Former Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis created quite the brouhaha early this morning by heavily intimating — if not out-and-out saying — that Southern Cal’s Pete Carroll was shacking up with a grad student in Malibu.
Since the story broke big this morning, Weis called the Los Angeles Times to clarify his remarks about Carroll and, basically, claims that he was having a “subjective” conversation that was a sidebar to his formal talk with a handful of media members yesterday.
Weis also claims that he was discussing the evils of the Internet rumor mill, and simply alluded to a Carroll rumor as proof of how the ‘net can affect a coach’s private life and the lives of his family. Of course, in the process of bashing the evils of web rumor mongering, Weis himself provided some serious fuel for the “evil” rumor mill machine.
Now that the conversation has been put out there for all to see, Weis is backpedaling and feverishly hitting the spin control button all in one fell swoop.
“In no way was I trying to take a shot at Pete,” Weis said according to the Times. “What we were talking about was how the rumor mill can affect people’s lives. When I was asked a specific question like that, I responded like, ‘This is the same crap that I’m talking about.’ You start saying things like this and one thing, this guy does this and I do that and all of a sudden the Internet takes it all over the place.
“So, in no way was I trying to take a shot at Pete. I feel if I offended Pete, I will run Pete down and apologize. … In no way do I have any idea what’s going on in anyone’s life other than the fact that rumors on the Internet can affect coaches’ lives in a very, very negative fashion.”
Weis said he left a message for Carroll, and ultimately hooked up with the coach, so to speak, to offer his apologies for being “misrepresented” in the initial interview. Carroll said that Weis apologized over the phone, and Carroll, needless to say, wants to have no further conversations about this whole situation.
“I talked to Charlie and he wants to set the record straight,” Carroll said. “He apologized profusely for being represented wrongly. I’m not commenting anymore.”
Unfortunately for Carroll, Weis — with the help of at least one member of the media — squeezed that tube with the full force of both hands and the toothpaste simply ain’t being shoved back in anytime soon. Regardless of how much both sides of this puzzling situation wants it to.