Monday, November 30, 2009
Big Ten will miss Weis at Notre Dame
By Adam Rittenberg
The Charlie Weis era is over at Notre Dame, and the Big Ten might be sad to see him go.
Though Weis and his assistants did well on the recruiting trail, they didn't convert a wealth of talent into victories. Like most Notre Dame head coaches, Weis faced the Big Ten more than any other league and finished with a 9-9 mark. Remove his 4-1 record against Purdue, and Weis ended up just 5-8 against the league.
Here's the final breakdown of Weis vs. the Big Ten:
vs. Michigan: 2-3
vs. Michigan State: 2-3
vs. Purdue: 4-1
vs. Penn State: 1-1
vs. Ohio State: 0-1*
*-loss came in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl
Weis' predecessor at Notre Dame, Tyrone Willingham, went 5-4 against the Big Ten in three seasons, while Bob Davie went 4-8 in five years at the helm of the Irish.
With Weis out, a lot of names are being mentioned as possible successors at Notre Dame. Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald has denied any interest in the job, and while Iowa's Kirk Ferentz keeps being brought up, I highly doubt Ferentz would leave his post right now.