Charlie Weis' departure from Notre Dame was a little awkward, and continues to be a topic of discussion among Irish fans. One mysterious aspect in particular, was the financial situation involved in his firing. Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune reported Friday that Notre Dame paid Weis $6,638,403 as an initial "termination payment," with more money coming until December 2015. Irish fans have speculated what agreement took place when Weis left, and thanks to the Tribune obtaining tax documents Weis' healthy severance package is becoming more clear.
Weis' apparent buyout is revealed on the Form 990 Notre Dame must submit to the Internal Revenue Service. It was made available to the Tribune upon request. Weis' total severance pay — which was subject to debate as his tenure drew to a close — won't be fully clear for years, though.In total, the documents reveal that between his compensation until his firing and the "termination payment," Weis earned $7,284,548 from July 2009 to June 2010. After his firing, Weis became the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. While in Kansas City, he led the offense that helped the Chiefs claim their first division title since 2003 and only their second since 1998. After Florida hired then-Texas assistant Will Muschamp to replace Urban Meyer, Weis was brought in to serve as the offensive coordinator for the first-year coach.
"Termination payment of $6,638,403 was made during the reporting period to Charles J. Weis under a separation agreement that includes much smaller annual payments through December, 2015," according to a section for "supplemental information" in the forms.
The hope in Gainesville is that Weis can replicate his success developing quarterbacks like Matt Cassel and Tom Brady in the NFL with John Brantley and the rest of the Gators' quarterbacks. He will move Florida from Meyer's spread to a more pro-style offense, with plans to improve production after the unit ranked 10th in the SEC in total offense a year ago.
Weis' return to the college sideline will be a hot topic this fall along with his energetic first-year head coach. Particularly with the three-year, $2.65 million deal that Florida inked with the former Notre Dame head coach. With contract, Weis is the highest-paid assistant coach in Florida history. There will be immense pressure from Gator Nation to deliver results with that kind of noterieity. But paired with this Notre Dame money, Weis seems to be living fat and happy (no pun, I swear) down in Gainesville.