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Congratulations?

Tae Kang | Tuesday, November 10, 2009

 Congratulations on yet another signature loss, Charlie Weis! All the ingredients were there. The way that you motivated our team to come out flat in Notre Dame Stadium? It’s unbelievable. The lack of physical domination displayed by our team, especially our lines which only outweighed and not outplayed Navy? It was fascinating to watch. I especially enjoy how you continue to lead our team like the other coaches that earn comparable salaries to you (ex. Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, etc.). It’s historic. Losing to Navy two out of three years? Starting another November meltdown? Isn’t that what we call a return on an investment when the university gave you an extension?

Maybe you and the team did not want to seize upon the opportunity to really enter the BCS conversation especially when so many factors this weekend seemed to fall in our favor. It’s possible that we really enjoyed playing in Hawaii last year and just wanted to make a return appearance. It’s where our players can perform back flips rather than tackles. Where you can talk a big game rather than actually play in one. On the other hand, Navy seemed really motivated to play us. You can ask about things like “killer instinct” and “desire” when you call your NFL contacts this week. Maybe the Navy players saw you flash your four Super Bowl rings and wanted to play for a winner — albeit the other team. Perhaps, it was just the game plan. After all, who doesn’t enjoy watching highly recruited players chase after guys who will never go to the NFL?
 
As you like to say after each and every one of these signature losses, “Where do we go from here fellas?” One proposition is that you learn how to motivate a team by watching Friday Night Lights coach Eric Taylor each week. You both are part of the NBC family and that fictional coach might actually teach you something. Another is to take a hint from the new documentary on Michael Jackson and realize that “this is it” for your head coaching career and simply resign.
 
Tae Kang
grad student
off campus
Nov. 8

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The Observer is a Student-run, daily print & online newspaper serving Notre Dame & Saint Mary's. Learn more about us.

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Congratulations?

Tae Kang | Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Congratulations on yet another signature loss, Charlie Weis! All the ingredients were there. The way that you motivated our team to come out flat in Notre Dame Stadium? It’s unbelievable. The lack of physical domination displayed by our team, especially our lines which only outweighed and not outplayed Navy? It was fascinating to watch. I especially enjoy how you continue to lead our team like the other coaches that earn comparable salaries to you (ex. Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, etc.). It’s historic. Losing to Navy two out of three years? Starting another November meltdown? Isn’t that what we call a return on an investment when the university gave you an extension?

Maybe you and the team did not want to seize upon the opportunity to really enter the BCS conversation especially when so many factors this weekend seemed to fall in our favor. It’s possible that we really enjoyed playing in Hawaii last year and just wanted to make a return appearance. It’s where our players can perform back flips rather than tackles. Where you can talk a big game rather than actually play in one. On the other hand, Navy seemed really motivated to play us. You can ask about things like “killer instinct” and “desire” when you call your NFL contacts this week. Maybe the Navy players saw you flash your four Super Bowl rings and wanted to play for a winner — albeit the other team. Perhaps, it was just the game plan. After all, who doesn’t enjoy watching highly recruited players chase after guys who will never go to the NFL?

As you like to say after each and every one of these signature losses, “Where do we go from here fellas?” One proposition is that you learn how to motivate a team by watching Friday Night Lights coach Eric Taylor each week. You both are part of the NBC family and that fictional coach might actually teach you something. Another is to take a hint from the new documentary on Michael Jackson and realize that “this is it” for your head coaching career and simply resign. 

Tae Kang

grad student

off campus

Nov. 8