Showing posts with label Charlie Weis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charlie Weis. Show all posts

Monday, November 30, 2009

Will Notre Dame Pull the Trigger?

The New York Daily News says that Notre Dame has already fired Charlie Weis. Well, what does that mean, exactly?
Former Indianapolis attorney Jack Swarbrick knows the next 48 hours could well define his 29-year career in athletics. The Notre Dame athletic director is pondering what to do about football coach Charlie Weis. All reports indicate Swarbrick will sack Weis by tomorrow.

The decision may be easy after this season, which ended with six wins and six losses. But it won’t be cheap, even by Notre Dame standards.

It will cost approximately $18 million to buy out Weis’ contract, and another $2 million to buy out Weis’ assistants. Recall, Weis started so brilliantly at Notre Dame, that his first contract was shredded seven games into his tenure in South Bend and replaced with a 10-year deal. That genius move pre-dated Swarbrick's arrival in South Bend.

And sources have said a high-level replacement (like Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops) will cost Notre Dame at least $25 million in guaranteed money. Sources have confirmed that Swarbrick talked with Stoops over the weekend.

Weis can basically walk away with a retirement fund of his very own. He can take a few years off and then go be a coordinator. He can give speeches. He can write some more books. He can do whatever he want. Maybe, in five years, he'll even come out and talk about how Notre Dame's firing of his successor was because of the ridiculous idea that the Fighting Irish should even try to have a football program in this modern era. Who knows?

Notre Dame Ends the Charlie Weis era:

See you around, Charlie. You were a good guy. You just couldn't win in South Bend. You can probably win somewhere else, but you couldn't do it in South Bend. I suspect it wasn't you, it was them.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

You Can't Fire Charlie Weis Now

It's 12:42 on the East Coast and Angels-Yankees are still going, and, for the 23,094 time tonight, someone has actually written these words:

12:38 | McCarver's a **** moron | BBop

So, maybe I'll get to baseball, maybe I won't.

Today was all about USC and Notre Dame [USC won, 34-27] played a game that was certainly enjoyable, and all the more so because Notre Dame did not quit. As much as I wanted to believe that this was it for Charlie Weis, how can you fire him now? How can you say that he's not able to coach? He found ways to keep his team in a game against a USC team that should have gone to South Bend and buried them.

It came down to four yards, as the man says, just four yards. This is the part of the article that makes this season for Notre Dame one full of potential:
Notre Dame players choked back sobs as they stood before the student section for the playing of the alma mater. Weis looked miserable. After the final note, as the players trudged toward the locker room, a group of recruits followed them. One was Chris Martin, a defensive end from Aurora, Colo., who favors Notre Dame but who also has offers from USC, Florida and a host of others. "Next year," Martin yelled to a friend, "put me in, coach."

Whether Weis is the coach next year is anyone's guess. Judging by Saturday's result, he seems to have the program headed in the proper direction, but his two signature games are near-misses against USC. He still doesn't have a hallmark win. If the Irish go undefeated the rest of the way, they'll play in a BCS bowl for the third time in his tenure. But the schedule isn't a cakewalk. It wouldn't shock anyone if Notre Dame lost to Boston College, Pittsburgh, Navy or Stanford.

All we know is that Weis loves a bunch of cardiac kids who turn every game into a thriller. "Anyone who doesn't realize the fight in the Fighting Irish," Weis said, "is missing the boat."

Now, go ahead and fire Weis, but remember--Notre Dame can, and has done, much worse. Much worse. That may not be enough, but at least Notre Dame isn't Ohio State right now, and at least Charlie Weis is better than Jim Tressel, and Jim Tressel has won a national championship.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

College Football, Don't Ever Leave Me

The girls at FSU know this to be true--college football is sacred. Don't mess with it. BCS, you need to go away. But, for now, we have to say that this is the first week where there is actual competition.

I had occasion to see some of Notre Dame and Michigan. Had Notre Dame won that game, Charlie Weis would be coaching at Notre Dame next year, for certain. What a kick in the pants to lose that game. It would have been absolutely huge to win it, even though, and I have to whisper here, Michigan probably isn't that good this year if they can't dominate Notre Dame.

UCLA beating Tennessee on the road? Did that really happen? And Lane Kiffin still has a job? How do you lose 19-15?

Houston waltzes into Oklahoma State and beats them by ten? Good, night.

I'm deliberately missing some games, but the big on, USC at Ohio State, is on and I'm trying to figure out how to pick it up. UPDATE: Wow. It looked like USC was going to go down tonight, but what struck me was not so much the brilliant drive, but how Ohio State, at home, couldn't close the deal. They could not stop USC at all. They were getting blown off the line and beaten. With less than two minutes, USC gets two and a half or three yards on a quarterback sneak less than five yards from the goal line--how do you get beaten like that? USC scores on a run around the right side, and the USC player isn't even touched going into the end zone. USC then scores on the conversion, easily, to make it 18-15.

Forget about dumping on Charlie Weis--dump on Jim Tressel and Lane Kiffin. They should have had their teams ready to finish and close today, and they failed.

Mental Floss throws this at us, but their ads get a little annoying.

I, personally, hate having ads on my blogs. The ads themselves don't make money--there's no where to send it! I don't have US banking privileges. How do you link Google Ad Sense to a Nevis bank account that technically does not exist? You see my conundrum.

It's true, though. If you don't have ads on your blog, people think your blog has no value and that you, the blog operator, cannot figure out how to put them on your blog. Oh, well.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Charlie Weis and a Make or Break Year

Oh, the pain...the pain...
A new billboard facing the Notre Dame campus offers a not-so-subtle reminder to coach Charlie Weis that the past two seasons have not been up to the standards of the storied Fighting Irish football program.

It reads: "Best wishes to Charlie Weis in the fifth year of his college coaching internship." Weis said Tuesday he had not yet seen the billboard, about a half mile from his office, but had been told about it.

"Everything was great until the last word," he said, laughing. "So tell them thanks a lot for wishing me best wishes."

Weis is well aware that Notre Dame fans have high expectations after the Irish went 3-9 and 7-6 the past two seasons -- the most losses in a two-year span in the 120-year history of Irish football. Those 15 losses are three more than Knute Rockne had in 13 seasons as coach, four more than Frank Leahy had in 11 years and two fewer than Ara Parseghian had in 11 seasons.

The 15 losses have wiped out most -- if not all -- the goodwill Weis built in leading the Irish to Bowl Championship Series berths in his first two seasons.

Weis ran out of goodwill two years ago, and the Irish could have been spared those dismal seasons:
"Charlie Weis has returned Notre Dame to relevancy. Just two years ago, as Notre Dame spiraled toward mediocrity under Ty Willingham, a shot at a national title seemed improbable. But the schemes and the discipline Weis has installed have revived past glories. The only question on the Irish offense comes on the line. But considering the way Weis turned castoff linemen into solid starters with the New England Patriots, that should not be a huge concern."—New York Times, Aug. 27, 2006

In the entire history of American sports hype, has there ever been any fraud more grossly fraudulent than Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis?

Weis' Fighting Irish now stand at 1-7. This record is only the faintest indicator of just how awful Notre Dame is. They have lost nine of their last 10 games, by an average of 24 points. None has been close. While Notre Dame has suffered very few injuries, three of its opponents have had to play the Irish without their starting quarterbacks. Two of those teams, USC and Michigan, nonetheless beat Notre Dame by a larger margin than either has beaten any other opponent so far this year. Notre Dame's lone win came against UCLA, which had been forced to use its third-string quarterback, a walk-on. In that game, Notre Dame compiled just 140 yards of offense, but won with the help of seven Bruin turnovers, five of them hand-delivered courtesy of the hapless walk-on signal-caller.

Just how bad is Notre Dame? Of the 119 teams in Division I-A, ND is 119th in total offense, 119th in rushing offense, 112th in passing offense, and 118th in scoring. If Notre Dame had doubled its scoring output, it would still rank 108th. If it doubled its rushing output (currently 34 yards a game), it would barely eke out Duke for 118th place.

No one wants to eat his contract, and no one wants to admit failure. Don't worry, kids--Charlie Weis is the kind of coach who focuses on what is important, and he's not about to let distractions or phony issues distract his team:
Weis also said Monday that he put a stipulation on players who want to wear helmet visors, which Notre Dame hasn't previously allowed. The visors must be clear, saying he didn't want players to have "Darth Vader visors" because "I thought were way too Hollywood for Notre Dame."

He also required players who use visors to be clean shaven and clean cut. Most of the two dozen or so players who got the visors needed a haircut or a shave. Weis said he had a "conga line" of players coming through his office seeing whether their hair was short enough after a cut to get a visor.

"We had some fun with it," he said.

Of course, Weis could have just looked up the rules for college football:
Illegal Equipment:
ARTICLE 5. No player wearing illegal equipment shall be permitted to play. Any question as to the legality of a player’s equipment shall be decided by the umpire. Illegal equipment includes the following:

Eye shields that are not clear or made from molded or rigid material. Note: No player wearing illegal equipment shall be permitted to play. If illegal equipment is discovered by an official, the team shall be charged a team timeout.

National Federation of High School football Rule 1-5-3-n the rule is the same as the NCAA's. The eyeshield must be a molded rigid material that is 100% translucent without any color or tinting.

Hope this answers your question,

Vic Winnek
NCAA Football Official

Basically, you have the coach of Notre Dame football not knowing that darkened visors are illegal. It's one thing for the coach to say "dark visors are illegal" but Weis actually said, of the darkened visors, "I thought were way too Hollywood for Notre Dame." What a clown circus they have in South Bend.