Update 7-25-07 :As Legal Pub Predicted, Notre Dame Football coach Charlie Weiss has lost his malpractice case. Just like Bowl Games, malpractice cases are hard to win; especially when you have both the facts and the law against you. Yesterday the Jury returned the Defendant's Verdict after 3 hours deliberation.
(Charlie just can't seem to win the big ones lately!)
Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weiss once again tried his lawsuit against his surgeon for malpractice in performing gastric bypass surgery. Charlie Weiss appeared in court to begin a retrial of a lawsuit that claims surgeons botched his gastric bypass surgery. Weiss alleges negligence by Massachusetts surgeons after internal bleeding and other complications caused him to fall into a coma. The first lawsuit ended in a mistrial after a juror collapsed and a doctor testifying for the defense rendered aid. Fans of programs other than Notre Dame have nicknamed the Notre Dame coach, "Fat Charlie" a name he probably does not appreciate.
Update 7-15-07 A new jury was selected and the retrial has began. William Dailey, attorney for doctors Charles Ferguson and Richard Hodin, countered that Weis' internal bleeding was not unusual for this type of surgery. Speculation according to some Illinois football fans, is that the internal bleeding may be due to some lost recruiting battles with University of Illinois' Ron Zook. (Ulcers will do that to you.)
Update 7-20-07 Besides the defense of standard of care, a subtle theme of the defense was aimed at mitigation of damages. Weiss lost 90 lbs and landed his dream job post surgery. The argument is that his complications were recognized as a known risk and that his recovery has been decent. On Thursday, one of the defendants, Dr. Charles Ferguson, testified in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Apparently he did a great job of teaching the jury about the procedure and why Charlie Weis case against him and fellow surgeon, Dr. Richard Hodin, should fail.
Update 7-25-07 Defendant's Verdict!
Update 9-3-07 Charlie Weiss continues his losing ways as Notre Dame is thrashed by Georgia Tech in the opening game of the season.
Update 9-12-07 Charlie Weiss losing ways were extended another week as Notre Dame was thrashed by Penn State 31-10. Is it time for Notre Dame to now get rid of its excess dead weight?
Update 9-23-07 If Weiss could lose weight like he loses games, he would not have needed gastric bypass surgery in the first place. Notre Dame loses to Michigan State 31-14. Link
Update 9-28-07: Weiss is losing players too. Demetrius Jones, the Q.B. who started the season as the Irish Q.B. has left school. Guard Chris Stewart was not at practice Thursday and apparently has left Notre Dame. Stewart, a 6-foot-5, 339-pound sophomore, follows Jones and tight end Konrad Reuland, who left the team last weekend and is reportedly headed to a junior college in California.
10-1-07 Update: Weiss led Notre Dame gets pounded by Purdue. Weiss loses 5th in a row!This is the worst start in school history. 0 Wins and 5 Losses.
10-8-07 Update: Weiss loses his losing ways and leads Notre Dame to an upset of UCLA 20 to 6. It is an upset only because odds makers thought Notre Dame may go winless for 2007!
10-11-07 High School Coach slams Weiss Ogre Personality. LINK
10-14 Still more losing for Weiss. First another loss to Boston College 1 win 6 losses and another player leaves! Offensive lineman Matt Carufel, a former high school All-American left the Notre Dame football team, according to the Chicago Tribune. He started the last three games. Rumors are that Carufel, a 6-5, 295-pound sophomore, is considering transferring to Iowa or Minnesota.
10-22 Update: Weiss lost another game to USC deflating Notre Dame down to a record of 1 win 7 losses, but he may be on the verge of reaching a compromise with the University. Legal Pub projects a joint announcement that Weiss will be leaving Notre Dame and returning to the pros. (Perhaps Giants.)
Update 10 -26 Weiss Declared worst coach in Country! LINK
Update 11-12-07 Weiss does something that no other Notre Dame coach has done in over 40 years, LOSE to NAVY! Then comes back the following week and gets pummeled by the Air Force Academy. 1 Win 9 Losses! Only thing Weiss is winning is the battle over the extra desert.