This guilty tug-o-war game of "should we or shouldn't we fire him" is fascinating and morbid to watch. Two years ago I started asking if the great Irish recruiting classes should be contributing yet ? Now four years into the Charlie Weiss era, the last of the Willingham recruits should be gone, right ? It looks to me that they are headed down hill, not getting better. Weiss did better with Willingham's recruits than he is with his own "five star" classes.
Even ESPN is starting to pile on after last night:
...the job security of Charlie Weis, the Notre Dame football coach who surely ran out of real estate, rope and rational defenses in a humiliating 38-3 loss to relentless USC. What Syracuse began last week in South Bend, the Trojans finished here.
Whatever was left of Weis' worthless offensive genius façade crumbled on a night when the Fighting Irish were without a first down until the final play of the third quarter. They had four first downs and 91 total yards in an utterly feeble performance that should be Weis' last as head coach.
No amount of pretzel logic should save Weis now, no amount of finger-pointing at the previous regime, no amount of blue-skying about how recruiting rankings could beget future greatness. Unless the Fighting Irish brass refuses to spend what ESPN has reported is an outrageous sum to buy Weis out of his massive, millstone contract, he's done in South Bend.
There can be no other justification for keeping him. Not now, as his winning percentage dips to sub-Ty Willingham levels and his offense sinks to new lows.
It's very simple. If Willingham had to go after three seasons, Weis has to go with a worse record after four. Or the explanation for keeping him had better be brilliant.
I want to go on the record this morning: If in his 4th year -- Rich Rodriguez finishes 6-6, never wins a bowl game, delivers several embarrasing losses to undermatched teams (cough, Syracuse) , and never beats Ohio State, I will officially be unhappy and support his firing.