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Weis signs new deal at Notre Dame

Oct. 30, 2005 at 3:49 AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis Saturday agreed to a new 10-year contract with the school.

In his first season at South Bend, the Fighting Irish have gone 5-2 and returned to the USA Today coaches poll at No. 10. Weis originally signed a six-year deal last December. The new contract will go into effect in 2006 and will run through 2015.

"In a very short period of time, Charlie has clearly and impressively demonstrated the ability to take the Notre Dame program where we all want it to go," said Athletics Director Kevin White.

Under Weis, the Irish offense has made a big rebound, with quarterback Brady Quinn already setting a school record for touchdown passes in a season with 20. Quinn tossed a single-game record six scoring passes last weekend against Brigham Young.

The new deal squelches talk that Weis, the former offensive coordinator with New England, would return to the NFL.