But something is very different this time as compared to when Coach Weis' predecessor was given his walking papers. There is no tumultuous race laden conversations going on regarding the motivations for the dismissal.
Charlie Weis record at Notre Dame: 35-27 (Winning Percentage: 56.5%
Tyrone Willingham record at Notre Dame: 21–15 (Winning Percentage: 58.3%)
(As a reference point - the last wildly successful N.D. Head Coach who did not get fired - Lou Holtz - 100-30-2 which is a winning percentage of 75.6%)
It is clear that Notre Dame is desperate for a national championship (or at least a bowl game) and that they don't tolerate disappointment too well and thus they take it out on the skipper.
Report: Kelly to be named next Irish coach
According to a report from the South Bend Tribune, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a new coach.
And his name is -- surprise!!! -- Brian Kelly.
Citing two university sources familiar with the search process, the paper reports that Kelly will be named as Charlie Weis' successor in South Bend.
It's expected that Kelly will meet with his players ahead of the Bearcats' award banquet tonight to inform them of his decision.
No further details, such as when the official announcement will come or when a press conference will be held, are available at this time.
Instead this is an observation of the fact that all too often when a "Black guy" is hired - the team or company typically has a whole lot of unpaid "assistant general managers" who second guess the decisions of team management regarding whom will be their leader.
Those who were "praised" as being visionaries on the racial opportunity front can quickly become "honorary Klansmen" when they do something that the "assistant general managers" don't like with reference to "the Brother".
I don't think that we will be hearing much about the new coach Brian Kelly either.