- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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Notre Dame is back on top of the college football world, but Charlie Weis is not taking any of the credit.
Weis, completing his first season at Kansas, coached the Fighting Irish for five years and recruited a majority of the key contributors for the nation's No. 1 team.
But Weis side-stepped the opportunity to talk about Notre Dame's success Tuesday -- five days before his Jayhawks close their season at West Virginia -- when he released a statement to ESPN.com supporting his former players.
"I have received several requests to speak about Notre Dame and their terrific season," Weis said. "As the head coach of the University of Kansas, I do not believe it is my place.
"Notre Dame and the South Bend community will always be a special place for the Weis family. We have a home in Granger, a short distance from our charity, Hannah and Friends. Our daughter Hannah will move there next summer, so the Weis family will always be there to support the quality of life for those fine individuals who deal with different abilities."
Weis coached Notre Dame, his alma mater, to a 35-27 record from 2005 to 2009 before he was fired and replaced by Brian Kelly. The Irish made BCS bowl games in Weis' first two seasons before going through a 3-9 campaign in 2007, the program's worst.
Weis was responsible for bringing many of the nation's top talents to South Bend, Ind., including linebacker Manti Te'o from Hawaii. Te'o enjoyed an outstanding senior season and is one of the leading candidates to win this year's Heisman Trophy.
"Coach Kelly, his staff and, of course, the players have done a great job to achieve their 12-0 record and No. 1 standing," Weis said. "I have personal relationships with several of the older players and will always support them. Though we recruited them to Notre Dame, they have reached their goal together under Coach Kelly's guidance.
"I believe that I should not be speaking of their success as if I were still the head coach. People all want to take credit when things go well! I simply want to wish them good luck. To avoid becoming a distraction, please accept this statement as the last thing I will have to say on this matter."
Kansas is 1-10 under Weis this season and is 0-8 in Big 12 conference play.
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