2008 Hawaii Bowl – Charlie Weis Era at Notre Dame Finally Arrives, Irish Speed Past Hawaii, 49-21

It was a very, very long two years, but the Charlie Weis Era at Notre Dame finally arrived at the Hawaii Bowl when the Fighting Irish flew by a slower Hawaii team, 49-21, mercifully ending Notre Dame’s negative, burdensome 9-game bowl losing streak. The Irish had not won since its 24-21 victory over Texas A&M in the 1994 Cotton Bowl, 15 years ago following the 1993 season.

When Notre Dame’s regular season just ended at a very average 6-6 mark following a 3-9 season a year ago, it was questionable whether the apologists outnumbered the rabid Irish fans who were calling for Charlie Weis’ head on a platter. It was not like Weis had taken over a successful program and ran it into the ground.

He had inherited a team that Tyrone Willingham had taken to an 11-12 record over two seasons and, given the recruiting talent he inherited from Willingham, took Notre Dame to a 9-3 record his first year before losing in a BCS Fiesta Bowl game.

Weis’ second season was 10-3 but then his Irish suffered a second straight loss in a BCS Sugar Bowl game. There were rumblings already among the Notre Dame faithful, who are very faithful to the Fighting Irish tradition but impatient and disloyal to its losing coaches. That is because the Notre Dame tradition is unmatchable in college football history.

Notre Dame has 11 consensus national championships and has been selected for 10 other shared national championships. Notre Dame has 102 winning seasons in 120 years of play, has had 12 undefeated seasons and another 10 with at most only 1 loss or tie. Notre Dame has the 2nd highest winning percentage (.736) among all Division I-A schools, second only to Michigan (.738).

Notre Dame has the storybook coaches, including Knute ufabet เข้าสู่ระบบทางเข้า Rockne (105-12-5), Frank Leahy (87-11-9), Ara Parseghian (95-17-4) and Lou Holtz (100-30-2). And the players. The Fighting Irish have 7 Heisman Trophy winners and have produced more All Americans than any other school.

When you go 9-15 over 2 seasons at Notre Dame, you are in trouble and Charlie Weis was until the Hawaii Bowl. The Irish faithful kept asking “where is all of the talent he was supposedly recruiting?” A lot of that freshman and sophomore talent finally showed up big time in the Hawaii Bowl. Sure, you can argue that Hawaii is not exactly the powerhouse of college football, but for those who watched the gam