I noticed today in the Tribune (link via NDNation.com that the man who I personally (though inconsequentially, I'll admit) hold responsible for the utter collapse of the Notre offense is the Offensive Line coach for the Baltimore Ravens. One, Jim Colletto.
After the resignation of Lou Holtz, Davie hired the supposed 'offensive genius' (it all depends on your allocation of emphasis) Jim Colletto of Purdue (who hadn't won a game against the Irish in 6 years) to be the offensive coordinator. After you've beaten him 6 years in a row, why hire him? He then promptly fired Joe Moore as the offensive line coach, publicly saying he was too old to coach and embroiling the University in a costly and embarassing lawsuit. That was bad enough.
Compounding the problem was that for the first time in a long time, Notre Dame found itself consistently kicking field goals after having a first down and goal. It was a nightmare. We fire him, we get sued, AND we can't score from the 5 yard line. Notre Dame's offense is still trying to climb out of the triple digit rankings inflicted upon it following Lou's departure.
No, I am not bitter. Not at all.
I wish him all the best - just away from any teams for which I cheer.