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: November 30, 2009, 03:30:08 PM

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/34209481/ns/sports-college_football/

Notre Dame fires Weis as coach
Coach went 35-27 in his five seasons with Irish; no successor named

Paul Sakuma / AP

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame has fired coach Charlie Weis after a string of disappointing seasons that was capped by an agonizing four-game losing streak.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced the decision Monday, saying in a news release “We have great expectations for our football program, and we have not been able to meet those expectations.”

Swarbick says he recommended to the university president Sunday night that Weis be let go with six years left on his contract.

Assistant head coach Rob Ianello will step in for Weis until a new head coach is hired.

Following a 6-2 start, the losing streak began and as it progressed Weis’ future was in doubt.

Weis finishes 35-27 in five seasons, worse than his two predecessors, Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davie.

Weis has six years left on a 10-year contract signed midway through his first season, just after a thriller against top-ranked USC that ended in a 34-31 loss.

The way that game played out served as a model for the Weis era. Clinging to a 31-28 lead with less than 2 minutes to play, Notre Dame allowed the Trojans to convert on a fourth-and-9 from their own 26. That ultimately set up a quarterback sneak in the waning moments, when Reggie Bush pushed Matt Leinhart into the end zone for the winning score.

In the end, Weis went 35-27 in his five years as Irish head coach, a .565 winning percentage that was worse than the .583 posted by his two predecessors, Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davie. They were both fired, too. He leaves with one of the worst winning percentages of any Fighting Irish coach: Only four of Notre Dame’s previous 27 coaches won at a lower percentage.

What made Weis’ fall worse for fans of one of the nation’s most storied football programs was that it began so promisingly.

Weis came to Notre Dame brimming with confidence after serving as offensive coordinator for the three-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

The first two seasons under Weis produced more victories (19) than any other Notre Dame, more than the first years of Knute Rockne, more than Frank Leahy, more than Ara Parseghian. Both seasons ended with BCS bowl losses.

Asked about his start at the time, Weis said: “I really haven’t done anything yet.”

He didn’t know he had reached the high point of his tenure.

With Brady Quinn, Jeff Samardzija and other key players gone in 2007, the Irish started 0-5 for the first time in school history. They finished 3-9, leaving Weis one loss shy of matching Davie’s school record of 16 losses in his first three seasons.

Most shocking, though, was the fact the Irish finished last in the NCAA in total offense just three years after Weis said at his introductory news conference that when it comes to X’s and O’s “we have the greatest advantage.”

The past two seasons the Irish have collapsed in November. They got off to a 5-2 start before going 1-4 down the stretch a year ago, and started 6-2 this season before slumping — starting with a once-unthinkable second loss in three years to Navy.



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#1 : November 30, 2009, 03:31:42 PM

Good, now we get to hear about why he was fired for atleast a week, and then potential landing spots for a month and then why he ended up where he did for another 3 months.

Sweet.

With that said, I would love for him to run our offense.

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#2 : November 30, 2009, 03:34:29 PM

With that said, I would love for him to run our offense.

Me too but the guy is a blowhard. You would also have him for a short time before he bolts for a HC gig again

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#3 : November 30, 2009, 03:40:18 PM


$18 million to walk away.

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#4 : November 30, 2009, 03:44:05 PM

glad I don't have any kids going to Notre Dame.  that payout would piss me off come tuition paying time.


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#5 : November 30, 2009, 03:46:48 PM

we should hire him as OC.


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#6 : November 30, 2009, 03:55:52 PM

glad I don't have any kids going to Notre Dame. that payout would piss me off come tuition paying time.

I'm guessing there are alumnus who provide funds to pay him off (DeBartolo comes to mind).

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#7 : November 30, 2009, 03:57:17 PM

we should hire him as OC.

why in the world would he want to come to Tampa and work for Raheem?

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#8 : November 30, 2009, 07:22:01 PM

I'd like to get fired and have an $18 million cushion to fall on. The guy who gave him that 10-year contract should be fired as well. Just never could get a defense that was worth anything there and that was a big part of the downfall.


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#9 : November 30, 2009, 07:27:43 PM

Todd,
So would I !! He should have been canned long ago !!! The guy will never have to work again ...

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#10 : November 30, 2009, 09:01:35 PM

glad I don't have any kids going to Notre Dame. that payout would piss me off come tuition paying time.

I'm guessing there are alumnus who provide funds to pay him off (DeBartolo comes to mind).

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#11 : December 01, 2009, 09:11:03 AM

we should hire him as OC.

why in the world would he want to come to Tampa and work for Raheem?
^^this..

and....
With that said, I would love for him to run our offense.

Me too but the guy is a blowhard. You would also have him for a short time before he bolts for a HC gig again
That..


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#12 : December 01, 2009, 01:14:36 PM

With that said, I would love for him to run our offense.

Me too but the guy is a blowhard. You would also have him for a short time before he bolts for a HC gig again

Word!

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#13 : December 01, 2009, 01:41:47 PM

I'd like to get fired and have an $18 million cushion to fall on. The guy who gave him that 10-year contract should be fired as well. Just never could get a defense that was worth anything there and that was a big part of the downfall.
The guy who gave him that contract is now the AD at Duke.

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#14 : December 01, 2009, 01:43:31 PM

glad I don't have any kids going to Notre Dame. that payout would piss me off come tuition paying time.

I'm guessing there are alumnus who provide funds to pay him off (DeBartolo comes to mind).
I'm sure there are some that would throw some cash in, but the endowment is 5 billion.
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