Charlie Weis Brings On Dave Campo To Solve Kansas' Defense

Charlie Weis, Kansas Jayhawks head coach all of a sudden! That was a fun day.

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Dave Campo Announced As New Kansas Football Defensive Coordinator

New Kansas Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis has already shown a knack for drawing in offensive talent from elsewhere, picking up Jake Heaps and Dayne Crist, along with former Oklahoma receiver Justin McCay. He's going to need plenty of help on the defensive side of the ball, where the Jayhawks ranked dead last in the country in 2011 (as opposed to ranking only No. 106, as they did on offense).

That duty falls to Dave Campo, newly announced defensive coordinator. You may remember him as the Dallas Cowboys head coach from 2000 until 2002, or perhaps his preceding stint as Cowboys defensive coordinator, or the two terms he filled as Dallas' secondary coach surrounding that period, with a Jaguars secondary coach spell in the midst.

He does have collegiate experience, though other than a two-year run as the Miami Hurricanes secondary coach, it's not all that easy to know what to make of it:

Central Connecticut State
Washington State
Boise State
Oregon State
Weber State
Iowa State

Does a three-year stand at Syracuse in the '80s prepare one to scheme against Oklahoma State and West Virginia? We'll just have to see about that.

For more on the Jayhawks, visit Kansas blog Rock Chalk Talk.


Charlie Weis Plans To Leave Kansas After Five Years

Charlie Weis has big plans for the Kansas Jayhawks football program. He intends to make them a perennial winner who is capable of competing for a BCS bid year after year, even after he leaves. He just doesn't plan on sticking around particularly long in order to make sure that happens. During an interview with Kansas City's KCSP, the new Kansas coach made it clear that he plans to leave after five years.

"It’s going to be a quick stop. It’s going to be five years. That’s the quick stop. I’m going to be here for five years, because my wife and I had planned for me to be working at Florida for the next five years and then try to be put in a situation where we can walk away. … What we’re going to do here is we’re going to go try to turn this program into a perennial winning program and then try to have it where one of the guys on this coaching staff takes over."

In the world of college football, five years is actually a reasonably long time. Many coaches are fired or leave on their own well before their initial contract is up. But rarely do you hear coaches essentially put their own expiration date on their tenure.

Just in case you thought Weis' plan was going to be made possible by a fast start, he also made sure to point out that he'll need a "full recruiting cycle" before he can get the program up and running to his specifications. In other words, he would prefer not to be judged until he's been in Kansas for four years. It's a nice thought, to be sure, but keep in mind that Weis went 19-6 and made two BCS bowl games his first two years at Notre Dame before finishing off his five-year stay there by going 16-21 and playing in just one bowl game his final three seasons.

For the full interview, be sure to check out Sports Radio Interviews. For more insight and analysis of the Jayhawks, be sure to check out Kansas blog Rock Chalk Talk

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