Former Notre Dame Coaches Look To Turn Around Struggling Programs

Taking over football programs that are picked to finish dead last in their respective conferences isn’t something many coaches would go crazy over. In fact, it might force them not to accept the job in the first place.

That’s not the case for Bob Davie and Charlie Weis.

Davie, a former Notre Dame coach and ESPN broadcaster, takes over a New Mexico squad that has finished 1-11 the past three seasons under head coach Mike Locksley. The Lobos may also end up 10 scholarships short of the 85-man limit.

Then there is Weis. Most notable for his stint in South Bend where the Irish went 35-27 during his five-year tenure and recently as the offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators. He arrives in Kansas where the Jayhawks have managed to go 18-31 since their trip to the Orange Bowl just five short years ago.

Tougher Job? Davie without question.

Weis not only brings along former Irish quarterback Dayne Crist but two other recruits as well in Mike Ragone and Anthony McDonald. He’s a more recognized name by recruits who decide to choose Kansas as their destination to play college ball.

Ten years from the sidelines and out of the broadcast booth comes Davie. He hasn’t coached in this new era of college football we have seen during the past decade. He’s not at Notre Dame anymore where he used the Irish brand to lure recruits to South Bend.

He now has to recruit players to Albuquerque where nearly a half-century has passed since the Lobos have won a conference title. Not quite the recipe for success for the 57-year-old Davie.

Both coaches bring a great amount of experience and knowledge to their new programs. Success needs to happen NOW for both Davie and Weis.

They aren’t spring chickens anymore these days.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

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