You may have noticed, during this week, we’ve thrown out a lot of hate towards Ty Willingham’s way. Some people, particularly non-ND fans who stumble upon this site, may not really get why we vilify Willingham while we simply mock Davie and maybe poke a little fun at Faust. Here’s why.
Willingham would be a speck in most ND fans’ rear view mirrors had he not allowed the Saunders accusation of racism stand during his interview before our game in 2005. He didn’t have the gumption to confirm the accusation if he believed it, and he didn’t have the integrity to put an end to it if he didn’t believe it cost him his job at Notre Dame. We ND fans might make fun of him once in a while, and we surely would have lamented his poor recruiting; but most of us would treat him like a garden variety former coach had he shown a little class and integrity when he had the chance. 11-12 in his last 23 games isn’t why most of us hold a grudge. The grudge stems from the baseless accusation about the core of our collective character that he allowed to stand.
When you read, sometime soon, about how honorably Willingham handles his ouster from Washington, remember this, and remember he’s a fraud.