Weis Comes to Raise Expectations

Notre Dame named Charlie Weis as their 28th Notre Dame football coach in a press conference on Monday morning. Weis says he's coming to win and raise expectations for the Irish football team.

"Thank you Monk Malloy, father Jenkins and Kevin (White), and everyone else in the Notre Dame family for providing me with this opportunity for me to be in front of you today," said Charlie Weis as he was introduced as the new head football coach at Notre Dame.

"I'm here because expectations were not met, and my job here is to raise those expectations," Weis said. "I'm not talking about as an alumnus, I'm talking about as a football coach. My job is to raise the expectations of the football players. That's why I'm here. "

Weis accepted the position after spending 15 seasons in the NFL and the last five as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots.

The 1978 University of Notre Dame graduate said he's here to turn the Irish program back into a winner.

"You are what you are, folks, and right now you're a 6-5 football team. And guess what? That's just not good enough," said Weis. "It's not good enough for you, and it's certainly not going to be good enough for me. So if you think they hired me to be .500, you've got the wrong guy.

"How long it takes to get to the top, I'm not going to predict that. But I can tell you this. You're going to have a hard-working, intelligent, nasty football team that goes on the football field because the attitude of the head coach will be permeated through the players."

Some Irish fans have speculated that this job might be a short stop for Weis along way to a head coaching position in the NFL. Weis said nothing could be further from the truth.

"This is not a stepping stone. This is an end-all for our family," Weis said. "I'm coming to Notre Dame with the intent on retiring here. We don't come here to bounce somewhere else. If that were what I was doing, I wouldn't be taking this job. I'm here because I want to be here. I'm proud to be here. I'm thankful to be here."

Weis, known by some as a blunt and straightforward person, said he's not in this for the glory.

"What you see is what you get here," said Weis "There is no hidden agenda. There is no self-promotion. This is just what I am. Fortunately or unfortunately, I wear my colors. You don't have to worry about what you're getting out of me because I'm a pretty straight shooter."

The owner of three Super Bowel champion rings said he's accepted the job because this is where he wants to be.

"It's Notre Dame, you just said it," said Weis when asked why he wanted to be at Notre Dame instead of the NFL. "When coaching jobs open, you say maybe you can get this job, maybe you can get that job. But this is Notre Dame.

"If you're going somewhere, you should go somewhere where you feel both you and your family can be part of something special. I can't think any other place better to be part of something special than to be part of this place."

The next order of business for Weis is assembling a staff and hitting the recruiting trail.

"We've already started that process. A lot of the initial things we're going to have to do is get a foundation in the coaching staff that's in-house, on-site," Weis said. "Without getting into the particulars of names, let's just say that process is already in place."

The challenge for Weis initially will be balancing his two responsibilities as offensive coordinator for the Patriots and as Notre Dame's head football coach. How he handles both responsibilities could have a dramatic impact on the future of Notre Dame football.

"That is a great question that I'm not answering," said Weis when asked how he planned to budget his time between both responsibilities. "I think on both ends (they) know what the plan is, but I think the plan is going stay as private conversations."

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