The man who recruited many of the players who have helped Notre Dame to a perfect 12-0 season and a trip to the BCS national championship game isn’t taking any credit.
Charlie Weis coached the Irish for five years before being let go after a 3-9 campaign, the school’s worst. He brought in a number of the key players to this year’s undefeated team, including Heisman Trophy candidate and team captain Manti Te’o.
Weis, however, is making it a point not to talk about the success of his former team. He’s said several times he doesn’t believe it’s his place to discuss Notre Dame’s season as Weis is finishing his first year at Kansas. The Jayhawks close out the season on Saturday at West Virginia, trying to win their first conference game this year.
The Weis family still has a house close to South Bend, not far from their charity, Hannah and Friends and his daughter will be moving there next summer. Weis still holds relationships with several individuals from Notre Dame, including many of the seniors he once recruited.
Weis led the Irish to a 35-27 record from 2005 to 2009 before he was fired and replaced by Brian Kelly. Weis took Notre Dame to BCS bowl games during his first two seasons in South Bend before having a disappointing year in 2009, the year he was let go.
It’s refreshing to see a coach not try and turn the spotlight on him, especially with the egos in college football these days. You have to like what Weis stands for as a man even if you don’t respect him as a head coach.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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