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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Charlie’s Stock Still Has Value

According to the Saint Petersburg Times, former Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis is making out OK. His jumping ship from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Florida Gators had a pretty soft landing. The new Gator offensive coordinator will earn $765,000 a year as part of his three year deal. He also received a $100,000 signing bonus and gets an additional $10,000 for wearing Nike gear. Then come February 1, 2012 he gets a $100,000 raise. This does not include potential income from annuities, sports camps and clinics, housing benefits, speaking engagements, TV and radio program, endorsements, and car leases. Weis is way behind Will Muschamp who has a base of $3.09 million but way ahead of the rest of the assistants. Like Dan Quinn the Gator defensive coordinator who will make palfrey base of $490,000.

Obscene, but get it while you can.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

By The Way Where is Former Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weis?

According to the just concluded informal Subway Alumni Station poll, 19 or 45% of responses "Don't Care".

ND Press Release - Jersey Number Changes

Notre Dame has justed announced a number of jersey number changes and new assignments.  Most interesting is between Robby Toma WR and Lewis Nix III NG.

Toma went from 19 to 9.

Nix went from 67 to 9.

For cryin out loud how are we ever going to recognize two players with the same number?


Basically Toma catches the football and is fast and difficult to tackle.

Nix tackles and throws players to the ground with wreckless abandon with the expressed intent of hurting them.

Preferred Walk-On Status

Nate Montana started out as a preferred walk-on and now Joe Schmidt (6'2", 225 lbs., LB, Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, CA) is doing the same. 

You don't have to go back any farther than David Ruffer (Special Teams - Kicker) or Mike Anello (Special Teams - Gunner) to realize the importance of walk-ons.

What exactly is a preferred walk-on status player compared to simply walking on and trying to make the team?

Here are some of the procedures and unwritten rules..........

1.  Coordination and correspondence between the walk-on and coaching staff is extensive.

2.  You do not have to tryout.

3.  No scholarship offer in the future is implied or promised.

4.  You are invited on the team because you are wanted by the coaching staff and have agreed to attend Notre Dame at your own expense.

5.  The issue of GPA is less than for scholarship athletes.

6.  Opportunity to participate in summer camp prior to fall practice and freshman year. (Where regular walk-ons tryout during spring training.)

7.  The athletic department and admissions office work together for enrollment.

Welcome aboard Joe.  Good Luck.  Go IRISH.

Joe Schmidt

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Notre Dame Football Traditionalism

The goals have always been staggering:

*  Once again to be a college football power.
*  Return to relevancy, respect and fear. 
*  Expect true love or hate.
*  Independence from conference and BCS politics.
*  A national schedule with a national following.
*  Fielding an honest team and program with honest coaches.
*  100% graduation rate.

Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick in a recent interview cracked open the door to Notre Dame Traditionalism and initiated a flurry of ideas concerning the notion of a Jumbotron and fake grass in hallowed Notre Dame Stadium. The innocent “video board” discussion centered around the unique experience of the Notre Dame – Army Game in Yankee Stadium during the 2010 season. It was special, historic; appealing to the TV ratings and well produced by NBC, however, let’s leave all that at Yankee Stadium.

The issue of artificial field turf started with a comment concerning questions about “condition of the field” during a number of home games this year. Conditions did not appear idea; the reasons could be many from drunken maintenance crews to global warming. It is strongly suspected that natural grass technology experts have been all over the stadium playing surface since the Utah win. If the snow ever melts this spring in South Bend, changes will be made concerning care, maintenance and use.  Do not fear.

The discussion in no way indicated that Notre Dame was researching the possibility of erecting a Jumbotron high above the stadium in the South end zone. (No can do North end zone because of the Hesburgh Library). Nor is the natural grass going to be dug up anytime soon and replaced with recycled plastic water bottles and old car tires.

Please. Do we want a scoreboard that looks like this?  Advertisments and the like.

Or this one with a small screen?

At least our good friends and rivals up in Michigan have better taste and no advertisers!  But do they allow advertising on the screen?

The old saying rings true, either you love Notre Dame or you hate them.  The storied program is a throwback from another time and era.  Notre Dame has the responsibility as a nationally recognized football entity to maintain the college tradition.  No one else will.  So how about some blue plastic grass?

We cannot find a Notre Dame grad or Subway Alumni who would not want to watch the IRISH on this.

No team logo.  No conference logo.  No advertisements.  Touchdown Jesus and the Dome.  No strange design in the end zone, just slash marks.

Some other things that separate Notre Dame Football from the rest of the pack.
Simple gold shiny helmets without team logo decals or "See What I Did" stickers. 

The same goes for player names on the back of jerseys.  If you are too lazy to memorize the players number, buy a program.

Notre Dame is one of a handful of universities that do not allow the All State net in the stadium.  Creeping advertising.

Let us remain independent.  The greatest threat to tradition is commericalism.  Notre Dame does not need to follow other schools or the NFL.  We need to lead.

The Subway Alumni's of ND Nation have spoken.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

23 Brave Young Irishmen

Just about every blog has a post on the great Notre Dame recruiting class of 2011. Mostly player and position analysis or some rehashed stories of the trials and tribulations of actually recruiting the class. The recruit flip-flops, decommits, soft verbals, the poaching, the Irish coaches predawn dedication to landing a recruit.

Here’s a little bit different take.

You have to admire and fully recognize the decisions made by Notre Dame’s freshman football class of 2011. The row they hoed was not an easy one. The pressure had to have been tremendous. Recruiting college football players has turned into a high tech, big money, dog-eat-dog process where the faint of heart are left way behind. It is reassuring that historically and statistically, 95% to 100% from the class of 2011 will graduate from Notre Dame. All will be given every opportunity to mature, learn, experience life and leave campus pretty much prepared for anything. Whether that be in the NFL, a professional career in the economy or simply a better person still searching for what life has to offer them.

Hokie talk? Idealistic garbage? Pie-in-the sky rhetoric?

There is much to complain about.

Let’s also face the fact that some of the recruits from other schools have some mighty big egos. Holding out to sign the letter of intent (LOI) on their birthday or waiting weeks after National Signing Day to ensure the limelight will only be on them. You could see the egos at work during the various high school All-Star games where a player/recruit announces his choice with his family behind him by picking up a team baseball cap and putting it on. All for the dramatics, the national audience and the show. The recruit from Rutgers even mocked North Carolina by first wearing a NC baseball cap and hiding a Rutgers cap underneath. Some ego. One mother forged her son’s signature to an LOI from a school he did not want to attend.

A high school coach in Georgia decided to be spokesperson for one family and limit all contact except to the recruit’s latest verbal commitment. That got straightened out by the mother and son rather quickly. You have to wonder what reward(s) were in store for that coach by Georgia Tech. Apparently outright lying was a common tactic used to discredit Notre Dame.

You read stories about unscrupulous agents dealing with college players preparing for the NFL draft. Are some of these high school coaches any different?

In another mother story, both the mother and grandmother were adamant that the recruit chose Notre Dame for the education and opportunities the school provides. Makes you think Brian Kelly should host a mother’s day visit for prospective recruits during summer camp for their sons.

The 2012 recruiting cycle is already in full swing; we just don’t see or hear about it. The whole process starts way too early and ends later than it should. The NCAA has a big fat rule book. Certain recruiting timeframes are called quiet periods where you can’t contact recruits. Coaches are limited to the number of actual home visits and players are limited in the number of visits they can make to a particular campus as well as total number of schools they can visit. Head coaches have periods where they cannot recruit at all. Phone calls, twitters, texting, e-mails are limited for everyone dealing with recruits. Yet, the internet has opened up contact opportunities with websites and Facebook pages. Computer software and programs track individual recruits and even provide player analysis on how they would fit on the team. Technology rules.

Five of the 23 recruits enrolled early at Notre Dane and gave up playing basketball, proms, friends, big graduations and the opportunity swagger around the hallways for one last semester. All to catch a break on spring practice, get credit hours under their belts and get acclimated to college life.

ESPN2, Scout, CBS and Rival all track, rank, grade and rate players by position, skill set and overall recruitment status. Individuals make a livelihood out of high school player analysis.

Personal trainers and dietitians are called upon to ready the recruit not only for their high school senior year, but also to give them a leg up with when they show up in the summer, ready for workouts and fall camp.

The call has gone out to move national signing day up. Restrictions are already in place concerning contact with high school juniors. What else can be done to even out this crazy process? It appears that it is only going to get worse.