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: November 30, 2009, 03:31:50 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, 03:39:27 PM

I read a Butch Davis rumor on ESPN.  That'd be interesting..


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#2 : November 30, 2009, 04:07:04 PM

If Brian Kelly leaves Cincinnati for Notre Dame he is an idiot. He is building a premier program in the nation and is already in a BCS conference.

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#3 : November 30, 2009, 04:56:12 PM

If Brian Kelly leaves Cincinnati for Notre Dame he is an idiot. He is building a premier program in the nation and is already in a BCS conference.

Cincinnati isn't Notre Dame.  He was noncommital on the radio a couple of weeks ago when asked about interest in that job if it came available.  Worst case scenario I'd imagine he'd hold Cincinnati hostage for a fat contract to stay. 

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#4 : November 30, 2009, 06:06:54 PM

From what I understand, Kelly really wants Cincy to put some more money into the program (not necessarily him personally) to stay.  Their facilities aren't very good.  I'm sure he wants a raise, too though.

Kelly reminds me very much of Meyer.  His teams play very disciplined on offense, defense, and special teams.


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#5 : November 30, 2009, 09:06:49 PM

If Brian Kelly leaves Cincinnati for Notre Dame he is an idiot. He is building a premier program in the nation and is already in a BCS conference.

lol @ premier program.

Kelly should take that job in a second.

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#6 : November 30, 2009, 09:11:22 PM

ND job is overrated. High academic standards which makes it hard to recruit, unrealistic fan base, boring city.


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#7 : December 01, 2009, 11:08:42 AM

Would be interesting to see what Harbaugh does, if Gerhart stays I can see Harbaugh staying, but if ND comes calling it would be a hard job to resist.


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#8 : December 01, 2009, 01:45:01 PM

Would be interesting to see what Harbaugh does, if Gerhart stays I can see Harbaugh staying, but if ND comes calling it would be a hard job to resist.
Prolly not for Harbaugh. He's a Michigan guy.

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#9 : December 01, 2009, 02:03:08 PM

Would be interesting to see what Harbaugh does, if Gerhart stays I can see Harbaugh staying, but if ND comes calling it would be a hard job to resist.
Prolly not for Harbaugh. He's a Michigan guy.
You might be right, but I can't think of any head coaches getting canned that wouldn't stay in the NFL ranks as some type of coordinator and the college coaches that will be canned may not be prestigious enough for ND.

It will be interesting to see who gets the call.


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#10 : December 01, 2009, 03:04:09 PM

ND job is overrated. High academic standards which makes it hard to recruit, unrealistic fan base, boring city.

outside of high academic standards the same could be said for Cincy.

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#11 : December 01, 2009, 11:13:48 PM

Would be interesting to see what Harbaugh does, if Gerhart stays I can see Harbaugh staying, but if ND comes calling it would be a hard job to resist.

I think Harbaugh goes NFL


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#12 : December 01, 2009, 11:27:44 PM

Would be interesting to see what Harbaugh does, if Gerhart stays I can see Harbaugh staying, but if ND comes calling it would be a hard job to resist.

I think Harbaugh goes NFL
Which team? What position? Head Coach?

I don't see it, too soon.




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#13 : December 02, 2009, 12:15:50 AM

Would be interesting to see what Harbaugh does, if Gerhart stays I can see Harbaugh staying, but if ND comes calling it would be a hard job to resist.

I think Harbaugh goes NFL
Which team? What position? Head Coach?

I don't see it, too soon.

Raiders HC.

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#14 : December 02, 2009, 04:44:28 PM

I fully expect Harbaugh to be an NFL head coach as well. Dude is made for it.
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