Apr 28, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis watches during the first half of the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
As with any coaching change, a certain amount of attrition occurs. Some attrition occurs because the new staff and a player come to an understanding that a change of scenery might be the best move, some occurs due to disciplinary action and some occurs as a natural product of change.
Kansas has had all three since Charlie Weis took over in December. Most recently the Jayhawks announced the transfer of Jake Farley who will be heading to Northern Iowa to play for his dad who is the head coach of that team. In addition Chad Kolumber is headed to Richmond adding to a fair number of former Turner Gill recruits that now find themselves pursuing other opportunities.
Some of those departures have been handled the right way by the players and some have not, but either way the door has opened for multiple new transfers and the changes have also afforded Kansas an opportunity to further impact the roster in the future.
This is now a foundational recruiting class for Charlie Weis. Weis and the Kansas staff will have plenty of scholarships available and if last year is any indication we could see a blend of freshman, transfers and junior college transfers. So far the Kansas staff has landed two quarterbacks, a corner, a linebacker and a tight end. Three of those players would be considered local coming out of the Kansas City area. One calls the St. Louis metro home and the final piece comes from Texas.
It's a strong start for Weis when looking toward the future of this class and by all accounts the players he is bringing in are the type that will fit his overall philosophy. From a fan perspective it feels like a bit of a cleanse. The horrid two years that we've experienced has been purged a bit and I think the hope is that we're left with a program moving in a positive direction.