Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Notre Dame football.

Monday, September 11

Weis Looks For More

Today you would think Charlie Weis would be a happy coach. His Notre Dame Irish are 2-0 and rose two spots back to No. 2 in the AP Poll, behind Ohio State. They're No. 3 in the coaches' poll, behind Ohio State and USC. They are coming off an impressive win over then No. 19 Penn State.

But Weis has looked at the game film and he has seen much to displease him. A lot of it centers on punt return. A lot also centers on the coaching mindset in which you are never satisfied; in which you are always pushing for more.

For more on this, check out this South Bend Tribune story by Eric Hansen.

Notre Dame will have to do more this Saturday if it is to beat Michigan, which is done thrashing Mid-American Conference teams and ready to take on a powerhouse. The Wolverines are the best team the Irish have faced so far. In fact, they might be the best team they'll face all year after USC.

To ensure another jacked up crowd, Notre Dame officials are once again moving Friday's pep rally into Notre Dame Stadium. Last Friday about 35,000 showed up, or about 5,000 than attended Indiana's season opener.

All this should make for another memorable weekend in South Bend. And that should, at least for a few hours, make Weis a happy guy.


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