Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/29/12

With Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly in the midst of a 4-0 year in his third season in South Bend, we here at FightingIrish101 thought it would be a fun exercise to look back on the names that were linked as possible candidates in 2009. 

Following the termination of bloated failure former head coach Charlie Weis, a number of names were bandied about to replace the master of the decided schematic advantage. Weis marked the third straight Notre Dame head coach to be terminated. Weis' two extra losses kept him from being the third straight coach to post a .583 winning percentage. Notre Dame had not just become mediocre; it had become remarkably consistent in its mediocrity.

Weis and previous head coach Bob Davie had been career assistants getting their first head coaching job of any kind. While Tyrone Willingham had previously held the head coaching job at Stanford, he was hardly a proven winner – he had posted just a .550 winning percentage as leader of the Cardinal. 

As a result, the parameters were clear for athletic director Jack Swarbrick: find a man with extensive head coaching experience who was also a proven winner. There would be no accepting any more hot shot assistants.




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