Originally Posted by hetero doxy
i happen to know tyrone willingham personally. you are quite the not-know-it-all to write a sentence like this.
nobody has claimed notre dame unlawfully broke a contract. don't be absurd. of course such a clause existed for it to be exercised.
notre dame plays the toughest schedule in the nation. unlike UT, OU and the like, notre dame will play a top team on the road without bringing its own officials along. notre dame had some quality wins this year, at home over mich and on the road against tennessee.
the claim is the administration "panicked" quicker than they did with, say, gerry faust. after all, willingham had major college credibility going for him, while faust had none (he was a high school coach before getting the job). yes, people wonder out loud about race, esp with guys like paul hornung shooting their mouths off about eugenecist notions linking race with intellect.
if you want to argue X's and O's regarding the firing, then do so. but leave your vacuous take of the contract out of it.
My opinion of the contract is no more vacuous than yours. Had to look up the word vacuous, nice. Did your personal friend Ty Willingham discuss his contract with you before he signed it? Have you talked with him since his dismissal to get his "take" on it? Did he bother to tell you that the three year performance clause was his and his agents idea? I doubt it.
If you had bothered to read the article you would see that this was Scott Michael Edwards (the reporter) "take" of the contract, I only agreed with it.
I think I can place you in the "my mind is made up catagory".
IMHO this is the reason more Div 1 universities don't hire minority coaches. A university would be setting itself up to be called racist if the coaches don't perform and are dismissed. It would be too convenient for minority apologists to ignore the fact that a minority was hired and given a chance to succeed or fail on their own merit.
Notre Dame panicked?? Don't think so. Your comparison with Faust is right on the mark....did you notice that things did not get better with time when Faust was there. Not with Bob Davie for that matter, and Davie did have previous major college credibility going for him. Maybe you have heard the saying "you learn from your mistakes or you are doomed to repeat them".
As for Paul Horning, I do not believe that he is employed by the University of Notre Dame. He does not speak for the University and his opinions are his own. He has his, you obviously have yours.
As for the Xs and Os of the firing. Yes, the Irish did beat Michigan and Tennessee, they also lost to BYU and Boston College. This inconsistency was one of the complaints during Willinghams tenure.
And no....unlike some people, I am not a know it all nor do I claim to be.