The Kansas Jayhawks have been making adjustments to their football staff, like some of their Big 12 conference opponents, just on a quieter level.
On Monday, head coach Charlie Weis promoted defensive coordinator Dave Campo to an assistant head coach. Campo will still remain in charge of the defense and work with the defensive backs, which is what he specializes in. The 2012 season was Campo’s first season with the Jayhawks, and most of you probably remember Campo from the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. Campo spent 1989-1999 as a Cowboys defensive positional coach, 2000-2002 as head coach, left for six years to coach elsewhere in the NFL and was hired back by the Cowboys in 2008 and remained the defensive backs coach until leaving for Kansas.
Louie Matsakis, who was with the program during 2007-2009, is returning as the director of personnel. Matsakis has spent the last four years at Youngstown State.
Max Onyegbule, a former Jayhawk who graduated in 2010, was hired to serve as the team’s defensive graduate assistant. The other hire they made was Ty Greenwood as quality control coach on the defense.
The rest of the moves were in-house, moving coaches to fill other slots that were empty due to departure from the program or promotion. This will be Weis’ second year with the program, and knowing how his coaching track-record has gone over the years, he will either get bored after next season, or make a jump to another position before getting canned. Since 2000, he has had five different coaching gigs. That’s not even mentioning the jobs he has prior to 2000.
The Jayhawks have been struggling to get their program turned around since Mark Mangino was fired in 2009. It has never been considered a football powerhouse, unlike their basketball program, but getting more than one or two wins a season has to be a main goal.