Team preview: Notre Dame

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: September 2, 2005, 3:54 PM ET
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(All information as of July 1, 2005)

COACH AND PROGRAM

After the firing of Ty Willingham and a subsequent search for Willingham's replacement that left the university with its fair share of egg on its face, Notre Dame thinks it has made a wise choice as its next football coach.

Actually, the school made a Weis choice.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, one of the NFL's most fertile minds, and the Irish agreed on a six-year, $12 million deal to make the 49-year-old alum Notre Dame's new coach.