Kansas has two dozen transfers, including three from Notre Dame, where Coach Charlie Weis was when Crist, linebacker Anthony McDonald and tight end Mike Ragone were freshmen.
"They're not doing it because they want to go to another school all of a sudden," Weis said. "They want to go somewhere that gives them an opportunity to enhance their value on Sunday."
Baylor has had success with Division I transfers through its four years with Briles. He said the Bears will look at a player if the talent is good enough, but that he wants more than skill.
"I like getting guys that are mature," he said. "Not that 18-year-olds are not, but when you take a guy that's been through a few trials and tribulations and understands what's important, what's not, and has experience - there's one thing money can't buy, and that's experience. You've got to live it, you've got to taste it, you've got to feel it. Then we know what we're getting to."
Briles has one of the most appealing transfers in the country this season in running back Lache Seastrunk. A five-star recruit and the No. 1 running back in the recruiting class of 2010, Seastrunk initially picked Oregon. He transferred closer to his home in Temple, Texas, and sat out last season.
"He is a very dynamic player that has three years left and we're anxious to see what he can do when there's people in the stands hollering, because he's got ability," Briles said. "Ability is certainly something that's hard to hide and we're going to have him open up the jacket and let it show."
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WEIS IS THE only first-year coach in the Big 12 and he and Holgorsen are the only ones not entering at least their third season at their school.
Weis, though, spent five years in charge at Notre Dame and then spent 2010 with the Kansas City Chiefs and this past season at the University of Florida, both as the offensive coordinator. His move to Kansas, which was 5-19 overall and 1-16 the previous two seasons under former Coach Turner Gill, made headlines across professional and college football.
"I was offered other jobs for a lot more money, just so you know that," Weis said, declining to elaborate.
"What's important is, why did I take this job? And let's look at it from my perspective. You're coming into a team that was 3-9 two years ago and 2-10 last year. Not so long ago, it's 2007 and 2008, and they're playing in the Orange Bowl and the Insight Bowl and winning. It wasn't like it was 20 years ago now."
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WVU'S ROAD game against Iowa State has been moved up a day and will be played Nov. 23 - a Friday. The switch likely will get the Mountaineers and Cyclones on national television.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.