Monday, July 17, 2006

Sick of Notre Dame yet?

The NCAA has announced that it is awarding Notre Dame the national championship in college football. All the other teams are playing for second place. At least that is the impression that you get from reading Gene Wojceichowski’s story on ESPN. Or if you picked up any of the preseason publications predicting Notre Dame to win the whole thing.

Enough is enough.

Well, maybe it is easy to see why there is so much optimism in South Bend. Notre Dame did go to a BCS bowl game. Sure they lost, but they went to the game. And hey, they almost beat USC at home. Nothing says a team is ready to compete by almost beating USC. Hey, Fresno State almost beat USC last year, anybody campaigning for them as national champions?

But the biggest reason for optimism is that Charlie Weis has taken Notre Dame to levels it has not seen in recent years. Former coach Tyrone Willingham never had as much success as Weis.

Oh wait, Willingham went 10-2 in his inaugural season in 2002 and –like Weis—lost in a bowl game. How come Willingham didn’t get a 10-year contract extension? Please excuse those who want to see Weis win a meaningful game before anointing him the label of best coach in college football. It is a lot like the way the media predicts the Colts to win the Super Bowl every year—even though they find a way to lose.

We’ll believe it when we see it.

11 comments:

Sun Devil said...

yeah but now that Leinart is gone, Quinn is the #1 gay QB in college football

Ken Chesney said...

Sun, what makes him #1 in your ratings? Do you think he's cute or do you know something about the size of his package?

TheBigO said...

"How come Willingham didn’t get a 10-year contract extension?" Hmmmm, gee, I wonder. According to some posters on this website, racism is dead in America, so maybe it's because Willinghams' name is too long, and doesn't mean white. GO HUSKIES

insomniac said...

I do agree that race obviously played an issue in the way Willingham was treated at Notre Dame. That being said, a 2-9 record and only one decent recruit (Jake Locker) at Washington isn't exactly vindication for coach.

Zach Landres-Schnur said...

and here we go with the Husky football jokes.

JichaelDick said...

Willingham went 10-3 his first year: losing 14-7 to BC, 44-13 to USC (the game that handed Palmer the Heisman), and 28-6 to Phillip Rivers (fucker) and NC State.

JichaelDick said...

Know what, I'm illiterate.

NFL Adam said...

You have to remember, these media guides fudge records so it always reads went 10-2 and then lost in the bowl game. Like it makes a difference. He did win 10 games. He's kind of like Larry Smith in that regard.

NFL ADAM

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JVH said...

Hater Nation, you look foolish comparing Willingham to Weis. There is no comparison. Take a look at the point differentials over the last four years. Then take a look at who wanted to hire Willingham and who still wants to hire Weis. Finally, look at ND's recruiting under Weis.
Anybody that actually follows ND knows we are better off with Weis but still feels we don't have the D to win it all this year.

NFL Adam said...

Who was comparing them? This is the point right here. We’ve all seen this before, a Notre Dame coach comes into South Bend, wins a bunch of games in his first season, and then does nothing for the rest of his career.

Not say it is, or is not going to happen with Weis. But rather, it is important for Weis to actually win a big game before anointing the school the national championship. Is that so wrong?

And really, enough about the recruiting. Has Notre Dame had trouble bringing in top prospects? What, was Notre Dame losing guys to UTEP and North Carolina State or something? Save it.