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01/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Charlie Weis, Notre Dame Athletic Director To Meet About Season Next Week


As a Stanford Law School-educated jurist, Jack Swarbrick must be finely attuned to fine print, so Notre Dame's athletic director already may be aware of the following: According to his contract with the University of Florida, Urban Meyer may discuss jobs with other entities only during a period starting with the "final day of the regular football season" and ending seven days after a bowl game.

It's a window that presumably opens after Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game and stays that way for 40 days (a week past the BCS title game on Jan. 8) should Florida beat Alabama to win the SEC title. Swarbrick's season-evaluation meeting with Irish coach Charlie Weis apparently is set for next Monday.

Gentlemen, start your rumor mills.

Of course, Meyer's window and Swarbrick's appointment with Weis are nothing but hollow coincidence at this point, especially given the heights to which Florida aspires compared to the depths at which the Irish currently wallow. That disparity, also on display Saturday in USC's 38-3 rout of the Irish, will frame how Swarbrick and Notre Dame proceed.

How bad are things, really, with the Irish (6-6)? More importantly, how much better are the options not named Charlie Weis?

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