Kansas turns to Weis to rebuild football program

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas is only a few years removed from the heady days of an Orange Bowl win. The program regressed so far under the fired Turner Gill that it was back to being the laughingstock of the Big 12 last season.

New coach Charlie Weis has arrived with plenty of changes and some new faces.

Dayne Crist, once a highly sought recruit lured by Weis to Notre Dame, decided to reunite with his former coach. The senior quarterback is taking advantage of an NCAA rule that allows players who have graduated to transfer become immediately eligible to compete.

The Jayhawks open the season at home Sept. 1 against South Dakota State.