Big 12 Media Days: Charlie Weis Hints at Other Job Offers Before Picking Kansas

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJuly 24, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis of the Kansas City Chiefs walks in the field prior to playing the Baltimore Ravens in their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Current Kansas head coach Charlie Weis is considered one of the brightest offensive minds in all of college football. He truly knows his stuff, which is why he has had success for teams such as the New York Giants, New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.

But lately he has bounced around, holding three different jobs in the last three seasons. It was really surprising when he left a promising job as the Florida Gators offensive coordinator. Sure, things didn't go as planned in 2011, and it wasn't a head coaching position, but things look like they are heading in the right direction under head coach Will Muschamp.

Instead, Weis left after just one season and took over the Kansas Jayhawks, a team that has not reached a bowl game since 2008 and had the worst defense in the country a year ago.

He was asked during Big 12 media days if he felt he had no choice but to take the job at Kansas (via Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman):

Was Charlie Weis desperate to take KU: "I was offered other jobs for much more money." He declined to ID other jobs.

— kbohls (@kbohls) July 24, 2012

That comment is very interesting, because it makes you wonder which programs were offering him a job. Weis is a bright man who can truly turn a program around once the right players are on the field. Did Penn State offer him a contract that he declined in lieu of their recent problems? Did Ohio State talk to him before turning their attention to Urban Meyer? UCLA? North Carolina?

And if Weis did turn some of those programs down, that must mean that he is seriously committed to Kansas. Can he actually stay with a school for longer than a year or two and build a respectable program in Lawrence?

Only time will answer both questions.