Team preview: Notre Dame

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2008 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 14, 2008
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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

COACH AND PROGRAM

When Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis said at a press conference in early January that he had no intention of making any coaching staff changes until after National Signing Day in early February, the reporters present apparently didn't believe him. So they asked him again. Once again, Weis stonewalled them.

"There's not even going to be a thought in my mind until we're done recruiting," Weis said. "It's a rhetorical question because I'm not even going to think about it until we're done with recruiting."

Not only, however, was there a thought, there was an entire thought process, which Weis described in detail at a Feb. 8 press conference, nine days after hiring Jon Tenuta as an assistant head coach in charge of the defense. That move was necessitated when former assistant head coach Bill Lewis left the coaching staff to join the athletics community relations staff.

Once Weis settled on Tenuta, it was a matter of making sure defensive coordinator Corwin Brown was comfortable with his decision.

"The No. 1 thing I wanted to do was make sure that we had an idea guy," Weis said of his conversations with Brown. "I told Corwin, 'As long as you're the defensive coordinator, you're always running the defense, you're always calling the defense.'"