As a rule of thumb, I am not a fan of people losing their jobs but there are exceptions, especially when the person who lost their job has millions of dollars in the bank, is 58 years old, and will be receiving six figure checks for years.
In the case of the University of Kansas, its decision to fire head football coach Charlie Weis warrants a parade. FYI - he will be paid more than $5 million to go away. This man should never, ever have been hired. Ever. Never. Ever. The thinking in hiring this man to coach one of the single hardest Power Five conference jobs defies any rational explanation.
Now KU has to find another coach, and they would be wise to make a phone call to the man in San Marcos, Texas and a Kansas native. Bruce Feldman of FoxSports.com lists potential candidates for this death job, and Dennis Franhione is on the list.
It likely won't happen, but no man would want to coach Kansas more than Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione. Fran is in his fourth season at Texas State, which is in its third year as an FBS school. The Bobcats are 2-2, and 31-31 in his second tour at that school.
In the late '90s, Fran was the head coach at New Mexico when he was offered the job at Kansas with the stipulation that he could not leave Lawrence, Kansas without an answer. Fran wanted to return to UNM to tell his players before he accepted the KU job, which never happened.
Fran would eventually go on to be the head coach at TCU, Alabama and Texas A&M. His departure from Alabama damaged his reputation - he left after two seasons where he had repeatedly told people he would stay with the program through NCAA sanctions for infractions committed by the previous regime.
That reputation was pretty much crushed when his five-year tenure with Texas A&M never yielded much in the way of results.
Fran' went away, and now he is at Texas State, which is in the midst of trying to go big. It had been an FCS program before making the difficult jump to the FBS.
Few people would grasp the inherent challenges at KU better than Fran, who grew up in Kansas and had a successful tenure at Pittsburg State. Kansas is a power conference job in name only, and trails Kansas State as the football program in a sparsely populated state. "Hot" coordinators are not going to want this job.
Few people would appreciate the "second chance" of returning to a power conference more than Fran.
The drawback of hiring Fran is that he is 63, and may no longer have the energy a Kansas-job requires. He may be a point in his life where he no longer needs the money, or the ego-stroke of a high-profile job.
Weis' replacement will not be named any time soon, and if history is any indication KU will miss on this one, too. This is a hard job and will require a special personality who "gets it" - Fran is worth considering.
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