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Notre Dame fires coach Charlie Weis

This news don’t surprise me in the least.

Saying its expectations on the field have not been met, Notre Dame fired coach Charlie Weis on Monday after five seasons.

A brash offensive coordinator with the NFL champion New England Patriots when he was hired five years ago, Weis excited the Irish faithful with back-to-back appearances in BCS bowl games in his first two seasons.

Since then, one of the nation’s most storied football programs has gone 16-21.

“We have great expectations for our football program, and we have not been able to meet those expectations,” Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick said in a statement announcing Weis “will not be retained.”

“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,” Swarbrick said.

Weis, who has six years left on his contract, was 35-27 in South Bend. His .565 winning percentage is worse than the .583 marks that got his two predecessors, Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davie, fired.

Weis will be working in the NFL again in 2010. I read a report that several teams had already approached Weis.

As to who Notre Dame will hire next, I haven’t a clue. All that I will say is- The school shouldn’t sign any coach to a contract lasting more than 5 years.

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