There’s fired, so fired, and then there’s Charlie Weis.
The much maligned man at the helm of the Golden Domers could no longer fool anyone Saturday afternoon as Notre Dame’s players filed out of the tunnel to face Connecticut. His time had come.
Tears rolled down his cheeks. He looked longingly out onto the sacred turf in South Bend. And he hugged every player as each one emerged from the locker room.
Weis could no longer deny what the rest of us already knew: 8-4 just wasn’t going to cut it. Not in this place. Not where BCS bowl games are the expectation and top five recruiting classes come easier than first downs against Washington State.
And in the final curtain for Weis at home, the Irish lost. Again.
And instead of hoping to scrape an 8-4 record and a respectable bowl game from the bottom of an unimpressive schedule, Notre Dame is a 10-point underdog heading into Stanford this weekend with a lame duck coach and is praying to avoid going 6-6.
Not likely to happen, which would make Weis’s record 35-27 over five seasons with 19 of those wins coming in his first two years when he had the benefit of Tyrone Willingham’s recruits.
But who wants to talk about such depressing things? Weis said several times in his Tuesday press conference that he certainly didn’t. This week is about Stanford, dammit. Which conveniently meant he wouldn’t have to discuss the black eye on Jimmy Clausen’s face or the one he’ll leave on one of the proudest programs in the country.
It has been a steep and steady fall indeed from just five years ago when Weis hit the South Bend campus and promptly led the Domers to the Fiesta and Sugar bowls in his first two seasons.
He looked like Touchdown Jesus’s gift to coaching then. But what is he now? Where does a program wrecker slash guy who used to be a decent O.C. in the pros go from here?
It got me thinking - and then got us debating - here at Covers. It seemed there was no clear consensus on Weis’s fate. So I got in touch with the folks at Bodog to see if they could put together some odds for us.
Here’s what they came up with:
NFL coordinator: 1-1
NCAA Division I-A head coach: 9-4
NCAA Division I-AA or lower head coach: 4-1