Dayne Crist to Join Kansas Jayhawks, According to Tweet

Sylvan LaneContributor IDecember 22, 2011

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 29:  Dayne Crist #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks for a receiver against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on October 29, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Navy 56-14.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist will transfer to the University of Kansas to play out his final year of NCAA eligibility, according to a Tweet he posted Thursday afternoon.

Crist (@dcrist10) tweeted: "After a long & difficult decision making process, I'm incredibly excited to join the Kansas football team. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!"

Crist graduated from Notre Dame this fall but has a year of eligibility remaining.

He was reportedly also considering Wisconsin, where QB Russell Wilson transferred for the 2011 season from North Carolina State to play his final year of eligibility.

The quarterback announced at the end of the season that he would leave Notre Dame to seek opportunities elsewhere

Crist's tenure at Notre Dame was marked by injury and inconsistency. In November 2009, when he served as Carolina Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen's backup, Crist tore his ACL, ending his season.

In 2010, Crist started for the Fighting Irish, throwing for a 129.3 QB rating and completing 59.2 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions before rupturing his patella tendon in mid November.

Crist started the 2011 season as Notre Dame's starting QB, but was benched in favor of sophomore Tommy Rees and only played in four more games, spending the last four on the bench.

At Kansas, Crist will rejoin former head coach Charlie Weiss, who will take over the Jayhawks in 2012 after serving as Florida's offensive coordinator for one season.