The cover of the latest edition of the Sporting News magazine features Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen and head coach Charlie Weis.
The cover also features a bold statement from Clausen – “Coach Weis Will Not Get Fired Because Of Me.”
Considering Clausen usually doesn’t offer up much during interviews – since his press conference announcing his intentions to attend Notre Dame anyway – this is a pretty big statement from the junior to be former #1 overall recruit.
Clausen and Weis will forever be linked. Weis hitched his wagon to Clausen when he decided against pursuing Mitch Mustain in 2006 (with Zach Frazer and Demetrius Jones in the fold) and starting Clausen as soon as he was healthy enough to start. Weis’s success, or failure, will be determined largely by what #7 is able to accomplish on the field this year.
At the same time, Clausen hitched his wagon to Weis as well when he proclaimed that he came to Notre Dame largely because of Weis and his success tutoring quarterbacks Tom Brady and Brady Quinn.
I’m sure Weis and Clausen would have liked to grace the cover of a magazine without the word “fired” attached to it by this time, but at least it shows that Weis still has the full support of his players. It’s also encouraging to see Clausen step up and take on that type of accountability.