Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Potent Quotables | by Jay

If Bartlett's had been on hand, these are a few of the quotes they'd have taken down from Charlie Weis at Monday's press conference:

• I'm here for the present and the future. I'm not here to talk about the past. I'm here as a guy that went to school here and that understands the idiosyncrasies of being in South Bend, Indiana.

First of all, you find out what your players can do and that's what you have them do. We have a very broad, wide expansive offensive package, but you have to be able to utilize the personnel that you have available. I have a team that has multiple tight ends that can play, use multiple tight ends. If you have a team that has multiple wide receivers that can play, use multiple wide receivers.

• If it comes down to everything being open and it's X's and O's, I have to believe we're going to win most of the time.

You are going to have a hard-working, intelligent, nasty football team that goes on the field because the attitude of the head coach will be permeated through the players. And I hate to include the nasty, but that is part of being a winning football team.

• This is an end-all for our family. We come to Notre Dame, it's with the intent of retiring here. That's why we're coming here. We don't come here to bounce somewhere else.

It's really not rocket science when you think about it now. You exploit their weaknesses. We are into...attacking weaknesses of the [other] team both schematically and personnel-wise.

[The AD] schedules [the games] and we play them. That's the way it is. If they are on road, you have to go win on the road. If they are at home, you have to win at home. And I think that the people complain about those things are looking for excuses.

Bill Parcells said to me years ago..."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. That'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 here to go .500, you've got the wrong guy.

When players going to college, when they go to front-line programs, they want to be able to play on Sundays. They want to play on Saturdays, so that they could end up playing on Sundays. Every one of them has aspirations when they come to major colleges to be able to play on Sundays. And I feel that one selling point that's a great advantage, not a disadvantage, I'm coming from teaching guys that play on Sundays, and I think that gives you, you're short-changed on one end, but on the other end you have a decisive advantage because you're there. They are watching you. Hey, go watch the game on Monday, we are playing Miami Monday night, just go watch the game.

What's better recruiting [than] sitting in a Super Bowl locker room, "Hey, you sure you don't want to come to school here"?

So here is a guy who just was this guy that went to college here and was the head football coach at University of Notre Dame. So think about it here for a second. That means the sky is the limit, right? You are going to college somewhere, what do you want to do? What kind of success do you want to have in life?