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Remember how Charlie Weis was unceremoniously fired from Notre Dame after leading the Fighting Irish to a 3-6 record in 2007 and then engineering two more seasons of barely .500 records?
In case you don’t, well, it happened. To make the guy look even worse (which is tough to do considering his aversion to pretty much any food that might be considered “healthy”), his replacement, Brian Kelly, came in and led the Golden Domers to a 12-0 regular season record and a berth in the national championship game only three seasons later.
But that does not mean Notre Dame had to pay their new coach — because they still have to deal with Weis’ bloated buyout clause.
You read that right: In 2011, Kelly was paid $1,088,179 to begin what would eventually be a national title push, while Notre Dame paid Weis a whopping $2,054,744 to not coach for the school. The numbers come to us from the Chicago Tribune and ESPN.
And the albatross will not be off the school’s books for ages, either. After Weis was canned in 2009, he received a payment of $6,638,403 to go away, but the buyout of the big man was on. He received the same $2,054,744 in 2010 that he got in 2011 and he will be getting four more $2 million-plus payments by the time the buyout is finally complete.
In all, the Irish will have paid Weis $18,966,867 to stay as far from South Bend as possible.
That’s a lot of Happy Meals for the 300-plus pounder and former high school football player. No, in case you were wondering, Weis did not play college football.
Although he’s getting paid better than everyone playing college ball right now, that’s for sure.