After a very forgettable football season, it looks like Charlie Weis is trying to put the Fighting back in Irish - as least in his vocal approach.
The DETROIT NEWS hears tell that the Notre Dame coach went off on the rivals from Ann Arbor before the Blue-Gold spring game last month.
Back on April 19, Weis was speaking to the crowd at the pre-game brunch (where else?), when he talked about what he expects at the start of the 2008 season. And his chatter soon drifted to the matter of Michigan:
(Video after the jump.)
(Weis’ speech starts about 51 seconds in)
“I’ve always been one never to make excuses and not blow hot air. I believe you have to back up your words by performance on the field. I think that’s the message our team is going to try to stay, we’re gonna start on September 6 with San Diego State, we’re going from there. I think the first opportunity we’ll have to make a statement is that day.
“Then we’ll listen to Michigan have all their excuses as they come running in, saying how they have a new coaching staff and those changes. To hell with Michigan.”
Sure, these quotes are being pinned up on the Wolverines’ weight room bulletin board as we speak. But it’s about time this gridiron rivalry got some fire back into it, especially after last year’s letdown of a showdown. Should be a fun time on September 13, provided Rich Rodriguez will have enough players left on his roster.
Then again, maybe Charlie was misquoted. He could have actually said “to Hell, Michigan,” expressing his desire to visit the quaint little town about 20 miles northwest of the UM campus
Might make for a nice post-game trip. Unfortunately, this year’s match-up is in South Bend. May we suggest Elkhart instead?