Prior to his one-year stint at the University of Wisconsin in 2011, DeMontie Cross - who coached safeties and special teams for the badgers - spent five years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills.
The former University of Missouri standout handled various duties with the Bills during his tenure, eventually working his way up to inside linebackers coach, where he worked with talents such as Paul Posluszny.
Before diving headfirst into the waters of the NFL, he spent 2001-2005 as a member of the Iowa State coaching staff, where he worked with outside linebackers and special teams. He spent 2000 coaching the defensive backfield at Sam Houston State, and got his start in coaching at his alma mater, coaching outside linebackers from 1998-1999.
The hiring of Cross rounds out the Kansas coaching staff, as he joins fellow assistants Jeff Blasko (tight ends), Clint Bowen (special teams/defensive backs), Dave Campo (defensive coordinator/defensive backs), Tim Grunhard (offensive line), Rob Ianello (recruiting coordinator/wide receivers), Reggie Mitchell (running backs), Ron Powlus (quarterbacks) and Buddy Wyatt (defensive line).
It also comes at a fortuitous time. During his press conference this week, Weis mentioned he wished to have a linebackers coach in place by this weekend, in order to take advantage of one of the precious few recruiting weekends left before Feb. 1 – National Signing Day.