- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 12, 2004

Washington Redskins defensive line coach Greg Blache yesterday withdrew his name from consideration to become Notre Dame’s next coach, and last night it appeared that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis had accepted the post.

Reached last night at the Redskins’ team hotel, Blache acknowledged that he had asked Irish officials to stop considering him. He declined further comment. A club official said Blache’s decision came down to the fact that he wants to remain in the NFL.

Blache, who has done a superb job for the Redskins’ second-ranked defense, interviewed earlier this week and apparently made a favorable impression. One source familiar with the situation said Blache was being strongly considered before he removed his name.

Weis emerged from a group of finalists that included Blache and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who reportedly was told he was out of the running early yesterday.

“We have not hired anybody yet and we don’t have a press conference scheduled,” associate athletic director John Heisler told the Associated Press. “Nothing is official. The process is ongoing.”

Weis would be the first Notre Dame alumni to coach the Irish since Hugh Devore was interim coach in 1963. Devore replaced Joe Kuharich, who was from South Bend and a Notre Dame grad. Ara Parseghian, who became coach in 1964, was the first Irish coach in 45 years who had not played for Notre Dame.

Weis didn’t play for the Irish either, but he did graduate from the school in 1978 with a degree in communications and education.

The Redskins caught a break by retaining Blache, a former Notre Dame player and assistant coach who came to Washington after five years as the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator.

Washington’s line, despite injuries and seemingly modest talent, has played extremely well. The Redskins are limiting opponents to a league-low 3.1 yards per carry and getting solid production from no-names such as Ron Warner, Demetric Evans and Ryan Boschetti.

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