Recognizing that the Jayhawks are still a long way from where they want to be and need to be to be competitive in a football league that has as much talent and as many good teams in it as the Big 12, head coach Charlie Weis made the first offseason move, firing himself. Following his second season as head coach at Kansas, Weis is giving up his responsibilities as the team’s offensive coordinator.
The first signal that something like this was in the works came a week ago when Kansas rehired John Reagan, who for the past three seasons has been the offensive coordinator at Rice. Reagan, who coached under former Kansas coach Mark Mangino from 2005-09, will fill a coaching spot recently vacated by Tim Grunhard. Grunhard, a former NFL player with the Kansas City Chiefs, joined the Kansas coaching staff to work with the offensive line when Weis was named head coach in 2012.
“They fired me as offensive coordinator,” Weis said to reporters this week, with his typical dose of sarcasm. “How do you like that?
“I wasn’t very happy with the offensive coordinator, so I made a change there,” he said.
In Weis’ two seasons as the Jayhawks’ head coach, Kansas has won only one league game and has posted a combined record of 4-20. The Jayhawks finished last in the conference both seasons in total offense, this season averaging under 300 yards of offense per game.
Reagan will coach the offensive line in addition to his coordinator duties. He was the offensive line coach when he was at Kansas previously.
“John immediately takes over for Tim and will hit the recruiting trail for offensive lineman,” Weis told reporters in making the announcement last week regarding Reagan.
Reagan is considered by many around college football to be one of the brightest young offensive minds in the game. He helped lead the Rice Owls to a 10-3 season in 2013 and the Conference USA championship.
“As we were making changes on offense, one of the things we needed to do was have somebody that could be lead person on offense, and not be me,” Weis said.