DALLAS — Dayne Crist and Charlie Weis are a duo like Tom and Jerry, Rocky and Bullwinkle, SpongeBob and his square pants — where you find one, you will surely find the other. So it was no surprise that after Crist was benched by his former coach, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, that the quarterback left the Irish for Kansas, where he teamed up again with Weis.
Crist talked with The Oklahoman about his new home, Weis and why his team shouldn't be ranked at the bottom of the Big 12.
Q: What are some of the major differences between South Bend and Lawrence?
There's a lot. It's a much bigger area. School size we're talking a difference of 8,000 kids to 20,000 kids. A lot more people. But the people are just as warm, very receptive to me transferring, and I've been fortunate to have them help in the transition.
Has it been hard to learn the new team and the new area?
Initially it's a little intimidating. It all happened so quickly that you just got to be yourself and do everything you can to show the guys that you have 100 percent bought in and are just one of the guys.
Preseason you guys were listed at the bottom of the Big 12. Why do you think you guys shouldn't be there?
This team's a lot better than that. Those are all things that are really not as important as other things. At the end of the year, none of those things are accurate 100 percent either. We're not motivated by those things additionally. We've got our own motivation and are confident in our abilities and are looking to do something special this year.
You're going to be playing for the first time in an actual conference. What are you most looking forward to about that?
It's all very new to me, so I'm excited. I think, you know, even stuff like this, I've never been to any conference media day or anything like that. It was all just kind of handled at school. I'm just trying to soak everything in. I know that it's a) new but b) my only year here, so I'm trying to take everything in and make the most of every opportunity.
What's it been like rejoining Charlie Weis?
Phenomenal. It's everything I could have hoped for and more. Just very fortunate to have this opportunity.