Irish program used to be special … now it just isn’t

Charlie Weis and his football program are under siege, which is as much Notre Dame’s fault as it is his. They are the victims of self-inflicted wounds that have sucked much of the specialness, if not the football relevance, out of the place.
If Notre Dame football were a blood-pressure reading, the nurse would jot down 40 over 20 — barely a pulse. The recent defeat to eight-loss Syracuse (a Notre Dame first) only intensifies the scrutiny of Weis, whose record during the past two seasons is the worst in Notre Dame history. It won’t get any better this Saturday, when the Fighting Irish lose their seventh consecutive game against longtime rival USC and finish the regular season at a forgettable 6-6.