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Old 01-08-2005, 02:59 PM   #1
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Coach Weis is miserable

TOM COYNE

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - New Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis expects to be miserable until the Fighting Irish are an elite team again. He's hoping the misery will end quickly.

"I think that any truly competitive coach has a passion to win, and until you start winning many, many games, you're going to be miserable. And I don't like being miserable," he told reporters Friday. "I'm hoping not too long."

Weis, hired last month to replace the fired Tyrone Willingham, hopes to begin the task of turning around Notre Dame's football fortunes this weekend by hosting his first recruiting weekend while on a break from his duties with the New England Patriots. He wouldn't disclose how many recruits are on campus, but said it was a critical time.

"This weekend will be the foundation for our recruiting," he said.

Weis wants to recruit "tough" linemen on offense and defense, saying: "If you want your team to be a certain way, then you have to recruit that persona."

He also said the Irish need to upgrade the talent at the skill positions. Asked about Notre Dame's team speed, Weis indicated the Irish need some help, saying: "I think the grass needs to be longer."

Weis, who last recruited high school players when he was an assistant at South Carolina 17 years ago, said the biggest difference he's noticed in recruiting is that it's easier being the head coach. He seemed at ease in his new position when dealing with reporters, talking frankly and joking throughout the news conference.

Weis said recruiting was going well even though he and his staff got a late start. There are some recruits who the Irish missed out on, but Weis said he is getting good responses.

"I do not in any way think that we won't have a successful recruiting class this year," he said.

Weis said he has an advantage over previous Notre Dame coaches because the school is opening a new athletic facility in June that includes new weight rooms, locker rooms and offices for coaches.

"I think Notre Dame until June of this year was kind of at a competitive disadvantage as far as facilities went. This new facility, it doesn't get any better than this," he said.

The Irish plan to bring in recruits for the next three weekends, but Weis doesn't expect to be around for those visits. He's finishing his work as the Patriots' offensive coordinator, a job he hopes to keep until the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.

But he has a staff now in place to handle those chores. He announced his staff this week, naming former Cincinnati coach Rick Minter, who previously spent two years at Notre Dame under Lou Holtz, as the defensive coordinator and former Irish cornerback Michael Haywood as offensive coordinator.

Weis, a Notre Dame graduate, said finding coaches with Notre Dame ties was important.

"You're bringing in a head coach with Notre Dame ties, an offensive coordinator with Notre Dame ties and a defensive coordinator with Notre Dame ties, I think you're on the right track to get going," he said.

Weis also said he has had some good talks with Irish defensive end Justin Tuck, who is considering declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft. Weis wouldn't say which decision he expected from Tuck, but said he would try to help him make an informed decision.

Weis also said he hopes to limit media access to players and assistant coaches, saying he wants all interview requests to go through him - with reporters disclosing the topics of their stories.

"We have too many team spokespeople around here," he said.

Weis would be the second straight Irish coach to put tighter restrictions on reporters.

Willingham was not available on Sundays or Mondays, and players - as well as the offensive and defensive coordinators - were available just once during the week. Willingham also supervised which players were requested, but did not ask what the topic of interviews would be.

Weis said he will talk to the media on Sunday, but didn't specify exactly which other days he will be available.

Willingham's predecessor, Bob Davie, was available to reporters every day but Friday, as were his assistants, and players were available Monday through Wednesday.
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I read the transcript which is just as good as this article - in fact better because it had more info - but based on this article and the transrict i am feeling optimistic about the future of Notre Dame
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Its pretty clear that CW is dead serious about getting the Irish into the right frame of mind and getting back to playing Notre Dame Football the way it is supposed to be played and recruit young men all the traditional traits that have been always associated with Notre Dame football players have been coached by men like Lou, Ara, Frank and the Rock himself.
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