Notre Dame's loss to Connecticut on Saturday did nothing to quiet the rumor mill surrounding the future of coach Charlie Weis. A change in an upcoming recruiting trip for the embattled coach won't help either.
Following the Irish's regular-season finale loss to Southern California last year, Weis stayed on the West Coast for a recruiting trip. He won't have that chance following Saturday's game against Stanford.
Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick said Tuesday that Weis will return to South Bend, Ind., after the game, and the two will likely meet within a few days to discuss the coach's future and that of the program.
"[The announcement of Weis' future] will certainly be within the following week," Swarbrick said on "The Jack Swarbrick Show" on WLS-AM 890. "Last year if I'm not mistaken, Coach Weis and I met on Tuesday to sort of review the season and evaluate the program. While I believe word sort of filtered out on Tuesday, we didn't make a formal announcement until Wednesday. I don't know that it will be exactly the same, but it will be within the week."
Weis said Tuesday during his press conference that he is not letting all the speculation get to him.
"I'm fired up to go play Stanford," he said.
Weis has a 35-26 in five seasons at his alma mater.
Weis likely will head into the regular-season finale without tailback Armando Allen Jr. Allen, who leads the Irish with 733 yards rushing, cracked a bone in his right hand in the second half against Connecticut.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.