Pic: Huge Waste Spotted At Florida Spring Game

At the Florida spring game Saturday, the Gators served fans their first chance to size up UF’s new coaching staff. Like offensive coordinator Charlie Weis:

Charlie Weis

(Weis Coaching Profile Continues To Grow)

Though the most offensive moment of the game - at least for Gator fans - had nothing to do with Weis. (Or John Brantley, but you knew that already.)

That would be the flyover message (below) that was towed from a plane above Florida Field during the game, which noted Florida State’s 31-7 victory over Florida last season.

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WWNDD: School To Follow Own Rules With Floyd?

Yesterday morning the news broke that Michael Floyd, the top returning offensive Notre Dame football player this season, had been arrested for DUI.

Michael Floyd 2nd Offense: Will Notre Dame follow its own rules?

The arrest, from which Notre Dame police cited Floyd for having a blood alcohol level twice over the legal limit, was his second alcohol-related arrest in 14 months. Last January the ND wide receiver was arrested and charged with underage drinking by Minneapolis police.

On Oct. 15, 2008, Brian Hamilton of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE reported of a Notre Dame football player, Will Yeatman, in a similar circumstance:

Yeatman, a junior tight end for the Irish, has been suspended from all football activities for the fall semester after a Sept. 21 arrest at an off-campus party, his father confirmed to the Tribune early Wednesday.

It was Yeatman’s second arrest this year, following a January operating under the influence arrest.

Yeatman entered a plea agreement in February following that first incident.

Prosecutors announced earlier this month that they found Yeatman to be in violation of that agreement, for which he was charged with the misdemeanor of minor consuming.

The ruling by Notre Dame on Yeatman’s case was an easy one, considering the schools specific rules regarding alcohol-related arrests.

Page 111 of the Notre Dame student handbook - as outlined by the school’s Office of Residence Life - states:

All students are required to comply with applicable laws and University regulations regarding the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.

a. .. Students may be subject to disciplinary action for underage consumption, possession or transportation of alcoholic beverages, possession of false identification which misrepresents their age or identity, or for providing alcoholic beverages to any person who is underage.

Page 114 of the Notre Dame student handbook states:

The University prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle while intoxicated or impaired. Any person doing so exhibits wanton disregard for the rights and safety of others.

Page 114 of the Notre Dame student handbook also states the penalties for such alcohol-related offenses:

Second offense: If a student is determined to have violated this policy and it is a second offense as described above, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will:

1. Separate the student from the University for at least one academic semester.

On December 2, 2010, the CHICAGO TRIBUNE reported:

(former Notre Dame football coach Charlie) Weis criticized the (Notre Dame) office of residence life, saying it’s too strict about enforcing campus rules on football players. Weis called that office “the biggest problem on campus relative to the football program.”

Clearly Weis hasn’t read the Notre Dame student handbook. The “biggest problem on campus relative to the football program” isn’t the Office of Residence Life, but the actual rules governing Notre Dame student behavior. Read more…

Report: Weis “Expected” To Take Florida OC Job

While speculating on where former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels may land on the most recent edition of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Chris Mortensen reported, “Don’t be surprised if Charlie Weis doesn’t return to Kansas City.

Charlie Weis Todd Haley Will Muschamp

Despite Kansas City’s stunning turnaround this season and the success of quarterback Matt Cassel under Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Weis, Mortensen speculated that McDaniels could soon replace Weis as KC’s offensive coordinator:

“Josh McDaniels got the most out of Matt Cassel. There are some issues to work out, but watch that.”

Given KC’s remarkable season, many would find that move surprising.

But not as surprising as where a well-respected newspaper columnist and radio host reported Weis could land if he departed the NFL team after just one season.

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2009: Willingham Paid More Than Weis By N.D.

Brian Hamilton of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE has a breakdown today of the 2009 Notre Dame paycheck of Charlie Weis.

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Weis earned $649,090 from Notre Dame, including base salary, bonuses, “other” income, deferred income and non-taxable benefits. But the table for “compensation from unrelated organizations” offers insight into the areas of true windfall.

After going through additional payments to Weis from outside soucres, Hamilton noted:

And ex-football coach Ty Willingham remained on the university payroll, so to speak, for yet one more year, earning $650,000 from Notre Dame — $910 more than Weis was paid, officially, by the school.

Willingham, who was fired by Notre Dame five years ago, was also fired by the University of Washington two years ago.

So could that mean that Willingham is also still getting paid by Washington? (Oh hell nah.)

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RALPH: Buffalo Bills Interested In Weis As Coach?

After suffering through yet another mediocre season, Bills fans woke up to a WIVB-TV report this morning that their team was reportedly interested in hiring Charlie Weis as head coach.

Charlie Weis

(Ron Prince unavailable?)

Sources tell News 4 Sports that Charlie Weis has been contacted by the Buffalo Bills, to see if he’s interested in becoming head coach.

Sources tell us the Bills made a back-channel approach to Weis in recent weeks to see if he’s interested in the job. And the sources say Weis is interested. So far, it’s not believed that the two sides have had a formal discussion about the Bills coaching job.

Of course he’s interested. What other team would hire him as a head coach?

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Weis: Married Carroll is ‘living with a grad student’

In an interview yesterday with Tim Prister of IRISH ILLUSTRATED, Charlie Weis made the following statement:


Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news. He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand. Why is it okay for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my sins.

Carroll has responded, on the record.

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Report: Weis Fired As Notre Dame Head Coach

UPDATE: Firing is official. If the Irish play in a bowl game, ND receivers coach Rob Ianello will serve as acting head coach.

Rich Cimini and Dick Weiss of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS report:

Charlie Weis

Charlie Weis is out as Notre Dame head football coach, a source close to the program told the Daily News.

The report adds that if Notre Dame players vote to go to a bowl game, “it is unlikely Weis will coach the team in that game.Read more…

Bush: ‘Packed Up’ Weis Snubs Postgame Media

UPDATE: ND AD Jack Swarbrick told the SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE late Saturday that he hadn’t started a coaching search.

“Any version of anything you hear in the contact with a coach are absolutely false. We haven’t talked to anybody. We haven’t authorized anybody to talk to anybody. It’s simply not true.”

Tony Barnhart of CBS Sports reported earlier Saturday that Bob Stoops would travel to South Bend on Sunday to meet with Swarbrick about the job.

Charlie Weis blows off media after Stanford loss

Meanwhile Weis, in a classless move, blew off the media after the Stanford loss - as reported by Brian Hamilton of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

Not exactly a startling revelation, but Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com has fired the first shot in Charlie Weis‘ coaching execution at Notre Dame as he reported late Saturday night:

Charlie Weis, The Office

(Okay, wrong office)

And NFL source tells us that Weis already has cleaned out his office, in anticipation of being fired when the team returns to Indiana after the conclusion of Saturday’s game.

November 30 is the first day of a recruiting period for college football coaches, and ND has barred Weis from making overtures to prospective players starting tomorrow. I’m actually surprised an announcement about Weis’ ouster wasn’t made before the Stanford game.

What’s the point of waiting?

As for the Stanford game, are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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When Did Notre Dame Stop Private Plane Tracker?

How insane has the Notre Dame coaching watch gotten? ESPN.com’s Brian Bennett gives us a taste:

Notre Dame Plane Flight Tracker Blocked

Notre Dame has blocked tracking access to its university-owned private plane from the web site FlightAware.com, a popular tool often used by fans and media to speculate on the comings and goings of a coaching search. 

One problem with that (widely-circulated) note, none of those reports about the flight tracking have mentioned when it was actually taken down. Two sources told me today that the tracking was actually removed last year, long before Weis’ job was in imminent jeopardy. Read more…

Once Weis Is Axed, Will Bob Stoops Be ND’s Next?

Let’s operate with a premise that may or may not come true, but for the sake of an argument and speculation we’ll say is true: Notre Dame will fire Charlie Weis relatively soon. That much isn’t exactly a stretch, though it’s anybody’s guess how long it’ll be before Weis’ buyout becomes “worth it” to Notre Dame. Economy and all.

Charlie Weis
(You know it’s bad when Weis’ Invisibility Cloak isn’t even working for him anymore.)

Once that hypothetical situation hypothetically bears itself out (strictly hypothetically, we might add), obviously, the search for a replacement is on and it had better be fruitful. While Notre Dame fans are busy explaining to themselves why they’re too good for Urban Meyer (no, really), Bob Stoops may be busy explaining to himself why he’s just right for the Golden Domers.

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