Thursday, December 8, 2011
Charlie Weis returns to Heartland
By Bill Williamson
This one will raise eyebrows in Kansas City.
Charlie Weis is coming back to the area.
In a surprise move, the University of Kansas has hired Weis to be its head football coach. He spent this season as the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida. Weis spent the 2010 season as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs' offense flourished under Weis and they won the AFC West division with a 10-6 record.
There was a lot of confusion why Weis would leave after a successful season in the NFL for the same position in the college ranks. Weis said that the move was for family reasons. His son was going to be a freshman at Florida this year.
Now, he is moving to Kansas. Sure, it’s for a promotion, but it just makes one wonder why Weis left the Chiefs last year. He couldn’t have been blamed had he taken the Kansas job after two seasons in Kansas City.
There was speculation last year that Weis and Kansas City head coach Todd Haley didn’t get along. The longtime associates both denied it. The move was supposed to be all about Weis wanting to be at Florida.
And now he is leaving.
While this doesn’t affect the Chiefs in their current state, it does renew curiosity over Weis’ premature departure from what was a promising relationship with the franchise.