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Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis more than Brian Kelly in 2012

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis $2.1 million in 2012
Notre Dame paid Charlie Weis $2.1 million in 2012. (USATSI)

In 2012 Brian Kelly led Notre Dame through a 12-0 regular season and a berth in the BCS National Championship game against Alabama. And it turns out he did all this without being the highest-paid football coach Notre Dame was paying that year.

USA Today got ahold of Notre Dame's 2012 tax records, and they show that while Brian Kelly received nearly $1.5 million from Notre Dame (though that figure doesn't include money Kelly receives from television and radio, etc), former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis pulled in $2.1 million from the school.

Now, it's not exactly breaking news that Notre Dame is still paying Charlie Weis, and the school will continue to do so through Dec. 2015. It's just amazing that in a year in which Brian Kelly went 12-1 and had a chance to win a national title he made less money from Notre Dame than Charlie Weis did while going 1-11 at Kansas (and let's not forget that Kansas paid $2.5 million that same year).

Charlie Weis hasn't won much on the football field in his last five seasons as a head coach, but his checking account has gone damn near undefeated.

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