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Dayne Crist Notre Dame Transfer: Why He May Join Charlie Weis at Kansas

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 22: Dayne Crist #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks off of the field after fumbling the snap leading to a University of Southern California Trojans touchdown at Notre Dame Stadium on October 22, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. USC defeated Notre Dame 31-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2011

Quarterback Dayne Crist has opted to transfer from Notre Dame after Tommy Rees jumped over him for the starting position.

There are a number of schools after his services including Wisconsin, Stanford and Florida but a new contender emerged following the hire of Charlie Weis as head coach—Kansas. Crist plans on taking an official visit to the university this week according to reports from the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times.

I wrote the other day why he should spend the last year of his eligibility at Wisconsin, but Weis’ move to Kansas certainly makes this process much more interesting.

He is the guy who recruited Crist to come to Notre Dame so he would obviously fit perfectly into the system Weis is implementing at Kansas.

But Kansas has absolutely no playmakers on offense to compliment Crist. While at Notre Dame, he was able to throw to guys like Michael Floyd and Tyler Eifert and he was only the 56th most efficient quarterback in the country.

The Big 12 has considerably poorer defenses the Big Ten or SEC, but Wisconsin and Florida will each have at least some guys on offense to help out.

Weis is a great offensive mind but is he really worth that much when there are plenty of capable offensive coordinators in the country? Plus, it’s not like his quarterbacks have done particularly well in the NFL either.

The Big 12 will be anxious to get offensive talent next year because guys like Justin Blackmon, Landry Jones and possibly Robert Griffin III will all be leaving. Crist would be a welcome ounce of excitement for the conference as well as the school.

If I’m him, I still go to Wisconsin—they now have a track record of getting great production from their quarterbacks and the team will be competing for the Big Ten championship—but there are a lot worse decisions than following an offensive genius to a defensively weak conference, even without other proven playmakers.

Watching Crist next year no matter where he ends up will be one of the more interesting things of the 2012 season.

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