Big 12 football notebook: Former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis taking a low profile

Weis, now at Kansas said: “I don't want to try to take accolades for their success. It's really easy for a guy in my position to sit there and say, ‘They're all my kids that they're winning with' and be jealous and bitter and all that other stuff.”
by Michael Baldwin Published: November 26, 2012
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photo - Kansas coach Charlie Weis watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Iowa State defeated Kansas 51-23. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) ORG XMIT: KSOW116
Kansas coach Charlie Weis watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Iowa State defeated Kansas 51-23. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) ORG XMIT: KSOW116

Kansas football coach Charlie Weis recruited most of Notre Dame's veteran players. But Monday on the weekly Big 12 teleconference, Weis said he wants to stay low profile concerning the Irish playing for the national title and linebacker Manti Te'o being a Heisman candidate.

“I don't want to try to take accolades for their success,” Weis said. “It's really easy for a guy in my position to sit there and say, ‘They're all my kids that they're winning with' and be jealous and bitter and all that other stuff.

“Take Manti for example. I love Manti. Manti and I will be close the rest of our lives as will his family and I. But it's important for me to understand that it's their team, it's not my team. I have to worry about Kansas. But there are a lot of young men (at Notre Dame) that are having success that I'm very, very happy for.”

Weis posted a 35-27 record in five seasons at Notre Dame (2005-2009).

K-STATE REFRESHED, READY FOR TEXAS

Coming off a bye week, Kansas State hosts Texas on Saturday. If the Wildcats win they clinch the conference title and will represent the Big 12 in the Fiesta Bowl. Coach Bill Snyder gave players Thanksgiving weekend off.

“I think they're refreshed,” Snyder said. “They understand the value and significance of this game. They weren't born yesterday. They understand what's at stake. I don't have to go around beating a drum about it every day.”

The Longhorns are 2-6 against Kansas State in the Mack Brown era.

TCU's big win in Austin

Because the Longhorns are viewed as the premier college program in Texas, TCU coach Gary Patterson said the win last week in Austin was big for the alumni, although he feels some went too far.

“People that have lived and gone through the old Southwest Conference, it was a huge win to them,” Patterson said. “A lot of them said it was bigger than (winning) the Rose Bowl. It's not bigger than the Rose Bowl.”

When schedules were released, TCU faced a challenging final five games.


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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