Let me lay down some cold hard facts about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. A 57% winning percentage, 3 BCS bowl appearances (none of them wins) 1-8 in total bowl appearances, an average of 7 wins a season in a 13-year span. The sad part is that in those 13 years 3 head coaches accumulated those stats. Now I know that is nothing compared to the late Tennessee 3 in 3 years but over 13 years they still have only had 3 so that should be null and void. Even that single bowl win over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl is a little exaggerated and should be questioned.
Prior to the Charlie Wies era, Notre Dame was interested in Urban Meyer and even offered him the job but opted to go to University of Florida. Look how good that turned out. Now I'll give credit to where credit is due to the 3 Notre Dame head coaches by going to 3 BCS games, even though they were dismantled in each one.
I doubt you can blame them on the offensive and defensive system they run because they have run every system from the veer option to a pro style and 4-3 to a 3-4. It could be the longevity of the system because now under Brian Kelly they are changing systems again.
I hate to bring up the strength of schedule as a negative factor but with a subpar schedule they seem to find ways to lose games they should win. Maybe it’s a lack of clock management skill but last year is a perfect example of their troubles. They went 6-6 last year but 10 of those games were decided by 7 points or less. With an offensive guru Charlie Weis should manage to get 7 more points in any given game. But maybe it was not the offense that was lacking in these past Notre Dame team. Last year the defense gave up an average of 35 points a game. And to make it worse that is including the fact that they pitched a shut out in their home opener against Nevada.
Maybe coaching in South Bend, Indiana is no longer the dreams of the warm weather guys who prefer Southern California, Gainesville, Tallahassee, or even Eugene (just joking)