UPDATE: Firing is official. If the Irish play in a bowl game, ND receivers coach Rob Ianello will serve as acting head coach.
Rich Cimini and Dick Weiss of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS report:
Charlie Weis is out as Notre Dame head football coach, a source close to the program told the Daily News.
The report adds that if Notre Dame players vote to go to a bowl game, “it is unlikely Weis will coach the team in that game.” Read more…
UPDATE: ND AD Jack Swarbrick told the SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE late Saturday that he hadn’t started a coaching search.
“Any version of anything you hear in the contact with a coach are absolutely false. We haven’t talked to anybody. We haven’t authorized anybody to talk to anybody. It’s simply not true.”
Tony Barnhart of CBS Sports reported earlier Saturday that Bob Stoops would travel to South Bend on Sunday to meet with Swarbrick about the job.
Meanwhile Weis, in a classless move, blew off the media after the Stanford loss - as reported by Brian Hamilton of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
Not exactly a startling revelation, but Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com has fired the first shot in Charlie Weis‘ coaching execution at Notre Dame as he reported late Saturday night:
(Okay, wrong office)
And NFL source tells us that Weis already has cleaned out his office, in anticipation of being fired when the team returns to Indiana after the conclusion of Saturday’s game.
November 30 is the first day of a recruiting period for college football coaches, and ND has barred Weis from making overtures to prospective players starting tomorrow. I’m actually surprised an announcement about Weis’ ouster wasn’t made before the Stanford game.
What’s the point of waiting?
As for the Stanford game, are you thinking what I’m thinking?