Why is Charlie Weis still the coach at Norte Dame?

September 4, 2009

sad that YOUR own fans would spend the money to make fun of you

sad that YOUR own fans would take the money to make fun of you

But the story doesn’t end with just the billboard. This was supposed to have a twelve week run, but was abruptly pulled down.  I guess he always has his career with Bon Jovi to fall back on if he ever gets fired from ND.

You certainly cant carry an offense, maybe you can carry a tune...

You certainly can't carry an offense, maybe you can carry a tune...

Why doesn’t anyone also talk about the fact that he got his contract extension on the basis of playing USC close?  But, it gets worse.  Charlie and Norte Dame can’t take the heat from the billboard and had it removed….

ESPN.com: College Football [Print without images]

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Billboard’s 12-week run ends abruptly

By Eric Hansen

After three days of local unrest and national intrigue, Billboard-gate is over. Sort of. Burkhart Advertising, which leases billboard space, on Thursday took down a controversial billboard poking fun at Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis.

College football nation blog

The recently deleted 14-word message was written in gold letters on a blue background on a sign hovering over the well-traveled intersection of Edison Road and South Bend Avenue in South Bend, Ind. It read: “Best wishes to Charlie Weis in the fifth year of his college coaching internship.” In its space Thursday evening was a message promoting the U.S. Marine Corps. “They took away my freedom of speech,” said Tom Reynolds, a former Notre Dame reserve linebacker who said he paid Burkhart to run the message for 12 weeks. “And Notre Dame pressured them to do it.” Notre Dame officials deny having anything to do with having the billboard removed. Burkhart personnel didn’t return phone calls asking for comment. Reynolds is a retired college marketing professor who lettered for the Irish in 1967. He claims to represent roughly 50 former Irish football players, mostly from his era, who are like-minded in their opinion of Weis’ 29-21 record after four seasons. Reynolds said he and other former players plan to wear green T-shirts emblazoned with the expunged billboard’s message at Saturday’s season-opener against Nevada. Reynolds lives in Wyoming, but is a Notre Dame season ticket holder and plans to be at every game this season. “I hope they don’t take that away from me,” he said. Reynolds wouldn’t go as far to say he that he would consider legal action against Burkhart, but he vowed, “This isn’t the end of this.”

It shouldn’t be the end of it. Norte Dame and Charlie Weis should have their feet held to the proverbial fire. They know that they screwed the pooch getting rid of Willingham. When they missed on Urban Meyer, that signaled the end of the road for Norte Dame.  They did a great job of continuing the hype and mystic of Norte Dame throughout the 90’s, riding the gravy train of Ronin’s boy Lou Holtz. ESPN’s blogger continues with why Weis is on the hot seat.

Weis is well aware that Notre Dame fans have high expectations after the Irish have gone 3-9 and 7-6 the past two seasons — the most losses in a two-year span in the 120-year history of Irish football. Those 15 losses are three more than Knute Rockne had in 13 seasons as coach, four more than Frank Leahy had in 11 years and two fewer than Ara Parseghian had in 11 seasons.

The 15 losses have wiped out most — if not all — the goodwill Weis built in leading the Irish to Bowl Championship Series berths in his first two seasons.

These are BCS games that they had no business being in to begin with.  Since beating Hawaii last year in the Hawaii bowl, Norte Dame has not won a bowl game since 1995.

January 1, 1990 Orange Bowl W Colorado 21 6
January 1, 1991 Orange Bowl L Colorado 9 10
January 1, 1992 Sugar Bowl W Florida 39 28
January 1, 1993 Cotton Bowl W Texas A&M 28 3
January 1, 1994 Cotton Bowl W Texas A&M 24 21
January 2, 1995 Fiesta Bowl L Colorado 24 41
January 1, 1996 Orange Bowl L Florida State 26 31
December 28, 1997 Independence Bowl L LSU 9 27
January 1, 1999 Gator Bowl L Georgia Tech 28 35
January 1, 2001 Fiesta Bowl L Oregon State 9 41
January 1, 2003 Gator Bowl L North Carolina State 6 28
December 28, 2004 Insight Bowl L Oregon State 21 38
January 2, 2006 Fiesta Bowl L Ohio State 20 34
January 3, 2007 Sugar Bowl L LSU 14 41
December 24, 2008 Hawaiʻi Bowl W Hawaiʻi 49 21
Total 29 bowl games 14-15 624 692

Weis has a 29-21 record, a .580 winning percentage that puts him behind Tyrone Willingham at 21-15 (.583), Bob Davie at 35-25 (.583) and ahead of Gerry Faust at 30-26-1 (.535). Many Irish fans are saying he needs another BCS berth this year. Weis was asked Tuesday about being on the hot seat. “I’m the head coach at Notre Dame. Welcome to my world,” he said. While he tries to brush off the pressure, he’s acknowledged in the past that the Irish struggles have taken their toll. Weis was so concerned about his teenage son taking abuse after the Irish lost to an eight-loss Syracuse team last November that he let him skip a few days of high school. So Weis made some changes in the offseason, replacing the offensive and defensive line coaches, hiring a new running backs coach and taking over himself as offensive coordinator — the same position he held with the New England Patriots for five seasons when they won three Super Bowl championships. Being offensive coordinator means more than just taking over the play-calling duties, something he gave up last season. It means he’s involved from the beginning of studying film of opponents up until he writes the first set of plays. “You’re with the coaches all day and then you’re with the players until they leave, and then you get to be the head coach at nighttime after they’re gone. So it just extends your day some,” he said.

This has to be it!  How many more people can he fire before he has to take responsibility?  He should just step down as a face saving measure if they aren’t good again.  The schedule is set up with a bunch of cupcakes ready for the straw man challenge.  There is no other fall guy Charlie.  Be ready to stand in front and take the bullet if it doesn’t work.  The roster is all yours now, with this being your fifth year…

He is only pounding in the truth...

He is only pounding in the truth...

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