ESPN is believing in our former O Coordinator, not surprised, it is early to say, but seems as though the money is starting to pour in for the Fighting Irish.. not a great college FB fan, but always been a huge fan of Notre Dame. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=wojciechowski_gene&id=2518129 SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Charlie Weis wasn't available. Vacation. The players? Not accessible until Aug. 6. And yet, you didn't need Mr. Buzzcut or anybody on the two-deep roster to tell you the differences between the Notre Dame football program of July 2005 and July 2006. In one year so much has changed, except the expectations. That's why Bob Davie now works for ABC, why Tyrone Willingham works for the University of Washington, and why I'm mildly surprised Touchdown Jesus isn't sporting a crewcut. Charlie Weis led the Irish to a 9-3 record in his first year at Notre Dame.Weis is the reason for the ND football renaissance -- that, and the fact Willingham was a better recruiter than anybody wants to acknowledge. If it's possible to quantify an attitude, a confidence, then this program feels different. It is more sure of itself. It has its swagger back, which figures, since Weis could write the definition of the word in your Webster's. A year ago the Irish were unranked and unnoticed. They were no-shows in every meaningful Top 25 preseason poll. If you looked hard in the agate you could find them under, "Others Receiving Votes." But that was it. Notre Dame was reduced to mercy votes.