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More Weis And SpyGate

This is what it could come to for Charlie Weis. For the rest of the SpyGate investigation -- which we're convinced isn't going away so fast, despite what Roger Goodell may tell you -- Weis' name will pop up.

We mentioned Weis' name being linked with the direct pecking order of SpyGate on Wednesday.

Today, The New York Times releasedexcerpts of its exclusive interview with former Patriots videographer-turned-assistant golf pro Matt Walsh and took its shot -- also detailing Weis' involvement a little more heavily.

And as we had yesterday as well, that "75 percent" number keeps creeping up.

What we're wondering now is how much longer, as one commenter mentioned earlier in the last SpyGate post, how much longer Notre Dame can say it isn't a university issue. Weis, who is emerging as a critical player in this, is the school's head coach. And how he ended up in the position was based on his success with New England, where the Patriots weren't exactly playing by all the rules.

This is the part that stuck out to us about Weis' involvement during the Times interview:

Q. What do you know about what might have happened after you gave (Eds. note: Ernie Adams) the tapes?

A. From there, one time, I know that we had a quarterback learning the signals and then relaying that information to Charlie, and Charlie would then call it in to the quarterback on the field, through the coach-to-quarterback communication system in the helmet. As far as whether the quarterback on the field was actually told what defense was being run, or the coach, Charlie, just simply used that information in his play-calling that he called in, I’m not sure.

Q. The no-huddle offense helped, right?

A. The first time I ever saw us run a no-huddle with Drew that wasn’t in a two-minute or hurry-up situation was in that first game against Tampa Bay. The advantage to doing that is that it forces the defense that’s on the field to stay on the field. They really don’t have the opportunity to change personnel, because the ball could be snapped at any time. And that also forces the defensive coaches to send in the signals rather quickly, too. So even if the offense decides not to run a play right away, at least they have a little time to think about what’s the best play that’s going to match up against that particular defense.

Q. How did it get from Adams to Weis?

A. I’m not sure at what point Ernie shared that with Charlie. I’m not even sure, too, how that process changed over time as far as eliminating the use of another quarterback in assisting in this. If it evolved into just something between Ernie and Charlie, in deciding what play to call and relaying that to the quarterback on the field. My sense was that they kind of tightened the circle of people that knew and tried to keep the quarterbacks out of it.

Q. Do you have the sense that anyone else knew?

A. No. It was never talked about with anybody else. The only other time that it was mentioned was there was one time that I was filming and another team had set up their third video guy right next to me in our stadium. And when our team was on defense, I looked over at him, and he was angling his camera toward our sideline. I didn’t ask him about it, because I was doing the same thing he was. But after the game, I went and told Romeo Crennel, and there were a couple other defensive coaches standing around in his office at the time. I’m not sure who overheard it or not. But I told Romeo, “The next time we play this team, you may want to change your signals, because I think they’re doing to us what we do to them.”