Failure Isn’t an Option

To build on my Game Over post on whyWeis is different and Bonger’s excellent post expanding on those theme’s today, I want to reframe the angst debate very simply:

1 – No matter what you think about this season Charlie isn’t going anywhere. He’s not getting fired and he’s not quitting and moving to the NFL. His contract is huge and the administration has to give him a chance to get his recruits to the Junior and Senior levels.

2 – His situation is different from this predecessors for three reasons:

  • He has a genuine love for the school, where the previous coaches were users. But this alone doesn’t matter.
  • He’s been left a virtual death sentence in scholarships and talent in the junior and senior classes. His predecessor had talent from his predecessor’s recruiting. We have the worst talent in modern history and no numbers.
  • It isn’t that we have a young offensive line. It isn’t that we have freshman quarterback who was injured. It isn’t just that we lack threats at wide receiver. It isn’t a relentless schedule. It’s that all of these things are happening at once that makes it a challenging offensive situation.
  • Charlie’s recruited back to back to back top ten recruiting classes, something his predecessors combined weren’t able to do. His predecessor was destroying the program class by class.

Given one and two the ONLY outcome of the constant Hold Me I’m Irish Negativity could have would be to degrade the current recruiting class. That’s it.

Charlie’s not moving anywhere. The recruits are coming in. The current talent level is very poor.

So, a rhetorical question: If the only effect of constant wailing is to hurt the future we’re building…. wouldn’t it be better to go mow the lawn than constantly harp on negatives that bring on the very thing we’re worried about?

Failure isn’t an option. The talent foundation is being reset for the first time in almost 15 years.

This is the year to support, not tear down the team no matter how bad it gets… because the alternative is to make it worse.

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10 Responses to “Failure Isn’t an Option”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    hey is Chris Stewart leaving this would be four out of the sophmore class? i hope the talent stays long enough to build it. i didnt realize 16 have left since CW took over? any idea whats up?

  2. Ted Eberle Says:

    This was short and to the point. Well written.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I agree, I rarley make it to the games but havent missed watching one ( or listning on the radio) in 17 years this year im attending all games the team needs are support more than ever and they have mine 110 percent

  4. robert t. gilleran Says:

    rock,

    1. there is no doubt that charlie weis is the right man for the job.

    2. we would lighten up on tyrone and put the blame where it should be, on lazy bob davie’s shoulders, who is still doing everything he can to bash nd and to drive away recruits and players, both directly and indirectly, through his fronts at espn.com and at other media outlets.
    3. remember that davie is the guy who took over recruiting during the last few years of the holtz era and just sat in his office admiring himself in the mirror and waithing for recruits to walk in.
    4. he was also responsible for the atrocities firing of joe moore,one of the best line coaches that nd ever had and for the damages that nd had to pay out to moore for his wrongful termination. davie did not care about moore’s talent. he simply did not think that moore looked pretty or young enough to be on his coaching staff.
    davie was also the jerk who went off for a vacation to hawaii, instead or preparing the nd team for that disasterous foesta bowl against oregon state. he really hung those players and nd out to dry
    5. by the time tyrone got to nd, davie had let the nd recruiting network die on the vine. however, none of the people who hired tyrone bothered to tell tyrone about the recruiting problem and tyrone did not have the nd ties to get that information from others.
    6. after that great player driven 2003 season, which brought in that fine 2003 recruiting class, not because of tyrone, but because that great season did wake up the nd echoes and tyrone was able to sit in his office and the recruits came.
    7. if you recall, several key olinemen with eligibilty left after the 2002 season. would you like to guess who contacted them and told them to leave? you are correct if your answer is davie.
    8. that left tyrone with no experienced olinemen in 2003 and the disasterous seasons, including recruiting, in 2003,2004, and 2005( recruiting only thanks to charlie).
    9. i know tyrone. he really wanted to come to nd and to stay and succeed. however, he got ambushed by davie and his minions at the espn.
    10. tyrone knew that he was out of his element by the end of 2005 and would gladly have resigned in a dignified manner if certain people had just asked politely, instead of firing him in that shameless manner.
    11. tyrone already had the job offer from washington. by engaging in all of the coach bashing and that shameless firing, nd got the right to pay the bulk of tyrone’s salary at washington and lost a lot of fine 2005 recruits who were rightly concerned about the uncivilized conduct of those at nd responsible for that idiotic firing.
    12.the lack of experienced olinemen this season is the direct result of davie’s conduct, not tyrone’s and you can bet that davie is cooperating every media attack on nd, charlie weis, and nd, doing his best to drive away players and 2008 verbals.
    13. we agree that surrender and nd coach and player bashing are not acceptable.
    14. however, getting revenge in the courts against these media hacks who are illegally using thye funds of corporations in which many of of own shares( disney is the parent of espn.com, for example) is not only acceptable; it is required.
    15.keep up the great work and start getting those letters out to each member of the disney board of directors, the parent of sports illustrated, ane the parent of the sporting news and any other media source that runs these fraudulent nd is racist and charlie weis lies to recruits garbage.
    16.knocking nd for the poor start this year is legitimate but the nd is racist and charlie weis lies to recruits garbage has no place in any media outlet in which any of us own stock, nor should the other companies that advertise in those media outlets, using our corporate funds, be permitted to continue doing so.
    17. economic boycotts and shareholder lawsuits using the civil rico act work just fine. look at how quickly the nfl and atlanta got rid of michael vick.
    18. we have every confidence that charlie and his staff and these nd players will turn things aroung this season.
    19. however, we should be protecting them from being backstabbed by these con artists posing as members of the media and collecting paychecks, expenses, and perks from companies in which we own shares.
    go irish!! beat purdue!!
    robert t. gilleran

  5. Anonymous Says:

    amen

  6. Born Irish Says:

    Thank you Scott, no wiser words have I read as they relate to the curret situation with our Irish football team.

    I heard a very wise high school football coach say recently that pride in your school has nothing to do with the success or lack thereof, of the football team. Pride has everything to do with the faith, love and support you have for your school. If we collectively demonstrate our “pride” in Notre Dame, the rest will follow in due course, including success on the football field.

  7. Born Irish Says:

    Thank you Scott, no wiser words have I read as they relate to the curret situation with our Irish football team.

    I heard a very wise high school football coach say recently that pride in your school has nothing to do with the success or lack thereof, of the football team. Pride has everything to do with the faith, love and support you have for your school. If we collectively demonstrate our “pride” in Notre Dame, the rest will follow in due course, including success on the football field.

  8. Born Irish Says:

    Thank you Scott, no wiser words have I read as they relate to the curret situation with our Irish football team.

    I heard a very wise high school football coach say recently that pride in your school has nothing to do with the success or lack thereof, of the football team. Pride has everything to do with the faith, love and support you have for your school. If we collectively demonstrate our “pride” in Notre Dame, the rest will follow in due course, including success on the football field.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Between CW and his predecessors, from an X and O stand point it’s not even a comparison. From a resume standpoint it’s not even close. The love for the school and the guys is unquestionable. The only knock is that CW is still on the pro point of view, but that’ll hopefully click pretty soon. Irish need a win.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Absolutely outstanding! The confluence of those problems (loss of talent, lack of talent, schedule, etc.) is what has made us look so bad. Fortunately, it sounds like the recruits get it. It pains them to see us struggle, but they understand the situation and can’t wait to do their part to bring ND back to where Weis will take her. Willingham was fired just BECAUSE this was going to happen… Weis is ensuring, through recruiting, that we won’t suffer anymore seasons like this one.

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