Weis attended N.D. but never played

Originally Published: December 10, 2004
ESPN.com news services

BOSTON -- Count Charlie Weis among the coaching candidates at Notre Dame.

The New England Patriots offensive coordinator interviewed with the Irish Friday.

The report is "nothing that we would comment on," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.

Notre Dame is looking for a replacement for fired coach Tyrone Willingham. ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli also confirmed that Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Tom Clements, a former Notre Dame quarterback, will meet with Irish officials about the school's head coaching vacancy.

Clements, in his first season as coordinator with the Bills, played under coach Ara Parseghian, leading the school to an undefeated season and a national championship in 1973.

ESPN.com's John Clayton reported that Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Blache, a former Notre Dame player and assistant coach, interviewed for the position earlier this week.

ESPN.com first reported on Sunday night that Clements' potential candidacy for the Notre Dame job was being championed by Joe Montana.

Both men are represented by IMG, the sports marketing and representation giant. Others who have phoned Notre Dame officials to support the candidacy of Clements include former Irish coach Ara Parseghian and current University of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.

Gary O'Hagan, the agent for Clements, confirmed his client's interest in the vacancy, but declined to go into any more detail.

Weis' agent, Bob LaMonte, told the AP early Thursday that he had not heard from Notre Dame, saying he thought the school was focusing on Clements. LaMontre did not immediately return another call seeking comment.

Weis did not immediately return a phone message.

John Heisler, Notre Dame's associate athletic director, said Thursday the university would not comment.

Weis attended Notre Dame, but never played college football. He was hired an assistant at South Carolina from 1985-88 and joined the New York Giants as a defensive assistant and assistant special teams coach in 1990. He has also been an assistant with Patriots and Jets before becoming offensive coordinator in New England in 2000.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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