Frantz: Weis coaching himself out of a job

A little of this, and a lot of that.

— Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis now says that if the Fighting Irish want to fire him, he’d have a tough time arguing with it. Gee, I wonder if his ready acceptance of a job dismissal has anything to do with the fact that he’ll be paid millions through the year 2015 to NOT get stomped by the likes of Navy and Connecticut every year. Notre Dame may get a break, however, as they’ve reportedly offered to buy out Weis’ deal for a lifetime supply of knockwurst and cheese fries. The coach is said to be weighing the offer against how many years he’s likely to live.

— Upon learning of Notre Dame’s buyout offer to Weis, Kansas coach Mark Mangino immediately declared himself a candidate for the job.

— Mangino has come under fire for alleged verbal abuse of some former players. One player claims Mangino told him to go back to his hometown, where he’d be shot like his “homies.” Another says the coach asked him if he was going to be an alcoholic like his father. Still another claims Mangino threatened to eat his liver with some fava beans and a nice … gallon of maple syrup.

— One rumor has Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, the rising star who has become public enemy No. 1 in the land of Troy, headed to South Bend, Ind., to take over for Weis. One would think Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick may think twice, however, considering how the last Stanford-to-Notre Dame transfer, Tyrone Willingham, turned out. Come to think of it, Harbaugh might be wise to think twice as well.

— If and when Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez packs his bags — much to the dismay of his loyal fans in Columbus, Ohio — a better destination for Harbaugh could be a return to his first love, Ann Arbor.

— If the sport of boxing has any hope whatsoever of remaining relevant in a fighting world becoming dominated by MMA, someone is going to have to chase down the fleeing Floyd Mayweather and make him stand in against the furious fists of Manny Pacquiao. With no heavyweight division to speak of, boxing needs “Money vs. Manny” in order to
survive.

— Call me a conservative old cynic, but Tim Lincecum needs a haircut. I’m fine with the freewheeling,
carefree attitude and all, but come on. Is he more comfortable at AT&T Park or in the Haight-Ashbury?

— Anyone else wondering if Darrius Heyward-Bey’s favorite
song is “You Dropped a Bomb On Me” by The Gap Band?

— Always humble Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey seemed to take personal offense at LeBron James’ suggestion that he could be a great NFL player if he committed himself to it. Shockey tweeted that James couldn’t even be a practice squad player in the NFL.

Perhaps Shockey is still bitter about the fact that Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez, two other former basketball stars, are better at their “second” sports than Shockey is at his only one.

Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at bfrantz@sfexaminer.com.

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