WANTED: A coach to lead one of the most storied yet underachieving programs in all of college football.  Previous head coaching experience required, preferably at a school that has had a demonstrated history of success.  We have a beautiful stadium (pictured) and top-notch facilities, but we also have a rabid fan base that struggles with delusions that we are still the best college football program in the country.  Available immediately. Anybody?  Anybody?

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish surprised no one by firing head coach Charlie Weis on Monday after the Irish limped to a 6-6 finish, losing their last four games.  So now the school has launched a high-profile search for its next head man, with a wish list that includes some of the biggest names in all of college football.  Florida’s Urban Meyer is at the top of the wish list, but nobody believes that he will leave the Gators, which will play Alabama this weekend in the SEC championship game with the winner securing a spot in the national championship game.  Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops has also been mentioned, but he has said that he is not interested in the position.  Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz went out of his way to say how happy he and his family are in Iowa City, while Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly said on a radio show that he plans to stay in the Queen City for the foreseeable future.

So where does that leave the Fighting Irish? Well, any denial uttered by a head coach at this point in the season should be taken with a grain of salt, and we believe that Kelly would take the job if offered.  Connecticut coach Randy Edsall has been mentioned in connection with the Notre Dame post, as has East Carolina coach Skip Holtz, the son of former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz.  But the name generating the greatest amount of buzz is Stanford head man Jim Harbaugh, who led the Cardinal to its best season in years this past season.  But Notre Dame should be wary of going the Stanford route, as former head coach Tyrone Willingham was the coach at Stanford before going to South Bend, and that did not turn our so well for either side.  (more…)