The past five years in South Bend have been bumpy, to say the least.
The first two years of the roller coaster ride led Charlie Weis and his team to two BCS bowls on the arm of Brady Quinn.
The past three years have been filled with disappointment, flashes of promise, and squashed optimism.
Today, Nov. 30, the end of that same entertainment ride ran off the tracks and will not be fixed. Weis was fired from his position at the University of Notre Dame.
According to a member of the current coaching staff, Weis informed his coaches that he was let go after a meeting with athletic director Jack Swarbrick on Tuesday.
An interim coach has not be named yet due to the fact that the players have yet to vote on whether they desire to play in a bowl game or not. The most likely destination for the Irish would seem to be the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, formerly known as the Motor City Bowl.
Recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Rob Ianello will take over the recruiting until a new coach is brought in. Luckily for Irish fans, Ianello has a track record of being an excellent recruiter, and things don't look too gloomy regarding their current class. All of the current commitments that have been contacted have said they would stick with the Irish no matter what Weis' future would be.
With rumors of Bob Stoops being contacted by Notre Dame in the past couple of days, expect rumors to be flying even more so than ever. Stoops still seems like the perfect match for the Irish as of right now, and the most logical.