ESPN released a report with quotes from new Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick backing head coach Charlie Weis.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Wednesday that he will not evaluate Charlie Weis until after the season, and that anyone who suggests a coaching change could occur should know that it is “not under consideration at this time.”
“It’s really dangerous to evaluate mid-year,” Swarbrick said, “but clearly we are better this year than we were last year. Look at the Colts of the NFL. The year they won the Super Bowl, they had lost to Jacksonville and everyone had written them off. Then look at the New York Giants. There are dangers in midseason evaluation.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but an endorsement none the less. I think it was smart for Swarbrick to phrase it as he did though. If he came out and said Charlie Weis was his head coach no matter what next year he would have lost a lot of credibility – credibility he is working to build as a first time AD. By saying he won’t evaluate Weis until after the season, but that the team is clearly better this year than last he still puts support behind Weis while letting him know that he will still be evaluated based on the entire season.
Here’s another quote from the article that is interesting.
Asked what he would tell any recruit or fan who inquired about Weis’ current job security, Swarbrick said: “I would tell them I am very pleased with the progress we have made this year and that we are moving in the right direction, that we’re going to be even better next year, and that I would hope they would move forward with us.”
Hopefully we win the next two games, give USC a game, and go to a winnable bowl game and make all of those a moot point.