Notre Dame is in the midst of the most tragic season ever encountered by the university. 1-8. Losing to Navy for the first time in 40 odd years. One loss away from the most in a season in school history. An underachieving and glaringly ineffective motivator as a coach.
To mimic the brilliantly succint and poignant Dan Shanoff: Worst. Season. Ever.
The boo birds are out in full force at ND Stadium. Subway alums are questioning Weis' future at the Cathedral of College Football. And, blogs are routinely roasting and lambasting Weis and his Dom DeLuise like physique.
Piling on would be easy. Pointing out each and every Weis shortcoming would be no challenge.
Bringing up Ty Willingham's record after an equal number of games and juxtaposing the scope and magnitude of the various victories and losses of the coaches is unnecessary.
Willingham did more. He won more. He suffered less humiliating losses. He beat better teams. The records can not be changed. They can not be sugar coated or washed away.
Bringing up that Willingham was fired after just three years would be obvious.
Bringing up the hypocrisy involved in the situations of each coach would only open up a discussion on the implication of race on the university's decision to purge itself of the Negro coach and keep the soft, flaccid coach presently orchestrating the debacle being conducted under the out stretched arms of Touchdown Jesus.
Even the most feverish ND fan is aware that ND has clearly treated these coaches very differently.
However, two wrongs don't make a right.
We support ND giving Weis 5 full years (as has been the tradition, generally, at ND) to establish his program. Despite the university's abandoment of its very own philosophy in regards to Willingham's tenure: support for Weis should be universal.
Firstly, Weis' first two BCS bowl seasons were built on the backs of Willingham's recruits. Only now is Weis' program reaping the rewards of the touch of his sausage like digits.
To allow Weis the chance to leave the university after essentially one season of work, and to pay him some sort of buyout on his 10 year extension, would be an insult to every ND fan and booster out there.
This season's ND is the program Weis has built. The key players on his first two teams were developed and recruited by Willingham, so let's credit Coach Ty with those victories. And grant him those two years. Essentially, Ty Willingham provided ND with 39 victories over a 5 year span. Not great. But just about 8 victories a year.
Over a one year span, Weis has provided 1 victory. No 'elite' programs fire a coach after just one season.
To allow Weis to leave is unacceptable. He must be brought back for at least 3 more seasons. He should not be allowed to ride off into the sunset with one win and a nice severance package. Three more years of Saturday beatings on NBC must be enforced.
We agree that Ty Willingham was let go prematurely. That Ty Willingham was not given the expected ND standard of opportunity.
Despite the underachievement, horrendous motivational skills, poor game day preparation and huge gunt displayed by Weis; he must remain coach of ND. He must be given the expected ND standard of opportunity that was denied Brother Ty.
It would be unfair to apply the unfair standard exercised in the pink slipping of Coach Ty to Weis. Supporting the firing of coach Weis is tantamount to supporting the racial discrimination that was clearly the culprit in the removal of Willingham as coach.
We urge all ND fans:
Support Coach Weis. Don't support racial discrimination in the hiring/firing of football coaches.
We urge ND:
Keep Coach Weis. Don't support racial discrimination in the hiring/firing of football coaches.
And we urge the rest of you:
Enjoy watching the fat man destroy the history, traditions and future of ND football!
Catch it on NBC!