Swarbrick: Weis will return with team to S. Bend

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)—Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis won’t stay on the West Coast to recruit as planned after the Fighting Irish play at Stanford.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Tuesday during a taping of his radio show for WLS Radio 890 in Chicago, which normally airs on Saturday, that Weis will fly back with the team.

“He’s going to return from Stanford back to campus,” Swarbrick said.

Weis had said Sunday he planned to stay on the West Coast recruiting, just as he had last year when he and Swarbrick met to discuss his future after the regular-season finale at USC.

A message seeking comment was left for Swarbrick on his cell phone Tuesday evening by The Associated Press. Swarbrick’s comments became public after Weis’ weekly news conference on Tuesday.

Weis wasn’t in a reflective mood at what could be the final weekly news conference at his alma mater. Two days after saying he couldn’t argue if Notre Dame officials decided to fire him with a 6-5 record, Weis set the tone with his opening comment: “I have a news flash. We have a football game this Saturday evening against Stanford, so let’s see if we can’t talk about that,” he said.

To make sure players and assistant coaches don’t get off point, Weis canceled all interviews for the week several hours after he talked with reporters. So Weis will be the only voice being heard from the Irish team this week, although the school did provide reporters with quotes from players.

Weis stopped reporters who tried to ask questions on most issues other than Stanford or Irish players in most instances during the news conference Tuesday.