From NO EXCUSES by Charlie Weis and Vic Carucci

Something that is a little different. Thought I’d share some wisdom from Weis and get everyone’s take.

Brief background – these events take place after Notre Dame’s loss to USC at South Bend. The game made infamous by Reggie Bush’s shoving of Matt Leinart into the end zone.

Here goes.

After addressing the media, then talking with a couple of players one-on-one to make sure they weren’t too far in the tank, I sat in my office for a minute with my son. I got up and said, “Come on, Charlie. We’re taking a walk.”

“Where are we going?” he asked.

“We’re going over to USC’s locker room.”

“Why are we going over there?”

“We’re going to congratulate them.”

“For what?”

“For a hell of a game, Charlie.”

He walked over with me to the USC locker room. As the opposing coach, I didn’t want to just walk right in uninvited, so we stopped at the door. At about the same time, Leinart and Bush were heading from talking with the media and spotted me standing there. I exchanged hugs with both of them and told them, “Great game.” Pete wasn’t there at the time, so I asked Leinart and Bush for permission to say something to their team. They said I could.

“Shut up, fellas!” Bush yelled. “The coach from Notre Dame’s here.”

“I just want to congratulate you,” I said. “That was a hell of a game, a hard-fought battle. I hope you win out.”

It was hard, but it was something I had to do. I turned around and walked out. I didn’t wait around for claps or kudos or anything like that. I returned to my office and sat down with Charlie.

“Why did you do that?” he asked.

“Charlie I wanted to teach you a lesson,” I said. “It’s easy to be a good winner. It’s really easy. Everyone acts well when they win. Don’t get me wrong. It’s never good to lose, but there’s a certain way you should act when you lose. You should show as much class as when you win. It’s much more difficult to do, but you have to do it.”

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