Notre Dame's buyout to Charlie Weis could approach $19 million

Notre Dame's buyout to Charlie Weis could approach $19 million

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]eing an ex-Notre Dame head football coach is a good gig, if you can get it.

weissWhen the ink dries on the school’s final buyout check to Charlie Weis in Dec. 2015, the total tab could approach a whopping $19 million.

That’s a lot of money for anything, let alone being paid not to coach.

In 2012, Weis received another buyout payment of $2,054,744 as part of the separation agreement for his 2009 firing, per federal tax documents the school provided the Chicago Tribune on Thursday.

It’s the second consecutive payment of $2,054,744, which followed an initial payment of $6,638,403 after his firing. That brings the total amount paid to Weis post-firing┬áto nearly $10.8 million.

According to the Tribune, Notre Dame is scheduled for “additional annual payments” through Dec. 2015. If the next four installments are the same as the last two, it would bring the grand total to $18,966,867.

Meanwhile, the documents show that Brian Kelly was paid a total of $1,088,179 in the school’s last fiscal year. Since the reporting period is from July 2011 through June 2012, that doesn’t include any bonuses Kelly received for leading the Irish to the national title game in January. It also doesn’t factor any income he received from “external sources” such as shoe companies.

Kelly’s base pay was $672,608, while he was paid another $289,741 in bonuses and incentives. “Other compensation and benefits” brought the total to more than $1 million.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick earned $1,085,260 from the school, according to the tax records.

Weis, dismissed by Notre Dame on November 30, 2009, was 35-27 in five seasons with the Irish.

Following a successful 2010 season as offensive coordinator of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, Weis returned to the college game as Florida’s offensive coordinator in 2011. The Gators struggled, however, finishing 102nd nationally with just 334 yards per game.

In Dec. 2011, Kansas hired Weis to replace Turner Gill as head coach. The Jayhawks went 1-11 last season.

Photo credit: AP

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