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Notre Dame Better Call Tyrone (Willingham)

by Eric Edwards

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Now donít think that as a living breathing red blooded African American male that this next post is meant to offend the very proud and prideful fans of Notre Dame, but If you are a Golden Domer, and are easily offended, I strongly suggest, YOU TURN AWAY NOW!!!!!!!


Hmm, 3 yrs ago someone in Notre Dame leadership figures that the reason that the Fighting Irish are losing is because of Tyrone Willingham. Period. Not the fact that Bob Davies left him literally nothing to start with. Not the fact that the entrance standards for that school are some of the toughest in the country. Not even the fact that the schedule Notre Dame plays (at least when he was there) was one of the toughest in the country. Nope, none of that mattered. What mattered to many of the alumni, fans, Studio Analyst, and racist local diehards was winning, And despite the fact that Tyrone was doing so, he wasnít getting it done in BIG games, and his bowl record was atrocious. With that said, after 3 yrs he got the can.


In comes Charlie Weis. Letís see, Junior QB and all around stud Brady Quinn, check. Potent Offense check. No wonder you hire Charlie, heck he coached a Super Bowl lead offense so this should be a slam dunk. Well the defense was still a problem. In fact so much so, that in those "BIG GAMES" Notre Dame under his watch has surrendered on average 33+ point to its opponents. But I digress, b/c thatís not the purpose of this rant.
Charlie, after one season and a pretty embarrassing Bowl Loss got a 10 year extension. One year. The next season, same result. Yet he still gets lauded as one of the best coaches out there. Oh by the way, they get boat raced in that bowl game as well. (I swear LSU could tapped a hundy if they chose to)
Enter the 3rd season under Charlie's watch. A home game. Season opener, and yep you guessed it, Charlie gets embarrassed by Georgia Tech. The game wasn't even close. Now, if Tyrone was coaching that game, how many of you out there think Michigan would be the story?

Exactly what I thought as well, Zero. You gotta think that there's a blind story here waiting to be cracked, and I your ace detective will gladly go where no one wants to go..

Source Espn

Tale of the Tape.

Charlie Weis Record
2005 - 9-3 BCS Bowl Loss to Ohio St. 34-20 (Really wasnít close as score indicates)
Key Losses USC, OHIO ST.

2006 10-3 BCS Bowl Loss to LSU 41-14 (Another Beat down)
Key Losses USC (Beat down) Michigan (Beat down) and the BCS
KEY Win #19 Penn St.

0-1 Loss to Georgia Tech 33-3 (Beat down)

0-2 Loss to Penn State 31-10 (Beat down)

0-3 Loss to Michigan 38-0 (Beat down)

0-4 Loss to Michigan State 31-14 (Beat down)

Now, if youíll notice every BIG school Notre Dame played under Charlie's watch, they got beat down. To be fair, they did beat Michigan 17-10 in 06, and they also served up Pittsburgh (then ranked 23) as well as Purdue. But itís Purdue I couldíve left them off and you wouldnít have noticed.

Tyrone Willingham's Record
2002 10-3 Bowl Game loss to NC ST. (Beat down 28-6)
Key Loss USC (Beat down 44-13)
Key Wins 18 Maryland, 11 Michigan, 23 Pitt, 16 Fl. State.

2003 5-7 Many Losses against Ranked Teams (#4 Mich) (#1 USC) (#13 Purdue) (#8 Fl St.)
Key Win #14 WSU

Record 6-6 Bowl Game Loss To Oregon State.
Key Losses ( #1 USC Beat down) (#15 Purdue Beat down)
Key Wins ( 11 Tennessee) (#7 Michigan)

Now if youíre telling yourself E youíre crazy Charlie's record is way better then Tyroneís. Thatís fine, but have you looked between the numbers. How many RANKED Teams did Coach Willingham face vs. Weis? How many top 10' teams did Coach Willingham See vs. Coach Weis.
Getting the picture now? Iím willing to bet any of you out there that if Coach Weis had faced the same schedules Coach Willingham faced, the results would have been very similar.

But, letís call it what it is, a slap in the face. You gave Charlie a 10 yr extension after taking Tyrone's team (a very junior and senior led team at that) against scrubs and producing a 10-3 record. To me this represents the very worse in sports. It kinda reminds me of Tony Dungy coaching all that time in Tampa to hand it over to John Gruden who then wins Tony's Super Bowl. (Another black manÖIím just sayiní)

Now, for all the Irish reading this waiting to put Tyrone's Husky record up there, let me remind them that the Huskies have been a down football team in the Pac 10 for yrs before Tyrone got there.

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This article was published on Tuesday 25 September, 2007.
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