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Irish Insights


Crist heads to Kanas

Dayne Crist will finish his college career at Kansas.

The quarterback announced his decision to join the Jayhawks on his Twitter account Thursday, posting, "After a long & difficult decision making process, I'm incredibly excited to join the Kansas football team. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!"

The former Notre Dame quarterback will be reunited with the coach who recruited him out of high school. Charlie Weis, who was fired as the Irish coach after the 2009 season, took over the Kansas program Dec. 8.

Crist will be able to play right away because the NCAA transfer rule that eliminates the sit-out year for student-athletes who have already earned their bachelor's degree as long as they enroll in a graduate program at their new university. Crist graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in management consulting this year.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound California native began this season as the starting quarterback but was replaced after halftime of the season opener. After the regular season, Crist was granted his release from his scholarship and began looking for his next team.

He was reported to be deciding between Kansas and Wisconsin. Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Cryst left to take over as coach at Pittsburgh, which could have factored into Crist's decision to go to Kansas.

Crist, who was rated the No. 2 quarterback in his class when he came to Notre Dame in 2008, played in 17 games for the Irish. He threw for 2,327 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Crist's career was put on hold twice because of knee injuries. In 2009, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and in 2010, he ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee after starting the first nine games.

Crist joins a Kansas team that went 2-10 (0-9 in the Big 12).