NOTRE DAME'S CHARLIE WEIS RECALLS THE VERBAL ABUSE HE GOT FROM BILL PARCELLS THE FIRST TIME HE OFFERED HIM COACHING ADVICE, IN A "60 MINUTES" PROFILE SUNDAY
60 MINUTES Cameras Capture the Irish Head Coach in His Expletive-Laced
Sideline Manner, Who Now Jokes It's Nicer to Give than Receive Verbal Abuse
Once on the receiving end of a head coach's invective, Notre Dame's head coach, Charlie Weis, sure knows how to dish it out himself. Weis recalls the abuse he took from Bill Parcells when he served under him with the New York Giants and explains why his own coaching style is often R-rated in a Steve Kroft report to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Oct. 29 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Parcells hammered him the first time he offered advice at a coaches meeting, says Weis. "[Parcells] looks down at the end of the table with his scowl. Says 'You have been in the league for five minutes. No one cares what you think, so just sit there and shut up,'" Weis remembers Parcells saying.
The self described "obnoxious, sarcastic guy from New Jersey" acknowledges that he was once Parcells' whipping boy. "I was it," he says with a laugh. "I mean, there was no doubt. The hammer is coming out and it's being swung and swung hard," Weis tells Kroft.
"And now you're giving it?" asks Kroft. "Yeah�it's nice to be on the delivering end rather than the receiving end," Weis says with a laugh. He allowed 60 MINUTES unique access to wire him for sound for two home games while he coached on the sidelines.
Being on the receiving end of Weis' ire is no fun and he knows it has earned him a reputation. Even his star quarterback, Brady Quinn, allows that the coach can be a jerk sometimes. But Weis makes no apologies for getting on his team. "I consider myself brutally honest. Whatever you have to do to get your point across, I make sure I get my point across," he tells Kroft. "When I am not happy, I make sure everyone around me feels the pressure," Weis says.
The pressure is certainly on Weis, now that Notre Dame is back in the hunt for a national championship it hasn't won in 18 years. It's a goal that "can't happen soon enough," he says. Does it bother him? "You only feel pressure if you really care what everyone else thinks and I really don't care what everyone else things," says Weis.