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Notre Dame wants to interview Weis

Notre Dame has contacted the Patriots about interviewing offensive coordinator Charlie Weis for the school's vacant head coaching position.

The school could interview Weis as early as tomorrow or Saturday, said a source involved in the hiring process at Notre Dame and a source in the NFL with ties to Weis.

Weis attended Notre Dame and has expressed a desire in becoming a head coach at either the pro or college level. He’s thought to be on the school’s short list of candidates.

Notre Dame, which is seeking a replacement for Tyrone Willingham, was also going to interview Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who played quarterback at the school from 1972-74.

The 48-year-old Weis has been one of the hottest coaching candidates in the NFL the last few seasons, but despite several interviews hasn’t landed a job. That can be blamed at least in part on the NFL’s policy, which makes it difficult for coordinators on playoff teams to talk to other franchises about coaching positions. During Super Bowl week, Weis complained that the guidelines for interviewing and hiring head coaches "pigeonhole" assistants on teams that advance in the postseason.

Weis, who is paid $500,000, or less than half of what top cordinators make, was involved in a contract dispute with the Patriots in the offseason. His agent, Bob Lamonte, said in May that he and head coach Bill Belichick had been unable to come to terms on a contract extension, and that this would be Weis's last year in New England. Weis has since distanced himself from those comments a bit.

Weis is in his fifth season as the Patriots' offensive coordinator and his ninth as a coach with the team.

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