We reported last night that Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has cleaned out his office.
But he might not be taking the boxes of photos and knick-knacks (and ding-dongs) very far.
Peter King of NBC suggests that the Indianapolis Colts are a “very, very dark horse” to secure Weis’ services in 2010.
Such a move presumably would entail a retirement of retired offensive coordinator Tom Moore from his role as consultant. And it would potentially place a thick layer of frost on Weis’ relationship with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
As former Colts coach Tony Dungy said in response to King’s suggestion, “We consider Charlie an Indiana Hoosier now that he’s been at Notre Dame all these years. We don’t consider him a Patriot.”
(Added former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison during the same exchange, “Where’s all this ‘we’ coming from?”)
King also reports that the favorites to hire Weis are the Patriots, Chiefs, and Panthers. The Panthers’ interest presumably hinges on coach John Fox and G.M. Marty Hurney returning.
But why would Weis want to jump from one hot-seat situation into another? If Fox and Hurney somehow stay for another year, the pressure will be even greater, and the leash presumably will be shorter.
So look to the Pats and the Chiefs.
Unless the Colts decide to shake things up.