By Tyler Springs
According to a report made yesterday afternoon, former Ravens coach Brian Billick is being considered as a candidate for the presumed opening at Notre Dame following the expected firing of head coach Charlie Weis at the end of the season. The report stated that sources close to the situation say Billick is thought to be "a strong and viable candidate for that opportunity."
Why It's Smart
Billick is a religious man, so he shouldn't have trouble adjusting to South Bend's Catholic attitude. He's also a offensive-minded coach, which meshes well with the Irish's traditionally pro-style offense. He's a very open, personable, outspoken guy, which is something Notre Dame football needs from the face of their program. He believes in his players and will defend them tooth and nail.
Why It's Dumb
Considering Billick's well-known propensity for running laid-back training camps, he doesn't seem like the kind of coach needed to hold college kids accountable for their actions. Granted, we're not talking about Tennessee here, but when you're 18 or 19 years old and you're on Notre Dame's football team, your head can swell very quickly. He last coached in college as a graduate assistant in the early '90s, and if Weis' struggles are any indication, he may have significant trouble in his first few years (if he makes it that long).
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