Charlie's Ego: Weis Should Do What's Right for Notre Dame

IsmailAnalyst INovember 22, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Charlie Weis of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish waits to enter the field for a game against the Univeristy of Connecticut Huskies at Notre Dame Stadium on November 21, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It will be the end of an era in a week’s time, as Charlie Weis almost assuredly won’t be coaching at Notre Dame any longer. To say this season was a disappointment for Weis is a gross understatement.


This was one of the most disappointing, if not the most disappointing, season in the history of Irish football. You can’t keep a coach at Notre Dame in his fifth year when statements like this are being thrown around.


It is hard to understand how a team filled with such talent and promise could be this bad with an embarrassing record of 6-5, which could easily fall to 6-7 at year’s end. The Irish are in a position even the most repulsed detractors of the program couldn't have dreamed this team would fall to.


And make no mistake about it, this failure lands directly at the feet of Charlie Weis. We don’t need to discuss the reasons why he has failed, because anyone who watches one Notre Dame game can see the multiple problems and what needs to be fixed.


Weis should be commended for his graduation rates and strong recruiting, the latter most especially because of the shape the program was in when it was handed to him from Tyrone Willingham.


Yet as far as Weis’ main responsibility and job, winning football games, he may go down as perhaps the worst coach in Notre Dame history, and one of the biggest underachievers in college history.


As time goes on, the pain of Weis’ failures may dissipate, but it will take some serious revisionist history to prove he was a better coach then Davie, Willingham, or even Faust.


Too many blowout losses. Too many losses to inferior opponents. Too many brash coaching mistakes. A complete lack of football fundamentals. All of this garbage with better players on his roster in comparison to these other coaching failures. It is truly heartbreaking.


So what will happen to Weis and his large ego? Will he be fired? Will he step down?


For a long time I believed Weis would step down. I’ve even ignored most people’s observations that Charlie Weis does in fact have a large ego and thought he could see the writing on the wall and resign.


There were even rumors swirling last night that Weis had already resigned before the UConn game and would be expected to stay with the program in some recruiting capacity in the future.

After his press conference today, this seems highly unlikely, as Weis told reporters he would not step down.


Bad decision Charlie.


The truth is ND Nation does not look kindly upon Mr. Weis right now, and forcing the school to fire him and spend tens of millions of dollars will make matters much worse.


Unfortunately, he’s about as entrenched as a coach can be at a school: huge and lengthy contract, former student, built a new house in South Bend, started Hannah & Friend’s charity, wants his son to graduate from Notre Dame.


It just doesn’t seem right for the school to pay him so much money and leave more of us bitter and angry. Weis is walking a fine line between forcing everyone to treat him either like Faust or Willingham were after they departed South Bend.


If he were to resign and stick around town for a while, people will forgive him for being such a poor coach. We’ll realize he didn’t have what it takes, but give him credit for working hard and bringing some great players under the golden dome.


If he forces AD Jack Swarbrick to fire him and walks away with millions of undeserved money, no one will be happy. Whether he stays around for a while or goes back to the NFL really won’t matter. We’ll only remember how he ungracefully left the school and didn’t do the right thing by stepping down.


It’s hard to imagine if Weis is fired that people will really tolerate his presence on campus like they do nowadays with Gerry Faust. If fired, Weis will endure harsh treatment from everyone for the rest of his life. Does he really want that?


That’s why I say if Weis has no intention of stepping down, he should be fired immediately. If he won’t step aside, then I am in favor of letting him go after Notre Dame travels to California to play Stanford this weekend.


I’ve been a big promoter of the notion that there are many problems with Notre Dame football beyond the coaching, but enough is enough. Who cares if the players support him and that they walked out of the tunnel arms linked with him in a sign of solidarity.


If anything, I took this as just another weakness inherent in the players, coaches, and the program as a whole. UConn just had a player murdered a month ago and Notre Dame is the team walking out onto the field like a funeral procession with tears clouding Weis’ eyes?


What is going on?


It is time to cut the cord on this pathetic display of weakness both on and off the field. If Weis wants to salvage some of his reputation, he should do the right thing and resign his coaching position from the University of Notre Dame.