I rarely read Notre Dame blogs and/ or frequent ND sites, so this one may not be a credible source. Anyway, they are reporting that ND is going to ask Meyer to be the new HC of ND football for an incredible sum of money (minimum of $50 million/ 10 years + a bunch of incentives + a switch back to Nike).
I guess he's already at $4 million/ year + incentives + other income at Florida, but WOW! RR at $2.5 million is a steal!
BTW, Lovie Smith and Jeff Fisher make $5.5 million/ year in the NFL.
Highest paid coaches:
Down 5 points with 2:10 to go and two timeouts remaining, Jimmy Clauson throws what is ruled an incomplete pass when a defensive lineman gets a hand on the ball at the beginning of the throwing motion. As it is 4th and 15, Weis calls timeout because he didn't have a good play set up for the situation. About 15-20 seconds after the timeout is called, the booth reviews the play, overturns the ruling of an incomplete pass, and rewards Pitt with the ball. Pitt runs out the clock.
Weis can at least be consoled that his relatively brief tenure at Notre Dame will be remembered.
I was wondering, if Weiss does get the boot, does that re-open Notre Dame's latest recruiting class, especially if, say, we pick up one of their position coaches or something?
|Chris Martin||DE||*****||6'4||240||4.65||6.1||Aurora, CO|
|Giovanni Bernard||RB||****||5'9||198||4.5||5.8||Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|Andrew Hendrix||QB||****||6'3||220||4.7||5.8||Cincinnati, OH|
|Tai-ler Jones||WR||****||6'0||184||4.46||5.8||Gainesville, GA|
|Blake Lueders||DE||****||6'5||250||4.79||5.8||Zionsville, IN|
|Kendall Moore||LB||****||6'2||232||4.6||5.8||Raleigh, NC|
|Cameron Roberson||RB||****||6'1||215||4.55||5.8||Newbury Park, CA|
|Prince Shembo||LB||****||6'2||232||4.62||5.8||Charlotte, NC|
|Alex Welch||TE||****||6'5||225||4.85||5.8||Cincinnati, OH|
|Chris Badger||DB||***||6'0||178||4.65||5.7||Provo, UT|
|Spencer Boyd||DB||***||5'10||178||4.56||5.7||Cape Coral, FL|
|Toney Hurd Jr.||DB||***||5'9||184||4.48||5.7||Missouri City, TX|
|Bennett Jackson||WR||***||6'1||165||4.44||5.7||Hazlet, NJ|
|Tommy Rees||QB||***||6'3||192||-||5.7||Lake Forest, IL|
|Lo Wood||DB||***||5'10||160||4.58||5.7||Apopka, FL|
|Christian Lombard||OL||***||6'5||290||5.4||5.6||Palatine, IL|
|Daniel Smith||WR||***||6'4||205||4.6||5.6||South Bend, IN|
|Justin Utupo||DT||***||6'2||240||-||5.6||Lakewood, CA|
I don't think we really went head-to-head on any of these guys except perhaps Lo Wood.
It drove me nuts when our 2008 class suddenly became a target for poachers (and it ended up giving us a terrible defensive class). I guess I feel differently, though, when the shoe is on the other foot.
Maybe we can go after some ND recruits who considered UM (maybe others as well)
So i'm not sure if this has been posted, but i did a search and it did not come up. It's just a funny website a friend showed me about notre dame.
MOD EDIT: Link Fixed to one in comments.
Much has been made of the recent UM record. However, whenf statisticians seek a more reliable measure of a team’s quality and the direction of a program, they look at the bigger picture by (1) comparing that season record with records from other schools and (2) considering not a single year, but groups of years (called a moving average).
(1) I looked at the records of the two most recent coaches among our rivals. I found that ND had a 3 win season, OSU had a four win season; and MSU had three four-win seasons. Some of these occurred during coaching transitions, like UM’s. But others had no such excuse.http://cid-4bf9d75c782b05b1.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/notre%20dame%20trends/ND+trends+vs+UM.jpg
(2) As in prior threads (see footnote*), I now report the analysis of the records of the ND coaches, based on the victories averaged over each of 4 successive seasons.**
Results: Under Lou Holz, the trend was positive overall (with an increase of .125 victories per year). Yet, much as occurred during LC’s initial years, the gains were all early, and were followed by a gradual decline. For all the subsequent coaches at ND, the trends were consistently negative (a decrease in average victories of -.25 per season for Davies, -.25 per season for Willingham, -.10 per season for Weiss. However, the trends appear downward at a uniform rate, starting at Holtz’s peak.
1. The ND program is progressively deteriorating.
2. One wonders if the many coaching changes
contributed to this. I have given mixed
shades to the transition years, in which one coach has at least 2 years of the
other one’s players. From this, one
wonders whether Willingham would have continued the upward trend if he was kept
and could play his recruits during what were the first two years of Weiss’
3. Since ND faces massive losses next year, including the OL, RB and probably Clausen and Tate, in addition, with a completely inexperienced backup QB who will be unable to practice and coming off ACL surgery next August, one must seriously wonder when—no, whether—the ND program will get back on track.
If UM uses ND as an example of what might happen to a program, the questions for UM now is whether it will follow the pattern of Holtz, who began with a decline in average wins—similar to what is likely for RR (although Holtz did not have the big immediate dropoff in average wins from his predecessor, since that average was already quite low). The promising thing is that, unlike ND, UM has more, not less, starters coming back for the next two years. Clearly, it’s way too early to tell—as Brian has intimated today—but I can't help worrying that we might end up like ND if we keep getting rid of coaches before they can build their program.
* In two previous threads titled “Reasons for Hope” (for UM), and “reasons for MSU hopelessness.” Another interesting and pertinent link from another poster is: http://mgoblog.com/diaries/what-two-losing-seasons-start-tenure-means**Note that it’s not a simple average. At the beginning of a coach's tenure, his record is shown as an average that includes the prior coach's average--which may be either better or worse than the current record. As, such the first two years of each coach’s tenure are shown as mixed colors, as they reflect the recruits of the previous coach as well as the performance of the current coach. (just ask yourself, if Bo were alive and took over the coaching job of the perennial celler-dweller Northwestern team in the 60's, would he be responsible for the first few years?)