Notre Dame's football program has become a cash cow for a very average former coach.

Charlie Weis won't ever be compared to Knute Rockne for his time in South Bend, but the former Fighting Irish coach is still cashing checks from his time on the sidelines some three years ago.

While it was common knowledge Weis received a massive buyout, new details out today put this absurd coach's ransom in a better context.

Particularly, as the Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton reports, Weis is on track to make a mind-boggling $19 million from his Notre Dame buyout total alone. That total assumes that he continues to receive checks at his current rate. The oversized coach has already taken in more than $8.6 million since coaching his last game in 2009.

Instead of returning the football program to glory, Weis will be remembered for treading water with Notre Dame. With a 35-27 career record, which includes a weak 16-21 record his last three seasons, Weis is laughing all the way to the bank.

Heads should roll in the Notre Dame athletic department after the school ended up paying more $600,000 for each of their eight football wins during the 2010 season, according to the Tribune report. That's based on the over $4.9 million the school paid Weis and current coach Brian Kelly that season.

At the same time that Weis is getting paid ridiculous money not to coach the Irish, he's also cashing checks as the Kansas football coach. Back in March, we told you Weis felt media and fans considered him to be "some kind of ogre."

In the final analysis, if you're going to be thought of as a monstrosity, at least be a filthy rich troll.

-- Follow Ben Maller on Twitter @BenMaller.

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