I have no idea. But there sure are a lot of rumors floating around, and who doesn’t love a good rumor? Charlie doesn’t get to stay on the west coast after the Stanford game this weekend, which is not a very good sign for his continued tenure - I would expect an announcement Sunday or Monday that he’s resigned or been fired.
Rumor 1: That Charlie Weis resigned before the UConn game due to health reasons. (There’s an attachment to that rumor that he still gets his $10 million buyout even after resigning.)
I have no idea how college football coaching contracts work, so I frankly wouldn’t be surprised if you were able to both resign and receive a buyout at the same time. And at this point, I fully expect Charlie to exploit such a loophole if it existed.
Rumor 2: Urban Meyer has expressed no interest in leaving, going so far as to say that it’s not an option.
It may be presumptuous to think that Urban would leave a cushy job in Gainsville for the harsh climate of South Bend (both weather- and fan-wise). But he coached under Holtz, has expressed a great deal of affection and respect for both the university and the position of Head Coach of the Fightin’ Irish, and has a fairly well known “veto clause” with his wife that that’s one of three jobs she is not allowed to veto. Either way - he was heavily recruited when they fired Willingham, and was rumored to be extremely close to signing before his buddy Bob Davie called to whine about what a shitty organization it was and how mean they were when they fired him for being terrible. I’d love to see it, but I don’t think it’ll happen. Tebow’s done, and he’s proven he’s a fantastic coach - it comes down to wanting to be Bear Bryant or wanting to be Bill Parcells.
Rumor 3: Brian Kelly of the University of Cincinnati
I haven’t heard anything bad about Kelly over the last couple years. It’s pretty impressive what he’s done with the Bearcats. Frankly, I don’t have any issues with Kelly. The one thing I’d like to look at further with him is his ability to recruit outside the midwest. (Though recruiting strongly from Ohio without the benefit of being the Buckeyes is pretty impressive in itself.)
Rumor 4: Bob Stoops of the University of Oklahoma
It seems to me that Stoops is in a slump, and could use a fresh start. He’s got a great resume, an excellent track record, and has recruiting some absolutely top talents and developed them into star players both at the college and NFL level. He’d be a top-flight signing for the Irish.
Rumor 5: Butch Davis of the University of North Carolina**
I just heard this one about an hour ago. At the time, I had to think pretty hard to remember that he’s currently coaching right now! But that’s ridiculous - he’s done a great job with the Tarheels, who have very little history as a football program. He’s been a head coach at the NFL level as well, so his resume is great. The one quibble ND admin might have is his stint at Miami - but that’s silly fandom coloring my view of him. I checked out his wiki page - I didn’t realize he had a stint with chemotherapy a few years back. Other than that, I don’t know much about him - I really don’t like the Hurricanes or the Cowboys (both of Dallas and Ok. State), so I’m not sure if I’d be able to give him a fair shake off the bat.
We’ll see, I guess. Anyone want to take a stab at what rumors may be true? Heard any yourselves? Got any coaches out there might be interested?