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Once the darling of college football as he led Notre Dame to a 9-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl berth in his very first season as a head coach (and in doing so earning a 10 year contract extension worth $30-40 million), Charlie Weis was fired this morning as head coach of the University of Kansas football team.

If you look at the Jayhawks’ record with Weis at the helm, the move makes sense. They went 6-22 in his 28 games, including a hideous 1-18 record in the Big 12.

In a statement, Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger said:

“I normally do not favor changing coaches mid-season, but I believe we have talented coaches and players in this program, and I think this decision gives our players the best chance to begin making progress right away.

I appreciate what Coach Weis did with several facets of our football program, but we have not made the on-the-field progress we believe we should. I believe new leadership gives our coaches and players the best chance to make a fresh start.”

No that you would, but don’t concern yourself with where Weis’ next meal will come from; he’s still going to get the $7-plus million remaining on his contract.

[via SB Nation]