The mental state of humiliation doesn’t settle too well in the scenery where mortals are a theme now, tattering respectability for Notre Dame believers witnessing yet another hopeless season.

Doomed in a period when the Irish were praised, and presumably entered a promising season with high expectations, South Bend critics are bashing embattled coach Charlie Weis for all the letdowns. All the burdens and finger pointing is specifically leaning towards the Weis Clown, generating a dreadful circus in South Bend where the Big Top has arrived.

The Irish, of late, is utterly a joke and laughable. As one of the most prestigious programs athletically in the country, reliance at Notre Dame has deteriorated.

I'm not too sure if the Irish are cursed by demons or ghosts, but I will admit, the program is cursed as long as Weis remains in command of a school in desperate need of an inspirational voice, rather than a liberal coach.

The problem is, Weis’ soft mannerism isn’t steadfast on sending a beneficial idea for elevating a subordinate school. If the Irish aren't at the top of their game by signifying they are top-flight in college football, the season seems depleted. As of now, a promising year is ruined when the Irish mentally and physically self-destructed at Pittsburgh in a loss.

To suggest the Irish moved too fast in signing Weis to a $40 million contract, good for at least five seasons, might have been a ghastly blunder. Because wins are considered an illusion at Notre Dame, burnt out fans are expecting a coaching change, but athletic director Jack Swarbrick isn’t in a hurry on judging Weis’ future, carefully pondering and evaluating options.

As usual, Weis is downplaying all the brouhaha of his job status, in which his return next season is dubious while lingering questions continuously annoy and disturb the Irish.

Rather than speaking arrogantly at press conferences, it would be nice if he was a gentleman. If he wants to downplay the status of his job, that is fine and dandy, but rudely delivering arrogant remarks makes Weis a laughable clown under the Big Top.

The lousy losing streaks have become a notorious routine at Notre Dame, sadly impairing mystique and gratitude to define the Irish as underachievers. In the last 10 games, the Irish aren’t nearly as flawless and performed pathetically in the previous years under Weis, with a 1-9 winning percentage against ranked opponents.

Didn’t the Irish used to fight in contests? Wasn’t ND known as the Fighting Irish? Lately, the word Fighting is removed from in front of Irish.

In a long time under Weis, they haven’t delivered powerful jabs to avenge a tremendous 0-5 record against rival USC, a team which has suffered embarrassing trounces to ruin shots of bidding for a national title.

No! He never beat USC.

In the last three seasons to date, Weis is 16-19—losing respectability in failing to revive the Irish and stop losing winnable contests.

Assuming he had possessed a matchless resume standing behind the crafty and Spygate criminal Bill Belichick and built a workable offense around Tom Brady at New England, Weis respectively was legit for accepting a coaching offer to establish a righteous identity at a prestigious program.

What we didn’t know and never took into account was the difficulty of guiding a demanding program, especially the Irish.

What we didn’t expect was an acute disaster.

One reason Weis still is employed is for his sublime recruiting classes he has built and assembled.

But, obviously, he hasn’t produced enough wins, and with a horrific track record, Weis’ job should be on the line. Whenever the Irish failed to produce victories, however, firing coaches was a usual practice they’ve followed in recent seasons, which is the reason I’m surprised Weis hasn’t been terminated for all the recent letdowns.

Given their cultural reactions to failures: Tyrone Willingham built a winnable program, but apparently wasn't good enough so was tossed overboard.

There was Bob Davie, who didn’t last any time, tossed over in the deep end.

And now this, Weis, who has turned into the biggest tragicomedy, each season bringing the circus to town and destroying the tradition of Touchdown Jesus as a billboard of Weis’ downfalls epitomizes a miserable season.

This season alone, the defense has faltered, a usual stumble during Weis’ tenure. So the most sub-par program in the country is releasing unseen results, ranking 83rd in total defense and allowing a staggering 391 yards a game.

Not matching up to the pedigree as advertised, opponents usually have their way against the Irish and turn a typical afternoon into a terrifying outing.

Bringing back reminders of the insulting billboard directly on the corner of Edison Road and State Road 23, is a message that ND faithful are tired of the typical outings. The sign states a distasteful message, which Weis will never forget when he does depart from South Bend.


No sympathy at all. No sympathy whatsoever.

I feel where unhappy campers are coming from.

Multitudes of people living in South Bend are used to winning, but not coughing up enough victories to barely qualify for a bowl game. No luck for the Irish, currently standing at 6-4 under a careless Weis.

Well, at least some things were right during a brief moment, when Jimmy Clausen earlier in the season had a breakout moment. Honestly, Weis could’ve turned the recruiting prospect into a legitimate Heisman candidate, similar to the time he turned Brady into a Super Bowl champ.

But he can’t win without Belichick or Bill Parcells. So, Weis isn’t nearly as great as Lou Holtz, who sustained memorable victories in his coaching days.

With all the depth of excellence, it seems Notre Dame would be unbeaten this late in the year, but instead they’ve struggled to preserve victories and have preeminent receiver Golden Tate and prevailing tight end Kyle Rudolph.

Dating back to the demoralizing 23-21 loss against the Navy two weeks ago, Weis became a hot topic. But now, he owns a 35-25 career record, and a .583 winning percentage.

By now, the only way to avoid circus activities is to ride the coaching carousal and fire Weis Clown.

If so, maybe next year the circus won’t arrive in town and form a joke.


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