Weis has Irish eyes smiling in South Bend

He may not have been the first choice, but Charlie Weis is proving that Notre Dame made the right choice.

Originally Published: September 13, 2005
By Beano Cook | ESPN Insider
Charlie Weis, who possesses a face that resembles a New Jersey longshoreman, apparently won't take 40 years to lead his alma mater to the promised land. Unlike Moses, however, Weis will get to see it.

Notre Dame's two upset wins in the young season -- both on the road -- come as no surprise to those observers of college football who never believed that the Fighting Irish lacked material or that the so-called stiff academic requirements hindered their chance of contending for a national title.

All that talk disappeared on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor when Notre Dame beat a listless Michigan team 17-10 in a game that was not as close as the score indicates. The evidence seems obvious that Weis, who never played football at Notre Dame, somewhere along the line became a football offensive genius. (Notice the two adjectives before the word genius. Einstein needs none.)

Beano Cook

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Carroll H. "Beano" Cook joined ESPN in March 1986 and served as a college football studio commentator and occasional sideline reporter, in addition to offering college football commentary on ESPN Radio. He died in October 2012.