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Clausen and Tate both declare for the NFL Draft

Dec 7, 2009, 2:40 PM EDT

Seated at a table with their former head coach between them, Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate both declared themselves eligible for the NFL Draft, forgoing their final year of eligibility at Notre Dame.

The decision looked to have been a difficult one, as Clausen became emotional when he gave his opening statement. Golden dazzled us with his humor, thanking his friends in three dorms — Keenan, Farley, and P.W. — the last two being girls dorms, and also thanked his parents for raising a “knucklehead” like him.

Charlie Weis sat in between Clausen and Tate, wearing a sport-coat, but no tie, and didn’t take questions. He was there at the request of Clausen and Tate.

I’ll get into this in greater detail later, but obviously this is a huge loss for the Irish offense. 

  1. NotreDameFightingIrish - Dec 27, 2009 at 4:35 AM

    I cannot understand why so many posters are taking part in a Charlie Weis lovefest. He sucked – period! While it would have been great if Jimmy Claussen & Golden Tate had stayed at Notre Dame; why would any Notre Dame fan want Charlie Weis to come back for another miserable year in order to keep them? It doesn’t compute!
    Charlie Weis was 3-9 in 2007, 7-6 in 2008, and 6-6 in 2009. Weis had Jimmy Claussen & Golden Tate during each of these 3 years. Weis made some dreadful 4th down calls, he couldn’t establish a running game (having a tailback, without a fullback or halfback to block for him, is absurd), he couldn’t establish a decent passing game since he didn’t have a running game, he never allowed his defensive assistants to unleash an aggressive attack, et cetera.
    As “ND4Ever” pointed-out, the 2007 loss to Navy (a team that doesn’t recruit football players) after Notre Dame had beaten them for an NCAA-record 43 consecutive years was humiliating! I don’t care what anyone says, Charlie Weis had to go! ‘Nuff said!

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