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There Was This One Time at Notre Dame: Idaho State SID Scoops ESPN's Joe Schad on Weis Firing

Monday, November 30, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 5:22 PM, under , , ,

It is probably not very often that a sports information director from a NCAA Division 1-AA football program, oops I mean FCS program, beats a prominent ESPN reporter with a story. After all, his job is to manage the release of information, right? Well it happened today as Idaho State University SID Frank Mercogliano reported the news on Facebook a full 10-15 minutes before ESPN's Joe Schad!

Well this trip got even more interesting...press conference for tonight apparently regarding Notre Dame football, and now New York Times is reporting Charlie Weis has been fired...can't believe I'm here witnessing this...


There Was This One Time at Notre Dame: Idaho State University Sports Information Director Frank Mercogliano will have some stories to tell when he and the basketball team return to Pocatello, Idaho after their current four game road trip ends.
Photo courtesy of Frank Mercogliano



Frank is now sitting at the center of tonight's college football universe. Hopefully he will get to the presser and write about the experience on his Idaho State blog since he has already included the news on the school basketball page:

While the game is foremost on the minds of the Bengals, Idaho State is in the midst of watching a national media storm, with ESPN and other national media outlets having converged on South Bend to cover whether or not Charlie Weis, Notre Dame's head football coach, will be fired, despite having about $18 million left on his contract and the Fighting Irish going 6-6 this year after losing their last four.

Interesting times. The question is if this will pull the headlines away from Tigergate.

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