LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — John Reagan has what could be the most uncomfortable job in major college football: He's the offensive coordinator at Kansas, hired by coach Charlie Weis to replace — Charlie Weis.
Weis had a chance to see what Reagan could do firsthand the past couple of seasons, when his Rice offenses helped engineer two wins over the Jayhawks. So when Weis decided after last season that he wanted to hire an offensive coordinator and spend more time overseeing the entire program, he reached out to the up-and-coming coach with the Kansas ties.
The response from Reagan? Well, call it a simple case of "if you can beat 'em, join 'em."
"From the very first phone call with Coach Weis, he said he wanted to give up control of the offense and spend his time being the head coach," Reagan said, "and he wanted me to come in and run the spread offense, and that's exactly what he's done. He's allowed me to do what we want to do."
That's why the potential for a lot of uncomfortable moments has vanished.
"He's sat back and saw things and mentioned them, and mostly philosophically. When you have a guy that's won four Super Bowl rings, you want to learn something," Reagan said. "But it is our offensive staff's offense. It's not our offensive staff with an asterisk on it."
Besides, the two offenses could not be more dissimilar.
Weis prefers to run the kind of pro-style offense that made a star of Tom Brady with the New England Patriots. He likes big quarterbacks with bigger arms who can sling the ball all over the field, preferably to a flotilla of equally big, rangy wide receivers.
The problem is finding the right personnel in the college game. There simply aren't many young quarterbacks and wide receivers with those skills or that pedigree. So the past two seasons have been a struggle for the Kansas offense, which has churned through several quarterbacks while failing to score enough in the points-a-plenty Big 12.
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