The Kansas Jayhawks are coming off a putrid 1-11 finish in 2012 and are currently in the midst of a major rebuilding effort in Lawrence under the leadership of head coach Charlie Weis.
Weis, who is entering his second season at the helm at Kansas, came across as brutally honest during his interview at Monday's Big 12 Conference media day.
“We’re 1-11 and picked by everybody to finish last in the league, and that’s justifiable,” Weis said in the press conference.“If I were you, I’d pick us in the same spot. We’ve given you no evidence or no reason to be picked anywhere other than that… I told our players and told our coaching staff that, until they start winning some games in the conference, that’s just the way it’s going to be.”
Weis didn't mince words when talking about his program's recent bout of futility. The Jayhawks have not won a road game since Sept. 2009 and have not win a game in the conference since 2010 . Suddenly, their victory over Virginia Tech in the 2007 Orange Bowl seems so far away.
But Weis has created an interesting and practical sales pitch to throw at recruits in the wake of all the losing. Here it is in a nutshell:
“Everyone wants to play,” he said. “There’s no one that wants to not play. I said, ‘Have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that?’ So if you don’t think you can play here, where do you think you can play? It’s a pretty simple approach. And that’s not a sales pitch. That’s practical. You’ve seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.”
Basically, if you can't put on the pads and play football at Kansas than you probably won't be able to play for any other major program, either. It's not exactly the best way to sell your program, but when you are in the position the Jayhawks are currently in, you have to do anything and everything you can just so long as it's effective.
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