Notre Dame’s problems are bigger than Weis

Not long after he arrived at Notre Dame, Joe Theismann was informed that his surname, which he had pronounced thees-man for the better part of 19 years, would herein rhyme with “Heisman.”

This was 1968, and the Heisman was a trophy for which Notre Dame’s starting quarterback could be reasonably expected to compete.
As it happened, Theismann never won college football’s most coveted individual award, a fact he partly attributes to a backlash against a heavy-handed media campaign (he still has “Theismann for the Heisman” bumper stickers). But he was, for a time, the face of Notre Dame football, and remains sufficiently iconic for aficionados of Fighting Irish football to mark the years between Terry Hanratty and Joe Montana.