About half of the Kansas roster is preparing to begin training camp under their third head coach. The first of those, Mark Mangino, brought unprecedented success and relevant football back to Lawrence, while the current coach is certainly bringing the most credibility and excitement to the program arguably ever.
Charlie Weis takes over an uninspired team that has won two conference games since the beginning of the 2009 season. Aside from instant name-recognition and massive recruiting impact, Weis has brought what Kansas fans need most: honesty. Mark Mangino danced around the truth for years by pointing to on-field success, and Turner Gill was more concerned about academic and off-the-field success than winning football games, both of which he failed to achieve.
Despite atrocious efforts during the Gill era, the current head coach at Liberty left Weis with a healthy dose of veteran players that not only can help generate wins in 2012 but have developed into NFL-worthy prospects. NFL scouts rarely make a pit stop in Lawrence on their way from Lincoln, Manhattan, or Columbia but following a strikeout in the 2012 NFL Draft, a few Jayhawks should hear their name called next year and the years to come.