It's once again time to check in on developments at South Bend. Notre Dame was finally eliminated from bowl consideration — BCS or otherwise — when USC thumped the Fighting Irish, 38-0. That score looked familiar to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, and research proved him right! Notre Dame lost last month to Michigan, 38-0.
That got Wilner thinking, so he decided to compare Crewcut Charlie Weis' record through 33 games against Tyrone Willingham, the man he replaced. They each logged 20-13 records and were both 0-3 against USC.
Then it gets really interesting. Record vs. Michigan: Willingham (2-1) and Weis (1-2). Point Differential vs. Michigan: Willingham (-28) and Weis (-57). Record vs. ranked opponents: Willingham (7-8) and Weis (4-8).
But have the Fighting Irish been good cinema? Sports By Brooks confirms our worst fears: Notre Dame telecasts are at the lowest point of the team's 17-year relationship with NBC.
No wonder Weis has regained the top spot in this week's Coaches Hot Seat rankings.