ND assistant Ianello says he's had no contact with Syracuse about opening

"My mom must have written that blog."

That was the reaction of Notre Dame assistant coach and top recruiter Rob Ianello when asked Tuesday about the rumors of him being a candidate for the now open Syracuse head coaching job.

Ianello's name has been out there for a few weeks for a job at Syracuse that officially opened Sunday when the Orange fired head coach Greg Robinson.

Robinson will coach Syracuse's final two games, including at Notre Dame this Saturday.

When asked if he's been in contact with anyone from Syracuse about the opening, Ianello said, "No."

"My ultimate goal is to be a head football coach at the Division I-A college level," Ianello said. "If that opportunity ever arose, I would certainly look into it at any school I felt had the opportunity to win."

When asked if he felt Syracuse was a place he had an opportunity to win at, Ianello said, "I don't know enough about Syracuse University to make that comment."

"I just know that at the University of Notre Dame, we are just trying to win Saturday and all my focus is trying to get our team a 7th win and send our seniors out the right way."

Earlier in the day Tuesday, Irish head coach Charlie Weis gave his thoughts on the possibility of Ianello leaving.

"I hate to lose any of my coaches, and ever talk about losing a guy," Weis said at his Tuesday afternoon press conference. "But I think there's several guys on my staff that I think would end up being good head football coaches."

"Rob has a unique niche in the fact that he's got a reputation of being one of the best recruiters in college football. I think any time you're building a program, one of the things you'll have to be able to do is recruit."

"I'm not in the market of trying to push people out the door, because I need Rob. But if they were to come calling, I would give him my blessing."

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