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The 2009 Coaching Search and a New Era

Ten years ago this week, Jack Swarbrick made one of the most consequential decisions in Notre Dame football history in hiring the 29th head coach of the Fighting Irish. This installment is no longer Charlie Weis' Last Stand, but instead the first glimpse at Brian Kelly. Previous Entries Preseason Nevada Michigan Michigan State Purdue Washington [...]

By |2019-12-04T10:13:10-05:00December 4th, 2019|18S Reads|13 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: Going Down in a Blaze of Glory

When this series began, a top-25 Notre Dame under Charlie Weis walloped Nevada to begin a hopeful 2009 season. Three months later, the Irish staggered into Palo Alto after three straight losses hoping to send their doomed coach out with a victory against a growing nemesis in the West. Previous Entries Preseason Nevada Michigan Michigan [...]

By |2019-11-27T22:27:31-05:00November 27th, 2019|18S Reads|5 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: Senior Day Sadness

Last week, the Irish lost to #12 Pitt at Heinz Field and Charlie Weis' fate was effectively sealed. As this series winds down, we'll take a look at the last home game of the Weis Era against UConn. Previous Entries Preseason Nevada Michigan Michigan State Purdue Washington USC Boston College Washington State Navy Pitt One [...]

By |2019-11-20T12:17:15-05:00November 20th, 2019|18S Reads|9 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: Twisting the Dagger

In the previous installment of this series, Notre Dame unloaded an automatic rifle into both of its feet in losing to Navy at home. This week, the Irish were faced with a must-win game at #12 Pitt. Previous Entries Preseason Nevada Michigan Michigan State Purdue Washington USC Boston College Washington State Navy Do or Die [...]

By |2019-11-13T12:19:18-05:00November 13th, 2019|18S Reads|2 Comments

Duke Preview: Into the Devil’s Den in Durham

When Charlie Weis became Notre Dame head coach in late-2004, he hired David Cutcliffe as his first offensive coordinator. Cutcliffe had just been fired by Ole Miss after his only losing season in Oxford, a mistake the Rebels would come to regret. However, Cutcliffe suffered a heart attack just before fall camp in 2005 and [...]

By |2019-11-08T09:58:01-05:00November 8th, 2019|18S Reads, Football|8 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: Middies Torpedo Irish Dreams

The title says it all, doesn't it? Ten years ago this week, Notre Dame suffered a catastrophic loss at home to Navy. It marked the true beginning of the end for the Weis era. Previous Entries Preseason Nevada Michigan Michigan State Purdue Washington USC Boston College Washington State It Can't Happen Twice, Can it? On [...]

By |2019-11-07T15:31:29-05:00November 6th, 2019|18S Reads|2 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: A First, and a Last

Last week, the Irish were lucky to escape at home against Boston College in their first victory over the Eagles since 2000. The Irish went on the road to play moribund Washington State the following week, but not in Pullman. Instead, this week marked the first ever Shamrock Series game, and the final victory of [...]

By |2019-10-30T18:45:32-04:00October 30th, 2019|18S Reads|9 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: The End of a Headache

Last week in this series, the Irish fell three yards short of potentially taking down 6th-ranked USC. It was Notre Dame's eighth straight loss to the Trojans, but this week Weis would get a chance to end a six-game skid to Boston College. The Unholy Decade I mentioned in the 2009 Michigan State recap that [...]

By |2019-10-23T16:20:05-04:00October 23rd, 2019|18S Reads|9 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: Trojans Hold Off Pesky Irish

Yes, that is a twist on the title of Eric's USC Review from this past weekend. I suppose it's fitting that ten years after the Irish nearly took down a top-10 USC team in South Bend, the Trojans nearly did the same to ND last Saturday. This week's edition of Charlie Weis' Last Stand will [...]

By |2019-10-16T15:13:15-04:00October 16th, 2019|18S Reads|8 Comments

Southern Cal Preview: A Wounded but Dangerous Foe

For the past few weeks at 18Stripes, we've been chronicling Charlie Weis's fateful last year in South Bend (Click here for the awesome UW game). The next installment will be the 2009 USC-ND game when the Irish tried to knock off the title-contending Trojans in order to help save Weis' job. At the time, USC [...]

By |2019-10-10T21:19:44-04:00October 11th, 2019|Football|5 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: Peak Insanity?

Last week, Notre Dame survived against a scrappy Purdue team despite missing several key players. Ten years ago this week, the Irish played one of the zaniest games of the last 20 years against upstart Washington. A Sark Attack The 2008 Washington Huskies might have been the worst major conference team of the BCS era. [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:01:29-04:00October 2nd, 2019|18S Reads|14 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: The Crazy Train Makes a Stop at Purdue

Last week in this series, the famous Tate leap into the Michigan State band was documented as the Irish downed the Spartans. This week, Notre Dame traveled to West Lafayette to take on a team preparing for their Super Bowl. Hope Springs Eternal? 2008 was a horrid season for Purdue, as the team went 4-8 [...]

By |2019-09-25T21:58:25-04:00September 25th, 2019|18S Reads|5 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: A Massive, Avoidable Stumble

In week one, Notre Dame destroyed a decent Nevada squad 35-0 in South Bend. Ten years ago this week, the Irish traveled to Ann Arbor to take on RichRod's second Michigan team. A Forcier to be reckoned with? The 2008 Michigan Wolverines were a complete disaster, finishing 3-9 and losing five games by 18 or [...]

By |2019-09-11T16:51:28-04:00September 11th, 2019|18S Reads, Football|13 Comments

Charlie Weis’ Last Stand: “It doesn’t get much better than that”

Last week, we set the stage for the 2009 football season and the wild ride ahead for Notre Dame. This week is game week, as the Irish took on the Nevada Wolf Pack on September 5th in South Bend. Here Comes the Pistol The teaser for this game mentioned Colin Kaepernick, who might be the [...]

By |2019-09-04T18:32:22-04:00September 4th, 2019|18S Reads, Football|18 Comments