Charlie Weis a Product of Spygate?

I’m sure this crossed my mind last year when the news about Spygate first came out. It got us all wondering how legitimate the Patriots’ success was. It made me wonder how good their defense, offense, and coaches really were if they had the advantage of knowing opponents’ plays ahead of time. Which brings us to Charlie Weis. I didn’t think it was all that special what Weis did with New England for two reasons — one, the Pats’ defense was the real stalwart, and two, it’s pretty easy to be successful when Tom Brady’s your quarterback. Well it’s comforting to know that Steve Young is skeptical as well. As he told Dan Patrick:

“I remember thinking to myself during some of the runs, ‘Charlie Weis is a genius,’” Young said. “I mean, I remember saying that to people: ‘This guy is uncanny, how he’s able to make these adjustments and just come out and dominate in the second half.’ What it’s left me to do is, well, I don’t know. Did it matter? I could see how it could matter if you put it all together. So it’s a tough one. I think that people earn it on the field, and I think you’ve got to move on and move forward and just recognize that it’s not a good thing at the time.”

Much unlike Mangenius, Weis is staying tight-lipped about Spygate. Man, would I love to chat with that guy off the record about some of their antics. But how about it? Without the aid of video assistance, Tom Brady, and to a lesser extent, Brady Quinn, Charlie Weis doesn’t look so hot. Maybe he’s just one of the many products of the cheating Patriots. Imagine the sham, not to mention shame, on Notre Dame.

(via SbB)

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Is 0-8 a Reality?

Forgive me while I get all giddy here. But now that the loss to Michigan State is out of the way, it really seems possible that Notre Dame starts the year 0-8. I got really excited after the first week when ND got smashed by Georgia Tech. Unfortunately for you Charlie, Lloyd Carr isn’t here to bail you out this time.

Honestly, was there any game that appeared more win-able for Notre Dame than this one? Home against Michigan St., which is arguably the weakest of the first eight teams on the Domer schedule. They’re not beating Purdue or UCLA on the road at this point, so 0-6 looks pretty solid. Then home to a juggernaut like BC, and a national title contender like USC? I’m really starting to think 0-8 is possible.

Heck, the way Notre Dame is going, beating Navy doesn’t seem like much of a guarantee. Could we be seeing 0-9? Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves. We are in the midst of seeing history unfold before your very eyes. This is priceless!

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Charlie Weis Should Thank Lloyd Carr

Matter of fact, he should take Lloyd out to lunch. Dinner. For steak. Is there anyone in the country who dodged a bigger bullet than Charlie Weis this weekend? The only thing keeping his Notre Dame season opening embarrassment from being the talk of the week was Lloyd Carr’s loss to Appalachian St. I know, just like Notre Dame to get the luck of the Irish. But oh no, I won’t let such things be forgotten over here.

Let’s not forget, shall we, that Notre Dame got demolished at home by Georgia Tech 33-3. They didn’t just lose, they got bombed spectacularly. They managed only 122 yards of offense — a total the Raiders would laugh at — including -8 net yards on the ground. Wow. They gave up nine sacks, and lost three fumbles. About the only positive Charlie Weis can take away from the game was that he got a good look at his punter.

Moreover, not only did Notre Dame get hammered in their opener at home, but they seem well on their way to a healthy 7-5 season. Weis has already said he’s going with the Natty Light kid against Penn St., which is probably a good thing. See, this way, Golden Arm will be in midseason form when it comes time to hang 40 on the likes of Stanford and Duke. Glad to see the good ole boys at ND brought out all the stops in the last month of the season. Their November reads like an NCAA qualifying exam, not a football schedule. Navy, Air Force, Duke, and Stanford. Oooo, scary, scary, scary. Let’s just hope the Irish don’t strain any muscles leading up to that oh-so-difficult stretch run. We wouldn’t want them to be at anything less than full strength.

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Update: Audio from Mike Golic Jr. on Charlie Weis Phone Call

Yesterday I reported an occurence on Mike and Mike in the Morning when Mike Golic Jr. was invited on the show to share the news that he committed to play football at Notre Dame. Today, I now have the audio clip to let you decide for yourself whether or not Weis really called Golic Jr., or whether Golic Jr. was just embellishing the story.

Here's how the conversation went (you can also play the clip below):

Golic Sr.: "What happened yesterday, what did you do?"

Golic Jr.: "Yesterday we were out in Pisa in Italy. I got to look around the leaning tower and then got a call from Charlie Weis and I'm going to Notre Dame now."

Golic Sr.: "You committed to Notre Dame."

Golic Jr.: "Committed to Notre Dame and saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the same 15 minute span so not too bad."

Golic Sr.: "Not too bad at all. And just so the record knows you had to call Charlie Weis."

You can listen yourself and make the call.

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Did Mike Golic Jr. Receive Illegal Call from Charlie Weis?

Tuesday morning on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio and ESPN2, Mike Golic had his son, Mike Golic Jr. on as a special guest to announce some news. Mike Sr. was so proud that his son had just accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Notre Dame that he had his son Mike Jr. join the show over the phone from Italy — where the high schooler was enjoying a class trip.

The younger Golic said on radio (paraphrasing here) that he received a phone call from Charlie Weis inviting him to become the first player to commit to Notre Dame for the ’08 season.

Mike Sr. quickly corrected his son, saying that Mike Jr. was the one who called Charlie Weis.

When I heard this, I immediately thought that Mike Sr. realized his son screwed up by saying something that could get the program in trouble (here are the NCAA rules for phone calls), and that he was trying to cover things up. The situation reminded me of the alleged illegal phone call received by Joe McKnight from Pete Carroll and Reggie Bush.

I called another friend who was listening to the show — and he too confirmed that Mike Jr. indeed said he received a phone call from Weis. However, my friend thought it was more of a young kid trying to sound cool telling a story like, “Yeah, I was hanging out at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and got a call from Charlie Weis,” it was pretty cool.

I am not accusing Charlie Weis of any wrong doing, rather I am pondering a question. Was Mike Jr. telling the events as they happened, or was he embellishing the story to sound cool, not realizing that his words were potentially incriminating?

This story via Ben Maller says Mike Sr. instructed Mike Jr. to go call Weis, which would lend support to the side that Mike Jr. was just trying to sound cool.

UPDATE: Here’s the audio and a transcription of the conversation.