And they did it in part with a bunch of players Weis recruited. The fourth- and fifth-year players on Notre Dame's roster arrived at the end of Weis' five-year tenure there as the head coach. That includes Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o. In all, there are 11 senior starters for the Irish, most of whom were recruited by Weis.
"I think the most important thing for me is I stay low profile and don't try to take accolades for their success,'' Weis said. "I think it's really easy for a guy in my position to sit there and say, 'Yeah, they're all my kids that they're winning with,' or be jealous and bitter and all that other stuff.''
Well, too, the fact is that it's not like Weis didn't have ample opportunity at Notre Dame. By the time he was fired, every player on the roster was recruited by him and his staff and his last three teams went 3-9, 6-6 and 6-6.
"It's important for me to understand it's their team, not my team,'' Weis said. "I have to worry about Kansas. But there are a lot of young men that are having a lot of success this year that I'm very, very happy for.''
And finally, West Virginia's bowl options seem plentiful, which is another of the perks of being in the Big 12. Consider that a 7-5 or 6-6 team in the Big East plays in the BBVA Compass Bowl or somewhere like that, while a 6-5 WVU team with a game to play has a chance to spend Christmas in San Diego at the Holiday Bowl.
Of course, it could be Christmas at the Pinstripe Bowl in cold New York, too, but we won't think about that for now. Until Kansas State and Oklahoma play out the season and the Big 12 finds out if it has one or two teams in the BCS, it's largely speculative.
And so Holgorsen isn't speculating.
"Bowl games are bowl games. There's all kinds of good bowl games out there,'' Holgorsen said. "I haven't concerned myself with it. I haven't talked to the team about it at all.
"Becoming bowl eligible is a big step and then after that, what bowl game you go to is going to be fantastic no matter where you go.''
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