Charlie Weis, It’s Time for You to Go
Twice now, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis has had the records of predecessors that was fired and continued to be allowed to coach the Fighting Irish football program. Two years ago, he had the same record as former head coach Ty Willingham, and remained with the team. This year, he had the same record as Bob Davies, and he continues to have his job.
But after a loss to the UCONN on Saturday, the straw must have finally broken the camel’s back.
Charlie Weis never deserved to be with the team this long. However, I am bias. I never though Ty Willingham got a fair shake in Notre Dame. Had Willingham been received by the Notre Dame faithful with nothing buy respect and fanfare, I would have had no problem with another antiquated school firing their coach way before he had the time to prove himself. However, the issue of race was alive in well throughout Willingham’s welcome, or lack there of, and he was fired at the first sign of mediocrity.
Well, one would say that not making a major bowl game in since the 2005 season is beyond mediocrity for Notre Dame, which is why it astounds me that Weis still has a job and that the Notre Dame faithful has supported him up until recently.
Thus, it makes me very happy to see him on his way out. Not because I have something personal against him, but because previous standards show that he should have been fired long ago. Besides, this is what Notre Dame deserves anyway. They so desperately wanted to see Ty Willingham out, despite him bringing more success to that school than they had seen in quite some time, and now they are just games away from having to let go of another coach and start the rebuilding process all over again.
So long, Charlie! I’m sorry that I’m happy to see you go. But Notre Dame brought this upon themselves when they hired you, and when they fire you, it’s just the culmination of another vicious cycle of lofty expectations for a program in need of lowering expectations.