Florida Gators Will Muschamp Hires Charlie Weis: Say It Ain't So

D. PritchardContributor IJanuary 3, 2011

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Charlie Weis of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches as his team takes on the Michigan State Spartans on September 19, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 33-30. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Will Muschamp era has officially begun in Gainesville.

As we all know now, Charlie Weis has been offered and has accepted the position of offensive coordinator for the Gators, which raises only one question: Why?

No one is going to suggest that Charlie Weis is not a good offensive coordinator or a good play caller.

His success at New England is well documented, and his offenses at Notre Dame were the team’s strength. Currently, the Kansas City Chiefs offense ranks ninth in the NFL in total offense.

That’s the good. Now for the bad.

The truth is the Patriots have not skipped a beat since Weis left in 2005. It has become quite obvious in New England: The success was not driven by Charlie Weis, or any other coordinator for that matter.

For his day at Notre Dame, Weis’ offense put up impressive numbers against the military academies and the Purdues of college football. Against solid competition, the Irish were mediocre at best.

More importantly, Weis has been the laughingstock of college football for the past few years since he self-proclaimed himself a genius only to fail miserably. His brashness and arrogance won him little friends in the media or in the world of college football.  

Now, he is the new offensive coordinator at the University of Florida.

There are a lot of terrific offensive coordinators in college football, and a lot of them run the pro-style offense. Why Charlie Weis figures to be the best available is a bit puzzling. We know Muschamp comes from the Nick Saban school of coaches, and Saban comes from the Bill Belichick school of coaches, so it does not take long to find Weis hanging on the coaching tree. But there is more at play here.

Let’s just cut directly to the chase, shall we?

Charlie Weis just does not fit in Gainesville, no more than Steve Addazio did. You think you were annoyed with Addazio and his “lack of execution” excuses? Wait until someone questions Weis and see how Mr. Personality responds. Wait until he embarrasses Gator Nation with one of his “I’m a genius” comments.

It will happen.

In his first year at Notre Dame, the Irish lost to Michigan State in OT, and Weis vowed to never lose to them again. He finished his career 2-3 against the Spartans.

In college football, the name Charlie Weis is synonymous with loser—harsh but true. He’s known for running his mouth and talking a big game, but never delivering. Most notable is his comment suggesting his teams would have a "decided schematic advantage" against their opponents. This is the point of the article where I bring up Charlie’s 35-27 record at Notre Dame. Obviously, this reflects a real “schematic advantage.”

Now, Gator Nation is awarded this magnificent “schematic advantage.” As someone that was a fan of the Will Muschamp hire, one has to really question this move. One would think as a first-time head coach, the last person you would want on your staff would be Charlie Weis, a man who is known to not be able to get along with anyone.

Apparently, Muschamp did not see it that way.

Unfortunately, this is a black eye for the University of Florida and for the Will Muschamp era. Can Weis be successful? Sure. Is he the right man for the job? Absolutely not.


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