Charlie Weis gave Chris Martin a second chance. And maybe a third chance, really, depending on your perspective.
Martin was a 6-foot-5 athletic marvel, a defensive end with undeniable talent. And Weis, it appears, was smitten with the kid’s potential from the beginning, first recruiting Martin when Weis was still at Notre Dame.
So it was only natural, of course, that when Martin needed a landing spot after a tumultuous beginning to his college career, Weis was there to offer a hand. Martin signed with Kansas last December, a centerpiece of Weis’ heralded junior college class.
But the second chance officially ended on Monday, when Weis announced that he had dismissed Martin from the Kansas program. The decision came nearly three weeks after Martin was arrested May 29 in connection with an armed robbery in southwest Lawrence.
The following day, Douglas Country prosecutors charged Martin, along with two other men, with one count of aggravated robbery, according to Douglas County court records. Martin has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 24.
In a statement released on Monday, Weis said Martin’s dismissal came after he failed to meet certain conditions put in place after his arrest.
“Due to recent incidents Chris Martin was involved with, he was given a list of stipulations he was required to meet for him to remain a member of the Kansas football team,” Weis said. “Because he did not follow some of those stipulations we have dismissed him from the team.”
Martin arrived at Kansas this past winter with a reputation for off-the-field trouble. He initially signed with Cal but never played for the Bears. And after transferring to Florida, he washed out with the Gators after reportedly being cited for possession of marijuana in 2011.
After bouncing around the juco ranks, Martin appeared to relish another opportunity at Kansas. And Weis, who has made a habit of providing second chances, appeared enthusiastic about working with his new pupil. Martin drew high marks for his athleticism during spring practice and figured to slot into the starting lineup at the pass-rushing buck linebacker position.
But on May 13, Martin and two other men allegedly entered a southwest Lawrence home and robbed a KU student of $65 cash and marijuana. The incident ultimately led to Martin’s exit, which leaves a need at the Jay-hawks’ buck linebacker spot.
Sophomore linebacker Ben Goodman was listed behind Martin on the spring depth chart, while junior Michael Reynolds has also played the position.