The New York Daily News’ Rich Chimini and Dick Weiss were the first to report Monday that Notre Dame has relieved Weis of his head coaching duties following the Irish’s 4th consecutive loss, Saturday’s narrow defeat to Stanford.   Weis’ 5 year record at South Bend was an uninspiring 35-27 — a lower winning percentage (.565) than Tyrone Willingham (.585) —  the majority of those losses having been compiled with his own recruits.

While OU’s Bob Stoops has already denied interest in the N.D. vacancy, perhaps Jack Swarbick will consider UCF’s George O’Leary?  If the Knights are invited to a bowl this December, that will be the 3rd post-season contest for UCF in 5 seasons, which is two more times than O’Leary has had a player die under suspicious circumstances. Admittedly, the biggest blemish on O’Leary’s resume is his resume, but if the Mets can forgive Wally Backman, why can’t this football lifer get another shot at the big time?