November 30, 2009

Notre Dame Fires Charlie Weis: Charlie Weis has been fired as coach of Notre Dame, AP reported this afternoon. Weis has compiled a 35-27 record in five seasons -- a record worse than predecessors Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davie -- after reaching a BCS bowl in each of his first two years at the helm.

posted by rcade to football at 03:20 PM - 13 comments

Yeah, that "decided schematic advantage" didn't work out so well. I would love to know how much that contract extension is going to cost them. That was one of the dumbest moves I have seen from a big-time program in quite some time.

Perhaps Notre Dame will try to find a successful college coach this time.

posted by bperk at 03:36 PM on November 30

Wow, not that this was completely unexpected, but does seem a bit sudden. Though "sudden" isn't exactly the word I am looking for. Guess I mean, they just didn't waste any time. Anyway, maybe the Bears will take note and follow suit with their coach.

posted by opel70 at 03:54 PM on November 30

bperk: I think I heard that there was an 18 million dollar buyout.

posted by NoMich at 04:03 PM on November 30

I hear Rodriguez is swearing that he will never leave Michigan.

posted by irunfromclones at 04:18 PM on November 30

Even as a Pats fan I can't say I'm sorry to see him go. He seems to possess all of the worst of Belichick (the secrecy, lack of tact) with none of the plusses. So now we go back into a hole for a year or so while the new Big Name builds up his recruiting class.

I'd still like to see Weis and Romeo Crennel come back to the Pats and see if they can recapture the magic.

posted by yerfatma at 04:20 PM on November 30

Gee didn't see that coming.

posted by Atheist at 04:43 PM on November 30

Well, the 18 million dollar buyout is their own fault. The guy has a couple decent years and they throw the bank at him for accomplishing..... NOTHING!!!! I wish him well wherever he goes, but he needs to be back on the sidelines calling offensive plays and let the head coaching thing be. Obviously he fails to motivate his players. He had some of the best recruiting classes every year and failed to get them to play hard, buy into his system, learn to tackle... whatever. This is strictly measured by wins and losses. If you win you keep your job and if not, you don't.

Now, regardless of anyones feelings about his replacement I couldn't really care. I wish Urban Myer would take it. Tebow will be gone and he could go and see how he would fare in the area. But, leave Bob Stoops alone... he isn't

posted by Mickster at 05:01 PM on November 30

While Charlie Weis might like to come back to NE, and the Pats could certainly make use of him, his more likely spot would be with KC. They do not presently have an offensive coordinator, and he's worked with Scott Pioli before. The big plus is that he would get to work on Matt Cassel and try to turn him into Brady II. Any way it falls, I don't think Weis will lack for a job.

posted by Howard_T at 05:35 PM on November 30

He seems to possess all of the worst of Belichick with none of the plusses.

Hard to imagine anyone beating out Mangini for that crown.

posted by cjets at 05:55 PM on November 30

The guy has a couple decent years and they throw the bank at him for accomplishing.....

. . . losing handily in BCS bowls with Tyrone Willingham's players?

Actually, scratch that. Looking back now at the sequencing, he was signed to a ten-year extension by the administration seven games into his first season. Borderline criminal negligence by the administration.

posted by holden at 07:08 PM on November 30

You think they'll be able to land Brian Kelly? It would just be weird if they went after Pope Urban.

posted by NoMich at 07:48 PM on November 30

Bobby Bowden's available.

posted by etagloh at 10:30 PM on November 30

Hard to imagine anyone beating out Mangini for that crown.

Ooh, good point. With few of the plusses.

posted by yerfatma at 10:45 AM on December 01

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