Just two 10-win seasons in the last 10 years and still more media attention than local elections. Notre Dame is without question the most overhyped, overrated team in all of college sports.
The media and BCS computers are enamored with the Fighting Irish. Why else would a team with a 9-2 record, coming off a lowly 6-6 record, get a berth in the BCS, lose by two touchdowns, and still finish in the top-10 in the final rankings?
None of it adds up. Had that been any other team in the country, they wouldn’t have so much as sniffed a BCS berth (especially with an independent schedule against mostly weak opponents), much less finished ninth after an ugly loss to the Buckeyes in the desert.
Using former coach Ty Willingham’s senior class, Charlie Weis led the Irish to another two-loss regular season, followed by a 41-14 beating to the LSU Tigers in what was essentially a BCS home game for the Bayou Bengals.
Ok, so you’re playing well with someone else’s players and bringing in your own guys. They should be top-notch recruits capable of turning your program around. Right?
A record of 16-21 over the next three years is so bad it got Charlie Weis fired and the players voted on not playing in the bowl game they “earned.” I guess just because you were eligible doesn’t mean you deserve it.
Before beating a severely depleted Hawaii team in a 2008 bowl game, the Irish had lost nine straight bowl games. They haven’t won a legitimate bowl game since the 1993 Cotton Bowl.
I don’t care how well Brian Kelly did at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, and Cincinnati. Charlie Weis had won three Super Bowls as an offensive coordinator and look how that turned out.
More than that, he’s given up all credibility after telling his players he wouldn’t take the job in South Bend, then did so behind their backs and didn’t bother to show up for the team banquet or coach them in their BCS game.
College football needs Notre Dame to be good. So much that the media tries to hype them up as something better than they are. Say all you want about Kelly’s coaching record and new recruits, but they haven’t been relevant since Lou Holtz, and I don’t think they will be.
May Touchdown Jesus have mercy on them.