Senior Day at Kansas must be pretty awkward.
At 1-11 overall in 2012 and riding a 21-game Big 12 losing streak, Kansas isn’t fooling anyone with its place in the college football world.
Coach Charlie Weis isn’t even trying to sugarcoat it on the recruiting trail. Asked for his pitch to high school juniors and seniors, Weis summed it up thusly:
“I said, have you looked at that pile of crap out there?” Weis told reporters. “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.”
Before that blunt assessment of his roster, Weis noted the other part of the Kansas pitch — “a great school here, great education, great academic support ... a great strength coach. My trainer is topnotch. All the facilities are on par with everyone else.”
And by Weis’ admission, early playing time is there for the taking.
Naturally, Weis’ candor played well on Twitter. Matt Hinton, a blogger with CBSSports.com, poked fun at one of Weis’ predecessors. Kansas coach Mark Mangino was fired in 2009 amid allegations of mistreatment and verbal abuse of players and staff. Mangino is now an assistant at Youngstown State.
Mangino later Tweeted he understood the joke, "Ok then I accept the tweet as sarcasm! Lol!"
Other gems from the most entertaining media day session with Weis:
Q. Did you take anything positive out of the near-upset of Texas last year?
A. Here’s the thing I took: I was happy for Mack. I was miserable for me. So, no, I took nothing positive for it.
Q. What did you do to shore up the kicking game?
A. Change the kicker. That was a pretty easy one. Thank you.