For someone who is regarded by almost everyone as a massive failure, Charlie Weis is still picking up some impressive paychecks from Notre Dame.
Weis spent five seasons as the head coach of the Fighting Irish, posting a 35-27 record with three bowl games, finishing with a 6-6 year in 2009, leading to his firing. After his South Bend tenure, Weis spent two full seasons as the Kansas head coach, fired four games into his third season with the Jayhawks. In Lawrence, his record was an abysmal 6-22.
Weis isn’t in a hurry to find a new job. Why should he? He made $2,054,744 for the reporting period of July 2013 through June 2014 according to Notre Dame’s federal tax return. He has been paid $14,857,379 already to not coach the Fighting Irish, already receiving four consecutive payments of the $2.05 million following the initial payment of $6,638,403 after his firing. By next Winter, he could end up getting up to a total of $18 million from the university for not doing anything.
They’re scheduled for “additional annual payments” through December 2015, so two more payments of what Weis received in the previous four years means his buyout money from the school would total $18,966,867. When Weis was fired from Kansas, he was still owed $5.63 million according to his contract, which will be paid monthly until December 31, 2016. He was fired on September 28, 2014.