Contrary to what many of you may think, I’m not at all thrilled about Charlie sticking around.Â I’m not extremely pissed either.Â I’m very much neutral.Â Not happy, not depressed. Just accepting.
Yes, I think it was the right decision.Â No, I do not think that he’s been a great coach.Â I will expand more on this later.
Given the amount of negativity I’ve seen in the message boards and blogs, I thought I’d link to a (gasp! Fox Sports!) article that takes the opposite side.Â Just to provide a bit of balance here folks.Â
Â I mean, seriously, some of the moronic things I’ve read from ‘fans’ just blow my mind.Â Internet-obsessives that rant and rave kill me.Â They consider themselves the ‘voice of the fan’.Â Just a quick note to all those Message Board Posters who think this:Â your one little board cliqueÂ MIGHT make up 1,000-2,000 people collectively.Â And you don’t even have a consensus POV.Â Out of hundreds of thousands IF NOT MILLIONS of Irish fans?Â You’re not even close to being ‘the voice’.Â Frankly, you’re nowhere near being representative simply because you have time to spend most of your day on a message board.Â And that’s collectively – as individuals, no, you CANNOT by definition represent all those millions of diverse people.Â You. Just. Don’t.Â So quit thinking you do.
I especially like this part, and this is along the lines ofÂ one portion of what IÂ think about the whole thing:
In other words, if a new coach came in, he’d have a shot at succeeding right away. Just like Weis did when he took over.
Weis has built the program to this point, and while the performance against USC might have been a nightmare, the season is a few plays away from not being all that bad. Had the Irish gotten one late break in the four-overtime loss to Pitt, and had the D been able to hold on in the inexplicable collapse to Syracuse, the Irish would be 8-4 and there’d be no talk about the coaching situation. Veteran teams win the close games like the 29-21 loss at North Carolina, and next year, Notre Dame will be a veteran team.
Emphasis mine.Â Now, I don’t think that ND should ‘accept’ being ‘this close’ to beating Pitt, Syra-freaking-cuse and UNC.Â But that’s where this program is after the debacle of 3-9 2007, whether we like it or not.Â Part of that’s due to Weis (both good and bad), part of that’s due to the players (again good and bad – they’re good enough to be close, they’re bad enough to lose), part of that’s due to random luck.Â But it’s also a fact that if we’d gotten a few bounces here and there, we’d have been 8-4 and this discussion wouldn’t even be happening.Â (yes yes, i know that we got a lucky bounce against SDSU with the fumble and could’ve been 5-7 as well, but that doesnt negate the point).Â
Anyway, just providing a little from the other side.Â I don’t come close to agreeing 100% with this article, but it’s one of the few that doesn’t take the “OMG HE’S THE WORST EVER HOW WILL WE EVER SURVIVE????!??!?!?!??!?!” tact.Â So there you go.