Cheers to Kansas' Charlie Weis for brutal assessment of his lousy team

What do you want from a collegiate football coach? Slick promises he has no chance of keeping or brutal honesty about his lousy team?

Truthfully, I figured we would never have to discuss this because putting "coach" and "brutal honesty" together is hardly something to expect.

And then along came Charlie Weis and his stumblin', bumblin' Jayhawks.

At the Big 12 Media Day on Monday, Weis described how he recruits: "I said, 'Have you looked at the 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?"

Tough question, coach.

For those who don't know (and may not care), Kansas has been dead last in the conference for three consecutive years. Before Weis showed up last season (to collect $2.5 million per annum for five years), the Jays were led by the immortal Turner Gill, who turned in a two-year 5-19 record, cleaned out his desk and said, "You still owe me $6 million."

Turner is at Liberty now, where he produced a nifty 6-5 mark last season and hopefully has made a lot of good investments.

Meanwhile, Weis arrived in Kansas — and did worse. His Jayhawks were 1-11. The school has not won a road game in nearly four years. So how do you feel about what Weis had to say about his team?

I laughed. A lot.

But before you judge me as cold and uncaring, consider the following:

• I don't care what happens to Kansas. I've never thought much of the place since seeing "The Wizard of Oz" and still can't figure why Dorothy clicked those ruby heels.

• I have no children playing football at Kansas and, considering my son is 38, it's not likely.

• I've never even been to Kansas and am not sure I can point to it on a map. Isn't it close to Iowa?

So I can understand that if Kansas means anything to you, Weis might seem a trifle offensive. But remember two more things:

• You can bet the mortgage (whatever that's worth) that he told his current players he was talking about the players that are gone. Also, he probably told them to never believe anything he tells the evil media anyway. Wouldn't you?

• At least some of his former players agreed. The wonderfully named Toben Opurum — trying to make the Kansas City Chiefs as a fullback — said: "I mean, that's what it was, truth be told. . . . He's not going to beat around the bush."

With Weis, the bush doesn't stand a chance. He'd probably call it a rotten bush.

So I laughed.

Wonder how the school president reacted?

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