I'm not even going to ask the question of whether you fire him or not (the obvious answer is yes), because i'm guessing that no one on this board knows what its like to write an 18 million dollar severance check.
So, assuming he is fired, who would you hire to replace him?
#1) Brian Kelly - he's an incredible coach. that's not debatable. but he missed out here and at msu bc he's alleged to have such a bad personality. its also possible that he bails after a couple of seasons to go to the nfl. can the domers afford to take another chance like this?
#2) Bob Stoops - he's proven. he's not going to leave. he's not going to go 6-6. notre dames been through three bad coaches in a row now. someone as consistent as stopps might be too hard to pass on.
#3) Jim Harbaugh - he's a very exciting coach, but he's not as proven as stoops. he might be the best recruiter of the bunch. but has he proven enough as a coach!? can notre dame afford to take another chance?
#4) Kirk Ferentz - he's a lot like stoops in the sense that he's consistent. but he's a little less sexy in every way. he would be cheaper, however.
#5) Jon Gruden - i thought he was going to be higher on the list, but he appears to be happy as an analyst...or he's waiting for another nfl offer. strange.
#6) Gary Patterson - can he win in a real league? risky.
#7) Chris Peterson - can he win in a real league? risky.