Big 12: Rob Ianello

Kale Pick led Kansas in receiving yards and receptions last season, but he'll continue to contribute to Kansas despite graduating after the 2012 season.

He's joining KU's staff as a graduate assistant on offense under Charlie Weis.

He'll work closely with receivers coach Rob Ianello, according to a release.

Pick, a native of Dodge City, Kan., caught 63 passes for 752 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his career, which took a sharp turn in 2010. Pick won the first quarterback competition under Turner Gill, but lost his starting spot after a 6-3 loss to FCS North Dakota State. Late in the 2010 season, he moved to receiver and showed a nice ability to do whatever it took to get on the field.

His career path was certainly reminiscent of former Jayhawk great Kerry Meier, but it's good to see Pick land in a good spot now that his playing days are over.

Kansas coaching staff taking shape

January, 4, 2012
Kansas' coach Charlie Weis looks like he's putting together a staff composed of his former assistants and Turner Gill's leftover staff in Lawrence.

He's hired former Akron head coach Rob Ianello to coach wide receivers and serve as the team's recruiting coordinator. He was with Weis for all five seasons at Notre Dame as receivers coach and in the final season, an assistant head coach, serving as recruiting coordinator throughout his tenure.

He'll replace Reggie Mitchell in that role at Kansas, but Mitchell has been retained to coach running backs.

Weis also retained Buddy Wyatt from Gill's staff to coach the defensive line. Wyatt previously coached at Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, TCU, Alabama, Nebraska and others.

Ianello also has experience at Wisconsin, Alabama and Arizona.