TTTBone wrote:Utmost respect for Weis, but I hope the team falls on it's face the next few years.
Just about everyone, other than the Notre Dame administration, thinks Ty Willingham didn't get a fair shot, and just about everyone would be correct.
Weis may have a tough time recruiting, seeing how recruits can now percieve the "short-leash" ND is allowing. This has to make them think twice.
Plus, most of the recruits probably look at the Willingham firing the same way most of us do (i.e. he got screwed). I could be wrong, but I think this really hurts ND's recruiting efforts.
On the other hand, I think Willingham's recruiting prospects look pretty good for the Huskies. "Coach got screwed by Notre Dame, I want to play for this guy."
Or, am I overanalyzing?
Somehow, I don't think so.
As a loyal ND fan, I must vent a little bit here.
Let me start by saying that I 100% agree that Willingham did not get a fair shot. Given that, I 100% hope Weis starts turning things around instantly.
1.) College football just doesn't seem right (to me at least) when Notre Dame is not competetive. It's hard to love them or hate them when they are bad. Think about it, isn't even sweeter when ND loses by a last second FG or gets held out of National Championship consideration for one loss (not so common recently).
2.) It was not the players or the fans decision to fire Willingham. There are some good kids at ND who deserve to be on a good team. Brady Quinn, Matt Shelton and Darius Walker are three that come to mind. You can hate the tradition at ND, you can even hate the snobby ass lawyers who essentially run the place. Don't hate on the kids that go there and play their hearts out.
3.) This "short leash" you talk about is going to get longer. Because of the Willingham thing I can almost guarantee that Weis gets a lot more lee-way and he definately will get his whole 6 years. If he doesn't no one will ever want to coach there again(look how hard it was to find someone this time)
4.) I think Willingham is a great coach who will succeed at Washington, but I don't think his leaving will affect many kid's choices. They might not go to ND because of it, but I don't think many will go to Washington because of it. Most who were going to go to ND have second choices like Iowa, Michigan, etc. (other midwest schools)