KU coach Charlie Weis’ pitch to recruits: ‘Have you seen that pile of crap out there?’

08/06/2013 12:07 AM

08/06/2013 12:07 AM

If the Big 12 Conference awarded league championships for blunt assessments, Charlie Weis would be measuring his trophy case for a second straight Big 12 title.

Weis brought his unvarnished thoughts to Big 12 football media day on Monday morning, providing a blunt state-of-the-program message: Kansas was 1-11 last season, dead last in the Big 12 for the third straight season, and there’s no getting around that.

“We’re 1-11 and picked by everybody to finish last in the league, and that’s justifiable,” Weis said. “If I were you, I’d pick us in the same spot. We’ve given you no evidence or no reason to be picked anywhere other than that.”

The Jayhawks, though, have some reasons for higher expectations. And those begin with a proven rushing attack and the potential emergence of transfer quarterback Jake Heaps. And Weis, despite the on-field setbacks, was also able to piece together a highly touted recruiting class that leaned heavy on junior college players. And when asked about his success in the cutthroat recruiting world, Weis turned on the charm.

His recruiting pitch, he says, was simple — and perhaps a little too honest.

“Everyone wants to play,” Weis said. “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.”

Here are the other highlights from Weis’ media session on Monday: