By Frank James
In news that shouldn't surprise anyone who has followed college football even loosely this year, Notre Dame has fired head football coach Charlie Weis.
Weis, a Notre Dame graduate, compiled a 35-27 win-loss record during his five year tenure, coming in 6 and 6 in the current season. But the overall record masks how truly pitiful Notre Dame's performance was under Weiss.
Under Weis, Notre Dame only went to three post-season bowl games and lost two of them. And his last three years as head coach saw a 3 and 9 season in 2007, and a 7 and 6 season in 2008.
With their proud football heritage, Notre Dame alum and fans expect nothing short of their team competing for a national championship. So Weis's days were widely seen as numbered from the start of the 2009 season, especially after the Fighting Irish lost to long-time rivals USC in October.
USC has won every matchup with Notre Dame since 2002. In 2005, Notre Dame the closest it has to winning, leading the game with seconds on the clock. But with virtually no time left, USC running back Reggie Bush famously (and illegally) pushed his quarterback, Matt Leinart who had the football, into the endzone, a play that will forever be known as the Bush Push.
That was the way the football bounced under Weis. During the Weis years, the luck of the Irish was bad luck.