Notre Dame coach says he was 'offended' at roast remarks

Updated: February 8, 2008, 5:55 PM ET
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Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis, in his first public comments since ESPN's Dana Jacobson made controversial remarks about the Notre Dame football program at a January roast, said he was "offended" by her actions.

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"Well, I'll just say three things, OK," Weis said in response to a question, according to a transcript posted today on Notre Dame's athletic Web site. "I was both personally and professionally offended by her comments. And if the situation were reversed, and that were me saying them, two things would have happened. I would have been the lead story on SportsCenter, and I would have been fired. But other than that, the university has issued an official response, and I think it's best to leave it at that."

After the remarks were reported, Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said: "While we in no way condone Ms. Jacobson's comments, we're aware of the circumstances in which they occurred, and in the interest of forgiveness, trust that she and ESPN will address the matter in an appropriate way."

Jacobson, the co-host of ESPN First Take, made the comments at a roast for ESPN Radio personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic last month in Atlantic City. She was disciplined by ESPN.

On Jan. 23, Jacobson issued an apology for her behavior at the roast. She said: "I am sorry. My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words. I also deeply regret the embarrassment I've caused ESPN and Mike and Mike.

"My actions at the roast were inappropriate and in no way represent who I am. I won't make excuses for my behavior, but I do hope I can be forgiven for such a poor lack of judgment."

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