KU Coach Weis talks bagels, family, and a cause dear to his heart
4:10 PM, May 18, 2012
6:30 PM, May 18, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Charlie Weis has quite the football history. You can read about it just about anywhere on the internet.
But what about Charlie the husband, the dad, and the bagel connoisseur?
Weis says his wife is more than his wife; she's his best friend.
"How many guys can, after 20 years, say their closest friend is their wife," Weis said with a smile on his face and little glint in his eye. "She's great!"
The couple have two children. Their son, also named Charlie, just completed his first semester as a freshman at KU. Their youngest, is 17-year-old Hannah. Hannah is a special needs child. Her official diagnosis is globally developmentally delayed, which means she is delayed in every area tested.
"Mentally she's like a 2 or 3 year old," said Weis, "but there's things she does that's completely normal. Like if I walk into her room at 6 o'clock and she doesn't want me in there, she'll say 'See ya later', which is her way of [saying] get the heck out of here."
Charlie and his wife started a non-profit while in South Bend, Indiana, dedicated to helping people with special needs. Essentially, it's a community for people with special needs.
"If people were just aware of the lives these young men and women have on a regular basis, they would be more sympathetic to the trials and tribulations they have to lead. The fact that they don't ... sometimes really hurts," said Weis, obviously speaking from experience.
When asked if his daughter knows she is different from other kids, he hesitated only for a moment.
"I think that they know they are getting stared at. She feels bad like everyone else because it isn't like you can hide when you're globally developmentally delayed or any other special need, most people are looking at you like you have a problem. And from my wife and I's standpoint, she's not the one with the problem. The people lookin'... they're the ones with the problem," Weis said.
Weis can rarely go anywhere without someone stopping him to talk football. Most people respect his privacy when he is with his family, but he figures talking sports is part of his job.
As for football, Coach Weis has a plan for a new tradition at KU football games. He will need fan support though.
After every home football game, the entire football team will gather on the field and sing the Alma mater. But he needs fans to still be in the stands to make it worth while.
"Hang in there. We're going to make improvements and try to give a better product on the field. Hang in there and don't leave at half time. Let's be there at the end of the game," he said.
See the full interview with Coach Weis on kshb.com