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Faust writes that Joyce told him: "I think we're the only college in the country that hasn't gotten rid of a coach or bought out his contract. They've even done it at Stanford. They've done it at every college I know of. After a couple of years, if a coach hasn't been successful, they get rid of him. on Tuesday, Notre Dame became one of them.
At other institutions of higher football learning, whacking a coach to find a better one is standard operating procedure.
Most schools competing at the highest level don't bother waiting until the end of the regular season to do the dirty deed.
This year, for example, Florida axed Ron Zook early just so he didn't get any crazy ideas about trying to save his job with a strong finish (good move because Zook won three of his last four, including a victory at Florida State).
Last year, Auburn officials coach factory outlet ebay trekked by private jet to offer Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino its head coaching position never mind authentic coach outlet store online Auburn had a coach, Tommy Tuberville, who was still under contract.
Notre Dame this week made a cold, calculated, business decision to swim with the sharks.
As much as being magnanimous counts, winning counts more.
The dawning of a new era?
"I think if it says anything, it's an underscore of the notion that football is very important at Notre Dame, and the competitive expectations, again, are not downwardly negotiable . " Athletic Director Kevin White said.
From where we sit, the Irish saw a golden opportunity to strike and could not pass it up.
The school was willing to take the public relations hit for firing a black coach because it couldn't live with the consequences of not firing him.
Urban Meyer, a former Irish assistant, is sitting in Utah with an 11 0 record and the world at his feet. Meyer is never going to be a hotter coaching candidate than he is now and probably would not coach factory outlet coupons 2012 be able to wait around for Notre Dame, his dream job, to open up.
If Notre Dame didn't act fast, Meyer might have gone to Florida and been locked up for years.
So, Notre Dame acted.
It's something any self respecting, booster driven school in the Southeastern Conference would have done.
The sad part for Willingham, his family, and members of the African American community who were hoping a black coach at Notre Dame would serve as a beacon for coaching opportunities, is that all this could have been avoided.
Three years ago, before Notre Dame hired George O'Leary (oops), and then Willingham, Meyer was available. He had just completed his first year at Bowling Green, leading the Falcons coach outlet coupon to their first winning season since 1994.
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