It is safe to say that since beating Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl at the conclusion of the 2007 season, Kansas football has gone downhill…literally. KU recorded 12 wins in the 2007/08 season, 9 wins in 2008, 5 wins in 2009, 3 wins in 2010, 2 wins in 2011, and 1 win in 2012. The Jayhawks have had three separate coaches during that span, and are now coached by Charlie Weis, who has experienced success as a head coach at the college level. Although Weis led Kansas to only one win last year, he has done everything in his power to make Kansas football fans excited for the upcoming season. KU’s starting quarterback this year is BYU transfer, Jake Heaps, a former 5-star high school recruit. Also, it has been said numerous times that Kansas RB/WR Tony Pierson will be used like Tavon Austin was at West Virginia was last year, which could definitely make for some exciting football. Add those names to transfer wide receivers Justin McKay and Nick Harwell (who is struggling with eligibility issues), along with a handful of Junior College transfers including Cassius Sendish, Weis has without a doubt increased the excitement level for KU football in 2013.
This trend continued earlier this week when Weis’ son, Charlie Weis Jr. (who is also on the staff) released this tweet:
Followed by this:
The word got around very quickly, and KU fans (who had been hoping for a new look for what seemed like ages) were refreshing their Twitter pages every second, waiting to see the new uniforms…exactly what Charlie Weis wanted. Weis wants people to be excited about the team he has this year, and he is using social media and new uniforms to do this. When “noonish” rolled around, there was no release. Fans were left waiting until Weis Jr. had to give Jayhawk Nation another update via Twitter:
Weis Sr. followed with this:
By this time, a plethora of KU football players were teasing KU fans (also via Twitter):
Finally, 4:00 arrived and this time Weis Sr. was on time, releasing the new “uniforms” via a Vine video.
Many pictures surfaced as well.
By the time the pictures and videos were released, many KU fans were extremely excited about the new helmets, but they were asking questions about the new “uniforms” (every uniform featured in the picture has been worn by KU before). At that moment, there were more tweets from KU players that fans can expect a lot more.
Is Kansas the #Oregonofthemidwest like Ben Heeney said? No, obviously not. Are there new helmets really that impressive? They are cool, but they are nothing to freak out about. Is it cool that KU has five new helmets and new uniforms on the way? Yes, of course.
Coach Charlie Weis is doing exactly what he needs to do; which is raise the excitement level on the upcoming season. Not only does this get fans excited, but recruits will notice this. This will help Weis and co. recruit in the future.
Kansas will most likely win only 3-5 games this season, however with Weis bringing in new players and hyping up the team on social media, KU’s football program is on the right track.