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In this Nov. 7 photo, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis during the fourth quarter against Navy.

Weis is out, Notre Dame says

Ianello will take over until a new coach is hired

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced Monday that Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis will not be retained.

"We have great expectations for our football program, and we have not been able to meet those expectations," Swarbrick said in a written statement. "As an alumnus, Charlie understands those goals and expectations better than most, and he's as disappointed as anyone that we have not achieved the desired results."

During a news conference on campus, Swarbrick said: “The decision was harder than you might have thought, principally because of the man it involved.”

Swarbrick said he recommended the dismissal Sunday night to Notre Dame's president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins.

"We have established an evaluation process for all of our athletic programs that, in the end, results in a recommendation from Jack to me," Jenkins said in a written statement. "I accepted Jack's decision and look forward to working with him on selecting a new head football coach who is the very best choice possible for the University and especially for our student-athletes.

"I am most appreciative to Coach Weis for his service to Notre Dame and our community. He and his family have my prayers and best wishes."

Swarbrick said Rob Ianello, the Irish assistant head coach/offense, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, will take over until a new coach is hired.

Ianello has spent the past five seasons on the Notre Dame staff.

The Irish finished 6-6 and lost their final four games of the season.

Weis leaves with a 35-27 record in five years.

The Associated Press has reported that players were to attend and afternoon meeting, and a vote is expected from the players on whether they would want to play in bowl game if Notre Dame is invited.

See for yourself

To read the university statement verbatim, click here.

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