Charlie Weis wanted to follow his son to Florida.
That appears to be the main reason for Weis accepting the offensive coordinator position with the Florida Gators.
According to a report on ESPN.com, which cited Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City, Weis’ son, Charlie Jr., was set to become an apprentice under former defensive coordinator Will Muschamp while Muschamp was at Texas.
When Muschamp accepted the head coaching position at Florida, Charlie Weis, Jr. followed along.
It appears that his father is making a paralleled move.
Kansas City head coach Todd Haley confirmed that report, telling reporters after the Chiefs’ 31-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday:
“This is a bittersweet deal for me, as the head coach, because Charlie was someone I was obviously really excited to have in here,” Haley said. “With that being said, Charlie is a family guy. He has a situation, a family situation, where he can go to Florida and be with his son, who is going to get into coaching. Without talking personally about Charlie, this is a great situation for Charlie. And I respect it 100 percent and we respect it 100 percent.”
Since Weis, the current offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs, reportedly agreed to Florida’s offer on Saturday, media and fans alike have pined for an explanation as to why he would transition back to the college game, where he was only mildly successful as the head coach at Notre Dame—his only role at any capacity at that level.
Now that we have one, it appears so simple.
Weis will continue to coach the Chiefs through the playoffs, but he will be allowed to call recruits as an official member of the Gators’ staff under Muschamp, who appears close to adding Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn as his defensive coordinator.
Prior to his one-year stint in Kansas City, Weis achieved noteworthy success as both an offensive assistant and coordinator with the New York Giants and New England Patriots, respectively, winning a combined four Super Bowl rings.
Weis then returned to his alma mater, Notre Dame, to become head coach in 2005. After winning 19 games in his first two seasons in South Bend, Weis won just 16 in his final three, prompting questions about his ability to recruit and coach effectively at the college level.
His return to the NFL with Kansas City this time last winter seemed only natural, and Weis seemed to regain his golden touch in the professional ranks, turning the Chiefs into the league’s top rushing team and ninth-best offense overall.
Another departure, at least at this point in time, is odd.
But Weis obviously has his long-term future in mind. Or maybe it’s that he couldn’t pass up a golden opportunity — one that will allow him to do what he loves while being close to those whom he loves as his career presumably draws near a close.
Weis, who will be 55 in March, has battled problems with weight and nearly died after complications from gastric bypass surgery in 2002, so maybe his health went hand-in-hand with his family.
It will be good for him to escape the undue stress and mega-scrutiny of the NFL, though you could argue that the SEC is not much better.
Weis will officially accept the Florida job on Monday, and maybe then he’ll extrapolate a bit more on his decision.
Or maybe he won’t because he’s not able to.
It comes down to family, plain and simple.