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Weis considers himself a teacher, not guru

Notre Dame coach credits success to teachings from Parcells, Belichick


Joe Raymond / AP








Updated: 3:24 p.m. ET Oct. 6, 2005

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Charlie Weis laughs when he is described as an offensive guru.


The Notre Dame coach knows he’s good at what he does. Three Super Bowl rings in four years are proof. He just doesn’t believe the description fits. He doesn’t see himself as an innovator as much as a plagiarizer, someone who has taken others’ ideas and developed them into a complex offensive scheme.


He has a description for himself he prefers to guru, genius or even coach.


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“I consider myself a teacher first,” he said.


That’s the way Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood looks at Weis, too. That’s why he left his job as running backs coach at Texas to return to his alma mater.


“I came here just to be a sponge and absorb information,” he said.


Weis was able to build a veteran staff of coaches because of his reputation as a bold play caller. His staff includes three former college head coaches and a former offensive coordinator. Most of them say they took the job because they wanted to learn from Weis.


John Latina, Notre Dame’s assistant head coach for offense and a college assistant since 1979, including five years as offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, said the biggest difference he sees between Weis and others for whom he has coached is a great instinct and the ability to explain why he is doing something.


“He teaches, ‘This is why we’re doing this’,” Latina said. “That’s what teaching is. Not just telling what we’re doing, but why we’re doing it and why we have to do it a certain way.”


Weis said he learned how to do what he does by working under Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, or “the Bills,” as he calls them.


“That’s the only way I know,” Weis said.

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