Former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis to coach in Shrine Game

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

Retired from coaching, Charlie Weis is going to scratch the coaching itch one more time.

Even if it’s only temporary.

An East-West Shrine Game spokesperson confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the former Notre Dame head football coach will serve as the head coach for the East team in the Jan. 23 college football all-star game.

A formal announcement followed later in the day.

The game will be held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (4 p.m. EST; NFL Network). Three Notre Dame players have accepted invitations to play in the game, a showcase for NFL Draft hopefuls to perform for pro scouts and personnel types.

They are wide receiver Chris Brown, safety Elijah Shumate and defensive end Romeo Okwara. All three will play for Weis' East squad in the game.

Former standout Irish quarterback Brady Quinn will be among Weis' assistants for the game, coaching the East QBs.

Weis last coached at Kansas during the 2014 season, when he was fired four games into his third season as the Jayhawks’ head coach. He was Notre Dame’s head coach 2005-09 before being deposed after his fifth season with an overall record of 35-27.

In February, the 59-year-old Weis announced would be moving into the the fund-raising business full-time through entrepreneur Leo Govoni and one of Govoni’s projects, the Center for Special Needs.

Former Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis, whose most recent coaching stop was at Kansas, has been named the head coach of the East team for the upcoming East-West Shrine Game, Jan. 23 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/ED ZURGA)