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Irish need to rally against UConn

Nov 21, 2009, 1:02 PM EDT

Maybe I’m one of the last people following Notre Dame to believe this, but I still think the football team is playing for something. Obviously today, they play for the seniors. But more importantly, they’re playing for personal pride, and to prove that last year’s swoon wasn’t something embedded in this team’s DNA, but a bad combination of youthful mistakes, stout opponents, and a large boulder of negative momentum that continued to snowball.

More importantly, I think there’s a very real possibility that Charlie Weis remains the coach of this football team if the Irish win these final two games. While many people don’t want to hear it, Jack Swarbrick is going to take a far more comprehensive look at the football program than many of us will, and that includes using logic when searching for a replacement for Weis.

To those convinced that a change needs to be made, a new coach doesn’t guarantee defensive improvement. And a new coach will most likely mean an offense that takes a step backwards, even if Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate don’t take their skills to the NFL. Finally, a new coach means reestablishing an offense and a recruiting base, and replacing the most dynamic staff of recruiters the Irish have ever had.

But today is about football, and the Irish need to battle against a game opponent, a slew of emotions, and a fan base that has many more concerned with enacting change than supporting the team.

Enjoy the final home game of an eventful football season. We often forget that it’s gone almost as quickly as it begins…

  1. Dennis - Nov 21, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    This offense in particular is going to be out for blood this next two weeks. They have no business being lumped in with the rest of the mediocrity surrounding the team. Hopefully Floyd is finally back to normal. He’s been great the last two weeks, but his mental lapses have literally lost games. Tate still wants to win the Heisman, I see no reason why he can’t still get an invite to NY, being the best player in college football and all. Lastly, Clausen is playing to be the #1 pick next year.

  2. Jan - Nov 21, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    I sympathesize with UCONN for their hardships this season…but not during the next 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Kick their ass Irish, be nasty, don’t let up for a play until the last whistle blows. There’s plenty of time for condolences, respect, and handshakes AFTER the game. If you fell into the trap with Navy, PLEASE learn and don’t repeat today!!!!!

  3. Lisa - Nov 21, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    I feel bad for Charlie Weis. He’s trying to coach a bunch of quitters. Clausen looks like he’s trying to throw the game. I’ve thought that the last 3 games. They have all the talen in the world but they are quitters.

  4. kanjr - Nov 21, 2009 at 6:31 PM

    Where was the 4th quarter offense? Stanford may drop 60 on this team next week…

  5. GimmeSomeSteel - Nov 21, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    I can hardly wait to read the convoluted reasoning of the Weis apologistas for this loss. If he’s so great, his staff’s so great, his players so great (after all, if they play for ND, they must be great), and his Decided Schematic Advantage so great, why don’t his teams WIN?
    Adios, Cheeseburger Charlie.

  6. Touchdown Jesus - Nov 21, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    Notre Lame = LOSERS… Oh my God you nomers…you SUCK…take my picture of that building. I want no part of this losing dynasty.

  7. Charlie the Tuna - Nov 21, 2009 at 7:30 PM

    Oh my…what an EMBARRASING LOSS…maybe next year the AD could schedule in a few High School teams. way to be Independent…I am loving this….Irish Suck !!!!

  8. GO IRISH - Nov 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    It is extremely sad how mean and cruel people are, attacking one’s body image openly is just down right low. Charlie has represented Notre Dame with class, he is what Notre Dame stands for, Mr. Jack Swarbrick should give Charlie two more years to continue what he started, no matter what, They added two new members to the coaching staff and they need to gel as a unit. Irish need to get better on both the offensive and defensive lines and once they do that they will be contending for a national champion ship. Swrbrick needs to give Charlie two more years and put an end to this speculation…..

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