As the rumor mill churns

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(This will be a daily feature until Notre Dame actually decides who will replace Charlie Weis as the head coach of the Fighting Irish. I’ll report rumors, hearsay, speculation, anonymous tips, absolute falsehoods, and predictions. If you’ve got a hot lead, email me at KeithArnold@nbcsports.com)

If the truth is indeed out there, and we are to believe that college football coaches would never tell a lie, then yesterday was a very bad day on the hunt for Charlie Weis’ replacement.

(Of course, if we’re presupposing that coaches would never lie, athletic director Jack Swarbrick just started his search, so there’s nothing really to worry about, right?)

In the course of 24 hours, three legitimate candidates for the head coaching position ducked the Notre Dame search spotlight like Tate Forcier/Anthony McCoy/Vince Murray/Jordan Todman/Toby Gerhart eluded Irish defenders. (Too soon?)

Bob Stoops, he of wishy-washy denials, distanced himself from the Notre Dame opening again, this time calling out ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Rumors came round the bend that TCU and head coach Gary Patterson have agreed on a long-term extension which pretty much eliminates the Horned Frogs coach from heading to South Bend. And Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp quickly put an end to any rumors that he’d be interesting in replacing Charlie Weis and giving up on his coach-in-waiting position with the Longhorns.

Even Brian Kelly, who most likely ascends to the top of the wish list for many Irish fans keeping tabs on the coaching situation, has called any speculation on the Notre Dame job irrelevant. (See for yourself here.)

According to a few sources, we may have underestimated how on lock-down Jack Swarbrick actually has this search. Both Swarbrick and Jenkins have made it clear that nobody — no big donors, board members, or senior administrators — will get the inside scoop on this deal. While that probably stinks for the majority of us that are trying to figure out what’s going on at all times, it’s a really efficient way for Action Jack to work, and quite a nice change from the previous athletic director who probably would’ve written on different trustees’ Facebook walls if they were around back then.

And now to our FAVORITE THEORY OF THE DAY:

From Chris in the comments section:

What about bringing back Lou as as the director of football and Skip as
the future coach? Lou as the guy to go and recruit and get the program
back in the right direction and the chance to work with his son Skip? Similar to what just happened in Florida State with the passing of the
guard.

Before we implement this plan, maybe we should ask Florida State fans how the whole passing of the guard thing went for the Seminoles. Bobby Bowden just got run out of the town that he spent 34 years building. I think the only way this scenario happens is if Kirk Herbstreit comes on as quarterbacks coach, Mark May captains the offensive line, Corso runs the defense and Jesse Palmer makes a reality show about it.