LAWRENCE — In his first season at Kansas, Charlie Weis added an intriguing territory to the Jayhawks’ recruiting habits: the Hawaiian Islands.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
One year later, Weis is taking his fascination with Hawaii to another level. The Jayhawks, the school announced Wednesday, will play a home-and-home series with Hawaii beginning in 2016.
The series will open in Lawrence on Sept. 24, 2016, with the return game coming a year later, on Sept. 2, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
“We are very excited to announce this home-and-home series with Hawaii,” Weis said in a news release. “We recognize Hawaii and the Islands as a fertile recruiting territory. Both our current players and prospects are excited that these two games are official.”
Even before arriving at Kansas, Weis had a special affinity for Hawaii. He had success recruiting the islands during his tenure at Notre Dame, with his most notable commitment coming from linebacker Manti Te’o. The Jayhawks also nabbed a Hawaiian linebacker in their 2013 class, signing Honolulu native Colton Goeas.
In addition to the recruiting benefits, the road game at Hawaii will also allow the Jayhawks to schedule an extra game in 2017. The so-called Hawaii exemption allows schools to play a 13th game, usually at home, to recoup the costs of traveling to Hawaii. KU last played Hawaii in 1985, defeating the Rainbow Warriors 33-27 in Honolulu.