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By · November 28th, 2009 · 3,063 views
That’s Where We Went Wrong

Before Charlie Weis was officially announced as the new head coach at Notre Dame, he was preceded with praise from his colleagues and the press touting him as an offensive genius—a guru of X’s and O’s that, if anything else, could get the Irish offense firing on all cylinders. Six years later, Charlie Weis has more or less lived up to those expectations, save one …

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By · October 17th, 2009 · 2,067 views
The Problem With Hype and History

The head coaching position for the Notre Dame football team is arguably the most high-profile position in the country. Not only do you have to deal with constant exposure and criticism from television personalities, radio broadcasters, and magazine and newspaper writers, but you also have to deal with the incredible history of your position. Three of the greatest football coaches in college or professional history …

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By · October 1st, 2009 · 2,764 views
For Better or Worse: Re-Evaluating Irish Expectations (Part 2)

I’m usually an optimist concerning most things. I’m the guy who sat in front of the television every Saturday afternoon during the 2007 football season yelling obscenities and screaming that the football team wasn’t playing as well as I thought they should. They weren’t playing up to my expectations, even though the expectations I had for the team were founded in wishful thinking rather than …

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By · September 30th, 2009 · 2,126 views
For Better or Worse: Re-Evaluating Irish Expectations (Part 1)

Based on pre-season expectations, most Irish fans are starting to grumble about the state of the football program at Notre Dame. Some people are waiting to see if the two previous close wins will catch up to the Irish, similar to the Michigan game. Around the nation, Irish fans are starting to ask themselves “Are the Irish as good as we thought at the beginning …

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By · August 15th, 2009 · 2,709 views
Why 2008+1=2005

“‘Right now, you’re a six and five football team. And guess what, that’s just not good enough. It’s not good enough for you and it’s certainly not going to be good enough for me.” —Charlie Weis

Those words echoed a feeling of hope that the future for the Notre Dame football team was bright and it brought temporary ease to the gruesome year that the …

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By · February 22nd, 2009 · 2,246 views
Should a Rivalry Dictate a Season?

A year ago, I wrote an article discussing who Notre Dame’s true rival is. It was an open and shut case and nobody can deny that throughout their respective histories, Southern California is Notre Dame’s biggest rival. However, with the instability of Weis’ tenure at Notre Dame, most people are pegging Charlie’s success this season on two things: total wins and losses and the team’s …

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By · February 17th, 2009 · 16,672 views
Irish Off-Season of Change: Coaching Responsibilities Redefined

A relatively young off-season has brought a host of changes to the Notre Dame football program.

The Irish landed a solid, albeit not great, recruiting class and three new coaches were hired to replace offensive line coach John Latina, defensive line coach Jappy Oliver, and offensive coordinator and running backs coach Mike Haywood.

A more detailed discussion of these coaching changes is forthcoming, but the …

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By · December 7th, 2008 · 2,930 views
The Great Weis Failure Theory

The Fighting Irish limped through their season finale against USC last Saturday. The game proved to be a resounding exclamation point to a dismal second-half season and sparked a frenzy of conjecture over the future of embattled head coach Charlie Weis.

Media pundits, Irish haters, and loyal fans all have opinions. The pundits compare his record to that of his predecessors as ample evidence to …

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By · December 2nd, 2008 · 2,990 views
Facing an Angry Mob: The Future of Charlie Weis at Notre Dame

For most Irish fans, including myself, this year was quite a let down for the Notre Dame Football team. At the beginning of the season, many analysts touted the Irish as a team with more cohesiveness and more experience. Gone were the days of poor technique and poor execution. However, most people still felt that this year’s squad would be one or two years away …

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By · November 25th, 2008 · 1,539 views
Progression…or a Lack Thereof

pro⋅gres⋅sion
Pronunciation [pruhgreshuhn] – noun
1.    the act of progressing; forward or onward movement.
2.    a passing successively from one member of a series to the next; succession; sequence.

Progression—in football, it’s used to describe two things. First, it’s used to describe the mental and physical process a quarterback goes through on a passing play to “check off” his …