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‘Horns had their targets set on Weis?

Charlie Weis

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Florida hired Charlie Weis earlier this month to be new head coach Will Muschamp‘s first offensive coordinator.

However, if the head coach at a Big 12 power had his way, Weis would’ve been headed to the great state of Texas.

According to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, and citing a pair of unnamed sources, Weis was Mack Brown‘s first choice to become Texas’ coordinator after Greg Davis resigned his long-time post.  It appears, though, that Weis’ son and the relationship he had developed with Muschamp — UT’s defensive coordinator before being hired as UF’s coach — led Weis to leave his job as the coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs for the same position with the Gators.

… the Texas head coach all but considered it a done deal that the former Notre Dame head coach would join his staff in Austin. However, Weis’ high school senior son bonded with Longhorns defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and had planned to learn under him at Texas, until Muschamp bolted for Florida and the entire Weis family followed.

With Weis out of the picture, Brown turned his attention to several other candidates, including Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, before hiring Boise State’s Bryan Harsin as and promoting Major Applewhite to co-coordinators.

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12 Responses to “‘Horns had their targets set on Weis?”
  1. pff says: Jan 31, 2011 2:39 PM

    LOL…Texas is so arrogant it is sickening

  2. burntorangehorn says: Jan 31, 2011 2:59 PM

    pff–it’d be pretty amazing if you could somehow turn this article into evidence of Longhorn arrogance. There’s nothing in it that smacks of arrogance, let alone sickening arrogance. Texas may or may not have wanted Weis (let’s face it: Bohls isn’t entirely reliable), but there’s nothing indicating that Mack Brown was aghast that Weis would choose a job at another elite program that also happened to have the younger Weis in the fold. Let me know when your lance strikes the windmill.

  3. cubano76 says: Jan 31, 2011 3:49 PM

    Are belts really supposed to be worn 4 inches above the belly button?

  4. lbijake says: Jan 31, 2011 4:21 PM

    Pound for pound, Weis is one of the better OCs.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Jan 31, 2011 4:46 PM

    Funny. Four thumbs-down so far, yet no one’s yet responded with an articulate counter-point. Cowards.

  6. inconsonance says: Jan 31, 2011 7:53 PM

    It doesn’t matter if he’s a good OC or not. As long as his waistline is only a hair’s breadth from his nipples, I refuse to acknowledge his existence.

  7. buckeyeboy(used to be a couple of different things) says: Feb 1, 2011 7:53 AM

    i believe, burntorange, they are saying Texas is arrogant because of

    “… the Texas head coach all but considered it a done deal that the former Notre Dame head coach would join his staff in Austin.”

    I’m not reading it that way, but that would be my interpretation of where they are complaining about Texas being arrogant

  8. globeflyer says: Feb 1, 2011 8:46 AM

    I would wait to see how UF’s year goes before considering Weis a “steal”. Pro OC does not necessarily equal success on the college level. If it did, he would have shown more success at ND.
    Texas can be arrogant if they can show that last year was a fluke. If not, then they’ve got a lot of ground to make up before they can show reason to be “arrogant”. Great recruiting classes only mean “promise”, not “results”.

  9. burntorangehorn says: Feb 1, 2011 9:27 AM

    globeflyer–Weis had very successful offenses at ND. It was the defense that caused the terrible record.

  10. irishayes says: Feb 1, 2011 11:49 AM

    Globeflyer – Weis had a great deal of offensive success while at ND. His failure as a headcoach was his inability to field a competitive defense (some of the worst defensive units in Notre Dame history, no less). I think he will enjoy a great deal of success at Florida as the OC, since he will not be burdened with other responsibilities.

  11. burntorangehorn says: Feb 1, 2011 12:41 PM

    buckeyeboy–I’m sure you’re right about that. However, this Bohls report says Texas considered Weis a done deal, and there are countless reports that guys like Paul Chryst (for OC), Teryl Austin (for DC), Randy Shannon (for DC), and other guys were “done deals,” so at this point it looks like the one thing that’s certain is that we can’t be certain who’s right. Even if Mack Brown did consider Weis a “done deal,” though, it’s silly that some people made the leap from that to presumed arrogance. But you know what they say: you can’t teach stupid.

  12. pff says: Feb 2, 2011 10:03 PM


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