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Weis 'apologized profusely' for tawdry Carroll slam

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.

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  1. robertg says: Dec 6, 2009 3:16 PM

    charlie was not apologizing for anything charlie said.
    charlie was simply giving the media shills and petey lessons in reading and reasoning.

  2. JStal says: Dec 6, 2009 3:43 PM

    robertg – wondered where you went… Even if Charlie didn’t actually say Carroll was shacked up he’d have to be pretty “inexperienced” with the media to think it wouldn’t play out the way it did. Very irresponsible, and Charlie should apologize profusely – which it sounds like he did. Robertg, don’t you think “petey” should sue him?

  3. edgy says: Dec 6, 2009 3:54 PM

    robertg – BAH-LOW-KNEE.
    Weis clearly said what he said and he ended up gettting his head served to him on a silver platter by everyone who CAN READ. He suddenly realized how this could look to other coaches because they wouldn’t want a rumor monger running around their sidelines…

  4. casey says: Dec 6, 2009 3:57 PM

    Charlie is just trying to avoid the fact that he is going to be the next Notre Dame head coach… The way this ND coaching rumor mill is evolving it is going to come out sooner or later

  5. CHILDPLEASE says: Dec 6, 2009 4:12 PM

    Chuck is dishing out the same old BS that he used to get the job. The same BS he used in recruiting. He landed the job and found out that you cant BS the scoreboard.
    If he thinks that coaching SC is any different than that S hole in South bend he’s BSing himself, Pete’s under the same microscope. This looser has a bad taste of sour grapes. Thats what happens when Pete beats him 5 times in a row. Hell I like Chuck I was planning on watching game 6.
    Hey Chuck I heard a rumor last week that you were going to get fired.

  6. kejji says: Dec 6, 2009 5:22 PM

    robertg..take your nonsence back to Notre Dame Central….do they let you out on the weekends? suprised you didn’t threaten to sue anybody in this post..what law firm will you use to sue the masses you have threatened? since you can’t represent yourself…since you were disbarred back in 1997.

  7. willmose says: Dec 6, 2009 5:33 PM

    Smack! Oh, wait a minute, I didn’t smack you. Smack! Smack! Charlie is one classy guy!

  8. john pileggi says: Dec 6, 2009 7:04 PM

    Al Groh, another member of the Parcells Tree, upon being terminated as coach of Virginia, recited the same poem, “The Guy in The Glass”, as Parcells did when he abruptly left the Jets a decade ago. Perhaps, as a valued limb of that Tree of coaches, Weiss can autograph a copy and send it to Mr. Carroll to point out the one and only guy at fault in this, as in the guy in the glass that Weis looks at each morning.

  9. skinny pigeon says: Dec 6, 2009 8:32 PM

    This story reminded me of T.O. saying he was misquoted in his autobiography.

  10. StephenOfTroy says: Dec 7, 2009 3:37 AM

    edgy, I agree with you. Weis isn’t fooling anyone.
    kejji, the night is young. Robert T. Gilleran may yet unleash righteous numbered-paragraph litigious hell upon all of us, or at least those of us who didn’t merit an offer of settlement.

  11. robertg says: Dec 7, 2009 5:31 AM

    petey could try suing charlie. however, petey would lose, but might learn how to read and think.
    charlie simply stated a hypothetical example of intentional distortion of the news by media shills, such as cft and pft.
    if petey were shacked up with some girl in malibu, the media shills would ignore that real news and invent some fraud about charlie and notre dame since the agenda of the media shills is to put fraudulent information on the internet about charlie and notre dame.
    and, as expected, you characters and the other media shills fell into charlie’s trap. charlie apologized not for what charlie said, but for the media shill distortions.

  12. borninhuntsv says: Dec 7, 2009 9:27 AM

    Are you really Charlie Weiss?
    Just Curious

  13. irish25 says: Dec 7, 2009 11:47 AM

    geez, is the media really that hard up to make him out to be an a-hole? Someone asks him about pete carroll and perceptions through the media, and frankly the response to what he said is just proving the point. You guys take every little letter and twist and spin it dry until theres nothing left. You want something juicy to write about, hit me up, ive got a topic thats already earned one paper a pulitzer but the national media still refuses to pick up on….

  14. GregO says: Dec 7, 2009 12:54 PM

    Charlie’s exact words were “He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news.”
    Nothing about that statement is hypothetical it is a direct accusation. Read his entire quote (below) he is speaking hypothetically about himself but directly, and without question, accusing Carroll of sleeping with a grad student.
    I can understand if you love ND and/or hate USC but please at least try to view this situation without bias and not defend it when there is absolutely nothing ambiguous in his quotes.
    “Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news. He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand. Why is it okay for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my sins.”

  15. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Dec 7, 2009 1:34 PM

    Pete Carrol, Jay Cutler, the hair that used to be Skippy Neuheisel:
    Never trust a grown man with bangs, period.

  16. Nobe says: Dec 7, 2009 2:43 PM

    I wish I was living with a Grad Student in Malibu.

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