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Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said at 6-5 it would be hard to argue his case if the university decided to go in another direction.

Firing would be hard to argue, Weis says

Charlie Weis' own words make it hard for the coach to disagree with Notre Dame if the university decided this would be his final season with the program.

When Weis was hired five years ago he said 6-5 wasn't good enough. The Irish were 6-5 when Tyrone Willingham was fired.

"I still agree with that," Weis said of the unacceptable record during his Sunday news conference.

Notre Dame is 6-5 again after Saturday's 33-30 double-overtime loss to Connecticut, and Weis' .573 winning percentage (35-26) has dipped below his predecessors Willingham and Bob Davie, who had .583 winning percentages when they were fired.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick has said a decision on Weis' future will not be made until after the Irish complete the season Saturday at Stanford.

But if the decision was to end Weis' tenure, the fifth-year coach said he would understand the verdict.

"I'd have a tough time arguing with that," said Weis, whose contract runs through 2015. "Because 6-5 isn't good enough. Especially when you've lost five games by a touchdown or less. And several three-point games and you're right down to the wire."

On Sunday, Weis said he had not spoken with Swarbrick since the two were in the locker room after Notre Dame's loss to Connecticut on Senior Day.

Weis said his intent is to remain at Notre Dame and that resignation was not an option.

He also declined to answer questions about what direction the program was heading and said the focus will be getting the players ready for the final game after suffering another close loss.

"I think that the most important thing for Coach Weis and the coaching staff is to make sure we do all we can to give our players the best plan to be in position to beat Stanford," Weis said. "That might sound like coach-speak, but it's also reality.

"I think that we'll have plenty of time for me to answer that question more in detail at a later date."