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Billboard taunts Weis

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Just a few days before he opens his fifth season as Notre Dame head coach, Charlie Weis is getting publicly heckled in his own city.

A billboard has gone up near campus that reads "Best wishes to Charlie Weis in the 5th year of his coaching internship." The message is signed "Linebacker Alumni."

Asked about it at his news conference Tuesday, Weis joked, "Everything was great until that last word."

The South Bend Tribune reports that Tom Reynolds, a former Irish letter winner, paid for the sign on behalf of about 50 other former players. He and others plan to wear green T-shirts containing the message to Saturday's game against Nevada.

“By definition, a good football coach does not lose games when he has superior talent on the field, and at least splits the games where the talent is approximately equal,” Reynolds told the paper.

Tough crowd. Still, the talk about Weis' job status won't go away until he starts winning more games. He was asked Tuesday about being on the proverbial hot seat.

"I'm the head coach at Notre Dame," he said. "Welcome to my world. That comes with the territory.

"Right now we're just trying to beat Nevada. That's the only thing on our mind. I could not care less about any other things but beating Nevada. That's all I want to do. I'm not worried about hot seats, cold seats, anything. I'm just worrying about trying to beat Nevada."