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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Articles tagged: Charlie Weis

The Seat Just Got Hotter for Charlie Weis, Cooler for Rich Rodriguez

Notre Dame Michigan FootballHard to believe after the way I ripped Rich Rodriguez that I had to root for him to win on Saturday, but that was the case. People are saying the game was an instant classic and it surely was a good one, but was it as good as the Bush Push game? Not quite that good. Anyway, Charlie Weis is taking a ton of heat for throwing two passes at the end of the game while the Irish were trying to nurse a 34-31 lead.

They had the ball 2nd and 9 at their 30 when they threw two straight incompletions taking just 20 seconds off the clock, leaving 2:19 for the Wolverines who got the ball at their 43. Weis said he was just trying to win the game, “They loaded up the box and made it clear that they weren’t going to let us do that, so we had to throw the ball. On third down, we could have run and made them use a timeout, but we were trying to win the game.”

Forcier said that saving the timeouts for their final drive was key and there’s no doubt it was. By making Michigan burn their timeouts, the Wolverines would have had a much tougher time moving the ball in the final drive and they might have had to settle for a field goal. You telling me Weis wouldn’t have taken his chances in overtime? No doubt that was a tactical error and it was extremely costly. The only question is whether or not this leads to a tailspin and a new head coach for Notre Dame. I guess it was just another lesson in Weis’ coaching internship.

South Bend Billboard Makes Fun of Charlie Weis

What is it about billboards these days? First we had Maker’s Mark taking a shot at Michigan football and now we have some anonymous haters making fun of Charlie Weis. This one is treating Weis like a rookie and it comes courtesy of The Wiz of Odds:

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The billboard reads, “Best wishes to Charlie Weis in the 5th year of his college coaching internship. — Linebacker Alumni.” The mystery to me is the signature — Linebacker Alumni — I can’t figure it out. The billboard is posted above a motel called the Linebacker Inn but the manager says it has nothing to do with them. I don’t know who’s responsible for the billboard but the message of dissatisfaction is pretty clear. Going anonymous like that seems to be pretty chicken-bleep to me. The answer though is pretty clear — it had to have come from a Notre Dame fan because everyone else wants them to keep Weis employed!

UPDATE: A group of former ND players were responsible for the billboard

Firing Charlie Weis May Be an Issue of Money, Like $20 Million

It appears as if Notre Dame is now paying the price of signing Charlie Weis to an exorbitant extension in the first year of his tenure. If you remember back in ’05, Weis signed a seven year extension that took him through ’15, worth around $40 million in total value. Weis I believe is three years into that extension, so the school would need to buy out the remaining seven years of the deal. Some reports last week suggested the buyout wouldn’t be as costly as initially anticipated. That logic suggested the school would only need to buy Weis out at the base salary amount of his contract, not the total value. The base salary probably reflects less than 25% of Weis actual salary.

Now WNDU is saying a buyout would cost ND around $20 million, considering they’d have to pay almost the entire amount of the remaining contract. One major problem they’re facing is that the school might not even have enough money available to even pay for a buyout. To that end, the school could be contacting alumni in efforts to raise money to fund a Weis buyout. Seriously, I cannot remember money ever being this much of an issue when it came to hiring or firing a coach in college football. How can you afford to sign a guy to such a monster deal and not leave yourself any outs? Alabama did that with Nick Saban, but at least they’re getting a run at a perfect season first. Notre Dame is being punished for their capricious actions in ’05, namely extending a coach for losing a game (against USC). As desperately as they may need a new coach, it appears as if they might be stuck!

Video: Charlie Weis Injures Knee, Hit on Sideline by His Player

Last weekend, it was Tom Brady who incurred a season-ending injury, after being hit in the knee by Bernard Pollard. Apparently feeling that he did not want Tom Brady to be left out, Charlie Weis was hit on the back of the leg by one of his players who got pushed to the sideline by a Michigan player. Weis crumbled like the Mets in September, falling with his knee bent in an awkward position. Early diagnosis say it’s a torn ACL and MCL and that Weis is done for the season. OK, maybe not done for the season, but he’s scheduled to have surgery some time this week. Let’s go to the video tape:

That was pretty bad. See, the saving grace for Weis is that the play occurred behind him while he was busy focusing on the action in front of him as he should have been. Now Joe Paterno on the other hand, his leg injury was more embarrassing; the play happened before his very eyes, he was just too slow to get out of the way. Sure, Weis really couldn’t have helped the situation, but is there any way to come across as something other than helpless after blowing your leg out in a game in which you didn’t even play? Comes off as pretty pathetic to me, not to mention humorous (given the circumstance).

Charlie Weis a Product of Spygate?

I’m sure this crossed my mind last year when the news about Spygate first came out. It got us all wondering how legitimate the Patriots’ success was. It made me wonder how good their defense, offense, and coaches really were if they had the advantage of knowing opponents’ plays ahead of time. Which brings us to Charlie Weis. I didn’t think it was all that special what Weis did with New England for two reasons — one, the Pats’ defense was the real stalwart, and two, it’s pretty easy to be successful when Tom Brady’s your quarterback. Well it’s comforting to know that Steve Young is skeptical as well. As he told Dan Patrick:

“I remember thinking to myself during some of the runs, ‘Charlie Weis is a genius,’” Young said. “I mean, I remember saying that to people: ‘This guy is uncanny, how he’s able to make these adjustments and just come out and dominate in the second half.’ What it’s left me to do is, well, I don’t know. Did it matter? I could see how it could matter if you put it all together. So it’s a tough one. I think that people earn it on the field, and I think you’ve got to move on and move forward and just recognize that it’s not a good thing at the time.”

Much unlike Mangenius, Weis is staying tight-lipped about Spygate. Man, would I love to chat with that guy off the record about some of their antics. But how about it? Without the aid of video assistance, Tom Brady, and to a lesser extent, Brady Quinn, Charlie Weis doesn’t look so hot. Maybe he’s just one of the many products of the cheating Patriots. Imagine the sham, not to mention shame, on Notre Dame.

(via SbB)

Is 0-8 a Reality?

Forgive me while I get all giddy here. But now that the loss to Michigan State is out of the way, it really seems possible that Notre Dame starts the year 0-8. I got really excited after the first week when ND got smashed by Georgia Tech. Unfortunately for you Charlie, Lloyd Carr isn’t here to bail you out this time.

Honestly, was there any game that appeared more win-able for Notre Dame than this one? Home against Michigan St., which is arguably the weakest of the first eight teams on the Domer schedule. They’re not beating Purdue or UCLA on the road at this point, so 0-6 looks pretty solid. Then home to a juggernaut like BC, and a national title contender like USC? I’m really starting to think 0-8 is possible.

Heck, the way Notre Dame is going, beating Navy doesn’t seem like much of a guarantee. Could we be seeing 0-9? Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves. We are in the midst of seeing history unfold before your very eyes. This is priceless!

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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