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The New Gold Standard: Charlie Weis and Notre Dame's Rise to Glory [Hardcover]

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From the most storied school in college football history . . .The Gold Standard -- abandoned by most of the world in the 1930s -- has been an article of faith in South Bend, Indiana, for almost a century. Mere winning records and second-tier bowl games? Not good enough for Fighting Irish fans. No college football program has produced more national championships, more All-Americans, and more Heisman Trophy winners than Notre Dame. But recently, not so much: no national championship since 1988, only one All-American since 1994, and a combined 11-12 record in the 2003-2004 seasons. So out went Tyrone Willingham, fired just three years into a five-year contract, the first Irish coach ever to be dismissed before the end of his deal. In came Charlie Weis, a forty-nine-year-old Notre Dame grad with no head coaching experience but four Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach. Weis proved, in the space of a single season, to be a football maestro with a hard edge, a brilliant mind, an affinity for detail, and an uncanny sense of how to motivate people. He returned a program mired in the blahs to its rightful (and historic) place among college football's elite. This book takes you inside a season unlike any other in Fighting Irish history -- and inside Weis's master plan for restoring the Gold Standard in South Bend.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 5, 2006
Publisher   ESPN
ISBN  1933060204  
ISBN13  9781933060200  

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Seriously? glamour book for a less than glamourous program...  Sep 7, 2008
My the program is the most self-righteous program in all of college football trying to show the country morals (that it doesnt even have)...

Lets see how bad Weis has been with his players (2007)... the only time he won was with... drumroll please... Willingham's players... Brady Quinn that stringbean receiver and the like... it is amazing how everyone likes to blame Willingham for "poor recruiting" for last season's disaster (actually more a sign of notre lame's true colors) but without Willingham's recruiting the 3 and whatever record would have happened the previous two seasons as well...

notre dame football fans tend to not have any real sense of football knowledge as well as their horrible sense of entitlement which is not deserved...

rise to glory??? more like settling into mediocracy...
Where were all the bashers before?  Aug 1, 2008
I've never actually read this book, but neither have most of the reviewers here and that didn't stop them from writing a review.
Funny how all but one of the bashers didn't write a review for this book until the Irish hit rock bottom in 2007. Where were y'all hiding?
If Weis won with Willingham recruits, I guess Willingham won with Davie recruits since his only respectable season was his first. Weis also got a late start in recruiting because he was still coaching the Patriots to a Super Bowl championship. 2007 was a perfect storm as we see the results of Willingham's downward turn in recruiting. We've only gotten a glimpse of what Weis' recruits can do and they were still too young to make an assessment. He's been able to bring in Top Ten recruiting classes since he finally got the time to recruit full time. He's already been able to recruit two 5 star QB's. We should start to see an upswing in 2008 and look out in 2009. Bash the Irish while you can because here they come. Of course if they fall on their faces I'll be first in line to call for Weis' termination. He may still not be the right guy for the job, but that doesn't make Willingham any better. BTW, how have his Huskies done since he got there? Early prediction: Notre Dame handles them fairly easily (again) this season.

(Oh, and for one reviewer, South Bend is two words.)
Written too soon  Dec 3, 2007
I like how the author made this book come together. Of course you can write any coach is good after having his first good season, and 2nd, but he had Brady Quinn as QB. He lost that, and now he has nothing...His stats are almost identical to Willingham's now, far from a gold standard. Maybe the author should have waited to publish the book before just thinking about $$$ since anything with ND+Football in its title will sell to the over obsessive fans over a crappy program.
Perfect Timing  Nov 17, 2007
This is one of the best works of fiction in the twenty-first century. Hats off to Charlie Weis, the Notre Dame football team and entire Southbend community!
Rudy It Ain't  Nov 10, 2007
Title ranks up there with "Dewey Defeats Truman." this site should pair this book with Bob Hill's "Basketball: Coaching for Success".

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