Not everybody is happy for Brian Kelly. Notre Dame's new coach left a group of angry players behind at Cincinnati.
Kelly told Bearcat players he was leaving in a meeting after the team banquet Thursday night.
"He went for that money, that wasn't no time for me to be in there," said receiver Mardy Gilyard, who walked out of the meeting a minute after it started.
"I don't want to hear it. I'm thoroughly disgusted with this situation, that it lasted this long. I heard everything I needed to hear, and that was, 'I accepted the Notre Dame job.' "
Kelly secretly met with Notre Dame officials last week before the Bearcats' game against Pittsburgh and he told his players they would be the first to know if he decided to make the move to South Bend. As it turned out, they were among the last to know.
"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 held an exit interview Saturday with five reporters and threw a zinger in Carroll's direction. He was asked, "Is it frustrating to you Pete Carroll, for example, portrayed in one way..."
Weis responded: "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."
Carroll, who is married, responded late Saturday night.
"It's untrue, it's irresponsible and it's incredible he'd be talking about me like that," he said.
Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen was involved in an altercation outside a South Bend bar on Sunday morning and suffered at least one black eye, according reports out of Chicago.
The incident occurred at 2:30 a.m. outside CJ's Pub. No police report had been filed as of Monday and a bartender at the establishment told the Chicago Tribune that the scuffle "absolutely did not take place inside the bar."
Mike Hlas is an award-winning columnist with the Cedar Rapids Gazette and force behind The Hlog. Each week, he will break down the worst matchup in college football. Considering the increasing number of uncompetitive and uninteresting games, Mike's task is harder than digging out from the rubble at Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame and USC.
Maybe if Charlie Weis had still been the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator, he could have talked Bill Belichick out of going for a first-down Sunday night at Indianapolis on a fourth-and-two at the New England 30 late in the game with the Pats ahead, 34-28.
New England lost after that mystifying decision by Belichick that didn’t work. Weis knew what to do with Tom Brady and when to do it. If you’re hiring after the season, Coach Belichick, perhaps you’d consider Coach Weis to run your offense once more. He did pretty well with you before.
Crewcut Charlie looks like he’ll be unemployed before long. His fifth season at Notre Dame is ending badly. The Irish are 6-4, not what they or their vocal followers had in mind when this season began.
Most of the Irish faithful gave up the ship two weeks ago when Notre Dame lost at home to Navy. After not having lost to Navy since Theodore Roosevelt was president — or so it seemed — that marked two straight home defeats to the Midshipmen.
That was followed by a 27-22 defeat at Pittsburgh, the Irish’s second-straight loss to Dave Wannstedt’s Panthers. Notre Dame is no longer as good as Eastern programs it once dominated. The die is cast. It’s over for Weis in South Bend.