Is He Done? Notre Dame's Charlie Weis Won't Recruit After Stanford Game

Joe YanarellaCorrespondent INovember 24, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 20:  Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weiss speaks during a press conference announcing that Yankee Stadium will play host to the 2010 Notre Dame v Army college football game on July 19, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The game is to be played on November 20, 2010.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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As the case against embattled Notre Dame football Coach Charlie Weis continues to build, further evidence that he would be fired after the season ends emerged when it was revealed that the renowned recruiter would not be sticking around after this weekend’s Stanford game—as originally expected—and instead, will be heading back to the Notre Dame campus.

In all likelihood, the biggest decision that surrounds the Notre Dame football program will be whether Weis is around to coach the team should the Fightin’ Irish be invited to a bowl game. A loss vs. Stanford Saturday would drop Notre Dame to 6-6 on the season and despite their desirability to bowl committees, it’s hard to believe the team would accept a bid.

Weis appears that he’s already braced for the eventuality that he’ll be canned, admitting in his press conference this week that: “If they decide to make a change, I'd have to say I'd have a hard time arguing with that. I'd have a hard time arguing with that because 6-5 is not a good enough especially when you've lost five games by a touchdown and had several three-point games that have gone right down to the wire.”

Weis’ most recent disappointing loss in a string of bad beats was a 33-30 double OT setback to UConn at home, dropping Weis’ record in front of the Notre Dame faithful to 10-11 since taking over the team. Notre Dame enters Saturday’s game at Stanford in Palo Alto on a three-game losing streak that drops Weis’ career record to 35-26. This will also mark the third consecutive season that Weis has failed to win more than seven games after posting a 19-4 record in his first two seasons.


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