Speaking as a Subway Alumnus who likes Charlie Weis a lot… I think he’ll be gone at the end of this season.
Notre Dame isn’t very good this year. We saw that against Georgia Tech and will undoubtedly see it again in the coming weeks. Even if Weis does a brilliant job coaching, the talent just isn’t there, and he’ll be doing VERY well to win 6.
Suppose he goes 5-6. At the end of this season, that will give him a three year record of 24-12. Not a horrible record, but not a great one, either. Ordinarily, a coach wouldn’t be in danger after just his 3rd year. BUT… Weis took over from a black coach who was fired after just 3 seasons. And that made some people very angry. So angry, they’re going to demand that the white coach with the so-so record get the same treatment as the black coach with the so-so record.
I didn’t think Tyrone Willingham deserved to be fired, and I don’t think Weis will deserve it this season. But I can easily see this becoming an ugly, racial issue, with Weis (unfairly) being made the sacrificial lamb. If the Irish end up with a losing record, I can easily picture Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in South Bend making hay of it.