Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The Charlie Weis hire could pay immediate dividends in the transfer market for the Kansas Jayhawks.
According to reports from both the New York Times' Pete Thamel and the Chicago Tribune, former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist will visit Kansas over the weekend to meet with Weis and discuss a possible transfer to join the Jayhawks. Weis originially recruited the former five-star prospect to South Bend and was Crist's coach for the first two years of his career.
Because Crist is set to graduate at the end of this semester, he will be a single-season "free agent" in the style of Russell Wilson and will not be forced to sit out a penalty year for his transfer. Crist could follow in Wilson's shoes in more ways than one, too, as Wisconsin is another strongly rumored destination for his services.
But Kansas also has to be viewed as a serious contender to land the 6'4" pocket passer. Weis and Crist enjoyed a close bond during their shared years in South Bend -- the Tribune recollects that Crist committed to Weis "basically on the spot" when Weis visited his high school -- and Crist is of course already familiar with Weis's system and terminology. It won't hurt that the Jayhawks' incumbent starter, sophomore Jordan Webb, struggled through a 2011 season in which he ranked 69th in the FBS in pass efficiency and left the Jayhakws 101st in passing yardage.
A reunion with Weis is also far from a done deal, as Crist will likely have no shortage of suitors. But Weis will no doubt do everything he can to bring Crist aboard--slotting a player of Crist's experience and potential under center would make for an overwhelmingly positive start to a coaching tenure already regarded with widespread skepticism.