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    Willingham fired at Notre Dame

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Coach Tyrone Willingham was fired by Notre Dame on Tuesday after three seasons in which he failed to return one of the nation's most storied football programs to prominence.

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    Willingham went 21-15, including 6-5 this season. The Fighting Irish lost 41-10 to No. 1 Southern California on Saturday.

    "We simply have not made the progress on the field that we need to make," athletic director Kevin White said.

    Players are considering not playing in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28, and White said he didn't know who would coach the game. Notre Dame accepted the invitation to the game on Sunday.

    Willingham's firing comes after a season in which the Irish pulled off upset victories over Michigan and Tennessee but also were beaten badly by USC and Purdue. Student groups were planning a protest on campus Tuesday evening to call for Willingham's firing; he faced criticism from fans much of the season.


    Tyrone Willingham began his Notre Dame career 8-0, but is 13-15 since. (AP)
    White praised Willingham's handling of the team, especially the Irish's strong academic record.

    "From Sunday through Friday our football program has exceeded all expectations, in every way," he said. "But on Saturday, we've struggled. We've been up and down and sideways a little bit."

    White and Willingham met with some players Tuesday to tell them of the firing.

    "As a player, you think it's our fault. We didn't get the job done," senior tight end Jared Clark said. "I think coach Willingham was a great coach and I enjoyed playing under him."

    Notre Dame's loss to USC on Saturday marked the fifth time the Irish lost by 31 points or more under Willingham -- including three against the rival Trojans. By comparison, former coach Bob Davie's team had just one such loss; Lou Holtz and Dan Devine had none.

    Notre Dame hired Willingham, the first black head coach in any sport for the Irish, from Stanford to replace George O'Leary. The former Georgia Tech coach resigned five days after taking the job because he lied about his academic and athletic achievements on his resumé.

    With Tony Samuel fired by New Mexico State and Fitz Hill resigning from San Jose State last week, there are now only two black head coaches in Division I-A: Karl Dorrell at UCLA and Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State.

    In his first season, Willingham had many fans recalling Notre Dame's glory days, taking over a losing squad and turning things around immediately. The Irish won eight straight games to start the season before finishing 10-3 and going to the Gator Bowl.

    But during his second year, the Irish fell to 5-7, with four of their losses coming by 26 points or more. It was Notre Dame's third losing record in five seasons, the team's worst stretch in 115 years of football.

    Willingham's Career Record
    Year School Record
    2004 Notre Dame 6-5
    2003 Notre Dame 5-7
    2002 Notre Dame 10-3
    2001 Stanford 9-3
    2000 Stanford 5-6
    1999 Stanford 8-4
    1998 Stanford 3-8
    1997 Stanford 5-6
    1996 Stanford 7-5
    1995 Stanford 7-4-1
    Totals 10 Years 65-51-1
    One coach certain to be mentioned as a possible replacement for Willingham is Utah's Urban Meyer, an Irish assistant during 1996-2000. The Utes are 11-0 and ranked No. 5 in their second year under Meyer.

    Meyer said he hadn't heard about Willingham's departure from Notre Dame until he was asked about it by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

    Asked whether he has had any contact with Notre Dame or whether he would be interested in coaching the Fighting Irish, Meyer responded: "I won't comment on it."

    Notre Dame has won eight AP college football national championships, more than any other school, with the last in the 1988 season under Holtz. Players from the school have won the Heisman Trophy seven times, also the most in college football.

    But the Irish haven't won a bowl game since ending the 1993 season ranked No. 2 after beating Texas A&M 24-21 in the Cotton Bowl. Since then, the Irish have lost six straight postseason games.

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    The team in my avatar went 12-0 this season against four ranked opponents. Yes, they had a tough time yesterday against Big Orange (TN), but if they're not #1 or #2 in the BCS tomorrow, there is no justice in the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phat32
    The team in my avatar went 12-0 this season against four ranked opponents. Yes, they had a tough time yesterday against Big Orange (TN), but if they're not #1 or #2 in the BCS tomorrow, there is no justice in the world.
    sorry phat, someone has to pay the price because of the stupid BCS system every year.

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    The BCS is just ridiculous. Auburn gets aced out and California is mysteriously not in the Rose Bowl. Playoffs now people.

    P.S. I know it can't happen until the current contract runs out.

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    The BCS has one too many C's
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    Just gotta say with all the whining Cal did over Texas being in the Rose Bowl :phhht ! Can you say "Open mouth Insert Foot...Rodgers??"

    GREAT JOB LONGHORNS!! ROSE BOWL CHAMPIONS!
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    Uhm, Cal was without nearly all of their starting wide receivers, and they still deserved the bid far more than Texas (and getting to play a poor Michigan team).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill
    Uhm, Cal was without nearly all of their starting wide receivers, and they still deserved the bid far more than Texas (and getting to play a poor Michigan team).
    The excuses for Cal begin. Texas deserved to be there and they proved it. Cal should have been more mature and respectful instead of all the trash talking. Texas has been overlooked for big bowl games MANY times and you never heard any of them going on TV and trash talking the team that received the bid over them. Winners with Class ~ Way to Go Longhorns!!
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    Ummm, Melitta, first congratulations on Texas's victory. It was an entertaining game. I seem to remember a not very dignified Mack Brown begging for BCS votes before though. The problem with the BCS is that someone is always disappointed. This year it's the long suffering Cal fans. The Rose Bowl means a lot to Pac 10 fans. My real problem is with a ridiculous system that lets Pitt into a BCS game.

    That being said, USC which barely beat Cal is pummeling Oklahoma at half time. Oklahoma may come back in the second half but right now they are being thoroughly outplayed. As an aside I hate, hate, hate the Orange Bowl halftime. Could it be any frigging longer?

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