In case you missed it, Charlie Weis had the quote of Big 12 media days (and possibly of the entire month) when he called Kansas’ 2012 squad a “pile of crap”. Before we go any further, let’s add some context. Weis was talking about how he builds credibility with players and recruits through blunt, brutal honesty. The point being, if Weis says it, a player can take it to the bank. Also, to be clear, he was talking about the 2012 Jayhawks and not the 2013 team.
Here’s the quote in full.
“Everyone wants to play. There’s no one that wants to not play. I said, ‘Have you looked at that 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?’ It’s a pretty simple approach,” Weis said, “and that’s not a sales pitch. That’s practical. You’ve seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.”
Sure, Weis is crazy for calling any of his teams a “pile of crap”, especially at a time of year when the other 125 FBS programs are projecting nothing but unbridled optimism. But maybe not as crazy as we think.
While the rest of the nation raised their collective eyebrows, there was one group of people not surprised or offended. The 2012 Kansas Jayhawks.
“I mean, that’s what it was, truth be told,” Toben Oporum, a member of the 2012 KU squad now trying to make the Kansas City Chiefs told the AP. “We didn’t put out a good product on the field and he was just expressing how he feels about it. He may have been able to word it differently but that’s the type of guy he is. He’s going to tell you straight forward. He’s not going to beat around the bush.”
“He’s complimented me many times on my skill and me as a player,” fellow former Jayhawk and Kansas City Chief hopeful Bradley McDougald echoed, “so I can’t really take too much offense to it because of what we produced last year.”