Charlie Weis says ‘it’s highly doubtful I will ever coach again’


(I’ll go ahead and get this out of the way for ya: “Again? That would intimate he’d already coached before.”)

It appears that fans won’t have Charlie Weis to kick around again, at least not in person.

As the 2014-15 spinning of the coaching carousel seems to be (very, very) slowly winding down yet again, it doesn’t appear there will be a spot for Weis on it.  Since being fired as head coach at Kansas in late September, there’s been nary a whisper connecting Weis’ names to any openings, head coaching, coordinating or otherwise.

That appears to be just fine with Weis, who, in an interview with the South Bend Tribune‘s Eric Hansen, indicates that he very well could be hanging up his coaching whistle permanently.

I think it’s highly doubtful that I will ever coach again,” Weis said, before going a little deeper into the “r-word” talk..

“People a lot of times retire for the wrong reasons.  I enjoyed working. Now I probably won’t work 110 hours a week, but I don’t know how to do anything where I don’t dive in. I just can’t tiptoe my way through, I have to give it my best shot.

“And that’s exactly what this next stage of my life is going to get.”

If this is indeed the end of Weis’ coaching career, his legacy will certainly be a complicated one left tattered because o the past several years. Most people won’t remember his successful stint as an NFL offensive coordinator; rather, his legacy will be tied to failed head-coaching jobs at Notre Dame and Kansas, with one disastrous year as the coordinator at Florida sandwiched in between.

After going 19-6 in his first two seasons with the Irish, including a pair of BCS bowl bids, Weis stumbled to a 16-21 mark — and one bowl bid — the next three years before being fired at the end of the 2009 season. In a two-plus seasons with the Jayhawks, Weis went 6-22 — 1-18 in Big 12 play — before being fired after the fourth game of the 2014 season.

It would be a rough note on which to end a coaching career, but don’t shed any tears for Weis.

When it’s all said and done, Weis will be paid nearly $25 million by Notre Dame and Kansas for the non-work he performed after he was fired. Per the terms of the buyout in the first contract, Weis has been paid by the Irish every year since his dismissal in 2009 — the last installment of roughly $2.1 million will be paid in 2015 — and will receive nearly $19 million from the South Bend university for his post-Irish days. On his KU deal, Weis will receive a $5.625 million buyout, payable between the time he was fired and Dec. 31, 2016.

In 2015 alone, Weis will be paid a total of $4.6 million to not coach. That total would’ve made him the sixth-highest-paid head coach in college football in 2014, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($7.1 million), Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio ($5.6 million), Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops ($5.05 million), Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin ($5.006 million) and Texas’ Charlie Strong ($5 million), and just ahead of Ohio State’s national championship-winning coach Urban Meyer ($4.5 million).

One silver lining for those athletic departments shelling out that kind of money for a coach who isn’t coaching?  He’s apparently putting a sizable portion of it to good use.

“Obviously, it’s well-documented, people know every dollar that I’ve made, because everyone writes about it all the time,” Weis began, before getting to the charitable works the buyout money has allowed him to dive into.

“But what it’s done for me and Maura is that it’s allowed us to be philanthropists and really do well by the special needs community. As far as this new job, I know there’s a lot of travel involved and a lot of learning. But this is new territory for me.

“One of the things people thought, when I left Notre Dame, ‘Well that’s it for Hannah and Friends,’ that we were just going to bail out of here. We’re completely the opposite of what those thoughts are. We’re totally committed. My daughter is already taken care of. She’s all set. We just think we can do a lot more.”

Two Vanderbilt players shot in incident involving stolen phone

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While that’s a serious-sounding headline, it could’ve been a lot worse for a pair of Vanderbilt football players.

According to WSMV-TV, O’montae “Tae” Daley and Frank Coppet were shot outside of a Nashville Target store Monday night.  The former, a true freshman defensive back, was shot in the leg while the latter, a redshirt freshman defensive back, was shot in the arm.  Both of the injuries are considered non-critical.

The shooting occurred after a third Commodore football player, wide receiver Donaven Tennyson (pictured), had his phone stolen in an earlier incident and, along with the other two, concocted what was described by police as “an ill-conceived plan to recover a stolen cellphone.”

From the television station’s report:

Police said the incident leading up to the shooting happened on Monday when… Tennyson met up with someone to try to sell his cellphone. Tennyson’s cellphone was stolen during the meeting in the parking lot of the Chili’s on West End.

Tennyson told police he noticed his stolen phone was listed online, which is when he reportedly made a fake profile and arranged a meeting with the seller at Target.

The 19-year-old brought two friends with him, 18-year-olds O’montae Daley and Frank Coppet. The trio brought a pellet pistol with them.

Coppet reportedly got out of their car with the pellet gun, which is when two people in a gray Buick sedan opened fire.

In addition to getting shot, one of the victim’s had his car stolen by the alleged shooters for good measure.  Police are still searching for the alleged assailants, and haven’t yet released a description.

The school has yet to publicly comment on the shooting.

Last season as a true freshman, Tennyson played in eight games for the Commodores, while Coppet took a redshirt his first season with the program.  Daley was a three-star member of Vandy’s 2017 recruiting class coming out of high school in Georgia.  He signed early and participated in spring practice this year.

Committee launched to formulate plans for college football’s 150th birthday

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On Nov. 6, 1869, Princeton and Rutgers squared off in the first-ever college football game.  Nearly 148 years later, the powers-that-be in the sport are in the beginning stages of commemorating the momentous event.

The National Football Foundation announced in a press release that “[a] group of college football leaders announced plans today to launch a nationwide celebration to commemorate the game’s 150th anniversary.” The group will be headed by Kevin Weiberg, longtime college athletics administrator and former Big 12 Conference commissioner.

There are a baker’s dozen other individuals who will be involved in planning the festivities as part of the committee, including the two current athletic directors of the teams involved in the sport’s first game.

  • Todd Berry, executive director, American Football Coaches Association
  • Ari Fleischer, president, Ari Fleischer Communications
  • Bill Hancock, executive director, College Football Playoff
  • Steve Hatchell, president & chief executive officer, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
  • Pat Hobbs, director of athletics, Rutgers University
  • Chris Howard, president, Robert Morris University
  • Mike Kern, associate commissioner, Missouri Valley Football Conference/FCS Managing Director
  • Oliver Luck, executive vice president of regulatory affairs and strategic partnerships, NCAA
  • Mollie Marcoux Samaan, athletics director, Princeton University
  • Larry Scott, commissioner, Pac-12 Conference
  • Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner, Mid-American Conference
  • Bob Vecchione, executive director, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
  • Wright Waters, executive director, Football Bowl Association

“This is a very exciting moment for fans of college football,” Weiberg said in a statement. “Across the country, college football is a deeply ingrained part of life for millions and millions of people. While it’s too soon to know our exact plans, we want to put something together that is big and special, something fans can be proud of. We will work closely with leaders from all divisions of college football to build a national celebration for fans to enjoy.

“No one could have imagined that since the first football game was played on November 6, 1869 that college football would grow to become one of America’s greatest traditions, beloved by tens of millions of fans every year,” said Scott. “At all divisions of play, college football is special and we intend to launch a nationwide celebration to mark the anniversary.”

Ex-Alabama WR T. Simmons officially a WVU Mountaineer, too

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In the post below this, we noted that Jovani Haskins is officially a member of the West Virginia football program.  T.J. Simmons can say the same as well.

After Simmons announced it via social media over this past weekend, WVU has confirmed that the wide receiver has signed a grant-in-aid for the 2017-18 academic year and will continue his collegiate playing career with the Mountaineers.  That continuation won’t happen immediately as, after sitting out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws, Simmons will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Mountaineers.

Simmons had decided last week to transfer out of the Alabama football program.

A three-star member of the Crimson Tide’s 2016 recruiting class, Simmons was rated as the No. 58 receiver in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Alabama.

As a true freshman, Simmons played in 12 games, mainly on special teams.  In this year’s annual spring game, the 6-2, 201-pound receiver caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson Tide.

WVU makes addition of ex-Miami TE Jovani Haskins official

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One down, one to go.

Over the weekend, both former Miami tight end Jovani Haskins (HERE) and ex-Alabama wide receiver T.J. Simmons (HERE) indicated on social media that they would be transferring and continuing their collegiate playing careers at West Virginia.  Monday, WVU confirmed that the former has signed his grant-in-aid for the 2017-18 academic year.

Haskins will have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  Beginning with the 2018 season, he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining.

A three-star member of the Hurricanes’ 2016 recruiting class, the 6-4, 245-pound Haskins was rated as the No. 18 tight end in the country and the No. 10 player at any position in the state of New Jersey.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman.

Earlier this month, Haskins opted to transfer from The U in order to “get a fresh start somewhere else.”

Haskins is the third Power Five player to officially transfer to the Mountaineers this offseason, joining former Syracuse defensive back Corey Winfield (HERE) and ex-Miami quarterback Jack Allison (HERE).