MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Charlie Weis made it perfectly clear this week what he's concerned about regarding his Kansas football team's game with West Virginia.
And it's not the Mountaineers.
"Every week I come in and talk about the opponent and spend 15 minutes talking about them,'' Weis said right off the bat in his weekly press conference on Tuesday. "I would rather talk about our guys. I'd rather talk about us.''
Good move? Bad move? Well, at this stage of the game, does it really matter?
The fact is, the Kansas team that Weis coaches and West Virginia plays on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan., has been just awful. And it's not short-term awful, either.
Yes, the Jayhawks have beaten only South Dakota and Louisiana Tech this season and are a twisted sort of perfect at 0-6 in Big 12 play. But the problems go back way before this season.
Since starting the 2009 season 5-0 (after going 12-1 and 8-5 the two years prior to that), Kansas is 8-44. Three of those eight wins were against FCS schools. The Jayhawks' losing streak against Big 12 opponents stands at 27. KU is 2-40 in its last 42 games against schools from automatic qualifier BCS conferences.
The point here, of course, is not to further disparage Kansas football. That pretty much speaks for itself.
No, the point is that if Weis figures that essentially eschewing any concern over opponents in favor of simply concentrating on his own flailing team, well, why not?
After all, nothing else has seemed to work.
"I think we're at the stage in the year where I'm putting all my focus, all my energy, into the last three games of the season starting with this one. Every bit of juice that I have is going into this game,'' Weis said. "And I think I'm more concerned with our players than I am with theirs.
"They're obviously coming off a disheartening loss where they had Texas, a top team, beat. But you have a late fourth-down conversion and a late field goal, then end up losing in overtime. It was a disheartening loss. They played really well. But with that being said, they're coming in at 11 o'clock in the morning [Central time] and I can't spend too much time worrying about them and their troops. I'm just worried about mine."
Of course, coaches who talk about worrying about their own team at the expense of the next opponent are fairly common. It's the ultimate in coachspeak, right up there with taking them one game at a time and blaming every misstep on a lack of execution.