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CBS Sports on possible Replacements for Charlie Weis

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Would love to play Mack Brown every year, but since Weiss was a retread they will probably go the young assistant route. That's my guess.



Son of Weekend Watch: Charlie Weis a short timer at Kansas?




Dennis Dodd says Josh Heupel could be a possible replacement as new Kansas coach. (USATSI




There is buzz that this week's game against Central Michigan might be make or break for Kansas' Charlie Weis.

Going in, Weis is 5-21 at KU –- 2-21 against FBS competition in three seasons. The Jayhawks seem stuck in the mud coming off a 41-3 loss at Duke. Nine years after the Bush Push game that added so much hope at Notre Dame, Weis is still trying to make it work in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas would have to eat the final two years of Weis' contract (worth a total of $5 million), as well as install an interim coach the rest of the season. The alternative may be losing ground -- to SMU and perhaps more schools -- for access to a talented pool of young, upwardly mobile assistants ready to take the next step.

Eight possible replacements (in no particular order):

Josh Heupel, Oklahoma offensive coordinator: Criticized by fickle OU fans at times, the 36-old Heupel has the Sooners' offense purring again. In his ninth year in Norman, the former Sooners great has been linked to the SMU opening.

David Beaty, Texas A&M receivers coach and recruiting coordinator: Has Kansas ties. Mark Mangino's receivers coach in 2008-09. Also Turner Gill's co-offensive coordinator in 2011.

Jake Spavital, Texas A&M offensive coordinator: Spav has already been linked to the SMU opening. At 29, his career is ready to take off. Kansas needs someone to energize the program. Such a young talent taking over a Power 5 program would be a huge boost to Spavital and Kansas.

Tom Herman, Ohio State offensive coordinator: Also linked to SMU opening. The Big Ten 2013 recruiter of the year has Big 12 familiarity at Texas (where he got his master's) and Iowa State. He was Paul Rhoads' offensive coordinator from 2009-11. The Cyclones were 18-20 in those years. They're 10-18 since.

Mack Brown, former Texas coach: The ESPN analyst and former Texas coach has said he wants to coach again. Sure, it's quite a come down to Kansas but KU is in the Power 5 and Big 12. Is KU below him? Brown was intrigued by the Army job.

Butch Davis, former North Carolina/Miami coach: Like Brown wants to coach again. Davis' name was never attached to NCAA infractions report at North Carolina.

Baylor coordinators: D-coordinator Phil Bennett has been a head coach at SMU. Cobbled together a top-20 defense in Waco to go along with o-coordinator Phil Montgomery's offense.





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