Rumors started swirling in November that Charlie Weis's days as Notre Dame's football coach were numbered. On Monday, those rumors were confirmed.
Notre Dame fired Charlie Weis, who had led the Irish to a 35-27 record during his five-year tenure, the Observer reports. Weis inked a 10-year contract extension midway through his first season at Notre Dame in 2005. The extension came after Notre Dame started 5-2. The firing came after Notre Dame's second consecutive six-loss season. In Weis's past three seasons, Notre Dame was 16-21.
"It is critical to this program and to its place in this university and college football that we compete at the highest level, that we compete for national championships," Notre Dame Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick said at a press conference Monday.
An opening for head football coach at Notre Dame always sparks national interest. The South Bend, Ind., school has a loyal alumni and fan base, and its next head coach will enter the program under plenty of pressure to win—and win big.
"I will say that it is important to us to look first and foremost at people who have demonstrated an ability to build and sustain a Division I college football program," Swarbrick said.