If anything, that earlier success might have made things WORSE for KU. None of the staff or players from that BCS bowl year (2007) are still with the program, yet as a result, fan expectations now far exceed what the program has done historically.
Even during the dismal 2008 season, ISU attendence didn't collapse like Kansas's did. They brought about 7,000 fans to a rivalry game 40 miles from campus. Their avg. attendence couldn't be more than 40K this year, right?
If there's a more difficult HC job in a BCS conference right now, feel free to point it out. I can't think of one.
One thing different from the last failed hire is KU's AD ShayZ is a football guy. Was an asst. to Snyder at KSU if i'm not mistaken. The guy knows football an wants to make it important at KU. Also its apparent that some of KU's big time donors are willing to play whatever it takes to get the program going again, hence the 6 million bailout of Gill.
I don't like the hire for KU and love it for Iowa state. I don't think a guy whose beat talent is recruiting is a good fit there.
It is one thing to bring guys into Norte dame. But he isn't going to get the same level of talent as he used to. That means he is going to coach them to improve them. The biggest flaw of Weis is that his talent didn't improve because he isn't a good at teaching fundamentals.
I expect this to end poorly for them. So I like it.
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