Weis: Coaching staff contributed to Notre Dame shortcomings

IRISH STEW

ND Insider Staff
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Charlie Weis was careful to tiptoe around his former association with the NFL’s New England Patriots and their recent controversies.

Not so much with his college football coaching past.

During a Tuesday speaking engagement at the Little Rock (Ark.) Touchdown Club, the retired former Notre Dame coach dropped this tidbit on his audience, which in turn rippled across social media:

"I hired too many people that wanted to use the school as a steppingstone for a head coaching job," Weis, 59, said of his Irish coaching staff.

And that contributed to his demise.

The article, by Jerry Muck of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, can be found here: http://ow.ly/S0cmR

Weis was 35-27 in five seasons at ND (2005-09) that included two BCS bowl appearances (2005, 2006) and the losingest season in Irish football history (3-9 in 2007). He was fired at the end of 6-6 season in 2009.

His most recent coaching stop was Kansas, where his was fired last season four games into the third year of a five-year contract. He has since moved full time into charity fund-raising work.

Weis said he follows the fortunes of Charlie Weis Jr., these days. The younger Weis is an analyst on Nick Saban’s coaching staff at Alabama.

"I root for one team, Alabama, because I love my son," the elder Weis said. "If he leaves Alabama, then I don't root for Alabama anymore.

"I don't buy a whole lot of swag. When you're a young guy, you don't stay in a place very long."

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis walks off the field surrounded fans and hecklers following his final game as ND's head coach, a 45-38 loss at Stanford in 2009. SBT File Photo.