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Notre Dame Releases Official Statement on Weis Returning

Notre Dame released an official statement this morning on Weis returning in 2009.  Here it is.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Charlie Weis will continue as head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, University athletics director Jack Swarbrick announced today (Dec. 3).

Swarbrick, who made the decision in consultation with University president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., met with Weis in California on Tuesday to review this past season, discuss plans for 2009 and communicate his decision.

“Though this past season fell short of the expectations that all of us have for our football program, I am confident that Charlie has a strong foundation in place for future success and that the best course of action is to move forward under his leadership,” said Swarbrick.

“He, I and the others involved in leading our football program are committed to doing everything necessary to ensure a successful 2009 season. We are examining every aspect of the program and will make changes wherever we think they are needed.”

Weis’ four-season record at Notre Dame is 28-21 ? after his first two Irish teams in ’05 and ’06 finished 9-3 and 10-3, respectively, and made Bowl Championship Series appearances. The Football Writers Association of America named Weis its 2005 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award winner as the national college coach of the year.

A 1978 Notre Dame graduate, Weis previously spent five seasons (2000-04) as the New England Patriots offensive coordinator and helped that franchise to three Super Bowl championships during his tenure. He also was a member of the New York Giants staff during the 1990 Super Bowl championship season.


  1. @David,
    Your question is a great one. I’m glad someone asked. Notre Dame fundamentally is weak at offensive line and then suspect at defensive line and linebacker. Otherwise the offensive skill positions are solid, and the cornebacks are also solid.
    ASSUMING the O-line does it’s job next year, the passing game will work. but the running game needs tweaking to have quicker hand-offs and better run blocking schemes. I noticed in the you-tube of the BC game and some other tape that the O-line merely goes into pass block many times when a run play is called instead of firing out. There is not a lot of pulling or cross blocking. Even Texas Tech, Navy, etc. do that and well.
    The secondary plays great but not together. I see great man to man coverage, but not so great when the safety and the corner need to work together. One guy needs to cover or shade and the other guy should be closing on the ball. They don’t yet do that.

    The linebackers are solid, but still need to work on fundamentals, plus we need a mix of bulk and speed. I’d like to see better and more substitutions.

    Finally the Line’s they simply need to have more effective strength and agility. Holtz corrected that from 1987 to 1988. In 87, Miami creamed us, so did A&M. Penn State even beat us. The very next year, we were undeafeated.

    Look at how Oregon State took on USC this year. If you put Pete Carroll in a pressure situation, he takes stupid gambles like the rest of them. We can beat USC next year if the linemen and the coaches prepare them to their potential.

  2. @C-Dog

    Kudos, I enjoy reading your comments. Sometimes my humor is not so good.

  3. @JC,
    I would never call you “Hansenites” or use any other Gilleranisms. I truly hope someone is ghost writing and using his name, because that guy really had some psychological issues. You guys are great and make a great discussion board.

  4. If you want to hump a jet be my guest!

  5. JC…F private jets and their money…simple as that…ND has the money…not ALL is relied upon alum, believe me. Rip your check up buddy! ND OBVIOUSLY doesn’t care about all the whimpering. And personally, I don’t care about the 300 private jets that will be parked at the airpoirt. Because no matter who the coach is or AD is, they will still be parked.

  6. It was late, good morning, I guess I definately read it wrong. Since Bleed, I believe is working on an advance degree I thought I dump it on him, definately a hot! topic.

    Hmm… The Bob Davie Syndrome, I really like it, I might as well dump the whole thing on him exclusively.

    Especially for us guys “living in the past” Bleed owes me a lot of Beer on that one.

    Otherwise, I going to continue
    campaigning for his favorite: Urban Meyer

  7. JC – the shame was directed toward Fr. Jenkins – not you…

  8. C-Dog, you blew your authentic Gilleran list, you failed to call us “Hansenites!”

  9. Chris, your question should be directed toward Bleed, I am sure he is more qualified on that than me. Shame on you!

    Well, all I know for sure right now is that I stated after Syracuse game I was definately off the CW train ride.

    I agree, the trenches on both side of the ball is a severe problem.

    I so strongly favor a change right now. Who would have guessed The Davie Sydrome would have trashed this program this long?

  10. JC – are you serious? Go after him with zeal – not with Kevin White mentality and make it happen.It would oh be so much cheaper in the long run not having to deal with this miserable situation we are in and not having to worry about these discussions for many years in the future. Larry the Cable guy who is a big Nebraska fan seems appropriate right now – GET R DONE! We do however as evidenced today – have a putz as an AD. Thank you once more Fr. Jenkins….by the way – what is is floor take on campus regarding the Vagina Monologues this year? Shame on you!

  11. @ Jacob – offensive line play while extremely important will not conversely counter poor play calling. BrownRice has a clue but not the overall answer. There are plenty of counter plays ND could have called to take advantage of the defense it faced. For example on a bull rush allow the play to come, fan the rush off to the perimeter then send a back up behind the MLB’s like Lou used to do to make them pay! A shovel pass to a back in the same situation would work successfully. There is no imagination from Chuck to counter what most arm chair quarterbacks see. I truly believe ND gets the job done most effectively when they retain the option in their arsenal. Demetrious Jones was a perfect fit for this type of play calling especially while waiting for Jimmy to cut his teeth on the offensive scheme of Mr. Weis – if there was / is such a thing. This didnt happen and we lost a great – yes great athlete in the process. Thus the situation we find ourselves in now.

  12. Chris, I like the idea of BoB Stoops, but how do we land him with this neophyte adminstration. As you already know we have approached him several times to no avail.

    Besides the money, what would be his motivation to come to ND?

  13. Rushing yards a game. 150 rushing yards a game and Notre Dame will be an offensive monster.

  14. I believe Brown Rice has made the greatest point so far.

    Most of the offensive problems lie almostly completely on the offensive line. The first half of the season teams were playing the run and the pass. Once teams realized the could just call 6 DB sets, Clausen started to look bad.

    The team this year has averaged about 270 yards a game passing. If the team can consistently get about 150 rushing yards a game next season then I have no doubt that they will make it to a BCS bowl.

    Bottom line: Latina needs to go, NOW.

  15. Correction – it was Castine who referred to the venerable one Joe Moore – a product of my hometown Erie Pa – not C-Dog although I believe me and C Dog would be in good company to throw back a few at Corby’s in South Bend…. Against all odds and the nasty distaste in my stomach with the current situation w/ the Chucksters, I will be there again in the Spring for the Blue – Gold game…C Dog – what say you – you in? And how about you Bleed..? If we get there early on the Friday before I am confident there will be plenty of bar stools….

  16. @ C-Dog

    What have you seen from notre dame that makes you think they can compete with notre dame. Next year, i guarantee they will still win by 3 Tds.

  17. I wrote last night that if they didn’t fire CW that after 40 years of support I was done. Well I had time to think and it seems “chris ” is about the only one living in teh real world. Cause he’s right it begin and ends with CW. The AD needs to get some balls and needed fire the coach
    but nooo, the program is heading in the right direction
    and what game gave any one the idea the program heading in the right direction? SDSU
    or navy or maybe pitt was it the usc game or was it when the students threw snowball at the players. I’m tired of hearing next year will be better cause of this or that.
    Well this team hasn’t be competive for 10 years and CW has beaten a rank team yet. Where’s the big win? Every big game they get blown out.
    And it’s coaching pure an simple. bad deffense, no running game, no team speed. A OL that can’t block any body
    and Jimmy C what a bust come on put DC in for cry’in out loud try getting the players up for the game and have some fire about them, But no it be the same old thing. Well not for me

  18. One thing to remember is this – ego has led to this demise over the past 15 years. Davie came into the perfect arrangement w/ Roberts calling the offense and him as coach w/ a mean defensive attitude. The he dissed Lou and ran Moore out as he sensed Joe was taking mental control of the team. I was so pumped when he came in. Anyone remember the Vanderbilt game when Lou had surgery? They executed like teams past! That was ND football once more! What a glorious sight!
    Then all ball Bob’s ego came into play and it went down hill from there. Willingham was a mystery to me – why hire a guy who had a worse winning percentage than Davie? And look what Lionel Tyrone has done since then…

    Charlie had attitude and ego much of it displaced. We have not recovered. Indeed how the mighty have fallen… you can’t succeed at this particular institution w/ that kind of ego under Our Lady’s watch – it just can’t happen. Bob Stoops is the move and a perfect fit. ND – you choose the wide and smooth road here…

  19. @Castine –
    Yes I have seen the good and the bad and the mediocre – nothing however like I have witnessed in the last 3 yrs – last 2yrs most of all. There is simply no focus on this team. They come out waiting for the action to come to them and then offensively seem to sleep walk through their execution. There is something fundamentally wrong on this team and I believe it starts and ends with the coaching.

    The offensive genius has done nothing – nothing since he arrived except throw the ball more. The running game regressed into nothing. The deep throws are just that – throw it up and hope for the best. Even Quinn used to comment about just “letting it fly”. Nohing abstract about this offense. It is more than predictable – it is telegraphed. Where is the genius? There is none there – there isnt even any deception!

    If there was a plan we would have seen traces of that by now – I have seen none. To continue to blame past recruiting years is senseless – the argument does not hold water simply based on teams I watch every Saturday with supposedly lessor talent doing much greater things than ND on the field in the game when it counts. They look like THEY have a plan when they play. Not so with ND.

    Hope springs eternal but without significant changes especially with who is calling the plays – it is more of the same. We are only falling farther behind the eight ball. I wish it were otherwise but I have to base it on what I am seeing every Saturday afternoon.

    C Dog is right about the line play falling off when Joe Moore left. Joe was a no non sense guy in football and in life. This is a rough sport – hurt the opposing team first – then they will respect you…. K Rockne.

  20. Chris, if you have been watching ND since ’72 then you have been through some lean years and average coaches just like the rest of us. When the program is down, it hurts. When it’s rolling, man, it feels great!!! The Irish will roll again. It may be hard to see now; and yet, I want to believe that what we are seeing is the transition of ND football. You can see by the talented offensive and defensive playmakers coming to ND that CW has a plan. Executing the plan has been the issue. CW had just enough talent and Brady Quinn to win a lot of games; and yet, not enough talent to go against the better teams (i.e. USC, OSU, LSU). The last two years it has been very evident that 2 horrible recruiting years virtually destroyed the program. Last year’s seniors I believe had less than 10 scholarship players left. When you have several freshmen and sophmores starting on offense and defense something is drastically wrong. You mention, Sam Young: good player and has started since his freshman year…no mentors. ND should never have a freshman starting on the line…big red flag that recruiting was poor. In my opinion, and I can’t explain it, ND has not been able to recruit or develop offensive linemen since Joe Moore left the program under Bob Davie. Even Moore’s last couple of years were not that great. Indicative of the troubles he was having with Davie. Aaron Taylor might be a great fit as O-line coach. As for Clausen, his play against teams like NC,Pitt, Navy, and Syracuse was not stellar but good enough to win. The defense lost three of those games. In the first half of the season the line was protecting him and he was on.

    Sorry for the lengthy comments. We all want this program back on top. I happen to believe CW has the plan. Then again I’m an Orioles’ fan, I have to be optimistic!

  21. Well I know there are proponents and folks wishing they had fired Weis. I’ll put my two cents in. and for fun I’ll make a list like our friend the Gilleran would. But only two points and hopefully coherent.

    1. Assuming Weis really will be kept. We on the sideline of this can only hope. But specific things need to happen or I have no hope. Everyone who called for a new line coach and new stregth coach are right on. But the coaching staff from top to bottom needs to exhibit better leadership to these young men. We’ll know if coaching changes are made but not the leadership factor until game one next fall.

    2. Weis may still leave. He could be enticed to quit and try it someplace else, or the athletic department could change later when no one expects it. The proven coaches are all in bowl games. I’d do it as late as spring ball. If you replace the strength coach you’ve taken care of the offseason.

    3. Either way, there isn’t much to get hung up on until after the bowl game. Let’s hope it’s a win, and all the improvements people want to see, start to happen soon.

    4. ND can play with USC. We have talent at the skill positions right now to match them. We just haven’t developed our talent at offensive or defensive line properly. Fix the line and we’ll close the perceived gap overnight.

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