Charlie Weis Needs to Figure Out What Is Good and What Is Bad

Chris ScheiCorrespondent INovember 23, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 21: Head coach Charlie Weis of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish waits to enter the field with (L-R) Jimmy Clausen #7, Eric Olsen #55, Kyle McCarthy #28 and Scott Smith #41 before a game against the University 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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After Notre Dame's loss to Connecticut on Saturday, Charlie Weis told the world he wasn't a hypocrite and that the day should be more about the players than him.

He was right. That day should've been about his seniors.

Rewind the clock to his press conference when he was hired. Does anyone remember what he said? He said that if they were hiring him to go 6-5, they had the wrong guy. 6-5 wasn't acceptable at Notre Dame.

Now on to Sunday's press conference, where Weis spent a good 10 minutes explaining to the media that the team's 6-5 record should be good enough for him to keep his job, and if he's fired because of that record, it would be tough to take.


Funny, when Weis was hired, 6-5 wasn't nearly good enough for him or anybody associated with Notre Dame. Now 6-5 is just fine.

Weis can make all the excuses he wants about all of the close games his team lost. They're still 6-5, and as he said, that's not acceptable.

Weis can talk all he wants about how potent his offense was, and he will surely fix the defense. They're still 6-5, which is unacceptable.

Charlie Weis is one of hell of an offensive-minded coach—but as a head coach, not so good. There are three phases to a football team: offense, defense, and special teams. Weis loves that first one. The other two? He'll let someone else take care of that boring stuff. If it doesn't go well, it's on them, not him.

For the sake of Notre Dame, I hope Weis' comments about how good of a season 6-5 is sealed his fate. College football is a lot better with the most loved and hated program at national prominence.

But with Charlie, come to think of it, 6-5 really isn't that bad.