Charlie Weis and NFL conversations

By Rustin Dodd

Charlie Weis would like to spend the rest of his career at Kansas, he says, but that hasn’t stopped him from fielding calls from NFL teams during his two years in Lawrence.

Weis divulged the conversations with NFL teams during Big 12 media day on Monday — though he was quick to delineate between “phone calls” and serious job offers.

“Phone calls doesn’t mean you get job offers. You just get phone calls,” Weis said. “And we haven’t even won. Now I’m going to coach the rest of my career at Kansas, so it’s really not relevant. But the next part of the question comes: ‘Now who would you recommend?’”

Weis’ disclosed the conversations while answering questions on why NFL coaches seem to get more second chances than their college brethren. Weis spent more than 15 years as an NFL assistant, spending time with the New York Giants, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and after a failed stint at Notre Dame, with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010.

While Weis says he’s not motivated to return to the NFL, he has played the part of casual consultant while hearing from NFL teams.

“There’s very few coaches in the NFL,” Weis said. “There’s very few teams. So when you have job openings, there’s only a handful of guys that are really in that mix. Look, I get phone calls and I’ve only won four games in the last two years.”

Entering the third year of a five-year contract, Weis said on Monday that he would like to spend another five years in Lawrence, hopefully experiencing some of the fruits of his early labor.

“I’d like to be able to enjoy some of the success,” Weis said. “What do you think I just want to do all the grunt work and hand it off?”