When Charlie Weis took over the Kansas program late in the academic year, the football team had reportedly accumulated around 50 "F's" is the classroom. Changing that has been a huge focus for Weis and his staff in the off season, along with making sure players were showing up to class.
“I can tell you with a smile on my face that coming into the Friday before spring break we had not missed five classes from the entire team, every time somebody missed, it was horrible. And I’m known to use peer pressure as well. So to have all your teammates there and be totally embarrassed for blowing off class, it’s a very good teaching tool.”
Weis has also used 6 a.m sessions with strength and conditioning coordinator Scott Holsopple as an extra form of motivation. “You really don’t want to do that, Holsopple, Saturday morning, 6 o’clock, that’s all I can say. You really don’t want that one. You really don’t. You don’t want to be there. I don’t want to be around Holsopple any time, but at 6 o’clock Saturday morning, when he doesn’t have to be here, it’s really not good.”
Weis explained that there are two things you have to do if you want to succeed as a student athlete in college. First of all you have to go to class, and secondly, you have to utilize the academic support that is offered.
"Let me just say we don’t have a bunch of tin soldiers that everything is perfect. I’ve already had to get on them about this class, starting to drowse off and things like that. I get all those reports, and they’re all addressed. ... But I’m looking at a direct correlation, if we can get (academic performance) fixed, then we can get (football performance) fixed.”