PALO ALTO, Calif. - Following the school's 45-38 loss to Stanford Saturday night, Notre Dame president Father John I. Jenkins has asked head coach Charlie Weis to clean up his office immediately.
“While Weis had originally planned a recruiting trip of the West Coast for this week, we have decided it is prudent that he return with the team and pack his boxes,” Jenkins told ABC sideline reporter Lisa Salters after the game.
“We are reorganizing the athletic department, and feel it would be best if we move the football coach's office from its current location by the stadium to coach Weis's family home in Trenton, N.J.”
Weis has been under pressure for the past two years from fans and alumni who are not satisfied with the team's recent performance. Since taking the Irish to BCS Bowls in each of his first two seasons in South Bend, Notre Dame is 16-21, the school's worst three-year run since 1961.
In 2007, the Irish lost a school record nine games, including their first loss since 1963 to the United States Naval Academy. In 2008, they lost on Senior Day to Syracuse, the first time Notre Dame ever lost to a team that lost nine games in a season.
The decision to fire Weis, however, has not yet been made.
“Sure, this is not where we want to be, but we're going to look at it from all angles before we decide how best to proceed,” Jenkins said. “No decision will be made until we have finished a complete review of the program.”
According to the school, Weis has been asked to refrain from appearing before the media, attending team practices, and using stationary that refers to him as the Notre Dame football coach.
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