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Willingham's failure doesn't make Weis better
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Man, I thought Weis was supposed to be the equal of Bob Stoops and Pete Carroll. Charlie claimed he'd never get outcoached, he'd never lose to Michigan State again and that after his first 5-2 start every team in the NFL was ready to fire its coach and land the offensive coordinator who carried Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to the Super Bowl. What happened to that Charlie? Stoops won a national championship in his second season at Oklahoma. Carroll won titles in his third and fourth seasons. Notre Dame fans need to get over their fixation on Tyrone Willingham. He's not their problem anymore. His inadequacies don't strengthen Weis' resume. Willingham's resignation at Washington isn't going to make Notre Dame a national-title contender or justify Weis' bloated salary. Charlie will have to do that himself. He can begin to do that over the last month of the season. Notre Dame's last five opponents Pittsburgh, Boston College, Navy, Syracuse and USC own a combined record of 22-14. OK, so it's not quite as difficult as the obstacle course Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns have been navigating (Oklahoma, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech), and it's not the equivalent of playing in the SEC. But it's a good little test for Charlie Weis in his fourth season. He's had a long exhibition season to build confidence and prepare his troops. If he goes 3-2, I'll consider it a passing grade and abstain from taking another potshot at him until next season. If he goes 4-1, I'll call it progress and agree that he's the coaching equivalent of Frank Solich. If the Irish overcome Weis' shortcomings and run the table, I'll strongly consider writing an apology column. If they fall on their face and lose three or more games, I'd speculate that most Irish fans would prefer Willingham be named Notre Dame athletic director than read my follow-up column. You can e-mail Jason Whitlock at Ballstate68@aol.com.