Weis announces changes on staff and new play-calling plan

Irish head football coach Charlie Weis addressed the media for the second time this week. He announced, among many topics, that he will turn over the primary play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Mike Haywood. Weis will have the final decision on the type of play to be run during a game.

Weis stressed that he wants to be more approachable to his team, especially the younger players. He cited an example that freshman and sophomores don't know him as well as needed because of the time he spent on other matters during the season.

It basically boils down to Weis increasing his role as head coach and diminishing the day-to-day operation of an offensive play caller.

New coach Jon Tenuta will coach linebackers while defensive coordinator Corwin Brown will coach the secondary. Brian Polian will devote all his time to the special teams with assistance from Weis.

The head coach also announced that Derrell Hand and Bartley Webb will not be able to play in the future due to injury but both will remain at Notre Dame to finish their education.

A new rule passed by the American Football Coaches Association mandates that head coaches may not go on the road to recruit in the spring. Weis will use that time to attend at least 11 meetings of various Notre Dame Alumni Clubs around the nation.

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