Monday, November 30, 2009

It's Official- Weis is Out...

The University released an official statement this afternoon detailing the release of Notre Dame Football head coach Charlie Weis.

Jack Swarbrick, the University's Athletic Director stated, "We have great expectations for our football program, and we have not been able to meet those expectations. As an alumnus, Charlie understands these goals and expectations better than most, and he's as disappointed as anyone that we have not achieved the desired results."

According to the release, Swarbrick recommended Weis' release to Father John Jenkins on Sunday night. Father Jenkins stated, "We have established an evaluation process for all of our athletic programs that, in the end, results in a recommendation from Jack to me. I accepted Jack's decision and look forward to working with him on selecting a new head football coach who is the very best choice possible for the University and especially for our student-athletes. I am most appreciative to Coach Weis for his service to Notre Dame...He and his family have my prayers and best wishes."

A press conference is scheduled for 6pm EST and can be viewed live at

The rumor mill has been churning for months over who ND's top prospects and ultimately new head coach will be. Names ranging from former Tampa Bay Buccaneers' head coach John Gruden to Cincinnati Bearcats' current coach Brian Kelly.

Well, if we've learned one thing from the past few years, the hiring experience will certainly be...interesting. Pray for us, our Mother, that it is also successful!

All right, BA, we would love to hear your opinions on ND's hottest topic! Are you sorry to see Weis go? Or have you been counting the minutes till our next coach? Whatever your thoughts, fill the comment box.

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  1. What better way to start the bowl season than with a little excitement. Always liked Charlie, even with his bad attitude. He worked his ass off, was never afraid to make big changes and proved ND could recruit with the best of them. But I can't lie to myself any longer...dude just couldn't get the w's. As a fan and alum, NOT a black fan and alum, I still think he was a better coach than T Willie and Davies.

  2. One positive note about Weis: He maintained our standard of being #1 in graduation rate of our players...other than that, good riddance. I want to win! And want to win NOW!! It is really sad to see how the program has slipped down the tubes since Lou left. We need a college football coach who knows how to win consistently! Leave Bob Stoops at Oklahoma! Let's get someone like Brian Kelly who has taken a non-football program and made them eligible for the BCS! At least we are headline news! :)

  3. Despite how emotional an issue this must seem, it is clear that this was a logical decision and an inevitable one! As Swarbrick notes, Charlie understands. As do I. If there's any disappointment here, it's in the fact that the University is not communicating who our options are at this point and we're left to speculate for the time being. I think we can do better than.

  4. ND to any and every is the bar, do you think you can exceed it? I'm glad to see that the bar hasn't moved despite the series of less than spectacular seasons. Heck, that's what makes Notre Dame the BEST university in the world (not to sound bias). Notre Dame challenges you...from the student-athlete to the student-rooting for the athlete. We are expected to exceed what is placed before us and my friend, that's what makes us stronger. ND worked the h*ll out of me and I'm better for it. Look at me now!!! Go Irish!!!!

  5. Parting will be such sweet sorrow...for someone else. I guess I still harbor some ill-will for the manner in which the previous coach was 'released,' as not all university officials were on board with the method. That being said, I know that any change usually takes 3-5 before you see results. Charlie has had his 5 years (and a whole lot of alumni and benefactor money), since the program has not grown in yerms of victories, it is time for both parties to go their separate ways. I am confident that he and his family will land on their feet, as the parting gift is more than sufficient to sustain the lifestyle to which they have grown accustomed. Lastly, I think the merits of the previous coach (who only served 3 years) should be reserved for another blog, as this is strictly about Charlie.


  6. Good Riddance! I'm ready to start seeing consecutive W's that don't result in a heart attack ever saturday. I'm tired of washing away the L's in tears and "at least we win at life" cheering, it is time for ND to take her rightful place on the throne!

  7. It was time for Charlie to go. While he did get the offense, this year, scoring points, he never could stop anybody. We never had a running game and this is probably why we could never stop the run. We did not practice against it. Hopefully the next coach will be the total coaching package.