Weis doubts he'll coach again

Charlie Weis told the South Bend Tribune it's "highly doubtful" that he'll ever coach again, which would bring an end to a career that produced three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, a five-year run at his alma mater Notre Dame, and a final stop at Kansas, where he won only six games in two-plus seasons.

Weis, 58, told the Tribune that, if this indeed is the end of his career, he wouldn't miss the spotlight of coaching and that he isn't bitter with being dismissed by both the Fighting Irish and the Jayhawks -- his sole head-coaching jobs.

"I'm not mad at Notre Dame, and I'm not mad at Kansas," Weis said. "I don't have one regret about leaving the NFL to take the Notre Dame job. I just wish I could have lasted longer."

Weis, who built his coaching reputation as the offensive mastermind behind three Patriots Super Bowl championships, was fired by Notre Dame in 2009. After South Bend, he worked as a Kansas City Chiefs assistant, helping the team return to the playoffs. But the following year, as offensive coordinator at Florida, Weis presided over a unit that struggled to score.

At Kansas, he had a largely forgettable tenure that ended with his firing four games into the 2014 season. Kansas is on the hook for the remainder of Weis' five-year contract, which guaranteed him $2.5 million annually.

Weis said he realizes there's a chance that his 6-22 stay at Kansas might be the lasting impression some have of his career.

"Would you like the last thing people remember you by in coaching as being great and walking out on top? Of course, you'd like that," Weis told the Tribune. "But, realistically, if you're not a hypocrite about the things that are really important to you, why just go take a job in the NFL just so people will say, 'Well, you went out with a better taste?'

"Again, if the right fit was there, I would have coached a little longer. But it wasn't, so why not go do some good. What good are you doing if you stay on coaching at this point? The only one you're doing any good for is yourself."