Weis won't give up playcalling duties again

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis gave up his play-calling duties last year to Mike Haywood before taking them over again by the end of the season.

With Haywood now the head coach at Miami (Ohio), Weis is back in his familiar role as his own offensive coordinator. And he said today that he won't relinquish that job again in the near future.

"That will be given up no time soon," he said at Notre Dame's media day. "Part of that has to do with my confidence in the defensive staff. I'm very confident that the defensive staff can handle things with minimal interference by the head coach.

"I always want to talk about personnel and schemes, but I think I'll be with the offense for quite some time."

Veteran coach Jon Tenuta will call the plays on defense and will be assisted by associate head coach and co-defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.

Weis thought he needed to help with other areas last year but said giving up play calling -- which was his specialty with the New England Patriots -- was "frustrating."

"But you can only split your energy up in so many ways," he said. "I think that when you're trying to get special teams straightened out and make sure everything is the way you want it on defense, sometimes you can spread yourself too thin. That's why all my energy and efforts this year will be on the offense."

Weis could only imagine two scenarios that would cause him to stop calling plays again. One would be if the defense suddenly needed help.

"Or if I had somebody who thought the way I did," he said. "I don't mean call plays the exact same way. I mean if they thought the way I did, if I understood what they were calling and why they were calling it. But I think right now that's in the distant future."

Now that he's calling plays again, Weis joked, that "my wife likes it, because she sees me a lot less."