First-year Kansas coach Charlie Weis, who was Notre Dame's coach from 2005-2009, was asked if leading the two programs was all that different.
“No, not really,” Weis said. “You might say the expectations are different. But everyone wants the same thing.
“Notre Dame, as we all know, it's a national school with a national presence. So anytime you said something, it was national news.”
He later said Kansas fans are as passionate as any.
“You couldn't get any more exuberant fans than the people who root for the Jayhawks,” he said. “So really, at the end of the day, they all want the same thing. They want their team to go out there and play competitive football and win.”
BIG 12 NAMES AWARD FOR NEINAS
Chuck Neinas became the Big 12's interim commissioner last September after Dan Beebe was fired, and with the conference in turmoil.
Missouri and Texas A&M bolted for the SEC, but the Big 12 added TCU and West Virginia to get the league back to 10 teams.
Under Neinas, the Big 12 also signed new long-term television contracts and announced the creation of a Champions Bowl, which will pit the Big 12 champion against the SEC's.
“He had a tremendous calming force,” new conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday. “And through his sage advice and insights and experience, we were able to get through a really tough time.”
After praising Neinas, Bowlsby announced that the conference's top coach each year will now be awarded the renamed “Chuck Neinas Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year Award.”
“I'll tell you what, this is an honor which I will cherish,” Neinas said. “It's a complete surprise. … I've had great support throughout my tenure with the Big 12, the staff has been superb, and we couldn't have done it without a lot of hard work by good people.”