Former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis might be done coaching for good.
According to a story written by Eric Hansen of NDInsider.com on late Thursday afternoon, Weis is extremely pessimistic that he will return to the sideline as either a college football coach or NFL coordinator, despite rumors that he was receiving interest for the latter.
“I think it’s highly doubtful that I will ever coach again,” said Weis, who hasn’t had an offseason without a coaching position since 1978.
Weis is one of the more decorated coaches in recent college football memory, but it’s not for his successes in the win-loss record. From 2005-09, Weis went 35-27 with the Fighting Irish, winning just 16 games in his final three seasons as the players he recruited entered his system. Kansas, a program that was already in shambles, remained stagnant as it went 6-22 in a little over two years under Weis, and some might claim that he left it in worse shape than it was heading into 2012.
What has made Weis popular over the years is the overwhelming confidence he has in himself, which has transcribed to unabated arrogance. Despite his inability to win football games and connect with the fans, Weis flew into South Bend flashing Super Bowl rings from his time with the New England Patriots, and said things like this before Kansas had even done anything worth talking about. (Literally.) He also hasn’t been afraid of publically unloading on student-athletes that simply didn’t want to play for him and is known in the media as a pain in the you-know-what for his unyielding rudeness to anyone with a pen and paper.
It doesn’t help that he’s been fired from the two programs that have offered him head coaching duties. But hey, it’s not like he’s losing sleep over it – he is college football’s most successful failure, after all.
— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagi) February 13, 2015
Kansas is forced to pay Weis more than $5.6 million through December 31, 2016, in addition to the millions it has already paid him for a 6-22 overall record – meaning that he earned around $2.1 million per win with the Jayhawks, including victories over South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Southeast Missouri State.
And then there’s the Notre Dame buyout. By the end of 2015, when the 2005 contract extension expires, the number will come in just shy of $19 million, as the Irish are ultimately paying Weis the equivalent of $541,910 per win after firing him over five years ago.
Still, there’s a chance that we’ll see Weis on a sideline again in the future – even if it’s against his will.
“I’ve been driving my wife nuts,” he said. “I think she’s ready for me to do something — anything.”
In contrast to his time as a head coach in the FBS, Weis’ time as an offensive coordinator with the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs were all quite successful, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him back in the NFL again at some point in the near future.
I’m not sure anyone is going to endure too much heartache while he makes his decision.