Football

Weis says his firing would be justified

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Charlie Weis wouldn't blame Notre Dame for firing him.

"If they decide to make a change, I'd have a tough time arguing that because 6-5 is not good enough," the Fighting Irish coach said Sunday. "Especially when you've lost five games by a touchdown or less and several three-point games that went right down to the wire.

"My intent is to be here. But if that were the rationale, I mean it would be tough for me to argue with that point," he said.

Notre Dame lost its third straight game and fell to 6-5 on Saturday with a 33-30 loss in double overtime to Connecticut on senior day in South Bend.

He made the comments after being asked about his quote when he was hired five years ago after Tyrone Willingham was fired with a 6-5 record.

At the time, Weis said: "You are what you are, folks, and right now you're a 6-5 football team. And guess what? That's just not good enough. That's not good enough for you, and it's certainly not going to be good enough for me."

Weis' 35-26 record gives him a .573 winning percentage. That's worse than the .583 winning percentage that got Notre Dame's two previous coaches, Willingham and Bob Davie, fired.

Iowa, Penn St. BCS-eligible

NEW YORK — Iowa and Penn State ended their seasons eligible for an at-large BCS bid, and Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech are also in position to be eligible for invites to the four big-money bowl games even though they have no shot to win their conferences.

The top seven teams in the Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday were unchanged from last week.

Barring any major upsets over the next two weeks, the winner of the Southeastern Conference title game will face Texas in the BCS title game on Jan. 7 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Ole Miss returns to Top 25

NEW YORK — Mississippi (No. 20), California (No. 21) and North Carolina (No. 23), teams that started the season with lofty expectations before stumbling, surged back into the AP Top 25 on Sunday. The only change in the top 10 came at No. 10. Oregon moved up a spot after LSU slipped seven places to No. 17.

'Civil War' to decide Pac-10

TUCSON, Ariz. — When No. 10 Oregon and No. 16 Oregon State meet in the Civil War on Dec. 3, the Pac-10's Rose Bowl berth will be on the line for both schools — a first in a bitter rivalry that kicked off in 1894.

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