Weis sets out to remind school of tradition

Updated: March 23, 2005, 12:15 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- New Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis is looking to the school's storied past to help with the future.

Weis said Tuesday that former Irish greats Joe Montana, Joe Theismann, Tim Brown and Chris Zorich would be honorary coaches for the annual Blue-Gold game on April 23. He said it's the first step in trying to use the school's past to help restore its image.

"I think sometimes players -- and students for that matter -- should be reminded of that tradition,'' said Weis, the first Notre Dame alumnus to coach at the school in more than 40 years.

"I think these four men are representative of the tradition of Notre Dame,'' he said. "I think that's one of the things I find important and one to make sure I magnify.''

Weis took over a football team that was 6-6 last season. The Fighting Irish haven't posted back-to-back winning seasons since 1997-98 and haven't seriously challenged for a national championship since finishing the 1993 season ranked No. 3.

Zorich was a nose tackle on the 1988 team that won the school's last national championship. Brown, a receiver, was the last Irish player to win a Heisman Trophy in 1987.

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