Charlie Weis Fires One Hot Parting Shot at Pete Carroll (Update: Or Not!)

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↵Updates: Weis has apologized for comments he says were taken "out of context", the writer involved has apologized for printing comments he was later informed were off the record, and the comments have been removed from the original report. ↵

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↵Fun story, eh? ↵

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↵Original: Charlie Weis couldn't beat Pete Carroll's USC team in any of his five years as Notre Dame's head coach; the combined scores of those five wins, 188-85, show how one-sided the rivalry was at times. ↵

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↵But in making Carroll's off-field extracurricular activities a point of contention in an interview with a Notre Dame website affiliated with Rivals, Weis has made sure both coaches are tossed into a game that neither can win, seemingly for the sake of seeing Carroll lose. ↵

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↵⇥Q: Is it frustrating to you Pete Carroll, for example, portrayed in one way…⇥⇥⇥⇥ ↵⇥

↵⇥CW: 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.⇥⇥⇥⇥ ↵⇥

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↵The "Pete Carroll is living with a grad student!" tidbit actually hadn't been in general circulation before, and Carroll is denying it vehemently. “It’s untrue, it’s irresponsible, and it’s incredible he’d be talking about me like that,” Carroll said. ↵

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↵It's hard not to share Carroll's last two sentiments -- this sort of allegation has what to do with Weis, Notre Dame, and his coaching career, exactly? -- but it's impossible not to wonder about the first one. Details about Carroll's personal life probably shouldn't be public knowledge if they don't impact his professional life, but Weis leveling this charge makes it news in and of itself and in the greater scheme of college football. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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