Charlie Weis’ once promising coaching career has reportedly come to a sudden conclusion after the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach informed the South Bend Tribune that it is “highly doubtful” he will ever coach again. Weis began his career working his way up the ranks at South Carolina before finally landing the offensive coordinator role with the New England Patriots. Weis lead the Pats offense to three Super Bowl wins, and was subsequently hired to resurrect a struggling Notre Dame program. Still, the Trenton, New Jersey native struggled to sustain success with the Fighting Irish, and was ultimately fired by the program in November of 2009. In the South Bend article, Weis said that the turmoil he endured at Notre Dame left no lasting effect on his coaching decision.
“I’m not mad at Notre Dame, and I’m not mad at Kansas,” Weis said. “I don’t have one regret about leaving the NFL to take the Notre Dame job. I just wish I could have lasted longer.”
Following his tenure at Notre Dame, Weis returned to the NFL for a successful season guiding the Kansas City Chiefs offense to the playoffs. Weis, however, had the desire to return to the college ranks where he was eventually hired as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas was simply not the correct fit for the offensive mastermind, and the Jayhawks were an abysmal 6-22 over two and a half seasons. Weis was fired in the midst of the 2014 season and understands that his horrific stint may be the lasting image football fans have of his coaching career.
“Would you like the last thing people remember you by in coaching as being great and walking out on top? Of course, you’d like that,” Weis told the Tribune. “But, realistically, if you’re not a hypocrite about the things that are really important to you, why just go take a job in the NFL just so people will say, ‘Well, you went out with a better taste?’
“Again, if the right fit was there, I would have coached a little longer. But it wasn’t, so why not go do some good. What good are you doing if you stay on coaching at this point? The only one you’re doing any good for is yourself.”
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