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Life will go on for pair of local players

– The news that Notre Dame had fired Charlie Weis after five seasons and a 35-27 record at the school didn’t surprise many people Monday.

Especially not the fathers of Irish sophomore receiver John Goodman and freshman tight end Tyler Eifert, who both starred at Bishop Dwenger.

Andy Goodman, John’s father, and Greg Eifert, Tyler’s dad, said they talked to their sons after the players were informed that Weis would not return.

“I think they all kind of had a feeling it was coming,” Andy Goodman said. “It is kind of scary for (John). He was recruited by Weis and his coaches, and there is a chance they may all be gone.”

Greg Eifert, a former Purdue basketball player, said Tyler was sad after hearing Weis had been fired.

“Coach Weis is the coach who gave him the opportunity to be at Notre Dame,” Greg Eifert said. “At the same time, I think he realizes that Coach Weis realizes that it is probably time for somebody to take it to the next level.”

And both players will be there to help the new coach take the Irish to the next level, according to their fathers.

John Goodman, who did not play as a freshman, still has three years of eligibility. And Tyler Eifert, whose season was cut short by a bulging disc in his back, can apply for medical redshirt and have four years of eligibility remaining.

“I think he has his eyes on the big prize, which is his Notre Dame degree,” Andy Goodman said of John.

Todd Haines, president of the Notre Dame Alumni Association of Fort Wayne, said it was good for the university to answer questions quickly about Weis’ future. Haines also credited Weis with building a good foundation for the future.

“You have to give Charlie some credit,” Haines said. “I think the program is in a lot better shape now than it was five years ago.

“But he just seemed to be missing that intangible ability to motivate people. Not everybody has that. If (former Notre Dame coach) Lou Holtz could bottle that and sell it, he would be a multi-millionaire.”

tkrausz@jg.net

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