"Still got a couple weeks of vacation left, right?" That kicked off Charlie Weis's appearance in Dallas, and one wonders if he was actually serious.
Weis's first question was in reference to tight end Jimmay Mundine, and he offered some platitudes, saying he's grown. Asked about Montell Cozart, Weis allowed that his reason for picking him as his starter was his dual-threat capability. On Nick Harwell, Weis pointed to his senior leadership.
Weis was then asked about contact in practice and safety issues, and noted that he tends to reduce practice contact as the year progresses.
Asked about what Kansas needs to do on first and second down, and how Cozart plays into that, he again pointed at the dual-threat aspect, stating that without a quarterback who can run it's a 10-on-11 game.
Weis was asked if he knew how many wins he'd consider a success. He does, but he's not telling. "We have not done a thing in the two years I've been here," he said, laying his awareness of the situation pretty plainly on the table.
Addressing the play-calling, Weis won't be getting in the way offensively, letting offensive coordinator John Reagan run things.
Asked about having a female official for the Southeast Missouri State game, Weis said, "I'll try to watch my language." Otherwise, he was very supportive, but added, "If I said anything other than that I'd be in trouble with my wife."
Asked about Ben Heeney, Weis said he thinks Heeney is one of the "more underappreciated players in [the] league," apparently failing to realize that Heeney is his team's only pre-season All-Big 12 selection. You'd think he'd consider Heeney the only appreciated player on his team.
Asked again about the quarterback position, Weis again expressed his feeling that a true drop-back quarterback just can't succeed in the Big 12. And with that, Weis left the podium. It was a relatively short presentation, and it seemed that the media was struggling to find questions to ask; not really a surprise given the state of the Jayhawk program.