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Weis out as Notre Dame coach

November 30, 2009|By THE SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced today in a statement that football coach Charlie Weis will not be retained.

"We have great expectations for our football program, and we have not been able to meet those expectations," Swarbrick said. "As an alumnus, Charlie understands those goals and expectations better than most, and he's as disappointed as anyone that we have not achieved the desired results."

The 53-year old Weis compiled a 35-27 record in five seasons at Notre Dame, including a 6-6 mark this season.

Weis, a 1978 Notre Dame graduate, took over the program in 2005 and led the Irish to BCS bowls following the 2005 and 2006 seasons, finishing 9-3 and 10-3. The Irish stumbled to 3-9 in 2007 and finished the 2008 regular season at 6-6. At the end of the 2008 season there was speculation that Weis would be fired, but Swarbrick announced days later that Weis would return for a fifth season. Notre Dame finished the year at 7-6 after trouncing Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl, a victory that snapped a nine-game bowl losing streak.

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Weis' .564 winning percentage is below those of Bob Davie and Tyrone Willingham, the two coaches who preceded him at ND. Davie was fired following five seasons, Willingham after three. Each compiled a .583 winning percentage.

Notre Dame completed its regular season last Saturday with a 45-38 loss at Stanford. It was Notre Dame's fourth straight loss to close the regular season after a 6-2 start.

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