Notre Dame is the most storied football program in College Football. The tradition that surrounds Notre Dame Football is also what has been the demise of this once proud Football Powerhouse. Charlie Weis will no doubt be fired at the end of this season as the program hasn't made the progress the school wants. Losing in the same year on your home field to Navy and Connecticut is just in excusable.
Where did it all go wrong well I blame Knute Rockne!!
Let me explain we all know that Knute Rockne is Notre Dame's all time winning coach. Rockne complied a record at Notre Dame of 105-12-5 from 1918-1930. He is the tradition that is Notre Dame. Well he is also the reason I believe that the Notre Dame Football Program is where it's at today.
The higher powers at Notre Dame won't admit it but it's happened twice and the second time has put this program in a tailspin that they have never recovered from. Back in 1974 Ara Parseghian stepped down as head coach after 11 seasons with a record of 95-17-4 then in 1996 Lou Holtz stepped down after 11 seasons with a record 100-30-2. When Holtz stepped down the Notre Dame program went into a tailspin as this is what followed:
Bob Davie 35-25-0
Ty Willingham 21-15
Charlie Weis 35-26
Going back to Lou Holtz he loved Notre Dame and still does listen to him everytime he talks about Notre Dame. He didn't want to leave but tradition said he had to leave no they won't admit it but no one will ever break Knute Rockne's record of 105 wins. You see if Lou would have stayed another year he would have broke that record for sure and way back in 1974 had Ara stayed he would have broke the record as well. So do I feel sorry for Notre Dame no you got what you asked for you have tradition Knute Rockne is the all time winning head coach of Notre Dame.
The question is who ever is the next head coach if your good plan on being there for no more than 10 or 11 years because Notre Dame has to preserve tradition.
Good Luck Notre Dame in your search I hope preserving tradition was worth the price......
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