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Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

Posted on: May 20, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: May 20, 2011 10:25 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

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.

"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.
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.

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.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:07 am

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

This contract reveals how desperate ND is to achieve elite results.  I wonder what other bad decisions were made by this program over the yesrs.

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 12:10 am

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

One of many reasons why a college education is out of the reach of most Americans.  When you pay over six million for failure, then what kind of lesson does that teach others.  This world is so out of whack right now, it is unbelievable.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2011 11:13 pm

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

Man I need to get into coaching. $6 million to leave? That's pretty rough.

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:50 pm

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

absolutely a terrible coach. all the talent that ND gets and Weiss couldn't get anything done.
I am really going to miss him on the sidelines at ND. 

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2011 5:49 pm

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave


Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2011 5:03 pm

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

Next to the High School Coach Notre Dame hired (Jerry Moeller?) Charlie Weis has to go down as the worst Head Football Coach in Notre Dame history. There will be those kool-aid drinkers that are going to hate the Golden Domers not matter what happens today or ever. Yet as it will be years before they return to any kind of national prominence again (and I'm no ND Homer that's for sure), college football does better when ND is good as it gives all of us another team to despise. It's no fun when they suck. 

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2011 2:52 pm

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

..They paid him off with Buffalo Wild Wing coupons.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:20 am

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

Weis..... great coordinator, lousy head coach.  It is as simple as that folks.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:12 am

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

Ok try and get it right before you spout off...geez where do you guys get your information - the National Enquirier? The previous Ad, Kevin White, did NOT want to give CW an extension. Make no mistake about it the buck stops with Father Jenkins and he made the call. ND does have plenty of money but I still think it is a travesty to commit that kind of money. Obviously they are not the only school who does that. Alabama went through a number of coaches before they got it RIGHT; Ole Miss has been through coaches who have failed; Tennessee has coaching issues and on and on. This article is about Notre Dame but they have a lot of company when it comes to making less than stellar choices as coaches. Hopefully BK will be a good coach. The pressure on the college coaches is enormous so you really cant blame them for signing on to serious money because who knows how long they will coach? Their livelihood depends on their players...and winning, winning, winning.  

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: May 21, 2011 10:03 am

Report: Notre Dame paid Weis $6.6M to leave

Wrong Spartan fan ND did accept full responsibility for the young man's death. There was enough blame to go around. Bottom line is I dont care what anyone's reaction to the horrible tragedy except that young man's parents. Father Jenkins accepted full responsibility and he and the school should have. That incident has to do with this article because?

As for given Charlie Weis' an extension...not a smart move by Notre Dame. I am a long time fan and I wasnt sold on the guy anyway. I agree coaches need to prove themselves before they get extensions. Maybe these coaches need to start returning the money when they dont deliver. The problem is a two edge sword....if you dont give them the big bucks they bolt and if you give them the big bucks they bolt....they should be held to the same standards as the athletes.
And as for winning with Ty's players then why couldnt Ty win with them? Duh? Ditto for Urban Meyer at Florida with Ron Zook's players. He knew how to win with them and Ron couldnt.

Charlie Weis was not a good HC but he was a pretty good OC. At ND he could not make the transition from pro to college and that was evident on the field. He was not a coach who developed his players but he was one who wanted the accolades when they won and none of the grief when they lost. He resisted weekly radio programs;he was arrogant during press conferences(wonder why) and he did like having to "court" the alums who contributed millions to the University. However, he did contribute a lot of money to charitable causes, specifically his daughter's. I do hope he does well at Florida. At least at Florida he won't have to deal with admission standards, etc. and the SEC consistently products the best athletes. And by the way Ty Willingham continued to be paid as well after leaving ND and Washington and how many wins did he have at Washington? 

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