TEMPE, Ariz. -- Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis received the
Eddie Robinson Award as the nation's top college football coach on
The award, given by the Football Writers Association of America,
was presented at the final Fiesta Bowl news conference. Weis'
Fighting Irish meet Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday.
Weis guided Notre Dame to a 9-2 record in his first season at
the school after being lured from the New England Patriots, where
as offensive coordinator he helped the team win three Super Bowls
in four seasons.
"I'll accept the award, but on behalf of the University of
Notre Dame, not on behalf of Charlie Weis," he said.
He praised the school for providing him with the means to be
"It all started after they hired me," Weis said, "giving me
the resources to go hire what I feel was the best group of
assistant coaches. Those guys, together with me, I thought,
provided some pretty good guidence for a great group of kids who
really stepped up and had an admirable year."