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Nixed recruiting trip another nail in Weis' Irish coffin?

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.

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  1. Terry says: Nov 24, 2009 5:19 PM

    I don’t get it.
    What’s the big “hubub” with “the job” as head coach of Notre Dame? The Gipper, Doc Blanchard et al. have been gone forever. Notre Dame hasn’t been a force in college football, in at least, the last 20 years. Why would anyone in their right mind want to coach there after establishing themselves elsewhere? Is it simply that the school pays more?
    While I agree the school is steeped in tradition, but that tradition has been long gone!

  2. overratedgators says: Nov 24, 2009 6:13 PM

    Terry,
    I don’t know that the Notre Dame tradition will ever be considered “long gone”, but the program has definitely seen much better days. I think some coaches will have a certain nostalgia for what was, and might relish the thought of being “the chosen one” who returns Notre Dame to its former glory.
    Not to mention, any coach who can pull off such a turnaround would become something of a legend. Accomplishing that feat would allow him to go on to any other coaching job he wanted, and pretty much name his price.

  3. Jammers says: Nov 24, 2009 6:23 PM

    You don’t get it? Even USC had about 10-12 down years before Pete Carroll. Alabama, Oklahoma, USC, Texas all these teams had down years sometimes lasting more then a couple years but they came back. You would have to be an imbecile to think ND can’t some back either. They were saying the same thing before Lou Holtz. Learn your history.

  4. loudgazelle says: Nov 24, 2009 6:27 PM

    if you people would just stop mentioning Brian Kelly as the top candidate to replace Weis then maybe everyone would forget about him and Cincinnati wouldn’t lose him.
    IT’S AT LEAST WORTH TRYING, DAMNIT!

  5. DanielV says: Nov 24, 2009 9:11 PM

    No matter how bad Notre Dame is, they will always be recognized as a top football institution. While I may be classified as one the “haters”, I enjoy it when they lose, the one thing that I always have to admit, they are classified one of the top three schools, if not the top school, to play football for and be a football coach.
    As far as Brian Kelly is concerned, if he didn’t want to coach at Notre Dame, he could have easily did what Urban Meyer did, just come out and say, “I will be at Cincinnati as long as they want me.” I haven’t heard that. In my opinion, Brian Kelly would be a fool to turn down Notre Dame to stay at Cincinnati. That is not meant to be derogatory towards Cincinnati, but compare the schools and their histories.
    Charlie will have many opportunities to be a head coach next year and he will be, what school can turn down a former Notre Dame coach, no matter how bad their record was.

  6. IrishOne says: Nov 24, 2009 9:13 PM

    Notre Dame is still the most storied and revered college football team in America so any coach looking to make a name for himself or satisfy personal reasons would of course go there. Being relevant in the last twenty years means very little for a team that’s been relevant for the last hundred and twenty. The next guy to revive the Irish guarantees himself household name status and his pick of future jobs, not to mention a lifetime of riches. Is it any wonder why each time the job opens up its a media frenzy? It’s all anyone is talking about for the last two weeks and nothing new has been learned yet. Wait till next week when Weis is gone and the new coach is named.

  7. Samuel L. Bronkowitz says: Nov 24, 2009 9:17 PM

    I’m with you, Terry.
    The last time ND was a force they were still one of the few schools that recruited nationally. Now lots of schools do it. ND simply cannot cherry-pick the country’s best anymore. Couple that with the fact that they don’t have a dumbed-down academic program for players that are simply there for their NFL apprenticeship and it spells the end of ND greatness.

  8. robertg says: Nov 25, 2009 3:13 AM

    john taylor and pft and cft,
    the posting of this article on the internet and illegal use of the assets of msnbc and nbc sports are just additional nails in your own economic coffins in the civil courts whether charlie weis and his staff are at notre dame next season or not.
    block and delete away. we print out every post before we hit submit.

  9. woodman says: Nov 25, 2009 7:32 AM

    Charlie should be thankful that he is bowl eligible

  10. Tony says: Nov 25, 2009 12:40 PM

    Today’s New York Times has an interesting (and highly laudatory) profile of Jack Swarbrick:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/25/sports/ncaafootball/25irish.html?hp
    With respect to ND’s other sports, he has done well in his job as AD up to this point, but the situation he inherited in football was obviously not a good one, to put it mildly. His goal of making ND a football power while maintaining a top graduation rate is very laudable, and if he can succeed, it would be a good thing for the school and for collegiate sports. The way he handles this hiring decision, and the good or bad luck that he has with it, will be critical in determining whether or not he can reach that goal.

  11. overratedgators says: Nov 25, 2009 4:50 PM

    Uh-oh, John. Looks like you just made robertg’s s**t list.

  12. frank booth says: Nov 25, 2009 6:39 PM

    robertg- please keep us informed of your lawsuit. You seem like you really know what you are talking about and Notre Dame is lucky to have you represent them.
    When you’re done sweeping the bathroom, please get started on the windows.

  13. John Taylor says: Nov 25, 2009 7:39 PM

    @ overratedgators: Looks like I’ve gotten myself in quite the pickle. What to do, what to do…

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