Monday, December 06, 2004

Fassel throws his name in the ring | by Mike

As mentioned below, the Chicago Tribune has reported that Jim Fassel is interested in the Notre Dame job. No direct quotes from Fassel himself, but there may be something to be said for a coach that doesn't publicly comment on ongoing discussions (if indeed, any are occuring). Also mentions Tom Clements' interest.

Fassel makes it known he'd like Irish job
By Avani Patel
Tribune staff reporter
December 5, 2004, 11:34 PM CST

Jim Fassel, who led the New York Giants to the Super Bowl in 2001 and was fired after last season, may be interested in trying his hand at resurrecting the Irish program, according to a friend and former associate.


Former Irish quarterback Tom Clements, the offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills, also is very interested in returning to his alma mater as the head coach. Clements played in the Canadian Football League before working as a lawyer. He returned to coaching in 1992, when he took a job as the quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame under Lou Holtz.

Clements stayed in South Bend through 1995 and went to the NFL in 1997, when he joined the New Orleans Saints' staff. With only four years of college coaching experience, Clements knows he is a long shot...


  1. Personally I don't know what to think of Fassel.
    Shanahan is the 'sexier' choice, of course. But
    Fassel's certainly competent. One problem as I see it
    is that Fassel isn't going to make anyone forget the
    Urban Meyer clusterfuck, while Shanahan probably
    would, and immediately. Fassel would have to get some
    big wins under his belt to clear the air.

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  3. How much you wanna bet the conversation went something like this...

    Fassel: I'm interested.

    ND: We're not.

    (later, at the hotel bar)

    Fassel (to his press agent): Let everyone know I turned them down.