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Why Notre Dame kept Weis

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07:33 AM ET 12.04 | In the end, after more than a week of review and a face-to-face conversation Tuesday between Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and coach Charlie Weis, the school announced that Weis would be back for a fifth year on the sideline - with a profound emphasis on changes that must occur. Swarbrick said no specific number of victories in 2009 will be satisfactory. But it is clear what won't be enough. "From none of our perspectives would a repeat of 2008 be acceptable," Swarbrick said. So that makes it back-to-back seasons that ended in "never again" for Weis, whose program is 9-15 in the last two years after winning 19 games and earning two Bowl Championship Series bids in his first two seasons. So although the athletic director offered no specifics, expect a host of moves, beginning with assistant coaches and proceeding from there. Swarbrick said he also believes, despite the apparently lifeless efforts that plagued the second half of the Irish's season, that Weis still has his team's ear.

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