Weis brings Kansas the one thing the Jayhawks have craved since a 5-0 season in 2009 crashed to earth with a seven game losing streak. Since that start, Kansas has lost 23 of 24 Big 12 games. That losing streak has brought with it paralyzing irrelevance.
Consider that problem fixed. Who else could Kansas have hired that would have everyone buzzing about the new head Jayhawk?
Maybe you want to laugh about Weis, a bizarre hire who didn't work out at Notre Dame. After two BCS bowl appearances in his first two years, he finished above .500 just once in his final three seasons in South Bend. Maybe you want to ask, "Why the heck are they doing that?"
But you're paying attention.
For all of Turner Gill's character and good intentions, he didn't offer much in the arena of intrigue. Weis does. And he gets a fresh start at Kansas free of the intense scrutiny from fans, boosters and media. The sky-high expectations at Notre Dame are a bit more measured in Lawrence.
For Kansas, that's a step in the right direction.
The college game, where Weis has spent just six total years, is obviously different from the NFL, where Weis coached for 16 years. Recruiting is a unique game in which it's difficult to develop proficiency. Weis has a master recruiter, Reggie Mitchell, already on his staff.
Objective No. 2 is fixing a defense that was among the worst in college football history this season. As an offensive mind, Weis will likely need to make a strong, calculated hire as his defensive coordinator to fix that problem, which he struggled with at Notre Dame.
Gill didn't win and didn't fill seats. There were just over 35,000 fans in 50,000-seat Memorial Stadium for the final home game.
Weis, by name alone, probably won't fill seats. Losses will peck away at that attendance number, but Weis will produce record amounts of intrigue and skepticism that with one contract signature, landed Kansas back on the college football map.
He's a smart guy. Ask Bill Belichick. Why can't Weis learn from the mistakes made at Notre Dame and win at Kansas? Win or lose, it'll be fun to watch. And unlike much of the Gill Era, it will be watched.
The last time Long Beach State (4-4) visited Allen Fieldhouse, the 49ers upset a then-No. 1 KU squad during the 1993 season. Although a late three cut the Kansas lead to four with under a minute to play, the Jayhawks (6-2) thwarted the comeback attempt with four-straight free throws to move to 4-0 at home this season.
Coincidentally, Tuesday night matched up Robinson, the Big 12's leading rebounder, with the Big West's rebounding leader - also a Robinson. Senior forward T.J. Robinson paced the 49ers with seven rebounds and 19 points. Meanwhile, KU's Robinson put up his seventh double-double in eight games with a career-best 26 points to accompany his 11 rebounds.
Withey brought down 13 rebounds to match his point total for the second double-double of his career. He also fell just one block shy of becoming the second player in Kansas history to record 10 blocks.
No. 13 Kansas continues its five-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 10, when it plays host to current No. 2 Ohio State. Tip is set for 2:15 p.m., and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Led by senior Tyshawn Taylor's 24 points and junior Thomas Robinson's eight rebounds, the Kansas Jayhawks took a hard-nosed game against the South Florida Bulls, 70-42 Saturday evening inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas improved to 5-2 on the year with the win, while USF fell to 5-4.
During the initial 20 minutes of play, both teams would combine for 18 turnovers (nine a-piece), while Kansas out shot and outrebounded their opponents from the Big East in the first half, (KU 9-24, USF 8-24 from the field) and (16-15 on the boards).
Kansas came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders as they pulled away while shooting 53.8% from the field in the second half. They outscored the Bulls 46-21 in the second half.
Only one South Florida player managed to hit the double-digit point plateau as their leading scorer, Augustus Gilchrist, had just 11 points.