Irish prestige drops in 13-year drought

Originally Published: November 30, 2009
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Notre Dame made official Monday what was known to be true for some time. Charlie Weis, after five seasons and a 35-27 record, is out as Notre Dame head coach.

The search for his replacement promises to be as closely-followed as his departure. In the meantime, let's consider Notre Dame's place among the nation's top programs in recent years.

Of the top 15 programs of all-time as tabulated in 2008 by ESPN's stats and research department, Notre Dame lags behind the other 14 from 1997 ...

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