Talking to reporters at the Big 12 media days in Dallas, Texas, Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis had some choice words in regards to the talent his team has displayed in his first year at the helm in Lawrence.
In one of Weis' first statements after taking the microphone, Weis addressed the fact that his team was picked last in the 2013 Big 12 preseason poll, just one year after finishing 1-11 and winless in Big 12 play.
Do you think Charlie Weis' comments were out of line?
"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."
However, perhaps his most interesting comment, which drew laughs across the conference room at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, was about how Weis' pitch to recruits who ask him about playing time.
"Have you looked at that pile of crap out there?" Weis said. "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."
While surely many Kansas fans in Lawrence were possibly angered by the statement made by their head coach, Dan Wolken of USA Today had this to say about the matter:
In Weis' defense, that's a better recruiting pitch than "Look at what I did at Notre Dame and Florida!"— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 22, 2013
The Jayhawks are in the midst of a 21-game losing streak in Big 12 play. In Weis' first season as the head coach, he dismissed nearly 30 players then went 1-11 in his first season. The Jayhawks' only win was against South Dakota State, an FCS team.
Despite Weis' public comments at Big 12 media days, the coach made sure to emphasize that his team has high hopes this year.
"Obviously, inside closed walls or inside our walls and closed doors, our expectations are much higher than everyone else, but the proof's in the pudding," Weis said. "Until we start beating some teams in the Big 12, which is quite a challenge with the ability and talent throughout the league, we're going to be put in the same spot every year."
*All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted