The obvious has been stated, restated, and overstated. Charlie Weis is a good man and an excellent recruiter but he just cannot get his talented team to perform on the field. The tools are all there, and their excellence shows up in the boxscores, even in defeat. Obviously the old adage that a coach can only coach and it is the players who must win the game on the field is true even at Notre Dame. But the players are putting up the numbers (with Clausen and Tate both very viable Heisman candidates) and yet the embarrassing defeats continue to stack up regardless, indicating the cause must obviously be elsewhere.
Everyone involved with or that has an affection for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish wanted the Charlie Weis tenure to be a successful one. A Notre Dame alumni with a strong sense of the tradition and values of the program and a Super Bowl winning, NFL pedigree, Charlie seemed poised as the perfect figure to bring the program back to its winning tradition. He had the brains, the street cred, and the swagger. Unfortunately, he has lacked the execution. And the most basic axiom of football is that without execution there can be no victory, and such has been the case in Weis' five years under the dome.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said that he will wait until after next week's matchup at Stanford before deciding on Weis' future. Charlie also has stated that he believes his fate is yet to be decided (although some of that confidence was undoubtedly diminished after Saturday's loss). But statistically Weis (.573) is the worst coach in Notre Dame history to have served there for any significant amount of time.
And while the Irish have had their share of great coaches they have also made a few well publicized mistakes along the way. But none worse than Charlie Weis. If there were still some supporters/skeptics out there who doubted whether a move is necessarily, Saturday's loss should make the necessity of the action abundantly clear.
Charlie will be fine, probably going back to the NFL as a well paid offensive coordinator. But Notre Dame will not be alright with Weis at the helm any longer. The Irish are now stocked with long-term talent (unlike when Charlie initially took over) and should have no trouble signing a quality replacement like Brian Kelly from Cincinnati or Bob Stoops from Oklahoma.
The team has finally recovered from the recruiting damage done by Davie and Willingham. Now the Irish need a coach that can tie it all together and turn the wealth of high-end recruits into a wealth of victories.