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Thursday, November 19, 2009

7 Coaches Who Should Replace Charlie Weis at Notre Dame

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 9:17 AM

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Jim Harbaugh
Currently he is 6-3 this season at Stanford, which like Notre Dame, has tough academic standards. In just two years he has been able to make his team competitive in an up-and-comer in the Pac-10. Oh yeah, he crushed USC 55-21, something every Notre Dame fan would relish in, with eight straight losses to the Trojans. A former NFL quarterback, he would benefit Jimmy Clausen. Harbaugh's coaching lineage also comes into play, as his father was a football coach for eighteen years, including fourteen years as head coach at Western Kentucky. His turnaround of Stanford's program is remarkable and his turnaround at ND could be amazing. Despite that he is a "Michigan guy" and may end up coaching there, he would be a good fit at Notre Dame.


Bob Stoops
A proven winner in the college ranks, Stoops has had his Sooners consistently ranked within the national Top 10 at Oklahoma since 1999. He's helped them to two National Championship appearances and one win. Stoops is another defensive-minded tactician, but he can recruit and that will go a long way for Notre Dame, as they have struggled to pull from the Texas/Oklahoma pool of football talent. Stoops knows how to work the recruiting game. Stoops would be a very smart hire for the Fighting Irish with a record of 114-28 (0.803) he can keep national championship relevant for many years to come.

Jon Gruden
Gruden's probability as coach is bit of a stretch at this point -- because he just signed a new contract with Monday Night Football on ESPN -- and it seems he may be more interested in have video games named after him in the future, rather than coach again. His unlikely combination of youthfulness and experience as a Super Bowl-winning head coach make him a viable candidate to coach in South Bend.

Kevin Coll is an avid blogger who owns, where he writes on entertainment news. Follow him on twitter @kent21685 and @fusedfilm.

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