Articles about Maura & Charlie


Weis’ lessons in raising family led to charity for children

by Brice Cherry (

Losing humbles a man like little else. In his three-decade tenure as a football coach, Charlie Weis has been delivered that slice of humble pie more times than he cares to count. Weis is 3-15 in the midst of his second season of a rebuilding project at Kansas, so his self-esteem has absorbed a litany of hits on autumn Saturdays.

But Weis’ team could lose by 40, and it wouldn’t humble him like his daughter, Hannah.

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Charlie Weis Starts Hannah & Friends Charity After Near-Death Incident

August 21, 2012

by Kevin Jeffers

Kansas Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis has used his high profile as a football coach to help a lot of others since starting his Hannah & Friends charity in 2003. It took him nearly dying in 2002 to want to do so much good for others, as tells.

Weis was in the hospital and even in a two-week coma with complications from gastric bypass surgery in 2002 after winning a Super Bowl as an assistant with the New Englad Patriots. After he survived, his brush with death inspired him and his wife, Maura, to try and help other people. Hannah & Friends — named after their own daughter who battles a rare form of epilepsy — was born.

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Family matters: Health scare led to Weises’ charity

August 20, 2012

by Matt Tait

When Charlie Weis nearly died, hundreds of people got the chance truly to live.

In June of 2002, Kansas University football coach Charlie Weis, then an assistant with the New England Patriots, lay in a hospital bed in great pain and grave danger.

At his bedside was his wife, Maura; a Catholic priest walked into the room.

“She was watching me almost die,” Weis recalled of Maura and the time when complications from gastric-bypass surgery nearly killed him. “She saw me getting last rites. The doctor came out and said I was done.”

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KU Coach Weis talks bagels, family, and a cause dear to his heart

By Christa Dubill

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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!”

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