For those looking for tangible evidence of Charlie Weis‘ ultimate demise at Notre Dame, here’s a tidbit that’s only missing a flashing neon sign that reads “YOU’RE FIRED!“
According to ESPNChicago, Weis will not be making a scheduled West Coast recruiting trip following the Stanford game this Saturday like he did last season after the Southern Cal game closed out the 2008 regular season.
Instead, according to athletic director Jack Swarbrick on his weekly radio show, Weis will return to South Bend immediately after the game and the two will sit down for a discussion shortly thereafter that’s expected to result in Weis no longer having the words “head” and “coach” attached to his name.
“[The announcement of Weis’ future] will certainly be within the following week,” Swarbrick said on WLS-AM 890. “Last year if I’m not mistaken, Coach Weis and I met on Tuesday to sort of review the season and evaluate the program. While I believe word sort of filtered out on Tuesday, we didn’t make a formal announcement until Wednesday. I don’t know that it will be exactly the same, but it will be within the week.”
In other words, it’s very possible by this time next week we’ll all know Weis’ fate, and the speculation on a replacement can begin in earnest.
In a related note, good luck, Brian Kelly, as you attempt to stave off the rumors that will be in full throat the week leading up to your Cincinnati Bearcats’ huge Big East showdown with Pitt Dec. 5.