Charlie Weis vows to give Notre Dame an arrogant attitude and turn the Fighting Irish into an intelligent, hardworking, nasty team...

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Charlie Weis vows to give Notre Dame an arrogant attitude and turn the Fighting Irish into an intelligent, hardworking, nasty team.

“I hate to include the ‘nasty,’ but that is part of being a winning football team,” Weis said as he was introduced yesterday as Notre Dame’s new coach.

Weis, who will remain as offensive coordinator for the NFL New England Patriots through the end of the season, signed a six-year contract for a reported $2 million per year.

Weis, 48, replaces the fired Tyrone Willingham. Willingham, who coached Notre Dame for three seasons, was introduced as Washington’s coach yesterday.

Weis contends his job is to raise expectations and win games.

Notre Dame hasn’t posted back-to-back winning seasons since 1997-98, under coach Bob Davie. Tough academic standards and a difficult schedule have been blamed for the demise of perhaps the nation’s most storied program.

“I think that the people who complain about those things are looking for excuses,” Weis said.

Weis, wearing a Super Bowl ring, said, “I’m here because expectations weren’t met. And my job here is to raise those expectations. You are what you are, folks, and right now you’re a 6-5 football team. And guess what? That’s just not good enough.”

A 1978 graduate of Notre Dame who didn’t play college football, Weis becomes the first Fighting Irish alum to head the university’s program since Hugh Devore was interim coach in 1963.

Weis said he had outstanding mentors in his career, especially New England coach Bill Belichick and Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells.

Stanford introduces Harris as coach

STANFORD, Calif. — For the next few weeks, Walt Harris will work for Pittsburgh by day and Stanford by night.

Harris considers himself a creative offensive coach who appreciates the element of surprise, and he will need to be imaginative as he balances duties with two schools thousands of miles apart.

Harris was officially introduced as Stanford’s new coach, given the task of improving a program that struggled in three seasons under Buddy Teevens.

Harris, 58, signed a five-year contract less than three weeks before he leads No. 19 Pittsburgh (8-3) in the Fiesta Bowl against Utah (11-0). Harris, who accepted Stanford’s offer Sunday, will assume his new job after that Jan. 1 game.


• Defensive coordinator Bronco Mendenhall was hired as Brigham Young’s coach. Mendenhall, 38, replaces Gary Crowton, who stepped down after his third consecutive losing season.

• A former Colorado soccer player dropped her federal lawsuit, one of three at the heart of the sex-and-recruiting scandal surrounding the Buffaloes’ football program.

The lawsuit, filed in January, alleged the athletic department retaliated against the woman after she talked to police about a 2001 football recruiting party where two other women say they were raped. She also claimed the athletic department ignored her complaints of racial discrimination by her coach and teammates.

The woman, who at the time was the lone black player on the women’s soccer team, said she also was sexually assaulted by two football players after the party but did not report it because she feared the players and thought it would worsen her problems at school.

• The district attorney’s office has decided not to file charges after investigating a case in which a woman reported she might have been assaulted by at least one USC player in August.

• Missouri freshman linebacker Alvin Newhouse, 19, was arraigned at the Boone County (Mo.) Jail on charges of forcible rape and forcible sodomy, police said. Newhouse has been suspended indefinitely from the team.

• The Republican leader of the California Senate has introduced a resolution calling for the dissolution of the Bowl Championship Series.

Sen. Dick Ackerman, an unhappy alumnus of California, is only half-kidding with the measure, which even if approved could not force the breakup of the BCS.

• Purdue wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield, who is from Yakima, was selected to The Associated Press All-America first team.

Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson is the first freshman to make the AP first team since North Carolina cornerback Dré Bly in 1996.

Five Pac-10 players made the first team: California running back J.J. Arrington and the USC quartet of quarterback Matt Leinart, all-purpose player Reggie Bush, defensive lineman Shaun Cody and linebacker Matt Grootegoed.

• Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville, 63, said he has expressed interest in filling the vacancy at San Jose State. Glanville emphasized he has not talked about the job with university officials.

• Tailback T.A. McLendon of North Carolina State said he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.