Charlie Weis out at Kansas


After losing 23-0 at home to a struggling Texas program, Kansas has decided to cut ties with head coach Charlie Weis. On Sunday morning, Kansas athletics director Sheahon Zenger has relieved Weis of his head coaching duties, the school confirmed on Sunday.

The termination is effective immediately. Defensive coordinator Clint Bowen will take over the Kansas program as interim head coach. This will allow Kansas to get a jump on the coaching search. It will be guaranteed to be a national search and will probably include a search committee, which appears to be the norm these days.

In 28 games as head coach of Kansas, Weis had gone 6-22. His overall coaching record dropped to 41-49 including his time at Notre Dame. This probably means we have seen the last of Weis as a head coach. If you cannot cut it at Kansas, you are going to have a tough time getting another head coaching job. The future of Weis appears destined to be the life of an offensive coordinator.

Where will Kansas go from here? Kansas being in the Big 12 will only make the coaching job attractive to a few coaches looking to climb up the coaching ladder, but the job is a tough task to take on. Kansas is not going to be attracting any high-profile coach, so it would be more likely the Kansas job ends up going to a coach from a Group of Five program looking to get in the power conference mix or to grab an assistant coach with some flair.

Kansas has to find a coach capable of building a program more than anything else, because the Jayhawks have nowhere to go but up. Grounding the program on defense in the wide-open Big 12 would be advisable, but Kansas will also need to find some help on offense as well.

South Carolina gives AD Tanner raise, two-year extension

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner received a two-year contract extension that ties him to the school through June 2026.

Tanner, 64, is a two-time College World Series champion as the Gamecocks’ baseball coach who moved to leading the athletic department in July 2012.

The new deal was approved by the school’s board of trustees Friday and replaces Tanner’s old agreement that was set to expire in June 2024. Tanner will receive a raise of more than $153,000 per season, increasing his total compensation to $1.175 million.

Tanner has had his ups and downs leading the department. He took over when football coach Steve Spurrier was in the middle of three straight 11-2 seasons with players like defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and receiver Alshon Jeffrey.

Tanner’s hire to replace Spurrier, Will Muschamp, lasted less than five seasons before he was let go in the middle of 2020. Muschamp’s replacement, current coach Shane Beamer, has had back-to-back winning seasons and been to a bowl game his first two yeas.

Tanner has also overseen the rise of women’s basketball under coach Dawn Staley, who signed a seven-year contract before the 2021-22 season worth $22.4 million. Staley and the Gamecocks won the national title last April and are favorites to repeat this season.

Michigan RB Blake Corum says he’ll be back by fall camp

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan All-America running back Blake Corum said his surgically repaired left knee has gotten strong enough that he’s been cleared to run on an anti-gravity treadmill next week.

Corum said that he is “100%” sure he will play in the season-opening game on Sept. 2 against East Carolina

Corum tore a meniscus and sprained a ligament in his left knee against Illinois on Nov. 19. After playing sparingly against Ohio State, he sat out when the Wolverines won the Big Ten title and advanced to the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Instead of entering the NFL draft, Corum decided to stay in school for his senior year.

“Feeling great all-around mentally, physically spiritually,” Corum told The Associated Press.

The 5-foot-8, 210-pound Corum ran for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns last season and had 952 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2021.

“I’ll be back definitely by fall camp,” he said. “I plan on doing everything in the summer workouts, depending on on what doctor says. He told me I shouldn’t be cutting until maybe June. I’m taking my time, but I will be ready by the season.”

Corum will be watching when his teammates face each each other in the Maize and Blue spring game on April 1 at Michigan Stadium.