Via a tweet from Jay at The Wiz of Odds, a weird shot across the wire by a departing Charlie Weis over to rival Pete Carroll:
Weis held an exit interview Saturday with five reporters and threw a zinger in Carroll’s direction. He was asked, "Is it frustrating to you Pete Carroll, for example, portrayed in one way…"
Weis responded: "Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news.
"He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand. Why is it okay for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my sins.
Ahh, I’m trying to determine the most bizarre thing about this comment and it’s not that Carroll might have a piece on the side. Is it Weis slinging this gossip (matter-of-factly) on his way out the door? Maybe it’s the image of Weis seducing then living with a grad student on campus? I understand his point about the difference between the media scrutiny here vs. in SoCal, but Chuck, did you have to go National Inquirer?
Updated: Weis explains what happened, apologizes to Carroll.