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The New Gold Standard: Charlie Weis and Notre Dame's Rise to Glory Hardcover – September 5, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: ESPN (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933060204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933060200
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,719,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the most storied school in college football history . . .

The Gold Standard -- abandoned by most of the world in the 1930s -- has been an article of faith in South Bend, Indiana, for almost a century. Mere winning records and second-tier bowl games? Not good enough for Fighting Irish fans. No college football program has produced more national championships, more consensus All-Americans, and more Heisman Trophy winners than Notre Dame. But recently, not so much: no national championship since 1988 and a combined 11–13 record in the 2003-2004 seasons. So out went Tyrone Willingham, fired just three years into his tenure, the first Irish coach ever to be dismissed before the end of his original deal. In came Charlie Weis, a forty-eight-year-old Notre Dame grad with four Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach. Weis proved, in the space of a single season, to be a football maestro with a hard edge, a brilliant mind, an affinity for detail, and an uncanny sense of how to motivate people. He returned a program mired in the blahs to its rightful (and historic) place among college football’s elite. This book takes you inside a season unlike any other in Fighting Irish history -- and inside Weis’s master plan for restoring the Gold Standard in South Bend.

About the Author

One of the foremost authorities on Notre Dame football, Tim Prister, forty-six, has been writing about the Fighting Irish since 1980. He served as editor of Blue& Gold Illustrated for twenty seasons before being named senior writer for the publication in 2003. He also covers Notre Dame football and basketball for The Indianapolis Star and Athlon magazine. He joined IrishIllustrated.com of the Rivals network in July 2006. Prister authored the book What It Means to Be Fighting Irish in 2004. He co-authored The Best of Blue & Gold Illustrated in 1990 with another longtime Notre Dame football historian, Lou Somogyi.

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68 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. on September 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Notre Dame hasn't won a bowl game in twenty years. They've been embarassed by top competition for the last five or ten years. They have the lowest ranked offense in the Division 1-A this year, with a grand total of -14 yards rushing through week 3. They have, perhaps, the worst offensive line I have ever seen a prominent program allow onto the field. Charlie Weis lied to QB Demetrius Jones (promising him the starting job, then handing it to Claussen), then threw a temper tantrum and refused to release Jones from his scholarship when he transferred. Where is the "decided schematic advantage" promised by Weis when he took the job? Where are the recruits? A lot of teams have to play underclassmen, but they manage to score an offensive touchdown within the first month of the season.

Oh, and Charlie Weis likely was the benefit of the Patriots' systematic and illegal cheating.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bob on October 16, 2007
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This is a book written before the facts were in. Not only is Coach W destroying what great progress Tyrone was making, but it is heading way, way down in the wrong direction. Weis did manage to take ND to two BCS games, but both were undeserved berths - the team was wiped all over the field each time.

Year one, Weis did fine... 9-3 - using Tyrone's players. Year two, not so bad, though easier schedule 10-3 overall.. again using Heisman Candidate Quinn... another Willingham recruit. Now this year, 2007, Charlie stands on most of his own scheme and own players. What do we have? 1-6 through first 7 games. One of the worst offenses in the country, if not the worst. Probably the worst defense. Lies to media and players. Five players have left the school. Players have been charged with crimes. Plenty of "going on 4th and 6 from your own 22 yard line" in the first half. Also, plenty of suing Doctors for your hogie addiction.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reed Bell on November 3, 2007
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Go Navy! Why would you write this book in the first place? "The New Gold Standard"? On what how to ruin a program? Or is this season part of his master plan: to win a bowl game? Well Notre Dame fans you have him for ten more years. Maybe in that time he will win one meaningful game. He has the same record that Ty did when he was fired, but I guess you would not want to think about that when you have the self proclaimed smartest man in all football.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. damsen on November 3, 2007
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Mr. Brilliant just ended a 43 year winning streak over the Midshipmen. . . SUCH a genius!
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By William F. Griffith on September 19, 2007
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What a joke. 0-3 with -14 yards rushing? I guess this is Willingham's fault as well? Before becoming a dynasty they may want to think about scoring an offensive touchdown this year. Geaux TIGERS!! Remeber them ND fans?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 25, 2007
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Well, here we are two years later and Notre Dame is the laughingstock of the nation with its 1-7 record. Charlie Weis has exactly the same record (20-13) as his disgraced predecessor, Tyrone Willingham. Think it was a tad premature to write this book?

As for the book itself, it's pure fluff and already seems laughably outdated. I suppose it's worth reading for the unintentional comedy it provides.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Martin on November 17, 2007
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This is one of the best works of fiction in the twenty-first century. Hats off to Charlie Weis, the Notre Dame football team and entire Southbend community!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Basich on November 24, 2008
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I have not read this book myself .Am a loyal die hard Notre Dame fan here for many many years . Always loved them , still love them , but hey , the Syracuse loss on Saturday, November 22nd , 2008 and played at home put a stake through my heart .I bleed Blue and Gold every day all year round and especially during the football season . A totally disgusting performance . Charlie broke another record in that game , first Notre Dame team to lose to an opponent that had 8 losses . Also first Irish team to lose 14 games in 2 consecutive seasons , wow, and USC game in California on Nov. 29th yet to be played , HELP . A 10 year contract , whats up with that one , 5-year contract was always standard at Notre Dame . The only modern day coach at Notre Dame that probably deserved a 10 year contract , scratch that , deserved a lifetime contract , was the Messiah , Coach Lou Holtz . Hey Tim , get your notes ready for your next book and call it: THE OLD GOLD STANDARD: LOU HOLTZ And Notre Dame's Past Glory Years . Coach Holtz: only head college coach in history to take 6 different teams to bowl games (William & Mary , Arkansas , North Carolina State , Minnesota , Notre Dame , and South Carolina ) , played USC 12 times with a record of 10 wins 1 loss and 1 tie , wow . Only coach in South Carolina history to go to back to back bowl games and win both of them (by the way , Lou defeated Ohio State in both those bowl games, another wow) , and inducted in College Football Hall of Fame, 2008. I can't type anymore , I JUST FUMBLED MY MOUSE HERE , Tony B.
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