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Swarbrick said Monday the search for a new coach will begin immediately and will be finished "as fast as we possibly can." He didn't set a timetable. He said during a campus news conference Monday evening that the school has not contacted any potential replacements.
Swarbrick expects a lot of interest in the job.
"It is a job in which people understand the potential that is here to return Notre Dame to a position of prominence in college football, and I am excited to embark full-bore on the process of finding the right next successor to the legacy of Rockne and Leahy and Parseghian and Holtz," he said.
Irish fans once dreamed that Weis would be adding his name to that list when he started his career 19-4 with two games left in his second season. Instead, the Irish lost their next two, went 3-9 in his third season and then finished the next two regular seasons 6-6. He finishes with a 35-27 record in five seasons.
Swarbrick predicted Weis will return to the NFL.
"He'll add some Super Bowl rings to the ones he already has as a successful coordinator in the NFL and we will miss him," Swarbrick said.
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