Charlie Weis Signs with Notre Dame through 2015

Notre Dame has inked Charlie Weis to a contract extension that will keep him as the Fighting Irish head coach through 2015.

Notre Dame to extend Weis’ contract through 2015 (ESPN)

Charlie Weis will sign a contract extension with Notre Dame, ending speculation that he will return to the NFL as a head coach, ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit reported Saturday. Beginning next season, the new 10-year deal will keep Weis at Notre Dame through 2015.

The No. 9 Fighting Irish are 5-2 this season going into Saturday’s game against Tennessee.

Weis became the first Notre Dame graduate to coach the team since Hugh Devore served as interim coach in 1963, signing a six-year contract with Notre Dame in December, in the midst of his ninth season with the New England Patriots, his fifth as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Interesting. Of course, contracts for sports coaches tend to be one-way, with coaches routinely walking away from them. Schools fire coaches under contract routinely, too–indeed, Notre Dame fired Tyrone Willingham three years into a five year deal to hire Weis–but they at least pay out. Teams are reluctant to force a coach who wants to be elsewhere to hang around, however.

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