Judgment Day at the University of Notre Dame is near. According to The Book of Revelations, the final eternal judgment will arrive after the resurrection of the dead and the second coming.
Unfortunately for Charlie Weis, he will need that very same resurrection to go along with an epic second coming of the once-vaunted Notre Dame depth chart if he intends on saving his job.
Coach Weis will need the defense that dismantled Nevada, Washington State, and the run games of Purdue, USC, and Michigan State. He will also need the offense that has the second fewest three-and-outs and one of the most prolific passing games in the nation.
If CW wants to make the decision of Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick as difficult as possible, he'll need on-field production, off-field success, and two key Irish commitments for 2010.
It’s time to take a microscopic look at what it will take to keep Charlie Weis in South Bend.
The Triple Option
Let’s keep step one very simple. Charlie Weis must win three straight games to finish the 2009 season. UConn, Stanford, and a bowl game upset would provide a tremendous kick to the “Keep Charlie” campaign.
Go 3-0 and Notre Dame Nation will not be able to turn their lonely eyes away from the Jersey Boy.
The caveat to the three-game win streak is that the Irish must win the right way.
The University of Connecticut Huskies present the 68th ranked total defense in the nation and allow a pedestrian 366.11 yards per game. They do have the 34th and 50th ranked rushers in the nation in Jordan Todman and Andre Dixon, but their quarterback, former ND backup Zach Frazer, is extraordinarily average.
The Irish must beat the Huskies by three touchdowns. They must embarrass an average Big East program. They must harass, hurry, and harangue Frazer from the south end of Notre Dame Stadium to Touchdown Jesus and make a statement about the talent that has left and the talent that has remained.
From there the Irish must head out west for the season finale against Stanford and pull off a stunning statistical trifecta.
ND will need to keep Toby Gerhardt under 100 yards, make Andrew Luck look like the 20-year old freshman he is with at least three sacks and three interceptions, and hang half-a-hundred on the 81st ranked defense in the land.
A blowout in Palo Alto will quiet the Jim Harbaugh-to-Notre Dame rumors, put the Irish at 8-4, and make them look like a program that could be a leading power in the highly regarded Pac-10 conference.
And then it’s a bowl game.
With eight wins, the Gator Bowl would still be a distinct possibility. If Coach Weis can weasel his way into Jacksonville, upset the waiting SEC power in front of a national audience, and find a way into the final top-25 rankings to end the season, he’ll still be breathing.
Do What You Do Best
Charlie Weis is the best recruiter in the country. Nobody works harder, pulls more top-15 classes, and packs more top-tier four and five star athletes with as many environmental challenges as Coach Weis.
Nick Saban and Urban Meyer have geographically immediate talent pools and much lower academic standards to work with. Pete Carroll has beautiful beaches and all of California's rich football talent in his front yard. Oklahoma and Texas have states filled with children raised on crimson and cream or burnt orange, not to mention state legislative mandates that keep top talents at home.
Rivals currently has the 2010 Irish class at No. 11 with 18 commits, including five-star defensive lineman Chris Martin and four-star skill players like Giovanni Bernard (RB), Andrew Hendrix (QB), and Tai-ler Jones (WR).
Coach Weis has pulled kids out of Florida, Texas, California, and Ohio for '10. If he adds a few more top-25 names like Seantrel Henderson, Kyle Prater, Lemarcus Joyner, or Anthony Barr the Irish will have another stellar class of prospective talent.
The Powers That Be at Notre Dame will not be able to ignore another major recruiting haul.
Keep the Big Dogs on the Porch
No secret here. If quarterback Jimmy Clausen and everything-man Golden Tate resist the siren calls of the NFL draft and return for their senior years, the Domers will be loaded for bear…and Wolverine, Trojan, and Spartan.
Both would be preseason All-Americans and mentioned in the Heisman discussion by the first of September. Both would be in a position to take advantage of a light schedule in route to a potential BCS bowl game. Both would be prepping for their meeting with Drew Rosenhaus to discuss their status as the top 2011 pick at their respective positions.
In conclusion, Charlie Weis can survive the 2009 season. It will take an epic effort, two huge wins to finish the season, a major bowl upset over a nationally renowned SEC power, a top-10 recruiting class, and the return of the 10th ranked quarterback and 4th ranked receiving threat in America.
Judgment Day is near for Notre Dame, Charlie Weis, and Jack Swarbrick.
The resurrection must be immediate if CW plans on staying in South Bend.
It’s time for a Weisian second coming, or Irish eyes will most assuredly look elsewhere for 2010.