The 1,000 lb Gorilla In The Room ……….. Charlie Weis

The time has come for the University of Notre Dame to do the right thing and ask their football coach, Charlie Weis to relinquish his position as the team’s coach. It now makes no sense for him to continue in his role. Over the course of his tenure, this present team and the program overall has not improved, nor have they shown signs of improvement. And to see the decline of this program further under Weis, is a sign that the program’s belief in signing a big time name from the NFL, clearly hasn’t worked out. Pedigree or not , Weis’ failure can squarely placed on the shoulders of the coach and that of his staff.

Weis is seen here after the team’s embarrassing 23-21 loss to Navy ,discussing the game. And now the continued speculation surrounding his future is on the rise, once again.

The talent on this roster, if one can call it that, can be best described as being marginal at best. There has been a preponderance of missteps by Weis and his staff. Now we’re to believe that Weis has steadily improved the program ? If that is the case then what ought we to use as that perceived template ? An appearance in a non descript lower tiered Bowl Game has shown how far the program descended into an abyss of mediocrity. If one looks at the legacy of the Fighting Irish program and that of the achievements of Weis. Then,clearly it shows that this program is a long way off from where it needs to be.

Navy  midshipmen  celebrate the  team's  upset victory of  Notre Dame 23-21 in   game played in South Bend , Ind,.  picuture  appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/ Darron  Cummings  ............
Navy midshipmen celebrate the team's upset victory of Notre Dame 23-21 in game played in South Bend , Ind,. picuture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darron Cummings ............

There’s growing dissent amongst the masses but there’s also the view that there ought to be more patience given to Weis in trying to turn the program around. If it means having to further watch the banality of what has been served by Notre Dame in its present format ? Then , the answer has to be undeniably no ! Under Weis, the program has regressed to such an extent. That, in watching this team play, has bordered on being downright monotonous. And for those who are of the belief that the team’s present quarterback, Jimmy Clausen has what it takes to make it at the next level as an NFL quarterback ? Then clearly the signs being shown by Clausen is one of a player, with bright ambition but marginal talent. Leadership wise, Clausen is still in a maturation mode, that has yet to fully meet its potential . The one bright spot may well be the play of the team’s wide receiver Golden Tate and the fact that he’s viewed as a playmaker and ready for the next level in the NFL.

Jimmy  Claussen , second  from the  left  alongside his  teammates  on the  sidelines  watch  as  the Notre  Dame alma mater   song  is  sang  after  the  team's  inexplicable  23-21   loss to  Navy in  a  game  played  in South Bend ,  Indiana ,.   picture appears courtesy  of ap/photo/ Darron Cummings
Jimmy Claussen , second from the left alongside his teammates on the sidelines watch as the Notre Dame alma mater song is sang after the team's inexplicable 23-21 loss to Navy in a game played in South Bend , Indiana ,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darron Cummings

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports and Irish Illustrated.com :

The burden of proof lies with Notre Dame

By Tim Prister , IrishIllustrated.com , Senior Editor

Charlie Weis stared in the face of adversity Thursday night-or at least at the thought of the adversity the Irish will face Saturday night in Heinz Field against No. 8-ranked Pittsburgh-and shrugged with nonchalance.

Will the Irish, fighting for their post-season life-and quite possibly their head coach’s future in the program-be a bundle of emotions and play hampered by their own anxiety?

“I think the (Notre Dame) team will be loose,” Weis said. “(We’re) going in as an underdog playing on the road. (We) have more reason to be loose than the other team.

“The other team is a BCS contender, playing at the top of their game. They’re 8-1, 5-0 at home, sold out stadium, raucous crowd, night game, national TV?We’ve been on national TV plenty of times before. This isn’t our first rodeo.”

No, this isn’t Notre Dame’s first rodeo. But in this rodeo, the cowboy will throw his lasso, and if he catches it just right, he will pull the noose tight around the head of the Fighting Irish and tie up Notre Dame’s chance of salvaging a season that turned precarious with one simple loss to Navy last weekend.

To be sure, there is a lot at stake for Dave Wannstedt’s Panthers, who are playing at a level not seen around these parts in nearly three decades. Their defense suffocates teams at the line of scrimmage. Their offense has balance and quick-strike ability in the running and passing games. Wannstedt’s teams are always a threat to block a kick.

Pittsburgh’s BCS bid, however, doesn’t hinge on the outcome of this game. That is connected to the next two games against West Virginia and Cincinnati. The Panthers could lose by four touchdowns to Notre Dame, yet still would land the Big East’s BCS bid with victories over the Mountaineers and the Bearcats. All that would be lost is its quest for a national title, which wasn’t a realistic expectation anyway.

As for the hoopla inside Heinz Field Saturday night, that’s not likely to disturb Pittsburgh’s focus on the matter at hand. No, they’re not accustomed to playing in front of a full house. But the difference between 45,000 fans and 60,000 fans shouldn’t have any bearing on the Panthers. A national television audience? This is 2009. Ho hum.

No, the heat is on the Fighting Irish. If either team is feeling the pressure of the noose around its neck, it is Notre Dame, which is battling to live another day and trying to give their head coach a sixth year in the program.

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Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, middle, is congratulated by safety Jarred Shannon (10), left, and running back John Howell (5) after Navy defeated Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009.   picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Darron Cummings ................
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo, middle, is congratulated by safety Jarred Shannon (10), left, and running back John Howell (5) after Navy defeated Notre Dame in an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darron Cummings ................

Charlie Weis, for all of the mistakes made and you have to believe that many have been made. He continues to make the same old excuses for the diatribe that his teams continue to show on the field of play. Now, were this any other coach without the pedigree of being a former NFL assistant of Bill Belichick. Then, it shows that Weis has been given a pass by the AD, Jack Swarbrick and that of the faculty. And clearly,when judged against that of his predecessor, Tyrone Willingham. Then, it clearly shows that there’s something amiss with the policy of the faculty and that of its athletics department. The only reason why Weis is at present being kept in his position , is the mere fact that the faculty and the AD are weighing up the potential financial loss to the athletics’ program. Tens of millions of dollars rolls into the coffers, each season for the university. Much of that came from the interest shown in Weis when it was announced that he was to succeed Tyrone Willingham. And were that money to dry up , it could lead to some sort of call for Weis to be kept in place for the moment , in the hope for things to change for the better. And at this moment in time, those financial positives outweigh that of the negatives on the football field. The thought though, is how much longer can this go on for the fans of the program and that of the boosters ?

Navy fullback Vince Murray (47) runs against  Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Navy fullback Vince Murray (47) runs against Notre Dame safety Sergio Brown during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darron Cummings .................

Now clearly, if there’s a case here for Charlie Weis to remain in his position as the coach of the football program.. I for one, cannot find an answer to see how the situation can remain with him in tenure as the program’s coach. Questions have been asked and the answers that have been given thus far has resulted in a mess. The university for its part , has shown nothing more than a passing interest in the predicament that it is now faced with. Money more than anything else, is the clear driving force behind their indecision. And that indecision has led to the morass of denials from all of the parties closest to the situation. Weis is in denial , as too, in large part are the continued supporters of the coach, faculty and the AD. So the course of action now to be taken, is a wait and see method ?

Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate (23) is tackled by Navy tackle Steve Spada (51) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate (23) is tackled by Navy tackle Steve Spada (51) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darron Cummings ............

The 1,000 pound gorilla in the room, is that of Weis and the belief that he can still be viewed as the savior of the football program. If ever there was a basis in fact that he can still make the program a success. Well ,clearly it has yet to happen. The only thing that we’ve witnessed so far, is the program’s fall from grace and the fact that the excuses are still forthcoming in the support of Charlie Weis. Who not only because of his size but also because of his proclivity to be in denial, as to how far the program has fallen under his tenure. The 1,0000 gorilla in the room is Charlie Weis and the whole world is now beginning to notice that very fact. The voices of dissent are being kept quiet by those who clearly do not want the well to run dry. Mediocrity, it appears and the financial gains that the program is now attaining far outweighs that of common sense. Or could it be that one of the greater mistakes was the fact that Notre Dame signed Weis to an 6 year long contract extension and having to terminate that contract could cost them in excess $30 million ,as well and that of his coaching staff ?

In the midst of this all, it just goes to show how irrational the coach has been. As too, has the faculty and the whole internal organization of the university. The question I’d like to ask of the fans boosters , alumni and die hard apologists of the program. Is what now ? Where’s the program going to go now ? Presently, it’s not going up and it appears the only way is further down into the abyss of mediocrity. Where do you see things going for the program ?

Author: tophatal ...........

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8 thoughts on “The 1,000 lb Gorilla In The Room ……….. Charlie Weis”

  1. Watched my alma mater (Pitt) take it to ND early. ND played an entire game in the 4th Qtr and damn near won/A ruled fumble on review “cost” ND the game…but Charlie offered no excuse….he said the chopblock put them in the hole & Pitt just realized that they could still lose, so…..was a hell of a game….With the right recruits ND will do better…even though I don’t like Charlie….ND is an icon in college ball.

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    1. al clements

      Icons asides , Weis is now entering his fifth year with Notre Dame and they’re still struggling to find some semblance of being competitive. How much longer must they stand the diatribe that’s being served up by Weis and his staff ?

      And all this poppycock about the right sort of recruits. If he’s not been able to get them in his first two years , then what makes you think he’ll be able to get them after 5 or even 6 years there in South Bend ?

      I’m just praying that the adjudicators of the BCS don’t see fit to reward Notre Dame with a season ending Bowl berth ! It’s rewarding the feeble and the helpless rather than those that are deserving. I think it’s time that they opt to play in a conference within the collegiate football system. Instead of remaining an independent , solely because of the money they can obtain by negotiating their exorbitant tv contract with NBC. And now with Comcast taking NBC over. I for one hope that they’ll visit issue and rescind parts of that contract. It’s been a complete misnomer over the last 7 or 8 years as it’s primarily benefiting Notre Dame. And all they’re reciprocating with , is some really bad football on their part. I hardly think that’s what the ad dollars being sank into NBC by its customers, would really want too see !

      Alan Parkins

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    1. Chris Humpeherys

      It’s as I’ve alluded to in this piece. Swarbrick , the AD, was so stupid to tie Weis to a long term contract. Not only that but barely two years of a five year contract they give him a 6 year extension ? WTF ? It’s not as if he’d done anything to deserve it and then they’re using the excuse that an NFL team might’ve been interested ?

      Now if they fire him they’ll have to pay out in excess of $35 million for not only Weis but additional millions also for his coaching staff . Never mind the fact that whomever they hire will want a contract that’ll be commensurate with what they believe they’re worth. As well as no doubt bringing in their own assistants who’ll want to be paid likewise.

      As much money as Notre Dame has , they can ill afford to spend it lavishly and get nothing in return. And that is in essence is what they’ve done in hiring Charlie Weis. You don’t think that Ty Willingham might just be a little pis_ed at the moment ?
      Comparatively speaking their records are almost identical , with the exception that Weis has that win the Hawaii Bowl. Isn’t that the Bowl that’s slightly higher or lower on the pecking order than Chic’-A- Fil Bowl and my Hemorrhoids Bowl ? Because watching the Fightin’ Irish nowadays is similar to having a severe case of hemorrhoids. Both are as equally as painful as the other !

      Alan Parkins

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  2. College football is different than the NFL. Dave Wanstad is perfect example. He struggled in the NFL now he is turning the Pitt Panthers back into the college football power they once were in the mid to late seventies to early eighties and early 90’s. Wanstad is a college coach not an NFL coach. Pete Carroll is the same way. Next year USC will be great. USC no QB. The “D” lost way too many players to the NFL draft. Most colleges would take a 7-3 record any day. Weis is a good NFL assistant coach. That’s it. He needs to go. He is a bad fit. Lou Holtz ruined ND football. Holtz is a crook. ESPN treats him like a God. This just shows how sleazy ESPN is.

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  3. Bobby Gee

    Wannstedt was never a great coach to begin with. He’s certainly not one at the college level , nor was he at the professional level in the NFL. Pitt is a hot bed of recruiting for great talent. And for the kids who don’t want to head south to SEC , or westwards for the PAC-10, Big 10 or Big 12. Then staying close to home clearly makes sense.

    Dave Wannstedt essentially cut his teeth under Jimmy Johnson and he owes him a great deal . He’s essentially lived off the fact that he worked under the guy as an defensive coordinator. While I was living in South Florida , I saw how putrid his capabilities were as NFL coach . He made the Dolphins anemic in all phases of the game.

    Alan Parkins

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      Not only that but it could also provide him with several cosmetic surgery procedures , as well as a penile implant to boot ! What’s an additional 3 or 4 inches for Weis , if it’s going bring a smile to his wife’s face ? I’d dare she’d be extremely happy with that particular outcome ? Screw the Viagra or Cialis ! Weis is getting his swerve on with an extra 4 inches.

      Alan Parkins

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