Heading into Saturday’s final game of the season against West Virginia, Kansas coach Charlie Weis stayed consistent on the Jayhawks’ bye week last week being a good thing.
Weis stated Monday that after their blowout loss to Iowa State, a couple of weeks ago, that it was necessary to recharge and clear their minds in order to avoid coming out flat against the high flying Mountaineers, who beat that same Iowa State team in Ames, last Friday.
At his weekly press conference Tuesday, Weis talked about West Virginia, but also talked about his eagerness for the future and hitting the recruiting trail, which he will do not too long after the season concludes this weekend.
"I can't recruit fast enough. If I could recruit that Saturday night, I'd be out there," Weis said.
As the Jayhawks hope to win one more game to avoid a 1-11 year, Weis is motivated that he can turn the Kansas program around because he feels he has an advantage over schools he’s recruiting against.
“Do you want to play three years from now?” Weis said. “Or do you want to compete next year.”
Even though the Jayhawks have lost 10 straight since a season opening win over South Dakota State, Weis feels that can only help his cause in recruiting rather than hurt it, saying it’s all about perspective.
“The best year I ever had recruiting in the past was after my worst season, because more guys see an opportunity to play early,” Weis said.
Weis says his staff will be hitting the recruiting trail immediately after Saturday’s game, with Weis doing the same after meetings and obligations Sunday.
It’d also be easy to think that team has mailed it in, but Weis dispelled that theory saying that the team is not looking past their final game this weekend and will head to Morgantown, looking to win their only conference game of the year.
"I don't think the offseason has came into their mind,” Weis said. “You think they're looking forward to extra time with (strength and conditioning coach Scott) Holsopple?"
As for the game with the Mountaineers, Weis indicated that senior Dayne Crist would see action along with Michael Cummings, in a role similar to the one used against Iowa State.
Weis stressed that a win would lift a huge weight lifted off their shoulders and that he expects his team to go to Morgantown and fight and play better than in their loss to Iowa State two weeks ago.
“Look it, if we don’t show up against these guys, it could be a 100-0, because they’re not going to take the pedal off the medal,” Weis said. “Just like I have since day one, I just want to go out there, slug it out and let the chips fall where they may.”