In 2012 Charlie Weis made almost double what Brian Kelly made from the University of Notre Dame. Last season Coach Kelly made $1,088,179 as the Head Football Coach at Notre Dame. Charlie Weis received a payment of $2,054,744 from the Irish including his salary from Kansas.
When Weis was fired in 2009 he received $6,638,403 right after. He has scheduled payments from Notre Dame annually through December 2015. After it is all said and done, The University of Notre Dame will have paid Weis almost 19 million dollars ($18,966,867 to be exact).
This just goes to show how very bad the contract extension that Weis received was and is. Notre Dame jumped the gun too early like times before and gave an average coach a huge contract. Don’t get me wrong Weis was a good recruiter and very good offensively, but when you can’t stop anyone it’s hard to win football games.
As for Coach Kelly he is still in the works with Notre Dame on getting himself a new contract, which after taking a team to the national championship game is deserved, but it still needs to be within reason. This upcoming year and 2014 are the years that Notre Dame should maintain what they did last year. BCS bowl bids will now be expected and nothing less. It was like that before, but now that expectation is much more realistic.