Florida Football 2011: Charlie Weis Leaves the Gators to Take over at Kansas

Nick de la Torre@@NickdelatorreCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2011

GAINESVILLE, FL - APRIL 9:  Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis of the Florida Gators directs play during the Orange and Blue spring football game April 9, 2011 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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After his first season in Gainesville Charlie Weis has reportedly accepted the head coaching job at the University of Kansas. 

This would make the second coach in two years that has told the Gators he was doing something for his family, only to turn around and do the opposite a year later. 

Leaving the Kansas City Chiefs and taking the same job at Florida was a surprise move for the one time head coach at Notre Dame. It was made a little more clear when it came to light that Weis had a son who was beginning as a graduate assistant at Florida. Weis said that the opportunity to be able to go to work every day and see his son was invaluable and too good to pass up. 

Sound familiar?

Weis leaving Florida will have several impacts on the Gators. 

First the impact will be on recruiting. The chance to play for Charlie Weis and in his pro style system was a major factor for many recruits and for some is the reason they chose to commit to Florida.

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In this interview after Friday Night Lights TE commit Kent Taylor makes reference to wanting to play under Charlie Weis. Taylor is not alone in this sentiment as Weis has been a major factor in recruiting Nelson Agholor who is a key piece for this Gators recruiting class. Will Muschamp will need to hurry to find an offensive coordinator replacement for Weis and work to assure any recruits that may be having second thoughts about their commitment. 

Weis' departure also will not effect the style of offense that the Gators will run. In his press conference, Will Muschamp said that he will look to find the best coordinator he can and will still run the pro style offense.

The Gators offense ranked 106th overall in the country this season, so it cannot be said that they will miss much from a coaching or play calling perspective. Overall Charlie Weis' tenure at Florida was a giant failure. A flop of epic proportion. 

Weis was supposed to come in and help Brantley become the quarterback he was in high school with a pro style offense that would better suit his talents. The Gators couldn't protect the quarterback and finished a five hundred football team. Hardly what Florida had envisioned when they made Weis the highest paid assistant coach in the schools history. 

Weis leaving comes as a huge surprise to Florida fans yet after how offensive the offense was this season, may not be a huge let down. 

If the recruiting class can stay intact, Gator fans might be less inclined to throw the vitriol they reserved for Urban Meyer and send Weis off with a simple don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya. 


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