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 EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -Charlie Weis insisted Notre Dame wasn't trying to break the rules by having a laptop computer in its coaching box during a 23-7 loss to Michigan State on Saturday.
``It wasn't like there was somebody trying to do something illegal,'' Weis said.
Michigan State spokesman John Lewandowski said the school asked a liaison to the officials to remove the laptop after noticing one being used by the Fighting Irish. The liaison took the laptop out of the their coaching box during a break in the first half.
``The first thought you have is, `Are they tracking tendencies or other data,''' Lewandowski said. ``You cannot use that type of that resource in the coaching box. That's just like you can't have a replay monitor.''
Weis said the officials approached him about the laptop and then he asked offensive coordinator Mike Haywood about it.
there. Then I immediately told (the officials) that there was an intern (with a laptop) and he took it off a ledge and put it on the floor.''
Weis said he told the officials that he wasn't trying to do something improper while walking off the field at halftime.
``The last thing I ever want to do is lie,'' he said.
Weis is 24-16 in three-plus seasons at Notre Dame after working as the offensive coordinator for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots from 2000-04. Belichick and the Patriots were fined and sanctioned by the NFL last year for video taping opponents sideline signals.

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