After Saturday’s football game, in keeping with tradition, the Notre Dame marching band played the “1812 Overture” as a tribute to its head coach.
For most of the last four years during that song, devoutly loyal students have further honored Charlie Weis by forming a “W” with their hands.
On Saturday, for the first time, it felt like an honor for a goner.
Some of those hands formed into fists. Some cupped around mouths that booed. Some formed around snowballs and flung them.
Only a handful of those hands formed a “W,” with most students instead trying to figure out how to shape an “F.”
That’s the only letter that suits their coach these days.