Kansas Football: Charlie Weis Offers to Pay for Student Tickets vs. Iowa State

Andrew DoughtyCorrespondent IINovember 16, 2012

LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 01:  Head coach Charlie Weis of the Kansas Jayhawks watches from the sidelines during the game against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Despite a 1-9 record, the University of Kansas football team and fan base is surprisingly encouraged, especially after head coach Charlie Weis' offer to KU students.

As they conclude their fourth straight season without a bowl appearance, the Jayhawks' seniors will prepare for their final home game on Saturday vs. Iowa State.  They have not sniffed Big 12 contention during their time in Lawrence after a tarnished 2009 season and two-year cautiously quiet tenure under the reverend-like Turner Gill, but Charlie Weis continues to pump a little energy into a beleaguered program.

Weis previously challenged fans to fill the Memorial Stadium seats as they seek their first conference victory in over two years and only second since 2009; apparently unsatisfied with his plea, he has one-upped himself.  He will open his checkbook on Saturday and foot the bill for any KU students seeking tickets for the Senior Night in Lawrence.

With a five-year contract in hand that guarantees $2.5 million annually, the tab for a couple thousand students will not break the bank.  However, with one win (South Dakota State) in the standings and basketball season underway on campus, this is an impressively creative way to raise some eyebrows by showing appreciation to fans that have been treated to anything but success since their 2008 Orange Bowl victory.