Spring Football Media Day Photo Gallery Irish coaches and players meet with the media to preview the team's upcoming spring workouts.
March 22, 2005
Photos by Alan Wasielewski
Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis met with the media on Tuesday, March 22, on the third floor of the Notre Dame Stadium Press Box.
Some of Weis' comments: "I think there is a rich tradition at Notre Dame and I would like to have those players as a part of it. I just know that I feel I am a part of Notre Dame, I am not Notre Dame itself and those four players are alums of Notre Dame, who were a part of this program, who matriculated through here and can help restore the image of Notre Dame."
Coach Weis continues his question and answer question with the media (while flashing one of his Super Bowl rings) - "Most of the foundation of what I do, most of it, either comes from New England or those guys right there (points to assistant coaches). I went ahead and hired one of the best staffs that you can possibly assemble and I think that for me, trying to think I have all the answers is wrong. What I try to do is lay out a basic format based on what I know and utilize the assistants to work together, mesh together and try to come up with something I deem acceptable."
Coach Weis talks with the Associated Press' Tom Coyne. Director of Football Operations Chad Klunder (middle) and Football Sports Information Director Doug Walker (right) listen in.
The local and regional media took advantage of a day packed with interview availability from the coaching staff and players.
Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs Coach Michael Haywood talks with the media - some of his comments: "I think it's going to be a learning curve with different protections and a different running game and a different passing game. Our objective is to make it as simple for them as we can. At the same time, when a young man has had the opportunity to play, experience is invaluable and there is recall."
Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Rob Ianello talks with Blue and Gold Illustrated's Tim Prister.
Offensive Line Coach John Latina answers questions from Irish Sports Report's Eric Hansen.
Defensive Coordinator Rick Minter, who held the same job with the Irish previously before becoming head coach at Cincinnati, reflects on his Notre Dame history with legendary South Bend Tribune columnist Joe Doyle.
Defensive Line Coach Jappy Oliver answers questions from the South Bend Tribune's Bob Wieneke (left) and Blue and Gold Illustrated's Tim Prister.
Tight Ends and Special Teams Coach Bernie Parmalee - "I've always been about challenges. So it was about can we get a staff together first and can we come in and work with the players to get the program to where it used to be and that is a challenge. It's just like as a player you played because challenge is competition."
Former Irish starting quarterback Ron Powlus, now Director of Football Personnel Development, talks with Irish Eyes' Denise Skwarcan.
Brady Quinn answers a few questions on Tuesday. Some of his comments - "t's thicker (the playbook). It's just one of those situations where you have a little more to learn and a little different style too. I compare it to learning a different language almost. It's a tough task at times but I think once we get out there on the field and work some of the kinks out that we'll be pretty well situated."
Dan Stephenson was one of just several Irish players in attendance on Tuesday.
Tom Zbikowski answers questions from Blue and Gold Illustrated's Lou Somogyi.