by KU here, Weis is a good coach, but he needs to be surrounded by talent to succeed.  Kansas Football will soon see just how much they miss Gill.  Kansas will see just how bad they really are, Gill didn't even have a fair shot.  With the talent Mangino had his last year and for KU to only win 5 games after the dozens they won in previous three really speaks to how bad they were.  Gill would have won at KU, but since KU won 12 games 5 years ago they think they are a hot team and must win win win every year.  KU is not a football school, you'd think they would realize that by now.  Weis will win perhaps 6 games at most in any season at KU, then get fired bc KU will think he isn't good enough.  Get a reality check KU, while i agree Gill wasn't the best decision, esp this year, that is what KU was for the past 60 years, why so eager to change after one tasty season.  Weis will not win 4 games this next year.

Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:06 pm

Weis to Kansas: a good move for Florida?

Holy Cow!! The Dolphins have moved to Jacksonville???? Or...wait...

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