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Dayne Crist opts for Jayhawks over Badgers

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On the same day Wisconsin lost their offensive coordinator, they lost out on an opportunity for an experienced replacement at quarterback as well.

In a posting made to his Twitter feed, Dayne Crist announced that “[a]fter a long & difficult decision making process, I’m incredibly excited to join the Kansas football team.”  Crist punctuated the tweet with a “Rock Chalk Jayhawk!”

It had previously been reported that Crist had whittled his choices down to the Jayhawks and Badgers.  Crist visited both schools — along with Delaware — last week, and was personally visited in South Bend by new KU head coach Charlie Weis.

It was likely that preexisting relationship with Weis that swung the decision in favor of the school in Lawrence.  Crist was recruited by Notre Dame when Weis was the Irish head coach and was a member of the coach’s next-to-last recruiting class.

Earlier this month, Irish head coach Brian Kelly confirmed that Crist had asked for and been granted a release from his ND scholarship in order to transfer and use his final season of eligibility at another football program.  Crist, who suffered season-ending injuries each of the previous two seasons, will graduate in December, meaning he will be eligible to play during the 2012 season.

For his Irish career, Crist threw for just over 2,300 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions.  Crist was a five-star member of the Irish’s 2008 recruiting class and the No. 2 pro-style QB in the country according to Rivals.com.

KU might not be done free-agent QB shopping, either; Jake Heaps, who is transferring from BYU, visited the Jayhawks over the weekend and it’s believed KU is the front-runner for his services.  Crist’s presence should have little or no impact on Heaps’ decision as the former will be one-and-done with the Jayhawks while the latter will have to sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

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13 Responses to “Dayne Crist opts for Jayhawks over Badgers”
  1. arizonapetdoctor says: Dec 22, 2011 12:31 PM

    I am confused by “Offensive/QB guru” title associated with Charlie Weiss’ name. He was a great co-ordinator for the Patriots, but looking at the other co-ordinators from the Patriots that became head coaches it looks more like Belichek/Brady (an now the tight end tandem) are the driving forces behind their success. Weiss didn’t succeed at ND, and Florida (as the co-ordinator) was below average in the SEC last year. I understand the Crist was recruited by Weiss but for him to even have a chance at impressing NFL scouts, he will need an unbelievable amount of talent around him, and I don’t see it at KU. Of course, he may just be playing for the love of the game I guess

  2. bonerchamp says: Dec 22, 2011 12:59 PM

    @arizonapetdoctor:

    I am not a Weiss apologist but you’re post is ridiculous. Yeah, offensive guru is freeking right. Did you notice that he got that no talent Brady Quinn to break every passing record at ND then become a 1st round pick? He made Clausen into a 2nd round pick and a hell of a college QB. And then there is Matt Cassell who made his first Pro Bowl under Weiss last year. @ UF, Brantly got hurt early and so did his true freshman backup. So he had Brissett, who was also a Tfr as a 3rd stringer to rely on. Good luck with that.

    Weiss is a big fat idiot who has the interpersonal skills of a rock but the guy is one of the best offensive minds in all of football.

  3. drexelvol says: Dec 22, 2011 12:59 PM

    “Crist’s presence should have little or not” ….”little or no”

    So what graduate program could Kansas possibly offer that notre dame doesn’t? Advanced Pig Rustling?

  4. huskersrock1 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:08 PM

    Crist must like how Weis showers. That is the ONLY possible explanation.

  5. goblue714 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:09 PM

    Great job alienating your existing QBs weiss, with cryst kansas will win 2 games next year. Oh wait how many FCS teams are scheduled next year?

  6. kcrobert10 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:10 PM

    I’m a mu tiger fan and even I have a problem with mocking ku’s graduate programs. U sir are a true idiot they have one of the most advance cancer and heart health centers in the country. Bash em cause there team stinks not because u think there school is country which its not. Other than that this may get get them 1 or 2 more wins which doesn’t say much. Last m-i-x-z-o-u beat ku…..

  7. goblue714 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:14 PM

    The ghost of john brown agrees-don’t make fun of kansas.

  8. joshspangler says: Dec 22, 2011 1:21 PM

    To say that Charlie doesn’t make a world of difference with the QB is one of the most unintelligent posts I’ve read in a while. Crush him on a whole hell of a lot of other things related to coaching, fine. But c’mon man.

  9. arizonapetdoctor says: Dec 22, 2011 4:10 PM

    I guess I should have phrased my statement as more of a question, which is more of how I meant it. My comments were more of a reflection of how the perception of his head coaching talents as compared to his offensive mind. I did not mean that he could not coach QBs, more that the responsibility of head coaching in conjunction with coaching QBs. Sorry if I offended anyones football sensibilities.

  10. joecoffee1 says: Dec 22, 2011 4:31 PM

    what the fuck is with Kansas and their fat coaches ? Is that a must to coach there. Weis is a looser but somehow cons colleges into paying him millons. What a joke

  11. joecoffee1 says: Dec 22, 2011 4:36 PM

    wait a minute azpet dr – you dont have a clue -his college teams are losers losers losers who gives acrap if some college loser qb has a great record on a loser team

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  12. arizonapetdoctor says: Dec 22, 2011 4:38 PM

    Damn, I cant get a break, I was just trying to be fair and asking the question

  13. spartytime says: Dec 22, 2011 7:06 PM

    hahaha fuck you bulimia. stub your toe again? no more rent a Qbs for you anymore

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