Matt Hayes gives a reason why Notre Dame dismissing Charlie Weis, even if he loses another game this season, isn’t exactly a slam dunk.
Actually, he gives lots of reasons.
… If ND fires Weis after this season, it owes him $18 million. It’s cut and dried; don’t believe anything else you hear.
That doesn’t mean the university won’t take that step in stressful economic times, but you better believe it has to be part of the discussion. Firing Weis is a minimum $33 million-to-$43 million investment, including the Weis buyout and the hiring of a new coach. It will cost at least $3 million a year to get Brian Kelly or Paul Johnson (on typical five-year deals), and maybe as much as $5 million a year for the pipe dream of getting Urban Meyer from Florida.
That’s a staggering chunk of change, but if there’s a school that can afford it, even in these times, it’s Notre Dame. Still, you almost hope it’s enough to make the school stand pat. Notre Dame and Charlie Weis deserve each other. If you’re a Notre Dame hater, it’s your basic win-win proposition.
One other thing – if Hayes is right and Weis’ downfall has been the defense, how good an idea is it to replace him with a Brian Kelly or a Paul Johnson? If Notre Dame can’t get an Urban Meyer, wouldn’t somebody like Gary Patterson make more sense?