EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

January 11, 2012

Charlie Weis: O'Brien can make both jobs work

Charlie Weis has two words for New England Patriots offensive coordinator and Penn State head football coach Billy O'Brien as he prepares for what lies ahead, hopefully, for the next 31/2 weeks.

"Sleep deprivation," said Weis, who was named the new head coach at the University of Kansas last month.

If anybody knows what O'Brien has in store for himself as he double dips as overseer of the Patriots offense during the 2012 Super Bowl bid and rebuilding a tarnished Penn State football program, well, it is Weis, the offensive coordinator for all three Super Bowl victories.

Weis was in basically in identical shoes O'Brien is in this morning. Near the end of the 2004 regular season, Weis accepted the job as the head coach at high-profile program — University of Notre Dame, his alma mater — while the Patriots were gunning for a dynasty.

He was beholdened to two masters: Bill Belichick and several million Notre Dame football fans.

"My guess is that Bill (Belichick) will sit down with Billy, go over what worked last time when I had to do the same thing," said Weis, via phone from his office in Lawrence, Kan. "The template is already in place. Bill has already gone through it once. And we did win a Super Bowl."

While the college football season doesn't begin until September, like O'Brien, Weis had to recruit assistant coaches and high school superstars.

"Here's what I did," said Weis. "I worked on Patriots stuff all day, until 8 (p.m.) at night. Normally, I would work until 11. But from 8 to 11 I made recruiting phone calls and finalized my staff. Then I would take a shower at 11 and go do more Patriots work until 2 a.m. I did that every day so I wouldn't miss anything I needed to do with the Patriots."

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Houston Texans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Jacksonville Jaguars Olympic Great Michael Phelps Ending Retirement Draft Preview: Chris Davis Draft Preview: Jay Prosch Watson: 'I'm always going to cry' Is the use of pine tar considered cheating? Draft Preview: Jake Matthews Draft Preview: L'Damian Washington
Boston Sports
Iginla hungry for first Stanley Cup Running Strong: How the Bruins National Anthem brought Boston together Patriots Talk TV: Should the Pats abandon the 2 TE system? Brad Stevens: Hopeful season was a 'learning experience' for young Celtics Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday McAdam: MLB replay system already affecting Sox Running Strong: Marathon Sports Manager, Shane O'Hara reflects back on Marathon bombings Merloni: An imperfect game we're trying to make perfect Felger sounds of on the MLB replay system McAdam: Pedroia D.L. stint 'not hard to imagine' NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders