From ESPN.com (my comments in red)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Charlie Weis will return for a fifth year as Notre Dame's football coach despite posting his second straight disappointing season.
A very generous usage of the word "disappointing" if you're an ND fan. I was disappointed as well. I didn't think they would win 5 games.
Weis has seven years left on a 10-year contract signed midway through his first season.
Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said following Notre Dame's 38-3 loss to USC on Saturday that he would evaluate Weis' performance. Both men were out of town Wednesday.
Every coach in the nation should be asking Charlie who is agent is. The biggest trick in history is the devil convincing us he doesn't exist. The second biggest is Charlie Weiss getting his contract extension.
"Though this past season fell short of the expectations that all of us have for our football program, I am confident that Charlie has a strong foundation in place for future success and that the best course of action is to move forward under his leadership," Swarbrick said Wednesday in a statement released by the university.
Wow. This Swarbrick is two things: A) an optimist, and B) mentally retarded when it comes to evaluating his football program.
"He, I and the others involved in leading our football program are committed to doing everything necessary to ensure a successful 2009 season. We are examining every aspect of the program and will make changes wherever we think they are needed."
Well, the one aspect you didn't examine very closely is the coaching aspect, but I digress.
The decision to keep Weis was first reported by several media outlets Tuesday night.
As opposed to those who said is job was in jeopardy including the WWL.
Weis will have another shot at trying to return Notre Dame to prominence after posting back-to-back seasons of 3-9 and 6-6. The 15 losses are the most by Notre Dame in a two-year span.
The former New England Patriots offensive coordinator has a record of 28-21 in four years, a .571 winning percentage. That's slightly worse than his two predecessors, Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davie.
Anyone else notice a trend here? The longer old Lardass is at the helm, the worse his record gets. Hmmmmmmm. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!!
Weis, though, also led the Irish to BCS bowls in his initial two seasons at Notre Dame, first to the Fiesta Bowl then to the Sugar Bowl. The Irish are expected to go to a lower-level bowl this year.
Davie got the Irish to the Fiesta Bowl in 2000, Notre Dame's only BCS appearance in his five years as coach. The only bowl the Irish went to during Willingham's three years as coach was in 2002 to the Gator Bowl.
ND hasn't deserved a BCS bid since I had hair and it was its beautiful dark brown. Almost chocolate covered. So manageable and soft. sigh.
The decision to keep Weis is the first big decision in the tenure of Swarbrick, who took over the job in August.
Kevin White, his predecessor left like a rat off a sinking ship.
Swarbrick said on Nov. 12 that he looked forward to Weis "being the head coach for a long time." But after an embarrassing 24-23 loss to Syracuse, the first time in its storied history that Notre Dame had fallen to an eight-loss team, and getting trounced by rival USC for the sixth time in seven straight losses to the Trojans, Swarbrick said he wouldn't comment on Weis' status until he had time to review the season.
Charlie Weiss sets yet another standard in futility.
Last season's triple-overtime loss to Navy ended an NCAA-record 43-game winning streak over the Midshipmen, and a pair of 38-0 losses to Michigan and USC were among the embarrassing defeats of the past two seasons.
The rest of the embarrassing losses being to numerous to mention.
In Weis' four seasons, only eight of Notre Dame's 28 victories came against teams that finished the season with a winning record. The Irish have recently gone 1-16 against teams that finished with a winning record.
Mental note to self, "1-16 against teams with a winning record". Let us not forget that they had the 67th easiest schedule in the FBS this year and went 6-6. Barely.
The wins against quality teams have been scarce. Notre Dame beat No. 3 Michigan in Weis' second game as coach, but the Wolverines finished 7-5 that season. His only victory against a team that finished a season ranked in the Top 25 was a 41-17 win over a Penn State squad that finished 2006 ranked No. 24.
Damn, I didn't think he had a victory over a school that finished in the top 25.
His finest moment as Irish coach came midway through his first season, when the Irish were 12-point underdogs to top-ranked USC. He worked Notre Dame fans into a frenzy that week and held the weekly pep rally outside at Notre Dame Stadium and 45,000 people attended. The Trojans narrowly won when Reggie Bush pushed Matt Leinart into the end zone with 3 seconds left.
In a game that wasn't that close BTW. A game that ND fans were calling "the greatest of all time" even though they lost and a season where, once again, ND was crushed in a BCS bowl that they didn't deserve to play in after a fake season of beating patsies.
Weis, who originally signed a five-year contract, was rewarded the next week with a 10-year contract that started with the 2006 season.
Again, all coaches should have this guy as their agent.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
As far as ND keeping old Dunlap as their coach, well, this song says it all for me.