What can be said? If today's loss to Connecticut comes as a shock to anyone, then you haven't been following the Irish this season. If this isn't the final nail in Charlie Weiss' coffin, then I'm not sure what will be. Charlie Weis has a pathetic 19 losses since 2007—the most in school history over a three-year span.
The first quarter looked great and I thought we would be able to handily defeat the University of Connecticut. However, apathy set in on the Notre Dame offense and we were outscored 17-3 going into the fourth quarter.
The play calling in this game said it all about the Weis era of Fighting Irish football. With such a talented receiving core and an excellent arm in Jimmy Clausen, why are they not airing it out? Short yardage pass plays just don't get it done when your facing 3rd and long situations.
With a little over 30 seconds left on the clock before halftime, on second down, we decided to just give up and run into the tunnel?! That decision was just completely unforgivable. It was a true testament to the attitude of this football team. If that was the plan, then why use our timeouts on defense? Just let UConn run out the clock and head in to the locker room. Disgraceful!
Along with this lackadaisical attitude came two prime examples of the Irish's absence of discipline. The first came in the second quarter when Sergio Brown was called for a personal foul on what looked to me like a blatant late hit. That play prolonged UConn's possession, and ultimately resulted in a touchdown with 11:51 to play in the half. Later, Toryan Smith had a flag thrown on him for a boneheaded shove of a UConn player out-of-bounds that resulted in another first down.
The things that plagued the Irish today have been a thorn in the side of the team all season, including missed tackles and stupid penalties. This is a direct result of poor coaching, lack of motivation, and improper leadership.
Last week I said I wasn't sure how I felt about firing Charlie Weis, but this week solidified it. Pack your bags Charlie, it's time for someone to come in here and return Notre Dame to glory. It would behoove you to just resign and allow the University to begin looking for your replacement. Hell, you may even be able to lend a hand in that.
My hat is off to Randy Edsall and his Huskies football team. They wanted this more than the Fighting Irish and they deserved to win this game.
Two losses in a row on senior day...the fourth and fifth year seniors deserve better than that. We can now say good-bye to Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate. Do you blame them for wanting to move onto greater things?
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