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July 20, 2012You always hear fans say they want their coach to live at the office. Well, with Charlie Weis Kansas fans are getting their wish. Just to the left of Weis desk is a box that contains a pillow, mattress, and comforter. He has an exercise bike and a big screen TV.
When people are out on the track early in the morning they notice when Weis opens the blinds after a sleep in the office.
"I'm entrenched in here," Weis said followed by several laughs. "I can have a little music playing, I can watch TV. You are looking at my bedroom. I have a fridge on the corner and a bathroom over there."
During August camp he could spend several nights in the office.
Special teams competition
Earlier this month Ron Doherty was named to the Ray Guy Watch List. Doherty has the ability to handle all of the kicking duties including place-kicking, kickoffs, and punting.
The new roster hasn't been released yet but Doherty will have competition when fall camp gets underway.
"Obviously Ron is the one man gang right now," Weis said. "He will be involved in some way whether he's the punter, the kickoff guy, the kicker or all of the above I don't know. But he will have competition in all three of them. It won't be just a slam dunk he's the guy. Even as a kicker he will have competition."
One concern over the course in a season is endurance if a kicker is asked to do much. That is one thing Weis and his staff will watch closely.
"As long as his leg can hold up," Weis said is a factor. "You have to be careful about that."
Expect several new names to surface that will be in the special teams mix. Weis believes the new players coming in will have a chance to compete for a job.
"We obviously have kickers coming," he said. "We have more than one punter, we have more than one kicker, and multiple snappers. There are people here. And they will contend"
Parmalee will stay on offense
Weis knew all about Tre Parmalee before he arrived at Kansas. He coached his father Bernie at the New York Jets and later joined Weis on his coaching staff at Notre Dame. Parmalee and Charlie Weis Jr. have been good friends since they were little.
Parmalee was one of the first scholarship offers Weis extended when he got in Lawrence. Parmalee won the Otis Taylor Award as the best wide receiver in Kansas City as a senior at Bishop Miege. Yet when college recruiters looked at Parmalee switching to defense was usually mentioned.
Weis watched his film closely and couldn't believe Parmalee was being told he should move to defense.
"Have people not watched tape of this kid?" Weis said. "What people were telling him was he needed to play defense because he wasn't good enough to play on offense. So I do his home visit and his parents are there.
"I told him you want to come to Kansas and play DB over wide receiver? Why would you want to come in here as a defensive back instead of a wide receiver? You run good routes and you have great hands. You don't run the fastest routes but no one can cover you. You're always open and you always catch the ball. Explain that one to me."
After Weis was done talking with Parmalee it was clear where his first position would be when he arrived at Kansas.
"He moved back to offense that day," Weis said.