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.

Tuesday, October 17

Weis Knows Who The Real Boss Is

So you might think that Charlie Weis, being the head football coach at Notre Dame, would be the most powerful person in the Western Hemisphere.

You would, of course, be wrong.

Weis’ power is second to that of his wife, Maura, who dictated how he spent what was supposed to be a rare chance to spend Sunday afternoon watching NFL games because of Notre Dame’s bye week.

Instead, he had chores, most of which centered around the new barn of his new multi-million-dollar home.

“I was doing things I didn’t think I’d ever be doing. Now that I have a barn, this is something new.”

Not so new is his celebrity. Of course, the new house has something to do with it, too.

“The worst part about Sunday is all the people who have decided they can ride up and down my block and take pictures whenever they want,” Weis said. “It’s almost as if we’re going to put up a 20-foot fence.”

In fact, figure about 50 people show up every day, which pleased Weis about as much as the measles.

“Like, leave us alone here, please.”

The bye week, by the way, allowed Weis to give his players and coaches last weekend off. He told the players to go home or, at least, get away from campus. He spent Saturday watching college football games. Yes, that included watching the UCLA-Oregon game. With the Irish set to host the Bruins this Saturday, Weis got in some extra scouting.

That scouting could come in handy as the Irish look to make a run up the BCS standings and maybe -- I'm saying maybe, and for more detail, check out my column -- still make the national title game.

So now you know.


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