Notre Dame Football

Navy Blues: Why Charlie Weis Should Be Done at Notre Dame

John FalcettaSenior Analyst INovember 4, 2007

IconThe last time Navy beat Notre Dame was 1963.

Roger Staubach won the Heisman Trophy. President Kennedy was alive. The Vietnam War was barely underway; Woodstock and the moon landing were six years off. 

It happened again this weekend. 

I'm proud to have served in the Army, but I root for all the all Service Academy teams—especially against bullies like the Irish.

Love or hate Notre Dame, though, you have to agree it's time for a change at the top.

I don't care how big his contract is—Charlie Weis has run a once-proud program into the ground. Ty Willingham never lost to any Service Academy—much less Navy.

Even Gerry Faust, the most maligned head coach in Irish history, never fell that far.

In choosing not to go for a field goal at the end of regulation, Weis staked his job on a fourth-down conversion.

His team failed—and now he must go.

It was a great moment for me to see Navy knock down that two-point conversion pass in OT—even if a phantom flag gave the Irish another chance. Thankfully the Midshipmen managed to rally on the next play and end the streak.

Navy has been a bowl team the last few seasons, but they've struggled of late. To lose to a team that gave up 59 points in a loss to I-AA Delaware is inexcusable.

If Ty Willingham had to go after his three seasons, Weis has to go before the end of the week.

It's only fair—by the Golden Dome's own standards.

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