As if we needed any more signs that Charlie Weis coached his last game for Notre Dame on Saturday Night, the soon to be former head man for the Irish offered up another – he declined to speak with the media after yet another disappointing loss for the first time in his tenure.
This week was full of signs that Weis wouldn’t be back in South Bend for a sixth season with Saturday night’s loss and post game disappearance act from Weis were just a couple more.
To recap, here’s what we’ve seen over the last week.
- Last Saturday – Weis emerges from the tunnel arm in arm with the captains on Senior Day at Notre Dame Stadium with tears in his eyes. This was the first indicator from Weis that he knew there was a good chance he wouldn’t be back next season.
- Sunday – Weis tells the media that he understands if Notre Dame decides to make a coaching change based on the performance of the team. He also says that 6-5 is still not good enough – again suggesting that he feels he is not getting the job done.
- Monday – AOL’s John Walters publishes a sit down with Weis in which he hints that Charlie Jr, won’t be going to college at Notre Dame and that he is more respected and well liked in the NFL than the college game. He also tells Walters that no matter what he will be looking to coach next year.
- Tuesday – Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says that Weis will not stay on the west coast to recruit as he has every other year after the Irish’s season finale. This was the first clear sign from Swarbrick and Notre Dame that a change was indeed coming.
- Thursday – Eric Hansen publishes a list of coaches that he hears Notre Dame is looking at headlined by Oklahoma’a Bob Stoops. Also on the list were Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly, TCU’s Gary Patterson, and Texas DC Will Muschamp.
- Saturday – CBS Sports announces in its post game show that Bob Stoops could be in South Bend as early as Sunday to interview for the job.
- Saturday – ProFootballTalk.com reports that Weis has already cleared out his office at Notre Dame prior to leaving for Stanford.
- Saturday Night – Notre Dame loses another game in which it held a second half lead to a team it should beat and Weis declines to talk to the media for the first time in his tenure at Notre Dame.
The writing isn’t just on the wall anymore. It’s etched in stone.
As someone who has been a Charlie Weis supporter throughout his time at Notre Dame, it’s definitely a little disheartening to see the Weis Era on the verge of ending. Hopefully all of this means that Notre Dame will act quickly and make an official announcement on Sunday and not let everyone speculate for a couple days as they did last year.
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