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Notre Dame's Buyout Of Charlie Weis Could Reach $19 Million

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish continue to feel the pain of hiring Charlie Weis, as the school continues to pour millions into his bank account due to an enormous buyout.

Apr 28, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis watches during the first half of the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 28, 2012; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis watches during the first half of the Spring Game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Charlie Weis will only be the head coach of one football team in 2012, but he'll be paid as if he's coaching two. The ex-Notre Dame Fighting Irish headman is now looking to revitalize a down-and-out Kansas Jayhawks program, and while he tackles that task he'll continued to be paid handsomely by the Irish per the terms of his buyout.

The Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton dug into Notre Dame's 2012 tax filings and found out that the school has already paid out nearly $8.7 million dollars to Weis after firing him and will continue to do so through December 2015. The total amount of Weis' buyout likely won't be known until sometime in 2016, but according to Hamilton, if it continues at this rate it will approach a total of $19 million. That, of course, is on top of the $2 million-plus salary earned by current head coach Brian Kelly.

Weis had a career record of 35-27 at Notre Dame, but was 16-21 in his final three seasons. His lone postseason victory came over the Hawaii Warriors in 2008. Weis took over at Kansas after stints as the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs and Florida Gators.

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