When former 5-star recruit Dayne Crist decided to transfer from Notre Dame, many schools courted him to become their next starting quarterback. In the end, he decided to follow the man who recruited him to Notre Dame, Charlie Weis, and go to the University of Kansas.
The move should not come as much of a surprise when the other reportedly top school in the running, Wisconsin, lost its offensive coordinator Paul Chryst to Pitt.
Crist left Notre Dame after an injury sidelined him for the end of the 2010 season and was benched for a poor opening performance in 2011 in favor of Tommy Rees. He made the announced with a tweet.
Kansas is the ideal school for Crist to wind up at from a coaching standpoint, but in terms of comparing the Jayhawks to Notre Dame, there really is none. The Irish are still the far superior team.
While he is a solid quarterback, football is a team sport and no one on the Kansas roster has stepped up on offense in any capacity. The running backs go by a committee and neither of the top two guys have a better yards per carry average than 4.1. The leading wide receiver has never had a 100-yard game and only has 437 yards this season.
Then there’s the defense, which was the absolute worst defense in college football this year, allowing an unthinkable 43 points per game.
The only thing that kept Notre Dame out of a BCS bowl this year was the fact that the players couldn’t hold onto the football long enough to finish drives. Special teams also killed their chances in multiple games this year.
The Irish will lose 10 starters from this year’s team but linebacker Manti Te’o is returning and Brian Kelly has been bringing in some of the nation’s best talent. They should be at least as good as this year’s team.
Kansas, on the other hand, went 2-10 and lost its final 10 games. The Jayhawks will be improved but the addition of Dayne Crist will only get them to a bowl game if they’re lucky.