May 24, 2013 3:00 PM by Wade Blogs
ESPN – Former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis made more from the school in the 2011 season than Brian Kelly, the man who actually coached the Irish.
Weis, now the coach at Kansas, received a buyout payment of $2,054,744 from Notre Dame as part of the agreement for his 2009 firing, according to the Chicago Tribune, which cited federal tax documents the school provided the newspaper.
Weis received the same amount for the 2010 season — in addition to the initial payment of $6,638,403 after his firing. And with the school scheduled for additional annual payments through December 2015, Weis could receive a total of $18,966,867 from Notre Dame, following four more payments of the same $2 million-plus figure from each of the past two seasons.
Kelly received $1,088,179 from the school from July 2011 to June 2012, but that likely does not present his total earnings.
I don’t know why anyone is surprised by this, Charlie Weis had boatload of years left on his contract and he got fired before it was up. It would be like the Yankees releasing A-Rod and still having to pay him. It is a business and sometimes investments go sour.
That is why you won’t see a long term contract for Brian Kelly without results. The old adage is 1 is a start, two is a rally, and three is a streak. I want to see Brian Kelly EARN a 5+ year contract by putting up another great season.
Everyone is freaking out as if Notre Dame isn’t bringing in the dough. THEY HAVE GOLD FLAKES ON THERE HELMETS. I think they can afford to have a former coach that was lackluster on the payroll.