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Former Jayhawks standing up for Charlie Weis

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm •  Published: July 25, 2013

Members of last year's Kansas football team that Charlie Weis called a "pile of crap" earlier this week could have taken offense at their former coach's assessment of them.

Instead, they wholeheartedly agreed.

Weis made the comments during Big 12 media day in Dallas this week, and defensive back Bradley McDougald and fullback Toben Opurum — a captain on that Jayhawks team — said Thursday they came up with the same evaluation of a team that finished 1-11 last year.

"I mean, that's what it was, truth be told," said Opurum, who along with McDougald is trying to make the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. "We didn't put out a good product on the field and he was just expressing how he feels about it.

"He may have been able to word it differently but that's the type of guy he is," Opurum added. "He's going to tell you straight forward. He's not going to beat around the bush."

There's no doubt about that.

Weis rarely spoke with a filter during his first season in Lawrence, offering brutally honest assessments of his struggling team on a weekly basis. If guys were blowing assignments, failing to hustle or even missing blocks, the longtime NFL assistant and former Notre Dame coach certainly wasn't going to hide his opinion of their performance.

So when he was asked in Dallas about how he's managed to recruit so well after beating only South Dakota State last season, Weis wasn't about to start varnishing his answers.

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