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Old 09-09-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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Weis: 'To hell with Michigan' comment meant out of respect to Schembechler

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis violated his own rule about never providing opponents any bulletin board material.

It didn't happen while talking to reporters, but instead speaking before a group of Notre Dame supporters at a breakfast before the Blue-Gold game last April. He was talking about his expectations for this season, saying his team would make a statement in its opening game against San Diego State.

Then we'll listen to Michigan have all their excuses as they come running in and saying how they have a new coaching staff and there's changes. To hell with Michigan," Weis said in a video that can be seen on YouTube.

At his weekly news conference Tuesday, Weis said the last comment was made out of respect for Bo Schembechler. The former Michigan coach, who died in 2006, was known on more than one occasion to say, "To hell with Notre Dame" -- most notably when the Irish turned down a chance to join the Big Ten.

Weis said he knew his comment would come up this week. Over the summer he had a laugh about it with Schembechler's son, Shemy, a scout for the Washington Redskins.

"Anyone who is a Michigan fan should know and understand that that comment pays respect to Bo and his mentality versus when playing an opponent," he said. "So take it for what it's worth. But I think that's a very respectful comment toward Coach Bo's 'To hell with Notre Dame.'"

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The whole article goes on and on about Weis and that he advises his players to not give bulletin board material.



I swear the media makes everything a big deal even when it's clear this is a non-issue.

Just having a little fun and pokin' at the rivalry. If it was THAT big of a deal it would have made more headlines when he said it in the spring.
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I think ND might be looking for a new coach after this season. ND is again god-awful. And I'm loving it!
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What a statement they made against San Diego State as well....
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Gotta feel for Ty Willingham. Weis had two terrific (albeit still overrated) seasons with the talent he recruited and then he ended up at Washington which Rick Neuheisel left as a mess of a program, where he is likely on the way out after this season. For those that don't remember, the '04 ND team won a bunch of big games (Michigan, Tennessee, and I believe a few others), they just **** the bed against teams like BYU that year.
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Gotta feel for Ty Willingham. Weis had two terrific (albeit still overrated) seasons with the talent he recruited and then he ended up at Washington which Rick Neuheisel left as a mess of a program, where he is likely on the way out after this season. For those that don't remember, the '04 ND team won a bunch of big games (Michigan, Tennessee, and I believe a few others), they just **** the bed against teams like BYU that year.
I don't feel bad for Ty, Charlie or Bob Davie. None of 'em did the job expected in South Bend.
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